This a good list of things you as an individual participant should bring when you go lightweight hiking. You will also need some shared Patrol Hiking Gear.


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, there are a number of places where one can hire one for the weekend. Ask your Scout Leader.

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.


A small tourch 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.

Mess Kit

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.


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 the First Aid Kit & Equipment page for recommended First Aid Kit contents for a hike up to 3 days long.


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.


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


Long trousers are essential in cold weather, however, shorts are comfortable in most conditions and should be worn whilst hiking. Tight-fitting jeans should not be worn at all. Tracksuit pants are good for around the camp at night.


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


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


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.


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

Scout Uniform

In most cases you can leave this at home, but take and wear your Group scarf.