bxm expeditions BXM are an outdoor challenge company running expeditions to wilderness environments.



Kit & Advice

Early Expeditions

Open UK Expedition Dates


D of E International


Kit and Advice

Everything you need for your DofE expedition, don't forget your compass though!

BXM Expeditions are always happy to help with advice on kit and tips on how to save money and where to go. Always remember you get a discount card when you sign up to DofE and never forget GO OUTDOORS. Email us: info@bxmexpeditions.co.uk

To download the kit lists in a tick-list format please click: here

To download Food Advice please click: here

To download DofE Training Framework please click: here

Information is also available online if you scroll down further on this page.

Please note we do not supply compasses.

How to pack your rucksack: Please click on the images below

Which food will I need to pack: Please click on the images below


Item Needed Some Advice
1 pair walking boots (broken in) Over the ankle, good grip and laces
2 pairs walking socks Wool is a good material, do not spend too much, if you are worried about blisters then look for 1000 miler socks
2 base layers (sleeves dependant on weather) From t-shirts to sports tops. Thin, no collar is advised. For long sleeve, look for thermal attributes.
Thermal base layer (long sleeve) Depending on weather
2 micro fleece tops or softshell jackets Thin fleeces are better than thick ones for regulating heat. Softshell jackets block the wind well.
2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans) Options: sports trousers, zip off trousers, shorts in good weather
Nightwear Keep it thin and ensure it is kept dry
Flipflops/ sandals etc (optional for evenings) Make sure they are light
Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate) Hats are important, everyone likes to see different hats
1 pair gloves (if appropriate) If you suffer from cold fingers, Mittens are better
1 pair shorts (if appropriate) Dependent on weather
Sun-cream or sunblock (if appropriate) Please make sure you have this if the weather looks good
1 pair gaiters (optional) Optional but advisable for walking in Brecon Beacons, Exmoor, Dartmoor Chilterns, and Scotland.
Waterproof over-trousers A cheap pairs are adequate. They are very useful even in good weather to block wind when wearing shorts.
Jacket (waterproof & windproof) A good hood (with wire is advisable) and TAPED SEAMS. Breathable attributes are really advisable at Silver and Gold level.
Buff or neckscarf A crucial bit of kit, available at a great price direct with BXM Expeditions on the website.


Item Needed Specific items we recommend
Rucksack 65 Litres (We can provide a good Lowe Alpine one for £90. You can pick more affordable rucksacks up for as little as £15.
Rucksack liner (or 2 strong bin liners) Lining your rucksack is essential
Sleeping mat Roll matts for £5 are adequate or a thermarest are also very good but more expensive
Sleeping bag 3 Season is strongly recommended. A mummy sleeping bag with a hood.
6 Bin Liners or dry bags Bring plenty and as a group consider bringing different
Mobile phone You will be taught about this on your training
Watch Digital is better
Head Torch Head Torch or chest torch only please.
Spare batteries for your head torch
Personal first aid kit (see below)
Emergency food rations You will be taught about this on your training
Water bottle (2 Litres) You need to bring two 1 litre bottles filled with water on arrival day. In extreme hot weather, you should bring three.
Knife, fork, spoon Or a Spork
COMPASS The longer the edge on the side, the better. No keyring or cracker compasses please.
Mess Tin You will need to cook in this and eat out of it so metal with a handle.
Box of matches (in waterproof container) or a lighter
Wash kit/personal hygiene items (some items could be shared as a group) (some items could be shared)
Towel SMALL travel towel


A good first aid kit will include the following:
At least 2 pairs of disposable vinyl (latex-free) disposable gloves
A large individually-wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressingA large individually-wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressing
An individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressing
An assortment of individually wrapped sterile unmedicated adhesive dressings (e.g. Melolin)
An individually wrapped triangular bandage
2-3 individually wrapped antiseptic wipes
Crepe bandage
Large safety pins
Small pair of safety/medical scissors
A pair of tweezers
Assorted adhesive plasters (e.g. zinc oxide, fabric strip, waterproof)
Microporous (medical) adhesive tape
Blister plasters
Chiropody felt
Burns wound dressing
Eye wash (can also act as a wound wash)