For many, a Duke of Ed expedition is their first attempt at a multi-day hike, and for some carrying everything required for a two – four day bush walk is the biggest challenge of the whole Award.
While this Duke of Ed kit list may not look like much stuff, be aware that every gram counts when you’re walking for hours.
Knowing the essentials and working out what’s unnecessary is part of the learning process. This list is a head start.
This is our recommended Duke of Ed equipment list for participants on our Adventurous Journeys.
Download the full equipment checklist to ensure you have everything.
Duke of Edinburgh Kit List
Your Supervisor will have the following safety equipment:
- Maps and compasses for everyone.
- SPOT Tracker for parents to track the journey.
- Personal Locator Beacon
- Mobile and Satellite phone.
- First Aid Kit.
What to Wear
Wear one set of clothes to walk in every day, and another to wear every night. Cool, comfortable and covered during the day and warm and dry at night.
Wool/merino, polypropylene and any ‘outdoors’ clothing have better temperature control, dry faster and are preferred over cotton and non-breathable synthetics. Cotton only works well in very hot conditions but stays wet a long time if it’s raining. Jeans are inappropriate.
Hiking boots are preferable, but trainers are OK. Wear your most comfortable shoes. Please ensure they are ‘worn-in’ before this hike by wearing them around the house, the street, to the shops. New shoes can cause blisters which can ruin your hike.
Your feet may get wet and cold during the day so it is essential to keep them warm at night.
Put everything inside your pack in either a pack liner (purchased from an outdoors shop) or a heavy duty garbage bag used as a pack liner. Ensure everything will stay dry if it rains.
You don’t need clean clothes every day. Duke of Ed is not a fashion parade. Clothes are heavy and take up too much room in your pack. It’s always a good idea to walk in lightweight clothing during the day and save the warmer gear for the evening. This will also ensure it’s dry. Have one set of daytime clothes and one for at night.
The key to a great hike is great fuel. Here are some tips to consider and some food suggestions.
- A balanced hiking diet includes more fat and sugar than a normal diet.
- Buddy-up and share as much as you can – you don’t need more than one container of anything.
- Remove as much packaging as you can – re-pack in snap lock bags, they’re light and reusable.
- Label the snap lock bags (eg Lunch day 1).
- Canned food is too heavy, bottles and glass jars are heavy and may break and you have to carry out the empties.
- Pack breakfast and dinner in one big strong stuff-bag, and lunch and snacks in another of a different colour – it makes it easier to find what you want when you need it
- Do you really need a bowl? Can you eat from your pot? Do you really need a fork and a spoon?
- There are no garbage bins at campsites or on trail so you’ll have to carry out all the packaging you carry in.
- Bring the lightest food that takes the shortest time to cook. Everything has to survive without refrigeration – please don’t bring a cooler bag.