8. Prepare your essential gear
The gear required for the Paparoa Track is pretty well documented on a number of websites, so we won’t go deep into that now. The sage advice is to not carry too much! Rule of thumb is one set of clothes to walk/ride in, and a set to change into for the end of the day. After that, anything else is a luxury. Throw in a headlamp, first aid kit, cooking utensils and pots, a camera/phone, a small towel, and some food. All of this is contained in a pack that needs to be made waterproof with some robust plastic bags.