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Duke of Edinburgh expedition kit list

Take a look at everything you need for your Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

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Here are some things that you’ll need for your DofE expedition. This list is a guide to the items you may need, so remember to check with your volunteers if there is anything else you may need.

You can also take a look at the official DofE Expedition Kit List, which include recommendations from the award providers.

  • Rucksack
  • Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Waterproof bag
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Whistle
  • Torch (handheld or head torch and spare batteries)
  • Personal and first aid kit
  • Food (including emergency rations)
  • Water bottle
  • Unbreakable cutlery, plate and bowl and mug
  • Box of matches in waterproof container
  • Wash kit and personal hygiene items (some items could be shared as a group)
  • Sunblock
  • Towel
  • Small quantity of money (optional)
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Watch
  • Tent(s)
  • Camping stove(s)
  • Camping stove fuel (in an appropriate and safe container)
  • Cooking pans
  • Scourers
  • Tin opener (if required)
  • Tea towels and washing up liquid
  • Plastic bags (for rubbish or damp clothing and so on)
  • Toilet paper or trowel
  • Maps (1:25 000/1:50 000)
  • Compass
  • Map cases
  • Camera (optional)
  • Tick remover (location dependent - ask your Supervisor)
  • Survival bag
  • Hydration pack
  • Storm shelter
  • Stove multidisc (lid/chopping board)
  • Pre-packed expedition food
  • Head/Neck scarf                   
  • After-sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Stopwatch                     
  • Waterproofing (pre-expedition)
  • String                             
  • Spare boot laces       
  • Walking poles           
  • Ball, playing cards or similar
  • Mosquito net
  • Emergency lightsticks
  • Water purifying tablets
How to pack your DofE rucksack

Heavy items close to your back, waterproofs at the top, head torch in a pocket.

Find out how best to pack your rucksack here

Packing for residential events and Nights Away

Whether you’re a first time camper or an experienced camper, take a look at our guidance so you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable camping trip.

Packing for residential events and Nights Away >


Make sure that there is adequate insurance in place for people, property and equipment.