We have had a few questions about kit for training weekends so we have put this together for you as a guide. We don’t guarantee it’s 100% complete – something always gets forgotten – but it should give you an idea!
- If you arranged to bring a tent, make sure you do bring it!
- Travel in top half uniform including camp scarf
- Main bag containing your clothes etc
- Day bag (e.g. for on coach) – small day rucksack suitable for hiking
- Hiking boots – there will be plenty of hiking – The training weekends will generally involve a hike – make sure you have boots or you may end up being sent home to get some!
- Trainers/approach shoes
- T-shirts/shirts, underwear, socks, shorts, long trousers etc taking into account the weather.
- Something warm to wear in the evening when it cools down.
- Fleece or similar
- Full waterproofs – jacket and trousers. Note that this needs to be a proper waterproof breathable type jacket with taped seams (unless you’re going Paramo! 🙂 ) and not just a cheap pac-a-mac – if you don’t own one look to borrow one.
- Warm hat and gloves
When thinking about clothing, consider that when we’re hiking and otherwise out in bad weather you will want to use a layer system so make sure you have clothing that will work with that.
- Wash kit
- Water bottle(s) (min 1.5 litres total, I usually carry more for a big hike myself!)
- Plastic lunch box (you will need this for your packed lunch daily unless you like squashed sandwiches!)
- Plate/bowl (or mess tins), mug (suitable for hot drinks), cutlery.
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- Pillow if you want one
- Torch (lightweight LED one best)
- Sunglasses, sun cream, hat (summer events)
- Personal first aid kit including blister plasters
- Spending money if desired
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you may need
- Penknife if you wish if parents are happy with this (folding non-locking small type)
- Folding chair/stool
We suggest you don’t bring mobile phones, MP3 players, laptops/tablets, Kindles etc to meetings and events (if you want to bring a camera a cheap or disposable one is best). From experience they can get wet, damaged or lost, usually there is no opportunity to charge them, and we can’t take responsibility for them. If you do wish to bring these on events we suggest you consider your own insurance against loss/damage and please don’t use them when you are meant to be doing something else!