| Item Needed
|| Some Advice |
| 1 pair walking boots (broken in)
||Over the ankle, good grip and laces
|2 pairs walking socks
|| Wool is a good material, do not spend too much, if you are worried about blisters then look for 1000 miler socks
|2 base layers (sleeves dependant on weather)
|| From t-shirts to sports tops. Thin, no collar is advised. For long sleeve, look for thermal attributes.
| Thermal base layer (long sleeve)
||Depending on weather
|2 micro fleece tops or softshell jackets
|| Thin fleeces are better than thick ones for regulating heat. Softshell jackets block the wind well.
| 2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans)
||Options: sports trousers, zip off trousers, shorts in good weather
|| Keep it thin and ensure it is kept dry
| Flipflops/ sandals etc
(optional for evenings)
||Make sure they are light
|Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate)
|| Hats are important, everyone likes to see different hats
| 1 pair gloves (if appropriate)
||If you suffer from cold fingers, Mittens are better
|1 pair shorts (if appropriate)
|| Dependent on weather
| Sun-cream or sunblock (if appropriate)
||Please make sure you have this if the weather looks good
|1 pair gaiters (optional)
|| Optional but advisable for walking in Brecon Beacons, Exmoor, Dartmoor Chilterns, and Scotland.
| Waterproof over-trousers
||A cheap pairs are adequate. They are very useful even in good weather to block wind when wearing shorts.
|Jacket (waterproof & windproof)
|| A good hood (with wire is advisable) and TAPED SEAMS. Breathable attributes are really advisable at Silver and Gold level.
|Buff or neckscarf
|| A crucial bit of kit, available at a great price direct with BXM Expeditions on the website.
| Item Needed
|| Specific items we recommend |
||65 Litres (We can provide a good Lowe Alpine one for £90. You can pick more affordable rucksacks up for as little as £15.
|Rucksack liner (or 2 strong bin liners)
|| Lining your rucksack is essential
| Sleeping mat
||Roll matts for £5 are adequate or a thermarest are also very good but more expensive
|| 3 Season is strongly recommended. A mummy sleeping bag with a hood.
| 6 Bin Liners or dry bags
||Bring plenty and as a group consider bringing different
|| You will be taught about this on your training
|| Digital is better
|| Head Torch or chest torch only please.
| Spare batteries for your head torch
|Personal first aid kit (see below)
| Emergency food rations
||You will be taught about this on your training
|Water bottle (2 Litres)
|| You need to bring two 1 litre bottles filled with water on arrival day. In extreme hot weather, you should bring three.
| Knife, fork, spoon
||Or a Spork
|| The longer the edge on the side, the better. No keyring or cracker compasses please.
|| You will need to cook in this and eat out of it so metal with a handle.
|Box of matches (in waterproof container) or a lighter
|Wash kit/personal hygiene items (some items could be shared as a group)
(some items could be shared)
|| SMALL travel towel
| A good first aid kit will include the following: |
| At least 2 pairs of disposable vinyl (latex-free) disposable gloves|
| A large individually-wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressingA large individually-wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressing|
| An individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressing|
| An assortment of individually wrapped sterile unmedicated adhesive dressings (e.g. Melolin) |
| An individually wrapped triangular bandage|
| 2-3 individually wrapped antiseptic wipes|
| Crepe bandage|
| Large safety pins|
| Small pair of safety/medical scissors|
| A pair of tweezers|
| Assorted adhesive plasters (e.g. zinc oxide, fabric strip, waterproof)|
| Microporous (medical) adhesive tape|
| Blister plasters|
| Chiropody felt|
| Burns wound dressing|
| Eye wash (can also act as a wound wash)|