What you need

Kit lists for your Expeditions

You will need all of the items on these lists. You don’t have to buy them from us but be sure to check out our shop
  • Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Venture & First Ascent Awards
Items Needed
Some Advice

1 pair walking boots (broken in)

Over the ankle, good grip and laces. Keywords – Mid Stiffnes Sole, Vibram Sole, Gore-tex

2 pairs walking socks

Wool 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 dependanton weather)

From t-shirts to sports tops. Thin, no collar is advised. For long sleeve, look for thermal attributes. NO Cotton

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


Nightwear

Keep 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.

1 pair gloves

If you suffer from cold fingers, mittens are better.

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-trousers

A cheap pair is 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. Keywords – Waterproof zip, storm flap, Gore-tex,

Buff or neck scarf

A crucial bit of kit, available at a great price direct with BXM Expeditions on the website.

Watch

Digital is better

Whistle


Head Torch

Head Torch or chest torch only please.

Spare batteries for your head torch

 

Personal first aid kit

Available via our shop.

Survival Bag

Not the foil blanket kind. These are big orange plastic bags.

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 Christmas cracker compasses please.

Mess Tin

You will need to cook in this and eat out of it so metal with a handle.

Mug

 

Box of matches (in waterproof container) or a lighter

 

Wash kit/personal hygiene items(some items could be shared as a group)

 

Towel

If you suffer from cold fingers, mittens are better.

Rucksack

You will not need a bigger rucksack than 65 litres. Make sure it fits you well. It will not be waterproof!

Rucksack Liner

Waterproof rucksack liner - this is essential.

Sleeping Mat

Foam ones are fine, self inflating are a little more comfortable.

Sleeping bag

Must 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 phone

You will be taught about this on your training

Items Needed
Some Advice

Water proof jacket and trousers

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.

Base Layer x 2

From 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 2

Thin fleeces are better than thick ones for regulating heat. Softshell jackets block the wind well

Trousers x 2

sports trousers, zip off trousers, shorts in good weather. Must have at least one pair of trousers if wearing shorts.

Wet shoes or wellies

Wellies are best when it is colder.

Spare shoes, trainers, sandals, camp shoes, or Crocs

Make sure they are light.

3-4 pairs of socks

Wetsuit socks can be useful

gloves 2 or more pairs

Waterproof are best.

Sleeping bag

Must be 3 season. Avoid down fills. Look for a comfort temperature 3 Degrees or lower.

Personal first aid kit

Available via our shop.

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.

Wash kit/personal hygiene items

 

Towel

SMALL travel towel

Sun-cream or sunblock (if appropriate)

Please make sure you have this if the weather looks sunny.

Items Needed
Some Advice

1 pair walking boots (broken in)

Over the ankle, good grip and laces. Keywords – Mid Stiffnes Sole, Vibram Sole, Gore-tex

2 pairs walking socks

From t-shirts to sports tops. Thin, no collar is advised. For long sleeve, look for thermal attributes. NO Cotton

2 base layers (sleeves dependanton weather)

From t-shirts to sports tops. Thin, no collar is advised. For long sleeve, look for thermal attributes. NO Cotton

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. Please ensure your child has trousers as their legs need to be covered during walks. Shorts are fine if the weather is warm for around the campsite.

Underwear

 

Nightwear

Make sure its comfy and snuggly.

Flip-flops/ sandals etc(optional for evenings)

For running around the camp and general wear while not walking.

Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate)

Hats are important, everyone likes to see different hats.

1 pair gloves

If you suffer from cold fingers, Mittens are better.

1 pair shorts (if appropriate)

Weather dependant.

Sun-cream or sunblock (if appropriate)

Please make sure you have this if the weather looks sunny.

Waterproof over-trousers

A cheap pair is 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. Keywords – Waterproof zip, storm flap, Gore-tex.

Buff or neckscalf

A crucial bit of kit, available at a great price direct with BXM Expeditions on the website..

Watch

Digital is better

Whistle

 

Head Torch

Head Torch or chest torch only please.

Spare batteries for your head torch

 

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

Not essential but fun to use while learning to navigate.

Mess Tin

You will need to cook in this and eat out of it so metal with a handle. Available via the BXM Expeditions website.

Mug

 

Wash kit/personal hygiene items(some items could be shared as a group)

 

Towel

SMALL travel towel

Rucksack

This is a small day sack to be used when walking to carry water, lunch, waterproofs and essentials.

Sleeping Mat

Foam ones are fine, self inflating are a little more comfortable.

Sleeping bag

Must be 3 season. Avoid down fills. Look for a comfort temperature 3 Degrees or lower.

Small overnight bag. (Your child should be able to carry this) Not too big but not too small. Your child should be able to pack their own clothes and equipment back into this bag at the end pf the trip.

To hold the children’s clothing, nightwear, towel, toothbrush etc. Please don’t send the children’s clothes in the rucksack they will need to use while out walking. They don’t need to carry this during the day. Please ensure this is NOT a suitcase.