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Kit & advice: canoeing

Here we take a look at the kit you’ll need for DofE canoeing expeditions. We’re always happy to help with advice on kit and tips on how to save money and where to go. For your convenience we now stock some items ourselves (see links below). Always remember as well that you get a discount card when you sign up to DofE and never forget GO OUTDOORS.

Kit list

You will need most items on this list. You don’t have to buy them from us (but you can if it helps).

Item NeededSome adviceIn our shop?
Water proof jacket and trousersA good hood (with wire is advisable) and TAPED SEAMS. Breathable attributes are really advisable at Silver and Gold level. Keywords – Waterproof zip, storm flap, Gore-tex.
Base Layer x 2From t-shirts to sports tops. Thin, no collar is advised. For long sleeve, look for thermal attributes. NO Cotton
Light Fleece or wool jumper x 2Thin fleeces are better than thick ones for regulating heat. Softshell jackets block the wind well
Trousers x 2sports trousers, zip off trousers, shorts in good weather. Must have at least one pair of trousers if wearing shorts.
Wet shoes or welliesWellies are best when it is colder.
Spare shoes, trainers, sandals, camp shoes, or CrocsMake sure they are light.
3-4 pairs of socksWetsuit socks can be useful
gloves 2 or more pairs Waterproof are best.
Sleeping bagMust be 3 season. Avoid down fills. Look for a comfort temperature 3 Degrees or lower.
Personal first aid kit Available via our shop.Available
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. Available
Head Torch Head Torch or chest torch only please. Available
Wash kit/personal hygiene items
TowelSMALL travel towelAvailable
Sun-cream or sunblock (if appropriate)Please make sure you have this if the weather looks sunny.

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