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DUKE OF EDINBURGH: RECOMMENDED KIT LIST

Preparation is key to a successful DofE Expedition. A well-planned route and slick navigation skills are crucial, but so is getting the correct gear and equipment. Here is our Duke of Edinburch kit list, which features solely Recommended Kit tested and shortlisted by DofE Staff and expedition teams.


Recommened Kit

BOOTS

Your walking boots should move moisture away from the skin to reduce the risk of blisters while letting heat escape and cool air enter, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. They also support the feet and ankles so that you can confidently move over rugged landscapes, especially when fatigue sets in.

SLEEPING BAGS

The recommended sleeping bags are toasty enough for DofE Expeditions, but stuff down small so minimal pack space is sacrificed. You can add some warmth and comfort with a DofE recommended mosquito-repellent sleeping bag liner.

PACK

40-60L backpacks are perfect for multi-day trips where you’ll need space for camping and cooking equipment. Our recommended packs are all hydration bladder compatible for quick and convenient drinking while on the move. 

 

Tip: Don’t pack at the very last minute! Practise before your trip so that you’re getting the most out of your backpack.

COOKING STOVE

This simple stove is equipped with non-stick pans for no-fuss cooking. It also packs up small into its own windshield. Light your stove with these reliable and recommended windproof matches, which even ignite in heavy rain!

COOKWARE

No camp kitchen is complete without a lightweight and durable mug, plate and utensils. The cutlery also locks together for easy and organised storage.

TENT

Whether you invest in a two- or three-person tent depends on the size of your group, but it’s worth checking out the various styles of shelter: some offer extra porch space for cooking and storing packs; others provide more sleeping and sprawling space. On these selected tents, the flysheet and inner are pitched at the same time for quick and convenient camping after a long day’s hiking.

 

Tip: Divide the sheet, pegs and poles with your group to save on weight!

 

NAVIGATION

A reliable map and compass is essential, but also is knowing how to use them properly!

SAFETY

A first aid kit, plus a survival whistle and survival bag for emergencies, are must-haves. 

 

Tip: Survival bags can also be used for insulation on lunch and tea stops! Pack some chlorine dioxide tablets so that you don’t have to carry more than one day of drinking water. You might also need a tick remover for some areas. Check with your DofE Supervisor about the tick risk!

Lifesystems

ACCESSORIES

Mountain Formula sun protection, insect repellent and a mosquito net will help protect your skin, while a wash bag and secure body wallet can help organise your pack.

 

Other Duke of Edinburgh Kit

ALTHOUGH SNOW+ROCK DO NOT STOCK ANY DofE STAFF RECOMMENDED KIT FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, THESE SHOULD BE IN EVERY BUDDING EXPLORER'S PACK FOR CAMPING AND WALKING TRIPS LIKE THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD -

 

SOCKSTechnical walking socks (rather than regular socks), work with your boots to help maximise moisture control to increase comfort and reduce the risk of blisters (you can read more about the benefits HERE). Take extra pairs for multi-day walks!

 

BASE LAYERBy moving sweat away from your skin, a base layer keeps you dry and comfortable. Simply wearing a regular tee won’t do this!

 

FLEECEMoves sweat away from your skin and adds a bit of warmth.

 

SOFTSHELLA great alternative to a fleece. These give you some insulation by acting as a windbreaker. Different softshells have different levels of water resistance.

 

WATERPROOFSA breathable, waterproof jacket with an adjustable hood and plenty of storage is a must-have. Waterproof trousers are also handy, just in case the weather turns.

 

SYNTHETIC INSULATION/DOWN JACKETGreat for camping. Even in the summer, it’s nice to have some extra insulation for lunch and tea stops.

 

HYDRATIONA water bladder and a 1L water bottle should suffice for a day walk.

 

HEAD TORCHEven if you’re not camping, a head torch is handy for walking in fading light. Don’t forget to pack spare batteries!

 

SLEEPING MATYou can choose from simple roll-out foam mats to the more comfortable inflatable ones.

 

MAP CASEProtect your map during rainy navigation (and keep it secured around your neck in windy weather).

 


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