Course Kit List

Clothing worn on the course should be tough, fast drying and comfortable to work in:

A layering system is best, including...

  • A base layer (wool or synthetic thermals in the cold, t shirt if warm)
  • One or two mid layers (lightweight fleece or wool shirt/jumper)
  • Cosy spare warm top - fleece or wool (for evenings or periods of inactivity)
  • Tough, fast drying trousers (an old pair of combat style trousers are best)
  • Sturdy, waterproof footwear (hiking boots or similar are the best option) with comfortable socks
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (if you don't already own good waterproof gear, go for ex army kit. It's cheap, tough and blends into the forest well)
  • Waterproof trousers aren't essential as we're working in the woods rather than out in the open but bring them if you have them
  • Warm hat
  • Warm scarf and gloves at colder times of the year

Essential kit to bring

Please ensure that your rucksack is of sufficient quality and suitable design to carry all your equipment. Pack all your kit inside waterproof liners or bin bags, especially expensive items such as cameras or mobile phones.

A small daysack of 10 litres or more is a good idea for carrying your warm layer, water bottle and waterproof when away from the base camp.

  • Gardening gloves or similar (for handling hot pots and building shelters)
  • Water bottle (a 1 litre mineral water bottle is fine)
  • Unbreakable mug, bowl, spoon (plastic or metal)
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Torch and two sets of spare batteries (a head torch is the best option as it leaves hands free for jobs)
  • Insect repellent
  • Small wash kit and towel (eco friendly soap products are appreciated) and/or antiseptic wet wipes
  • Sleeping bag (check the season rating for suitability; 3 season should be fine for all but the winter courses) in a waterproof dry bag or two bin liners
  • Insulated foam sleeping mat
  • Tent/lightweight shelter tarp (we can lend you a lightweight basha tarp if you have neither)
  • Full spare set of clothing in a waterproof dry bag or two bin liners (this can be left in your vehicle if you like)

Please note: Knives and other woodworking tools will be provided however if you have a fixed blade knife you are familiar with you are welcome to bring it along (please don't bring a folding blade to use as they are dangerous when used as a general bushcraft tool and prone to breakage)

Additional equipment

Required for the Wilderness Awakening course, the Winter Bushcraft Challenge and Hunter Gatherer Challenges:

  • Billy can or similar cooking pot to use over the campfire.
  • Wool blanket

If you have any questions please email joe@wilderness-survival.co.uk or call 0771 8078619