I have just returned from a four day border walk in Taman Negara with MyCat.  Some of the other participants I’d been trekking with before, but there were a few newcomers as well who, as is almost always the case, had the heaviest rucksacks.   I was exactly the same when I first started trekking and I think it is natural evolution that our bags get lighter as we refine our kit and leave behind stuff that we can do without.

Anyway, I thought it would be useful for me to list out all the items I take in with me, firstly because then I have a list to refer to for the next trip and secondly because it might help newcomers to jungle trekking to lighten their own load.

One particular item that can really weigh down your rucksack is, of course, water.  A useful tip is to drink a litre or more of water just before leaving camp  (rather than carrying it along).  Another thing to bear in mind is where you are going – if you are following a river then there isn’t the need to carry more than a litre of water as you can fill up as you go along, whereas if you’re up on a ridge then you might need to carry 4 litres of water.  The point is you shouldn’t be carrying the same amount of water throughout the trip but rather gauge how much you need depending on where you’re going.

In the video below I go through all the items I take in with me apart from first aid (which I’ll cover separately) and food.  What food you take in is going to boil down to personal preference but most people tend to carry too much,  I eat the same thing each day and I keep all my food in a separate DRY BAG 1:


Breakfast (per day)

2 x 3-in-1 Nescafe

1 x 3-in-1 Milo

3 slices of buttery/currant bread (this is a heavy item but I like it!)


Lunch (per day)

Power bar

Cup of soup (with lots of salt)


Dinner (per day)

Tin of sardines in tomato sauce

1 x onion

3 x chillies

Rice (take enough to fill yourself up)

I take in the onions and chillies fresh which, although it means a bit of extra weight, the taste is worth it for me.  The problem with vegetables is that they sweat in plastic bags and tend to rot quickly and a good tip is to wrap them up in newspaper before putting them in a bag which will help keep them dry and fresh.




Wet Clothes

Trekking boots

Wool socks

Leech socks


Long cotton trousers (breathable and loose)

Cycling shorts (as underwear)

Cotton T-shirt (breathable and loose)

Sweat Rag

Glove (for left hand only)


(In DRY BAG 2)

Dry Clothes

Long sleeved shirt (can be synthetic as you won’t be sweating)

Long trousers (can be synthetic as you won’t be sweating)

Cotton underpants

Wool socks

Crocs (or other sandals…but Crocs are best)





Tarp (not in the dry bag)

Suspension system (not in the dry bag)

Mozzi net (I don’t take one in but most people do)

Clothes line

Camp chair

Small ground sheet (not in dry bag)


Anti-Mozzi stuff

2 x Mozzi coils

A small amount of anti mozzi  gel





Blow up pillow (with pillow case)


Wash Kit

Small Tec Towel




Ear plugs (some people snore very loudly!)


Small first aid kit


(in small DRY BAG 3)


Mobile phone




Battery pack


Torch (with diffuser and 1 spare battery)


The rest of the stuff I carry (below) is not in a dry bag but I usually keep in separate plastic bags for convenience and to keep relatively dry:



2x 1 Litre SIGG bottles

2x Platypus collapsible 1 Litre bottles

Sawyer mini filter and adpators

Plastic bags

Hydration powders (2 per day)


Fire and cooking

2 x Cricket lighters (with cap)

1 x fire steel (with fatwood handle)

Inner tube

Stove (gas or alcohol) with fuel

Titanium plate/frying pan with detachable handle

Titanium MSR kettle

Titanium Spork

Small plastic bottle of olive oil.

Salt & pepper

Collapsable mug




Very small knife

Sharpening stone







Other items

Flask of whisky

Cordage (not much)

Rubber bands/pencil/waterproof paper



With my pack fully loaded (but excluding water and food) the weight comes in at 7.8KG.