Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition Kit List
Clothes should be light and quick drying.
If you can manage without an optional thing – cross it out!
Remember – NO COTTON (Jeans, T-shirts, Heavy cotton hoodies) X
|What to wear
· Walking trousers – NOT jeans
· Fleece (warm/light/quick drying)
· Walking socks
· Walking boots (be sure they are comfortable)
|In hot weather
· Sun hat
· Sun cream
· Light long-sleeved shirt
· Light weight long trousers
|In wet weather
· Wear your waterproof coat and trousers as soon as rain starts.
· DO NOT bring cotton hoodies – cotton holds on to moisture, hoods just become wet and annoying.
· If your boots are not fully water proof – put small, strong poly bags (e.g.freezer bags) over your walking socks, inside your boots.
|In cold weather
· Extra thermal layers (thin & light) e.g. thermal shirt
· Warm hat and gloves (preferably water proof if rain forecast)
· Sturdy water bottles can double up as hot water bottles (Bliss!)
· Sleeping bag liner/ 4 seasons sleeping bag if you have one
|Essential Personal kit
· Good quality water proof jacket with a hood
· Water proof trousers
· 65 litre rucksack *
· 4 sturdy bin bags / dry bags/ rucksack liners
· Sleeping mat* (foam mat is lighter than inflatable)
· Sleeping bag (light but warm enough for conditions)
· Torch (small)
· Mug, bowl, cutlery (spork?)
· Water (1.5 – 2 litres)
· Spare clothes in case you get wet. (could double as night-wear) e.g. T-shirt, long sleeved T-shirt and jogging trousers.
· 4 x Spare pair walking socks
· 4 x Spare underwear
· Lightweight towel (tea towel works well)
· Light toilet bag (see below)
|Essential Group kit – share out
· Trangia stove*
· Fuel bottle and fuel*
· Map/map case/route card*
· Survival bag*
· Compass (at least 2 per group)
· Watch (at least 1 per group) – used for navigation.
· Matches in plastic bag to keep dry (2 per group)
· Washing up liquid and scourers.
· Mobile phone in sealable plastic bag (optional)
· Way to record info for your ‘Aim’ e.g. notebook and pen or camera.
· Bin bags – Big ones for camp sites plus small ones for journeys.
|Advice about Food
· NO raw meat
· Vacuum packed frankfurters/ salami will keep if you love meat.
· Dehydrated food is lightest
· Avoid tins/jars (too heavy)
· Food that has worked well for groups: pasta parcels/ quick cook pasta/ cous-cous / pasta sauces /tvp/ beanfeast / nuts /dried fruit
Day 1 = lunch / snacks / group meal
Day 2=breakfast/snacks/lunch/group meal
Day 3=breakfast/snacks/lunch/group meal
Day 4 = breakfast / snacks / lunch
Emergency rations e.g. Kendal mintcake / chocolate / cereal bar – not to be eaten unless there is an emergency.
|First Aid Kit
· Own prescription medication [including asthma pumps & epipens]
· Blister prevention = blister plasters or zinc oxide tape.
· Blister treatment = non-adhesive dressings and micropore tape
· Disposable gloves
· Plasters (waterproof)
· Sterile wound dressing
· Micropore tape
· Triangular bandage
· Paracetamol / ibuprofen if used.
· Insect repellent (optional)
NOTE: if you have specific medical needs or allergies ensure your leader knows.
(Keep to minimum- most items can be shared between group members for lightness. Bring only enough for your trip)
· Tooth brush
· Hand sanitiser (optional)
· Hair brush (optional)
· Liquid soap / shampoo
|Optional extras (but adds extra weight)
· Light weight shoes for camp-site (crocks /flip-flops)
· Cards/ light games / small ball
*The items in Bold can be supplied by us. If participants would like to use their own compass/ rucksacks / tents / sleeping mats that is fine.
We give out borrowed kit on the morning of the expedition – if you are borrowing a rucksack just bring your kit to school in a large holdall that can be left in the minibus.
Maximum weight of bag = quarter of your body weight
|Body weight / Stone||Body weight / Kg||Max bag weight / kg|
|11||70||17 only if very fit & strong|
|11.5||73||18 only if very fit & strong|