This list is based on our own experiences and opinions and as such should not be taken as a definitive list for all. You should tailor any lists you use to cater for your specific needs, skills, experience and job in hand. 1st-harrison Ltd do not accept any responsibility regarding the information provided which should be used as a basis to start thinking with. Once you have your own definitive list you should tick off each item as you pack it to ensure you don't forget or double up kit. Before any trip it is best to get your entire team together (if possible) to oversee each others kit and how it is packed. Doing this allows time to fix mistakes, remove redundant kit and share each others knowledge. Enjoy!
Things to consider when planning/improving a kit list:
How long are you away for
What terrain are you likely to cover
What tasks lay ahead
Can you get new supplies on the trip i.e. take cash for shops or reach a basecamp
Can some kit be split between team members
It's a good idea to write down every day you will be away and to write down each task you can think may occur. This gives you an idea of how your kit will be used and will also highlight transportation and/or supply issues.
Base layer t-shirt
Base layer trousers
Loose fit trousers
Jumper / Fleece / Soft shell
Windproof jacket (waterproof is also good but not essential if you have a waterproof poncho/jacket too
Hats - wool orwaterproof, peak, ear flaps, protective - all things to consider
Gloves - leather is best
Swimwear - if required
Socks -thermal, coolmax, travel, hiking, blister prevention, normal, hot weather how many pairs...
Walking Trainers, shoes,hiking boots, military boots, snow boots, crampons
Spare laces (or paracord)
Boot care kit - G-Wax (waterproofing), polish, brushes etc.
Rucksack liners - to prevent damp
Drysacks - to prevent damp
Waterproof rucksack cover
Day sack - great for a days hiking
45 litre rucksack - ideal for carrying that extra bit of kit but keeping weight to a minimum
65 litre rucksack- good allrounder. Large enough to carry all you need if you are carefull. Shouldn't be too heavy if prepared well.
85 litre rucksack - great workhorse for expeditions where you need to carry everything including food e.g. for a weeks walking. Probably too heavy for some when full
Military Style Rucksack - great for hiking or patrol
100 litre - serious storage for serious journeys or ideal as a travel rucksack where you are not expected to hike long distances
70-100 litre Ruckcase - Perfect for International travel on plains, trains & automobiles. Can be used as a travel case or as a rucksack. Includes detachable daysack
Note: security padlocks are great for some zippers
Maps - 1:25,000, 1:50,000
Notebook and pen(s)
Mobile (beware of bad reception)
Mobile battery charger (wind-up or plug-in)
Sat-Nav (check what countries are covered by your software)
Torch (batteries, kinetic) - light filters required?
Painkillers, plasters, blister patches, foot talc, safety pins, bandages, water purification, sun lotion/bug repellent - Avon's "Skin So Soft" is great, malaria tablets(doctor), personal medication (doctor), cotton buds, small scissors/pocket knife
Leg/arm support bandages if required
Food - IMPORTANT - check items can be cooked on your intended stove/fire. If using dry food ensure you will have enough water. Remove all unnessesary packaging as it weighs a lot!
Pots, pans, mess tins
Mugs & Flasks
Knife Fork Spoon
Cooker - solid, gas, etc
Fuel - solid blocks, gas, etc
Fire Lighting kit - lighter, matches, magnesium block, etc
Wash Kit - include toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, shaving kit, towel, toilet paper, tampons, wipes
Folding Field Toilet for base camp - take replacement bags
Water bottles/hydration pack - drinking water - always at least 2 liters- lasts me a day usually. Splitting your water into more than one bottle can help balance your rucksack weight out and reduces chance of loosing all your water in a silly accident.
Additional cooking/cleaning water?
Tent - what size e.g. I use a two man tent to ensure I can sleep with my rucksack inside. Check you have spare tent pegs & no leaks!
Hammock - if required
Basha / Poncho
Paracord - always good to have - you'll be surprised how usefull this is in so many situations!
Emergency bivi bag
Sleeping bags - tropical, 1- 2 season, 3-4 season,4+ season extreme climate
Sleeping bag liner
Sleeping mat - foam, self-inflating, full comfort or lightweight
small emergency survival kit - can include various items e.g. matches, fishing line & weights, small blade, wire saw, button compass, whistle, a durex is a great emergency water container, water purification, fishing hooks, needles
Walking poles x 2
Waterproof map case
Leg Gaiters - to protect feet & legs from water etc
Neck gaiters - to protect neck & face. Can also be a hat so very versatile
Shemagh/scarf/scrim net - olive, desert, DPM, digital, snow, etc
Ice-axe - if required
Identification / Paperwork
Ensure you take any registration paperwork that may be required i.e. booking numbers
Do you need id with you to proove identity, age, driving licence...
Camera - remember films, memory sticks and/or chargers
Camo face paint
Weaponry - include cleaning kit
Job specific kit
Webbing - tailored to job
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