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Day Walk In Remote Country

Standard Kit List

Note – This is a standard list and may vary for specific events – Please check with the activity leader

Personal Equipment

  • Waterproof walking boots (not Wellingtons or trainers). These must support the ankle.
  • Walking socks – synthetic material, or wool.
  • Base layer tee shirt or similar made of synthetic material (Football shirts are good)
  • Quick drying trousers made of synthetic material (e.g. Scout uniform trousers, walking trousers or some tracksuit bottoms NOT jeans or jogging pants)
  • Jumper made of synthetic material (e.g. microfleece)
  • Waterproof cagoule
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Gaiters (Optional)
  • Warm Hat
  • Gloves (Preferable Ski Type waterproof)
  • Rucsack (circa 20 litres)
  • Rucsack waterproof liner (e.g. strong plastic bag)
  • Whistle
  • Torch (With spare batteries)
  • Survival Bag
  • First aid kit
  • Lightweight re-sealable container(s) to carry min 1L drink.
  • ‘Sit Mat’ (Optional)
  • Additional jumpers in rucksack (extra to those worn at start of walk)
  • Spare Socks
  • Lunch – Mix of slow and fast release energy; e.g.  Cornish pasty and chocolate bar
  • Sweets – to keep in pocket and munch while walking
  • Emergency rations (High energy food for emergency use only – e.g.  Kendal Mint Cake, chocolate etc.). Get something you don’t like so not tempted to eat it in a non-emergency.

It is important that everyone has all the personal equipment listed. Please contact leaders in advance of the event if this presents difficulties as we do have some spare kit.

Lightweight ‘sports’ cagoules are seldom up to the job for a full day in the rain. Please talk to us about this if you are unsure, it would be sad for anyone to pull out because of a hypothermia risk.

Some types of clothing do cause particular problems and should be avoided. The general maxim is “Cotton Kills”. ‘Jogging pants’ made of sweatshirt type material become very heavy when wet and take a long time to dry. Jeans not only become heavy when wet but the weave opens making them very cold in winds, so jeans are never suitable for outdoor Scout activities.

The best way to keep warm is to use several thin layers rather than one thick one. The best materials are synthetic, specialised outdoor materials, Microfleece jumpers are a good example. These have come down in price dramatically over the last couple of years and can be used for many activities outside Scouting.

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