If you’re under 25 and want to complete your DofE expedition, the right gear is vital. Here’s a selection from the recommended kit list...
As most rucksacks aren’t waterproof, a big roll-top liner or smaller individual dry-bags are invaluable in the rain to stop your kit getting drenched! Pictured: Lifeventure Dristore
roll-top bags from £9.99
B MID LAYER
For overnight expeditions you’ll want at least two mid layers or fleece tops, in case one gets wet. They act as the insulating layer between your base layer and waterproof.
Pictured: Craghoppers Ionic half-zip fleece £30
C BASE LAYER
As above, you want a minimum of two base layers or T-shirts for DofE trips. If walking in summer, look for materials that ‘wick’ sweat away from your skin.
Pictured: Craghoppers Vitalise £18
D WASH BAG
You’ll be roughing it, but that doesn’t mean basic hygiene goes out the window. This’ll help you keep loo roll, soap and tooth-cleaning kit in one place.
Pictured: Lifeventure wash bag £22
E WALKING BOOTS
With the prospect of covering many miles across challenging terrain in unpredictable weather, you need reliable boots that will keep your feet dry, comfortable and well-protected.
Pictured: Berghaus Fellmaster £140
F MAP CASE
...because if your map isn’t waterproof, you’re going to need a case that is.
Pictured: Silva Carry Dry £25
Outer ‘shell’ trousers and jackets don’t just keep rain off your upper body and legs, they also protect you from wind chill. Aim for lightweight versions that pack down small in your rucksack.
Pictured: Craghoppers Reaction Lite jacket £70 & Travelite overtrousers £40
H WALKING TROUSERS
A good pair of walking trousers is often overlooked, but they’re very important bits of kit. Reinforced material in key areas such as knees and ankles is good.
Pictured: Craghoppers Terrain £35
I SLEEPING MAT
Ever tried sleeping on a cold and lumpy tent floor with just a sleeping bag? Bad idea! A lightweight, inflatable mat will help you pass the night in relative comfort.
Pictured: Vango Aero Short £35
When the sun drops you’ll need to provide your own lighting to navigate across hills and move safely around your campsite. Pack plenty of spare batteries!
Pictured: Lifesystems Intensity £25
Navigation is key to a successful DofE expedition – and despite advances in mobile and GPS technology there’s still no more reliable tool than a compass.
Pictured: Silva Expedition 4 £30
L WATER BOTTLE
Water sources can be hard to come by on multi-day trips, so you need plenty to drink in your pack. Carry at least one bottle with you, preferably two.
Pictured: Lifeventure 800ml £10
M LARGE RUCKSACK
With everything from food, tent, stove, and sleeping bag to take on expeditions, you’ll need something spacious, robust and comfortable to carry it all in.
Pictured: Vango Contour 50+10S £70
Rather than carrying your own tent and camping supplies, try splitting the weight between team members with a lightweight two-person version.
Pictured: Vango Banshee 200 £130
Sadly there are no full English breakfasts in cosy B&Bs on DofE expeditions, so get a decent stove and cooking gear.
Pictured: Trangia 25 series £70
P FIRST AID KIT
From bumps and bruises to cuts and sprains, you need something in your pack to deal with medical emergencies.
Pictured: Lifesystems Trek £14
Q SLEEPING BAG
Even in summer temperatures plummet at night. Lightweight bags are great, but their key function is keeping you warm. Pictured: Vango Ultralite 900 £90
*normal items of hillwalking gear will also be required. See here