Get prepared for expedition season. The DofE builds great partnerships with expert kit suppliers and manufacturers so we can recommend kit suitable for DofE expeditionS. Your rucksack is very important. Get it right, and it can make your expedition. Get it wrong, and you could be in for a long, uncomfortable journey.
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Which if course it is. And at first glance it might make your heart sink and your bank card shrivel in horror.
How do I know? My own 16yr old has just completed his Silver award through Army cadets , and is about to begin his Gold prep. Most of them have never done much, if any, hiking, so have no frame of reference. And of course not one of them wants to send their kid out ill-equipped or a laughing stock. So they head to their chosen outdoor gear store of choice, and soon come to the conclusion that a small bank loan is required as they start to tick all those damned endless boxes.
Wear them around the house, use them like slippers. The DofE hikes are graded — for Bronze you start with just 15 miles across two days on relatively easy-going terrain. I told you I knew about this. The first 15mile hike actually genuinely crippled my feet.
Further and tougher than any bronze DofE will ever be. Try lots of them on. Be sure to wear thick hiking socks when you try them on too. That way lies blisters. Never understimate the socks. So many people buy decent boots then skimp on the socks and suffer accordingly. Plain old cotton tees from your drawer are fine, as are any running tops you have; the activewear fabric is perfect for layering and wicking away sweat.
Budget DofE Kit note — own-brand cheap activewear tops, long or short sleeved, are perfect for hiking in. Cotton is heavy. And when it gets wet and it will get wet it stays wet — and you get wet and cold and miserable. Fleece may not be super-stylish, and your teen may well grimace although usually that fades the first time they wear that super-soft cosiness. It also happens to be super-cheap.
NOT jeans. Not now, not ever. Scouts can walk in their uniform trousers too. Budget DofE Kit note — But actually? You can see in the picture above that our teens much prefer hiking in running tights. Instead buy the cheapy over-trousers. As long as you have layers underneath, the task is to keep you dry, which any cheap Cagoule should do. What they may also do, however, is cause you to sweat underneath, which then makes you clammy and damp on the inside — not overly pleasant.
A waterproof will never look cool…. That links to a Google search as prices vary widely. It used to be that every camper carried one of those rolled up mats of thin foam — you can still get them, and they do the job just fine. Given the choice, which would you choose to sleep on — 1cm of foam, or 5cm of insulated air cushion? Okay, you have two choices here. Keep it simple. Author: Laura. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in gulp I like huge mugs of tea.
And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. This is such a fantastic list — when I taught I helped out at the DofE and I wish there was a list like this to refer parents too.
Any tips on finding light weight hiking trousers for short pre-teens that will deal with jungle heat tops too! Brilliant list. My son has just completed his bronze and while we are fortunate enough that I am a cub leader and my son is in scouts as well as being avid campers from I was a toddler a very long time ago!!!!
I loaned alot of our extra kit to some of his mates who were starting from scratch. The parents really appreciated this as it saved them a fortune. Your email address will not be published.
Teen starting DofE? What you actually need for your DofE Kit List; where to splurge and save. Family times. How much does DofE cost? Dofe kit on a budget? Ready for anything. In my defence, it was a short 5km evening stroll and a cloudless sky.
But bad me. In other news — LOOK at those beautiful bad boys on my feet. Walking Socks Never understimate the socks. To be fair, the 12yr old DOES look very cute in her waterproofs. Keep everything as light as possible! Can be used as a sun hat, to keep heads or necks warm, to keep sweat off face, to keep hair out of eyes, as a hairband… everyone should hike with at least one. Our favourite horseshoe walk at the back of Pen y Fan — we started all the way down the valley in the dark smudge of forest you can see — this is the half way point, and I love that the 12yr old is looking so strong in this.
Note the tube scarf on her head though — she always has a couple in her rucksack, even on a day walk. Water bottle. It used to be the thing to have a couple of heavy! Whistle — lots of rucksacks have this built into the chest buckle, which is good to know. But having one fastened to your coat is good practice, too — look for a cheap, plastic, brightly coloured whistle like this.
Torch — Make it sturdy, bright and not too heavy. One of each is all you need, no need for whole sets. I carried on hiking next day with some carefully placed Compeed! They opted to sit here while their brother did the next peak with their dad. Shamelessly lazy loafing, frankly. For Breakfast, make up your own porridge before you go. Pin it to save it! Share me! Share Tweet Pin. Cerys Travelled So Far 19 June Post a Reply. Laura 20 June Claire Hunter 21 June The parents really appreciated this as it saved them a fortune Post a Reply.
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Which if course it is. And at first glance it might make your heart sink and your bank card shrivel in horror. How do I know? My own 16yr old has just completed his Silver award through Army cadets , and is about to begin his Gold prep.
Teen starting DofE? What you actually need for your DofE Kit List; where to splurge and save.
If you would like to bring your own, Please discuss with your instructor. That means, almost certainly no cotton, especially in the UK. So, jeans, cotton hoodies, cotton t-shirts anything like that, are just not useful at all on UK expeditions. What you need to try and find is man-made fibre clothing, or Merino wool clothing. Clothing that, when they get wet, will dry quickly or, even if they are wet, will keep you warm.