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)
- *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.
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)
- 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