- 2-3 season Tent
- 2-3 season sleeping bag with liner if colder conditions are expected
- Suitable walking boots
- Spare socks (walking socks with extra padding are well worth it)
- Light weight stove with spare fuel
- Hydration system or drinking bottle with capacity of at least 2 litres
- Head torch or small suitable torch with spare batteries
- Knife, Fork and spoon.
- Unbreakable mug or cup
- Suitable plate or bowl
- Toiletries (keep your toilet roll dry no matter what!)
- Camp Towel (small quick drying)
- Roll Mat or Therma-rest if you can afford one
- A useful pen knife or multi tool with a blade under 3 inches
- Mobile Phone
- Survival bag and emergency rations such as Kendal mint cake
- Suitable food and snacks
- Good waterproof jacket with a good wired hood
- Spare T shirts, trousers etc (NOT JEANS)
- Whistle (a good survival type nice and loud)
- Matches preferably waterproof or a wind proof lighter (petrol are good)
- Strong plastic bags (to use as backpack liner and keep things dry)
- A group first aid kit
- Map and compass
- Suitable back pack with adjustable back system
- Walking Pole
This may seem a lot but carrying the right kit is essential to your comfort and potential survival, every year mountain rescue are called out to people in the UK Mountains who are in danger because they are not properly equipped. Don’t underestimate UK mountain weather it can change very quickly be prepared.
Weight of equipment is important often a slightly lighter piece of equipment is more costly and any savings in weight really add up. Most of the kit companies listed will give weights for any kit on sale. As a general rule your backpack should not be more than 1/3 your body weight. If you are over weight this does mean you can carry more! Military personnel often carry half their own body weight or more but they are trained for this!
Remember check your kit before setting out! You may have forgotten something or a piece of equipment might need repair, cleaning or even new batteries!