Pack as light as possible, you will need less than you think.
What to pack in your expedition rucksack: –
• A large rucksack between 35 and 65 litres:
• Small tent or bivvy bag
• A portable stove, basically you want a stove that won’t weigh you down too much and is easy to get up and going. There are lots of tasty expedition meals available where you just add water. – Don’t forget the gas.
• Waterproof Jacket
• Warm clothes, pack a fleece and avoid jeans – which are a nightmare when wet. I wear my walking kit and then just pack a pair of leggings and a warm top as tent wear, I wear my socks to bed and they dry overnight.
• Cutlery: cup/plate/spork,
• Sleeping mat
• Sleeping bag: Something appropriate to the season. Down is great for winter but if it gets wet you’ll be in for a world of trouble. Bonus tip: A dry sack or bin liner will help keep your sleeping bag dry even if the weather turns sour.
• Head Torch
• Large water bottle – I use a Nalgene bottle as it will take boiling water and I put it into the foot of my sleeping bag as a hot water bottle.
• Food and drinks and chocolate: High energy snacks such as nuts are a great way to keep you going.
• Water purifying tablets. (I boil fresh running water for around 10 minutes to purify it but this can carry health risks.)
• A dry bag: keeps your clothes and sleeping bag dry. Bring a few if needed.
• Insect repellent: Stops the midges making your life miserable and wards off ticks.
• A whistle.
· Camping Pillow or you can always roll up clothes.
· Small trowel, the best way to dig a hole in the event of needing the loo, wet wipes and hand sanitizers are also useful.
· Sunglasses and sun cream.
· A first aid kit with the addition of a tick remover. (I will be carrying a comprehensive first aid kit)
· Toiletries and any medication kept in a dry bag, if you need to use soap, please ensure it is biodegradable to avoid any negative effect on the environment.
· Gloves, a buff, a warm hat, sun hat with a cap.
· Walking poles – I take them when carrying a heavy pack as it reduces the impact on my knees.
· Pen knife.
Please also ensure you have supportive and waterproof boots suitable for getting off the beaten track.
See my blog about keeping your feet happy and blister free.