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Essential Kit For Spring Expeditions

On group expeditions you’ll probably have a porter or pack animal to carry most of your personal gear. Each day, you’ll only need to carry a daysack with what you’ll need until the evening. Obvious items are a water/windproof, water bottle and a warm layer. After those key items, it’s very much a matter of personal preference camera, snacks, notebook/pen, small first aid kit, spare socks, hat, gloves and so on. Of course, if you’re exploring independently, then you may hire a porter or find yourself carrying all your own gear. That’s when ‘lightweight’ really matters!

Whatever style you choose, it makes sense to have a checklist of what you will probably need and take advice from your expedition company, if appropriate, on local variations. If you’re independent, then ask fellow explorers for up-to-date advice and tips from their own experience.

Clothing should be flexible enough to cope with a range of conditions so layering makes sense, especially with fast drying materials. To get you started, here’s a useful list that you can readily add to and adapt to suit your plans.

  • Photocopies of your passport and other important documents
  • Tough, comfortable mountain footwear
  • Light sandals
  • Trekking  poles
  • Waterproof duffel bag
  • Daysack
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Warm hat
  • Wind/waterproof jacket
  • Polar fleece jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Wash kit
  • Water bottle
  • Small first aid kit and insect repellant
  • Sun cream and lip balm
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Whistle

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