You won’t need everything on this list for every event and we’ll tell you if there’s anything special needed for a particular event, so it’s a reminder list of what may be wanted hence the splitting into essential, desirable etc. We have rucksacks and compressor sacks you can borrow, and usually some pairs of pre-loved boots, often with very little wear.

For DofE expeditions we have lightweight tents and cooking kit and we’ll give you detailed lists of what other kit you’ll need when you’re preparing - you have to carry everything for 2, 3, or 4 days so every gramme counts.

Essential items:


Desirable items:


Nice to have but not too important:


Not really worth bothering with:

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