Personal Gear

Pack

Your pack is to carry everything in, of course, with a minimum of discomfort. A modern framed pack is ideal for the environment most Scouts hike it. It is essential that a pack fits properly, packed properly, and fits properly on your back. It should have wide shoulder straps and a firm, padded hip belt.

If you don’t have access to a proper pack, our Scout group has a number of backpacks available and also we know of a few places where you can hire one for a small fee. Ask your Scout Leader.

For gear to pack, check the packing list that is attached at the bottom of this page.

Sleeping Bag

A reasonable quality bag is essential for a good nights sleep. Ideally as compact as possible to help with the weight and size loading in your pack.

Sleeping Mat

A light compact sleeping mat. The “basic foam rollup” mats are fine.

Torch

A small torch should be carried, and a spare set of batteries would be of assistance should the existing batteries run down.

Toilet Gear

Should be carried by each person.

Eating Irons

One plate or bowl (not both), usually plastic, aluminium or enamel, and a mug. A knife, fork and spoon are necessary, and together with your plate and mug, be kept in a cloth bag along with a tea towel. Plastic bags are very unsuitable for a number of reasons.

Water Bottle

A 650ml or larger water bottle, plastic or aluminium, must be carried by each member of your Patrol.

Whistle

A whistle is essential. Despite best endeavours, Patrols do sometimes get separated or lost – especially when it gets dark, and the noise of a whistle to attract attention is far superior to that made by a human voice.

First Aid Kit

The Patrol must carry a suitable First Aid Kit. A kit put together in a plastic lunch box is often more suitable and versatile than a commercially packed kit. See later in this Guide for recommended First Aid Kit contents for a hike up to 3 days long.

Boots

These need not be expensive, but do need to be in good condition and comfortable. Remember that feet swell when walking and when a load is carried the foot lengthens and widens. A rubber sole with a heavy tread will provide good grip and most surfaces.

Socks

Thick cotton socks are needed to absorb moisture and to cushion the feet.

Trousers

Long trousers are essential in cold weather, however, shorts are comfortable in most conditions and should be worn whilst hiking. The zip-off cargo style scouting pants are almost ideal as it both a long trouser and short into one. Tight fitting jeans should not be worn at all as they become really uncomfortable and cold when they get wet. Track suit pants are good for around the camp at night and could even be worn inside your sleeping bag if it is really cold.

Shirt

Your shirt should have long sleeves and a collar for both warmth in cold weather and protection from sunburn. A light “t-shirt” could also be carried.

Jumper

A woollen long sleeved jumper, or equivalent, is necessary.

Parker

A parka or waterproof jacket is your main protection against wind and rain. The best type is a hooded japara type. Padded ski and sailing jackets or ponchos are not suitable.

Hat

A hat must be worn for sun protection. Your hat is your best friend.

Scout Uniform

It is most important that you bring along your full uniform. Extra bonus points awarded to patrols where the entire patrol is wearing their full uniform. Uniform consist of Scout Shirt, Belt and Group Scarf.

Packing List

The attached PDF below is a a suggested minimum gear list for a winter type hiking adventure.

Updated about 7 years ago