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Kit & advice: walking

Here we take a look at the kit you’ll need for DofE 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.

Advice

We have advice and guidance on everything from how to pack your rucksack to what food to bring on an expedition.

Kit lists

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?
1 pair walking boots (broken in)Over the ankle, good grip and laces. Keywords – Mid Stiffnes Sole, Vibram Sole, Gore-tex
2 pairs walking socksWool is a good material, do not spend too much, if you are worried about blisters then look for ‘1000 mile 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. NO CottonAvailable
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)Sports trousers, zip off trousers, shorts in good weather. Must have at least one pair of trousers if wearing shorts.
Underwear
NightwearKeep it thin and ensure it is kept dry. (Weight saving tip – wear your spare clothes)
Flip-flops/sandals etc.
(optional for evenings)
Make sure they are light.
Warm hat and/or sunhat (as appropriate)Hats are important, everyone likes to see different hats.Available
1 pair gloves If you suffer from cold fingers, Mittens are better.Available
1 pair shorts (if appropriate)Weather dependant.
Sun-cream or sunblock (if appropriate)Please make sure you have this if the weather looks sunny.
1 pair gaiters (optional)Optional but advisable for walking in Brecon Beacons, Exmoor, Dartmoor, Chilterns and Scotland.
Waterproof over-trousersA cheap pair is adequate. They are very useful even in good weather to block wind when wearing shorts.Available
Jacket (waterproof & windproof)A 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, Available
Buff or neck scarf A crucial bit of kit, available at a great price direct with BXM Expeditions on the website.Available
WatchDigital is better
WhistleAvailable
Head Torch Head Torch or chest torch only please. Available
Spare batteries for your head torch
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
Knife, fork, spoonOr a SporkAvailable
CompassThe longer the edge on the side, the better. No keyring or Christmas cracker compasses please.
Mess TinYou will need to cook in this and eat out of it so metal with a handle.Available
Mug
Box of matches (in waterproof container) or a lighter
Wash kit/personal hygiene items
(some items could be shared as a group)
TowelSmall travel towelAvailable
RucksackYou will not need a bigger rucksack than 65 litres. Make sure it fits you well. It will not be waterproof!
Rucksack LinerWaterproof rucksack liner - this is essential.
Sleeping Mat Foam ones are fine, self inflating are a little more comfortable.
Sleeping bagMust be 3 season. Avoid down fills. Look for a comfort temperature 3 Degrees or lower.
Dry bags This is to keep your gear dry in your rucksack. Bin liners work great too.
Mobile phoneYou will be taught about this on your training

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