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DofE Kit List

The following list is a standard equipment list for DoE Expeditions at all levels; it is not designed to take into account specific conditions that may be encountered in some environments and should be considered a base level list. 
Key: E = Essential R = Recommended L = Luxury 


Where there are two or three items of clothing it assumes you will be wearing one and that the others will be carried in your rucksack. 

  • Boots (E) - Boots must cover the anklebone to provide support when carrying a rucksack, they should be comfortable and broken in (50 miles walked to break in a pair of boots). Fashion boots such as timberland boots are not suitable. 
  • Fleece lightweight x 2 (E) - cotton hoodies are not appropriate at any level, especially not at Gold level as they do not dry out or keep you warm when wet. 
  • Trekking trousers x 2 (E) - any lightweight quick drying synthetic trousers are excellent, not denim, cotton or canvas.
  • Base layers (E) Synthetic material, wicking t-shirts x 2 ~ ideally, one of which should be long-sleeved 
  • Underwear (E) x 3 sets 
  • Socks (E) x 2 or 3 pairs of good quality walking socks
  • Warm hat and gloves x 2 (E) 
  • Waterproofs (E) Trousers and jacket - All waterproofs must have taped seams, jackets must have fixed hoods 
  • Thermal tshirt (long sleeved) (A)
  • Thermal Long Johns (A)
  • Gaiters (A)
  • Golder over dry sacks (assorted sizes) or heavy duty orange camping bags- for spare clothes and sleeping bags. (Plastic carrier bags or bin liners do not give adequate waterproofing) (A)

Camping Equipment 

  • *Rucksack 60 litres capacity (E) and Rucksack cover (E) - The rucksack must have a waterproof cover; unfortunately, there is no such thing as a waterproof rucksack. 
  • *Sleeping bag (E) - For Sept – April expeditions, a three season sleeping bag is recommended, if this is not possible a fleece liner can be added to a lighter weight sleeping bag and participants can wear thermals whilst sleeping. 
  • *Roll matt (E) 
  • *Bowl/mess tin (E) 
  • Mug (E) 
  • Spoon (E) 
  • Wash kit (L) toothbrush (E) - Cosmetics, deodorants, shower gel, towels etc are all unnecessary and only give the participant more weight in their rucksack.
  • Water Bottle/s and water purification tablets (E) - capacity to carry 2 litres of water 
  • Head torch and spare batteries (E) 
  • Personal first aid kit (E) 
  • Personal medications (remember to check expiry dates) 
  • Compeed blister plasters
  • Waterproofing for important kit (E) 
  • Rucksacks should not exceed 25% of a person's bodyweight. As a rough guide this will be 15 kilos for a girl and 17 kilos for a boy. Trainers/Supervisors will weigh all rucksacks prior to the group departing.
  • No knives including pen-knives, are permitted.

Group Kit 

The following items of kit should be divided between members of the group to ensure that loads are equally distributed: 

  • *Tent 2/3 persons (E)** 
  • *Stoves per 2/3 persons (E)** 
  • *Fuel as appropriate (E)** 
  • Matches/lighter (E)** 
  • Wash up kit (E)** 
  • *Compass (E) - 2 per group (1 spare) 
  • *Map of the area (E) - 2 per group (1 spare) ** 
  • Map case for paper maps (E) 
  • Matches/lighter
  • Washing up kit
  • Sun cream (factor 30 min) (E) seasonal 
  • Toilet paper and trowel (one per group) (E) make sure you keep toilet roll dry.
  • Camera, notebook (laminated paper) and permanent marker pen – recommended for the practice but essential on qualifying expedition for your purpose/project. 

*Items Available from Mr Fox