The standard list of items you should pack when going on an overnight activity is as follows:
- Complete uniform (generally this should be worn to and from the event)
- Warm sweatshirt/jumper/fleece(s)
- Underclothes (plenty)
- Spare socks, suitable to wear with boots (plenty)
- Hike boots or strong shoes
- Waterproofs (coat and trousers)
- Hankies / tissues
- Night clothes
- Wash kit and towel
- Swim suit
- Footwear to wear in water, if appropriate
- Hair control
- Scarf, warm hat and gloves, if appropriate
- Sun hat, sun cream, insect repellent and sun glasses if appropriate
- Torch including spare batteries
- Sleeping bag
- Roll mat
- Bowl, plate, mug, cutlery
- Tea towel
- Personal first aid kit inc plasters and bite cream (scouts)
- Day sac, lunchbox plastic drinks bottle
- Small notebook and pen
- Polythene bags (for dirty clothes)
- Rucksack to carry everything
- Camp blanket (optional)
- Soft toy (optional beavers and cubs)
Don’t panic if you haven’t got all the equipment listed above, talk to one of the Leaders who will be able to give
sensible advice or alternatives.
Those with a uniform should wear it to and from the camp.
To increase the chance of personal property coming home, please label all items with either indelible ink and/or engraving as appropriate. Remember paper labels wash off after the second or third meal, and it’s amazing how many mums use the same shade of nail varnish.
No aerosol deodorants, they are often flammable, can affect those with asthma and can damage the canvas of tents
No games or similar items (i.e. radio’s or cassette players) which require batteries to run.
A number of layers is warmer than one thick one and the warmth can be regulated more easily – do not forget your
hands and head, wearing a woolly hat in bed sounds daft but makes a big difference.
Do not pack your torch with batteries fitted (or at the bottom of your kit) as it could easily get accidentally turned on and
you will arrive at the camp with flat batteries.
Nights Away Information forms will be issued prior to each event with any specific items to take (or not to take). The list above is for general guidance.