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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.

Clothing
  • Walking boots

If your feet get wet, you will get cold and annoyed very quickly. So, making sure you have a good pair of boots is really important. You need to make sure that they are proper walking boots, with good support around your ankles
  • Walking socks
The correct socks can help to prevent you feet from rubbing. It is always a good idea to wear a thin (normal) pair of socks, with a thicker hiking sock over the top. This will help prevent blisters.
  • Underwear
Remember a few pairs for hygiene :-)
  • 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.
  • Thermal Baselayer
Layers are the very important, wearing thermal tops and even trousers will keep you warm if the weather is bad
  • Shirt/Sweater
A lightweight shirt to wear over your thermal/baselayer
  • Fleece
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.
  • Warm hat/gloves/Sunhat
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 pair of gloves and a hat in your bag. A sunhat is also a good idea if the weather forecast looks good!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Gaiters (Optional)
These are optional, but can protect the bottom of your trousers

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

Personal Camping Equipment
  • Rucksack
You will need to carry everything inside your rucksack, so it is best to get a 65L rucksack. With careful packing everything will fit inside, if not, you are carrying too much!
  • Strong rucksack liner
To keep everything dry, if the rain does get inside
  • Sleeping bag
Lightweight, but suitable for keeping you warm. You will be camping in late september for the Qualifying Expedition, so a 3 season sleeping bag is ideal
  • 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. (Think about sharing 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
  • 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
  • Knife/Fork/Spoon
 

Personal Equipment
  • Watch
At least one in your group, good as an alarm in the morning, but also for timings during your walk
  • 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
 
  • Torch
(With spare batteries), a headtorch is best
  • Spare laces

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

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!