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Kit List

Making sure you have the correct kit for your expeditions is really important so that you can work successfully and independently in your group. Below is a Kit List with some advice about where to purchase new kit. We do have a limited amount of kit that you can hire from us, including rucksacks, rollmats, sleeping bags and group kit. You can see the official DofE Kit guide here.

Please ask us if you would like any advice or tips about what to buy.

  • Walking boots

A pair of proper walking boots (not trainers) are required, with proper ankle support. Make sure that they are the correct size and comfortable after being 'broken in'. Good boots are ideally waterproof, which should reduce the chance of blisters
  • 2x Walking socks

Need at least 2 pairs of thick walking socks. The correct socks can help to prevent you feet from rubbing, which will reduce blisters
Optional: Thin walking socks (liners) can be worn underneath to further reduce rubbing

  • 4x Underwear

Remember a few pairs for hygiene :-)
Optional: Merino wool or synthetic materials (e.g. polyester and nylon) are quick-drying compared to cotton

  • 2x Lightweight trousers

Absolutely NO jeans! You will not be allowed to walk in jeans (they get heavy and cold when they are wet), but they are fine for the Minibus journey. It is good to get some lightweight walking trousers, as these will dry quickly if they get wet.
Optional: Hiking shorts may be good in warm weather
Optional: Zip-off hiking trousers are a good all-round solution for all weather

  • 1x Thermal Baselayer (Optional)

Optional: Often lighter and warmer than fleeces, thermals are the very good. Wearing thermal tops and even trousers will keep you warm, even in bad weather

  • 2x T-shirt

A lightweight shirt to wear over your thermal/baselayer
Optional: Synthetic materials (e.g. polyester and nylon) are quick-drying compared to cotton, so better with rain and sweat

  • 2x Fleeces
Fleeces to go over your T-shirt and baselayer to keep you warm. Fleeces are far better than hoodies on expeditions, they are lighter and keep you warmer. It is a good idea to carry one thick and one thin fleece to have more control over temperature
  • 1x Waterproof Jacket

This is really important, investing in a good waterproof jacket will be the difference between a good expedition and hating every second of it. These can be expensive, but you will use them.

  • 1x Waterproof over-trousers

When the weather is bad, a good pair of waterproof trousers is essential. They will keep your legs dry and even warm (they can help as a wind shield). They are also useful if the ground is damp in the morning, if you are walking through a field of long grass or sitting down for a break!
Optional: Gaiters can protect the bottom of your trousers, particularly good in mud and bogs

  • 1x Warm hat and gloves (Weather-dependent)

Even in the summer, the weather on the hills can change quickly and making sure you keep warm is really important. So, it is a good idea to keep a warm hat and pair of gloves and in your bag.

  • 1x Sun hat and sunglasses (Weather-dependent)
Optional: These help in sunny conditions, and are good for fashion purposes

Make sure to keep all your clothes in a waterproof bag/rubble sack.

Personal Camping Equipment
  • Rucksack

A 65 litre rucksack should be large enough to store everything inside. When finding one ensure it is the correct size for you, and is adjusted properly (ask nicely for help), otherwise it will be uncomfortable. With careful packing everything will fit inside, if not, you are carrying too much!
Optional: Rucksack external rain covers are sometimes included with the bags, or can be purchased seperately. These external covers should be used in addition to the internal waterproof bag/rubble sack

  • Strong rucksack liner
Waterproof bag/rubble sack to keep everything dry, if the rain does get inside
  • Sleeping bag
Lightweight sleeping bags are ideal, but must still be suitable for keeping you warm. You will be camping in late September for the Qualifying Expedition, so a 3 season sleeping bag is ideal (a 2 season sleeping bag may be preferred by some, it is smaller/lighter but not as warm)
  • Sleeping roll mat
You will need to lay on something inside the tent, this will be more comfortable and keep you warmer. Foam roll mats are cheap and light, but if you want a bit more comfort, you can invest in a self inflating roll mat
  • Wash kit

Some campsites will have showers, but a toothbrush and toothpaste is the minimum. Ensure that bottles/containers are minaturised (similarly to those found in hotels/aeroplanes) to last 4 days, or alternatively decide upon sharing regular sized toothpaste/shower gels/deodrants between your group

  • Lightweight towel
No bath towels, a lightweight camping towel which will dry quickly and foldup to take up little space in your bag
  • Camping Mug/Bowl/Plate
You can bring all three, but a bowl and a mug is often adequate. You can use your bowl for any cooked meal. A mug is useful for porridge or hot drinks. Plastic, aluminium and titanium are usually good choices
  • Knife/Fork/Spoon

Plastic/titanium are lighter than stainless steel
Optional: Sporks are good multi-purpose and can be used instead of standard cutlery

Personal Equipment
  • Watch
At least one in your group, good as an alarm in the morning, but also for timings during your walk. Digital watches are generally better than analogue watches for these purposes
  • Emergency Rations
You need to keep these separate, and they can only be eaten in an emergency. It is best to have high energy foods, like nuts and chocolate bars- they can be a nice treat at the end of the week!
  • Food

Find info here:

For main meals it is strongly recommended to cook a whole group meal, as this will save fuel, time, weight and effort.

  • Torch
A small headtorch is best, remember spare batteries within the group
  • Spare laces
These can be used as spare boot laces, a washing line, for repairing things, etc.
  • Water

A minimum of 1.5L to be carried each day, but 2L is recommended. You can carry more if you usually drink more. Carry in waterbottles or a Camelbak, or both.

During particularly hot weather you may be required to carry a minimum of 2.5L for health and safety reasons, but 3L is recommended

  • Personal Medication
(Blister) plasters, medication (for hayfever/headaches/asthma/allergies etc.), suncream (small bottle), lip balm, etc.
  • Insect Repellent

Many varieties available.
Optional: Varieties with higher percentages of DEET (diethyltoluamide) are more effective, but be warned that DEET can dissolve plastic and synthetic clothing unless you are careful

Group Equipment
  • Supplied by us:-
    • Tent
    • Stove
    • First Aid Kit
    • Maps/Map cases/Route cards
    • Compasses
    • Whistles
  • Supplied by you:-
    • Pack of cards (optional) - for evening entertainment
    • Washing up liquid
    • Matches/lighter- make sure that you keep these in a waterproof bag or box
    • Waterpurification tablets- optional, but can be useful when taking water during the Wild camp
    • Camera- (Not on your phone)- for your project, but also to remember your week!