Each participant will be required to provide and use a basic list of personal kit and equipment. Specific kit for each trip can vary due to the location, environment, season and duration. details can be discussed prior to booking. A minimum and basic kit list should consist of:
Your clothing should be suitable for the season, during cold months multiple thin layers are better than one thick layer.
You should also bring two spare sets to get changed into plus an adequate supply of underwear/socks.
Please wear natural colors to improve your chances of spotting wildlife the woods we use is full of Roe Deer, Red Kite, Badger, Rabbit, Pheasant, Partridge, Buzzard, Owl etc.
and we would not like you to experience the whole week without seeing these in their natural habitat due to a bright yellow t-shirt!
Waterproof jacket & trousers You will be spending a lot of time around fire so ideally an old set and not your best Gortex hill walking jacket!
Full finger gloves or mitts and a Woolly hat These are essential in the colder months but please bring a sun hat during spring, summer and autumn courses where we may be in direct sun for several hours.
Sensible footwear These should be warm, waterproof and provide ankle support.
3 Season walking boots are ideal during the autumn, winter, and spring, 2 Season are suitable through the summer.
Sleeping bag We would recommend a 3-season sleeping bag throughout the spring, summer and autumn, and a 4-season sleeping bag during the winter.
Gortex bivvy bag This will be especially useful until your shelter is completely weather proof.
Roll matt/insulation matt Crucial to a warm night’s sleep in the woods.
Drinking water bottle A minimum 1 litre water bottle, this should be of a sturdy hard shell construction.
We would advise against Platypus designs to avoid punctures.
Knife, fork, spoon, bowl & mug These should be of a sturdy construction e.g. metal or plastic.
Billy can set We would recommend a billy-can that can be suspended over the fire using a wire handle (we will demonstrate a number of cooking stands to build).
Mess Tins or Camping Pans are harder to cook in over the fire.
Cleaning equipment A household sponge and biodegradable multi-purpose soap are ideal.
In line with our environmental policy we would ask you not to bring soap that will have a detrimental effect on the environment.
Torch & spare batteries A head torch is ideal, as it will leave your hands free to practice your bushcraft, but a head torch is not essential, any form of torch will suffice.
Personal hygiene kit This should include as minimum toothpaste, toothbrush, anti-bacterial wipes, and toilet paper.
Pocket notebook & pencil with eraser We do not provide course hand outs so taking notes may be useful during parts of your course.
Personal first aid kit This should include plasters, anti-bacterial wipes, insect repellent, UV protection, and a small bandage.
Personal medication For example insulin or Ventolin.
Rucksack Please bring all of your kit contained in one rucksack, for guidance a 45-55 litre rucksack should suffice.
Please note that there is an approximate 15-minute walk from the car to the woodland.
Optional items: Sit mat