Duke Of Edinburgh Kit List
The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is very popular amongst the Younger Generations and at Breaking Free we have supported this scheme for many years. It's a great way to get people interested in the outdoors and teaches valuable life skills. Below is our Duke Of Edinburgh Kit List, you can use and adapt this for your Bronze, Silver and Gold Expeditions, as well as most trips into the outdoors. Remember to always check weather conditions and pack accordingly, and be prepared.
Duke of Edinburgh Kit List:
1 Pair of Walking Boots, worn in.
2 Pairs Walking Socks - Bridgedale Light Hikers give extra cushioning while you walk, if you suffer from blisters try a pair of Coolmax Liners
2-3 T-Shirts - we advise staying away from Cotton, it will trap sweat and become sticky and uncomfortable, try merino wool or man made synthetics to keep you cool and dry.
1 Thermal T-Shirt - (optional) If its going to be chilly for your expedition, or a clear, cold night, a base layer will keep you warm.
2 Fleece Tops - Fleece will trap your body heat and keep you warm while you walk.
2 Walking Trousers - Jeans will chafe and rub and become heavy when wet, sensible walking trousers are a fraction of the weight and will shed water easily.
Underwear - avoid cotton and try synthetics or natural fibres such as merino wool, these will wick moisture away from your body and keep you feeling dry and comfortable.
Waterproof Jacket - Don't leave the house without one, even if it's not going to rain, areas where you do your expeditions are often exposed and windy, they also work as an emergency shelter should you require it and stop your bum getting wet when you sit down. Go for something lightweight and packable, then if you really don't need it its not filling your bag.
Waterproof Trousers - the same goes for waterproof trousers, they may seem like overkill, but you'll never know when you might need them.
Warm Hat or Sunhat - Keep your head warm if its cold, keep the sun off its its warm
Gloves - (if appropriate) You won't need anything too warm unless your doing your expedition in the middle of winter, try the Berghaus Spectrum gloves, a light weight fleece glove that will help keep the chill off.
Shorts - (if appropriate) Shorts are great if your walking in the warmer months, but alos make sure you have at least one pair of trousers as the evenings can still get quite cold
Sunblock - (if appropriate) Always wear Sunblock, its a no-brainer.
RuckSack - Make sure you get one thats big enough for all of your gear, with nice padded straps and lots of pockets. An adjustable back harness will create the perfect fit for you.
Rucksack Liner - It's very important to keep everything dry as well as you can. A couple of roll top sacs will protect your belongings in the fiecest storms.
Sleeping Bag - pick one thats right for the conditions. SnugPacks Crysalis range will pack small but there are different temperature ranges they can deal with.
Sleeping Mat - go for a foam mat for simplicity or a self inflating mat for comfort.
Waterproof bag for sleeping bag - Keep your sleeping bag dry at any cost
Survival Bag - in worst case scenario situations these can be lifesavers, the bright orange colour acts as a distress beacon and the tough plastic works as an emergency shelter and helps retain your body heat.
Whistle - another worst case scenario product, signal your wearabouts when visability is low.
Head Torch - Find things in your bag or get around the campsite after dark.
Personal First Aid Kit - If you are spending a prolonged time outdoors, the likelyhood is you will suffer from scatches or blisters orothersuch mishaps, these pocket-sized first aid kits help you deal with accidents in the field.
WaterBottle 1-2 Litres - Hydration is key, always make sure you are taking on plenty of fluids regularly, if you have concerns over the weight, take a 1 litre bottle but refill it regulalrly. Never drink from any found natural water sources.
Knife, Fork, Spoon - Obvious but still not items you would want to forget.
Plate, Bowl, Mug - Same as cutlery, don't forget them
Waterproof Matches - For lighting gas stoves and trangias
Wash Kit, Personal Hygiene Products - Stay Clean easily, all purpose soaps are eco friendly, Dry Wash doesn't require any water and is great while camping
Travel Towel - These pack down very small yet the microfibre surface absorbs a lot of water, making them perfect for camping and backpacking