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Duke of Edinburgh Awards Expedition Kit List

This list is an illustration of the type of items you may need when undertaking a DofE Expedition. This list is to be used as a GUIDE only and there is no obligation to buy the specific items we recommend.


1 pair walking boots (broken in)
2 pairs walking socks
2 pairs sock liners (optional)
2-3 t-shirts
Thermal t-shirt (optional)
2 fleece tops or similar
2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans)
Flipflops/trainers/sandals etc. (optional for campsite use)
Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate)
1 pair gloves (if appropriate)
1 pair shorts (if appropriate)
Sunblock (if appropriate)
1 pair gaiters (optional)
Waterproof over-trousers
Jacket/coat (waterproof & windproof)


Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags)
Sleeping mat
Sleeping bag
Waterproof bag (e.g. for storing sleeping bag)
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Survival bag
Small quantity of money (optional)
Notebook & pen/pencil
Torch (handheld or head torch and spare batteries)
Personal first aid kit
Emergency food rations
Water bottle (1-2 Litres)
Knife, fork, spoon
Small pocket knife/pocket tool
Box of matches (in waterproof container)
Wash kit/personal hygiene items (some items could be shared as a group)

GROUP KIT (to carry between the team)

Camping stove(s)
Camping stove fuel in an appropriate
& safe container
Cooking pans
Tea towels
Food (lightweight & including snacks)
Plastic bags (for rubbish etc.)
Toilet paper
Maps (1:25 000/1:50 000)
Map cases
Camera (optional)
Tick remover (location-dependent - ask your Supervisor)

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL KIT for you to consider

These are items that might not be necessary on every expedition but which can be very useful/essential in certain situations.

Hydration pack
Storm shelter
Stove multidisc (collander/lid/cutting board)
Pre-packed expedition food
After-sun cream
Insect repellent
Waterproofing (pre-expedition )
Spare boot laces
Tin opener
Ball, playing cards etc.
Mosquito net
Emergency lightsticks
Water purifying tablets
Travel plug
Security pouch

Remember, equipment should be checked by your Expedition Supervisor for its suitability before the start of the expedition.