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DofE Silver

I wasn't sure which forum to put this in, but I started my silver DofE in september and in a few weeks I have my expedition coming up.

I was wondering if anyone had any advice on what equipment to bring as I haven't done the bronze award so I don't know.

Where is the best place to get good quality and good priced equipment from? Or is it better to rent/temporarily hire some equipment?

I'd also appreciate any extra general advice that anyone has :smile:

Thank you
Hello, see this DofE kit list: https://www.dofe.org/shop/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/DofE_Expedition_KitList_April2024.pdf
This has everything you will need! In terms of where to buy things, your DofE card gives you a discount in Go Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors and Tiso. I have personally used Go Outdoors and Tiso. Trespass and Mountain Warehouse can also be good options for kit. Our school provided us with rucksacks, cooking equipment, sleeping bags and waterproof if we needed it. I'd say these are all good to borrow if you can. If you are able to buy some walking boots, I would really recommend prioritising them as it is so important to have a good fit. In terms of meals, there are lots of options out there, just have a look on the websites of the shops I mentioned above. I have had Firepot meals and would recommend as they are real food, not just additives etc: https://www.firepotfood.com/collections/firepot-dehydrated-meals They are currently on sale at Go Outdoors.
Reply 2
Hey that's very cool you're doing silver! Firstly I don't know what organisation you're doing DofE through (ie your school or an outside group etc) but often they'll provide equipment like tents, basic cooking equipment and a first aid kit, so it's worth making sure you know what will be provided. Also worth communicating with your group - there are some things eg washing up equipment where you only need one for the group, so make sure you decide who brings what.

Things that you should bring yourself are a rucksack (there's a lot that can be said about having the right bag and I'm not the person to say it), sleeping bag and sleeping mat, clothes (hiking clothes are good, and I'd recommend having a fleece and a waterproof jacket. My school also insisted we brought waterproof trouser covers) - don't worry about bringing too many clothes, it's not a very long trip and you want to keep your bag light where possible. Hiking boots (make sure they fit well, you'll be doing a lot of walking). It's also worth having a small first aid kit (or even just blister plasters. Definitely bring blister plasters) and a torch. Finally, bring the basics in personal hygiene (toothbrush, toothpaste (although if you really want to travel light you can probably bring one for the whole group) and deodorant).

You'll want food as well - coordinate with your group on this, as it's best if you can split food up among the group to make best use of space/keep weight down.

I'm afraid I can't help much with where the best places to get equipment are/the benefits of renting vs buying. I suppose it depends a bit if you think you're likely to use things again. If you can borrow a sleeping bag/mat or even a rucksack then that can be worth doing, but having decent boots is definitely important. When you started DofE you should have got a welcome pack (it'll be in a silver envelope and contain a little booklet of the assessor report forms). There should also be a little plastic card that entitles you to at least 10% off at various shops (Go Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors, Tiso) so it might be worth going to one of them as you can get things at a discount, and DofE has clearly deemed them reasonable quality.

I hope this helps and good luck on your expedition!!!
Original post by KnittingBookworm
Hello, see this DofE kit list: https://www.dofe.org/shop/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/DofE_Expedition_KitList_April2024.pdf
This has everything you will need! In terms of where to buy things, your DofE card gives you a discount in Go Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors and Tiso. I have personally used Go Outdoors and Tiso. Trespass and Mountain Warehouse can also be good options for kit. Our school provided us with rucksacks, cooking equipment, sleeping bags and waterproof if we needed it. I'd say these are all good to borrow if you can. If you are able to buy some walking boots, I would really recommend prioritising them as it is so important to have a good fit. In terms of meals, there are lots of options out there, just have a look on the websites of the shops I mentioned above. I have had Firepot meals and would recommend as they are real food, not just additives etc: https://www.firepotfood.com/collections/firepot-dehydrated-meals They are currently on sale at Go Outdoors.
Thank you so much for the links, I was worried about how I would get high quality packaged food but the firepot food seems really good!
Original post by bacchae
Hey that's very cool you're doing silver! Firstly I don't know what organisation you're doing DofE through (ie your school or an outside group etc) but often they'll provide equipment like tents, basic cooking equipment and a first aid kit, so it's worth making sure you know what will be provided. Also worth communicating with your group - there are some things eg washing up equipment where you only need one for the group, so make sure you decide who brings what.
Things that you should bring yourself are a rucksack (there's a lot that can be said about having the right bag and I'm not the person to say it), sleeping bag and sleeping mat, clothes (hiking clothes are good, and I'd recommend having a fleece and a waterproof jacket. My school also insisted we brought waterproof trouser covers) - don't worry about bringing too many clothes, it's not a very long trip and you want to keep your bag light where possible. Hiking boots (make sure they fit well, you'll be doing a lot of walking). It's also worth having a small first aid kit (or even just blister plasters. Definitely bring blister plasters) and a torch. Finally, bring the basics in personal hygiene (toothbrush, toothpaste (although if you really want to travel light you can probably bring one for the whole group) and deodorant).
You'll want food as well - coordinate with your group on this, as it's best if you can split food up among the group to make best use of space/keep weight down.
I'm afraid I can't help much with where the best places to get equipment are/the benefits of renting vs buying. I suppose it depends a bit if you think you're likely to use things again. If you can borrow a sleeping bag/mat or even a rucksack then that can be worth doing, but having decent boots is definitely important. When you started DofE you should have got a welcome pack (it'll be in a silver envelope and contain a little booklet of the assessor report forms). There should also be a little plastic card that entitles you to at least 10% off at various shops (Go Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors, Tiso) so it might be worth going to one of them as you can get things at a discount, and DofE has clearly deemed them reasonable quality.
I hope this helps and good luck on your expedition!!!
Thanks for the tips! I have the dofe discount card so I'll definitely look around at the websites I can use it for. Just as a question, I have waterproof snow boots, they are the same material and durability as normal walking boots so I was thinking of using those instead? They go above my ankle and are comfortable too.
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Reply 5
Original post by *LifeHappens*
Thanks for the tips! I have the dofe discount card so I'll definitely look around at the websites I can use it for. Just as a question, I have waterproof snow boots, they are the same material and durability as normal walking boots so I was thinking of using those instead? They go above my ankle and are comfortable too.

I'll be honest with you I don't actually know much about boots (I'm doing gold DofE I'm really no expert). I think the most important thing is that they're comfortable for walking long distances in, because you'll be wearing and walking in them for over 7 hours a day three days in a row. It's probably best to check with someone who actually knows what they're talking about though, so maybe try asking the person running DofE for you?
Original post by bacchae
I'll be honest with you I don't actually know much about boots (I'm doing gold DofE I'm really no expert). I think the most important thing is that they're comfortable for walking long distances in, because you'll be wearing and walking in them for over 7 hours a day three days in a row. It's probably best to check with someone who actually knows what they're talking about though, so maybe try asking the person running DofE for you?
Okk no problem, thank you though!
Original post by *LifeHappens*
Thanks for the tips! I have the dofe discount card so I'll definitely look around at the websites I can use it for. Just as a question, I have waterproof snow boots, they are the same material and durability as normal walking boots so I was thinking of using those instead? They go above my ankle and are comfortable too.

Snow boots are probably lined with fleece which will probably make your feet sweat and more likely to blister.

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