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Packing for residential events and Nights Away

Whether you’re a first time camper or an experienced camper, putting together a kit list is one of the best ways you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable camping trip.

While Nights Away evens are all about having fun and trying new things,  it's important to have the right kits to do it with.

Making sure you have everything you need for your residential event, as well as the journey, is a great way to help settle any nerves too, making sure you can focus on making memories and trying out new activities.

Your Scout group will provide you with a kit list, so it’s always best to follow that as the volunteers running the trip will know where you’re staying and what you need.

Advice for writing a kit list

Take a look at our advice for writing a kit list, including an example list for individuals attending camps, sleepovers and residentials.

Advice for writing a kit list >
Useful items for the whole group

Planning a Nights Away event, such as a camp, means having the right tools to keep everyone happy and comfortable.

Items that a trip leader might bring >
Packing tips, kit guidance and looking after equipment

Get some top packing tips, as well as find out how to choose and look after your kit.

Packing for nights away >

It's important to make sure that there is adequate insurance in place for people, property and equipment, including anything hired or borrowed.

Insurance >
First Aid, accessibility and medicine

Take a look at our guidance on medication, first aid kits, periods, and incidents and illnesses. Remember, all medical conditions and medications must be treated confidentially. 

Learn about Safety in Scouts >
Practise packing with our activities

Take a look at the following activities to get you ready for packing for Nights Away events:

Taking part in adventurous activities

For adventurous activities, the person leading the trip as the permit holder will create a kit list and let you know if you need any specified kit.

Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme >
The DofE Award Expedition Kit List

Here are some things that you’ll need for your DofE expedition.

Expedition Kit List >