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 DofE kit list, which features solely Recommended Kit tested and shortlisted by DofE Staff and expedition teams.
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!
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!
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.
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 -
SOCKS: Technical 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 LAYER: By moving sweat away from your skin, a base layer keeps you dry and comfortable. Simply wearing a regular tee won’t do this!
FLEECE: Moves sweat away from your skin and adds a bit of warmth.
SOFTSHELL: A great alternative to a fleece. These give you some insulation by acting as a windbreaker. Different softshells have different levels of water resistance.
WATERPROOFS: A 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 JACKET: Great for camping. Even in the summer, it’s nice to have some extra insulation for lunch and tea stops.
HYDRATION: A water bladder and a 1L water bottle should suffice for a day walk.
HEAD TORCH: Even if you’re not camping, a head torch is handy for walking in fading light. Don’t forget to pack spare batteries!
SLEEPING MAT: You can choose from simple roll-out foam mats to the more comfortable inflatable ones.
MAP CASE: Protect your map during rainy navigation (and keep it secured around your neck in windy weather).