Discover our advice on what to take on your DofE expedition. This is to be used as a guide and we recommend suitable products at each level of your DofE award. You can download a printable pdf of the kit list we recommend and scroll down for more information on each item.

Check you have everything


Base Layers

This is the layer worn next to the skin; it allows your body's natural processes to work effectively. This layer needs to wick sweat away to keep you dry and this in turn helps to regulate your temperature. If sweat is kept in the base layer, you'll get cold quite quickly once you stop.

They use natural fibres like bamboo and merino wool or synthetic fibres like polyester and polypropylene. Natural fibres are great at reducing odour and can be used on multi-day hikes.

Mid Layers
Outer Layers
Neck Tube

Personal kit


A rucksack is one of your most important pieces of kit, as this is how you will transport all of your gear. Expedition rucksacks are typically 65 litres and that includes all of the external pockets. It's worth pointing out that very few rucksacks are waterproof, so if you're stuck in a heavy downpour you need to make sure everything inside is protected. You can either use bin bags or a dedicated dry bag that will be much sturdier.

Sleeping Mat
Sleeping Bag
First Aid Kit
Eating Equipment
Survival Bag

Group kit


For group tents, ideally a 2 or 3 person tent is suitable as you can split the weight between the group. One person can carry the poles and flysheet and another person can carry the inner tent and pegs.

Cooking Equipment

Walking and camping

At BXM Expeditions we have been involved in the outdoors for years and pride ourselves on being able to give sound and honest advice to anyone looking to reach the hills or the mountains.

Whether you’re heading out on a multi-day gold expedition in the Scottish mountains or an overnight bronze expedition in Cheddar Gorge, we have got you covered.

No matter where you’re going, you need to make sure your kit is kept dry and your bag is full of everything you need.

Make sure you check all your kit before you go. Make sure that your batteries on your head torch work and that your compass needle is pointing the right way. Double checking things like how many pairs of socks you have and that you have remembered your spork will make for a much more enjoyable experience.