Explorer Kit Lists

This list is designed to cover the personal equipment we expect Explorers to bring with them to our various types of meetings / events. The lists work progressively so each table should also include the items from all preceding tables. If there has been no further guidance in the event invite, please assume that all the kit in the relevant tables is required.

e.g. A ‘Self Sufficient Camp’ would require the items from KL5, KL4, KL3, KL2 & KL1.

Inhalers – we recommend that Explorers are responsible for & carry their own inhalers so they have them on hand when required. We are happy to store (& recommend you supply) a spare in-case one gets lost, broken or runs out.

ALL OTHER MEDICATION must be documented and handed to a Leader at the start of the an event in a sealed plastic bag with the users name, dosage & any other instruction clearly available.

KL1 – Indoor Weekly Meeting Night

NeckerExplorers must always have their
necker with them at a scouting
Shirt / HoodieScout Shirt or Group Hoodie

KL2 – Outdoor Meeting

Drinks bottleA full, refillable & sealable
drinks container. Ideally at least
Waterproof coatA waterproof coat with a hood.
Warm clothingSuitable warm clothing, consider
including a Hat & Gloves
Suitable footwearWalking boots are recommended
but appropriate shoes for the
event are acceptable.
TorchHead torches are very practical.
Consider spare batteries. A red
filter can help reduce the loss of
night vision while map reading.
Personal first aid
This excludes ANY / ALL
medications which must be
handed to a leader before
Day sackA small rucksack suitable to carry
the items above when not in use,
it should be also have space to
carry a pack-up for lunch.
Often overlooked but hugely
important to stay warm & dry.

KL3 – Indoor overnight event

Sleeping attirePyjamas or similar to avoid
sleeping in day time clothing.
Sleeping bagWe would suggest a 3-4 season
so it’s suitable for all events.
Roll MatA foam or self inflating camping
Wash kitTooth brush & tooth paste, soap,
shower gel, towel.
Tea TowelCutleryKnife, fork, spoon
CrockeryMug, Plate & Bowl
(a mess tin can be a useful all in
one cooking pot, plate & bowl).
Jumper / Hoodiet least 2 so there’s a reasonable
chance of keeping one dry
Outdoor trousersNot jeans or thick jogging
bottoms as these are difficult to
dry and become uncomfortable
when wet.
Rucksack / kit bag1 bag that can hold all your kit.
At least a 65ltr although this can
be tight if your packing for a full
weeks camp
UnderclothesT-shirts, socks, underwear etc.
a fresh set for every day is
usually the way to go.
Walking SocksA couple of pairs of extra thick
socks to go on top of your normal
Walking BootsWaterproof boots with good
soles. Please break these in
before hand. Boots can often
cause blisters etc. when being
worn for a long time if new.
Hat & GlovesNot just for winter!!
Spare ShoesAdditional dry footwearSlippersAn optional extra but outdoor
footwear usually remains in a
‘boot room’
Sun Protection(Season dependant)
Sun cream & suitable hat / cap
Plastic bagsTo separate dirty / wet clothing.
(at least 1 large bin bag)
Old trainers /
Required for water activities such
as canoeing / raft building
Water activity attireSwimming shorts & t-shirt /
costume. To be suitable for a pool
or activities on a lake.

KL4 – Outdoor Overnight Event

TentAdouble skin, lightweight tent. A
2- 3 man tent is usually a very
comfy fit for 1 person & kit.
Make sure all the parts are there
& you know how to pitch, strike
& pack it.
Group can assist with tentage
depending on the event.
Sleeping bag linerThis can make a huge difference
during winter & in summer, it’s
not uncommon to just sleep in the
liner rather than the sleeping bag.
(a single duvet cover can work
perfectly as a liner)
Bivvy / Survival
While fancy gortex ones are
available, the common bright
orange plastic ones for around £3
are perfect for our requirements

KL5 – Self-Sufficient Camp

CookerA small, gas, spirit or solid fuel
Fire lighting
Matches, lighter, cotton wool
balls, flint & steel etc.
Pans, kettle, mess tin,
cooking utensils, tin opener etc.
FoodA balanced, simple to cook set of
ration to last for the duration of
the camp.
Emergency RationsIn addition to your planned
meals. Some ready to eat, high
calorie back up food.
Washing up
A sponge / scourer & some
washing up liquid.

Additional Kit
This is not essential but can be a useful addition to anyone’s collection of personal equipment.

GaitersOffer additional waterproofing
between the boot and legs. Great
for walking through long wet
grass when full waterproof
trousers aren’t wanted.
FlaskThere’s always time for a brew
when Scouting. Try and avoid the
old glass style ones. They aren’t
very activity friendly.
Neck fleece / scarfCan be a game changer in certain
PillowI’m always sad when I forget
Map CaseA water proof case for carrying a
Compass &
Red torchThey don’t offer much light but
reduce the loss of night vision.
An LED rear bike light is a handy
Mobile Phone &
Great for Emergencies
Portable Power
There’s not many sockets in the
Survival BlanketSmall foil blanket to help stay
warm in an emergency.
Wet wipesUnbelievably handy when
Spare tent pegs &
guy ropes.
Apart from the obvious these can
have a lot of uses.
Camping Chair or
waterproof picnic
We’d strongly recommend one of
these, even warm dry ground
isn’t much fun for very long.
Spare Toilet RollBecause it’s definitely better than
not having any. (A few sheets in a
plastic bag can be more rucksack
friendly than a whole roll)
Hand sanitiserSpending Money
OS Maps1:25,000 (Explorer) map of the
relevant area.

Axes, Knives & Multi-tools
Additional advice will be coming regarding sharp implements once the Explorers have had an input to an appropriate safety scheme within our unit.