If your a young person or a parent of a young person that is doing their DofE Award. Well done for taking that first step. However, when it comes to expeditions there can be a lot to think about especially when it comes to what type and amount of kit you should take. To ensure that undue stress isn’t placed on your body your rucksack should weight no more than 1/4 (25%) of your total body mass.
Here is our 20 point kit guide for a standard Bronze DofE Award Expedition:
1) Rucksack (with a capacity of 55L-75L) – hire a Hi-Gear Tibet 65+10.
2) Tent (with at least 3000mm Hydrostatic Head) – hire a Vango Tempest 200.
3) Sleeping Bag (3 season) – hire a Vango Nitestar 250.
4) Sleeping Mat – hire a Foam Sleeping Mat.
5) Waterproof Jacket – hire a Waterproof Jacket.
6) Walking Boots (with ankle support) – Walking boots guide coming soon.
7) Food (ration packs or precooked meals) – check out Be-Well Expedition Foods.
8) Spare Clothes – Clothes guide coming soon.
9) First Aid Kit – a personal first aid kit (keep any medication you need in a separate bag).
10) Rubbish Bags – for carrying any waste produced until you find a bin.
11) Washing Up Kit – For cleaning and drying your pots and utensils after you finish eating.
12) Personal Wash Kit – Toothbrush, toothpaste, flannel and soap.
13) Watch – Managing your time is a very important skill in navigation.
14) Camera – Don’t miss out on memories plus you can use images in your final presentation.
15) Hat – something to keep the sun and rain off your face.
16) Spare underwear and socks – for a fresh feeling in the morning.
17) Flip Flops – for a bit of extra comfort on the campsite.
18) Gloves – Warm hands mean you can use your fingers.
19) Fleece Jumper – The nights can get very cold, even on the hottest of days.
20) Black Bag – Place this inside your rucksack before you pack anything and put everything in there. That way, if the rucksack gets wet your kit should stay dry.
You can add to this list but remember, you have to carry it so keep it simple, use items that you can use in multiple different ways, reduce how much packaging you take out and make sure you know how to use all your kit before you leave.