Packing a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition Rucksack

This video explains how to pack a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition rucksack.

There are items of kit that you’ll share with your tent group. These items, things like the tent and stove, are called the group kit. Lay out all the items of group kit and decide with the people you’re sharing a tent with how to split it up.

Here’s a list of all the kit you’ll need, both group kit and personal kit.

Group Kit
  • Tents
  • Map cases, maps and route cards
  • Stove
  • Gas Canister
Personal Kit
  • Watch
  • Two one litre water bottles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Mug
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Torch
  • Midge hood
  • Whistle
  • Plastic survival bag
  • 70 litre rucksack
  • Rucksack liner or think plastic bag to go inside the rucksack
  • Hand sanitising gel
  • Lighter / matches
  • First Aid kit
  • Compass
  • Washing up sponge and washing up liquid
  • Personal wash kit: toothbrush, toothpaste and soap
  • Toilet paper (kept in a plastic bag, only enough for the expedition, not a whole roll)
  • Walking boots
  • Walking trousers (tracksuit bottoms, leggings or polyester / cotton walking trousers. Not Jeans)
  • Thermal top
  • Jumper
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
  • Thick socks ­ 2 pairs
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat / cap

Top tips:

  • Stuff sacks are really useful for organising your kit. They are waterproof and come in different sizes. If you don’t have any use a few think plastic carrier bags or for smaller items a zip-lock plastic freezer bag.
  • Items of kit that you aren’t likely to use during the day; things like your tent, stove and spare clothes; should go at the bottom or your rucksack. Items you’ll need during the day; like waterproofs, snacks and water, should go in to top of the rucksack.
  • If your rucksack has an internal compartment, open it up so that it creates one big large space, this makes it easier to pack.
  • Always use a rucksack liner to prevent your your kit getting wet. Never just rely on a waterproof rucksack liner to keep your kit dry.

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