Wash kit, tools, and accessories for DofE expeditions

All expeditions are different so make sure you plan ahead to have the right kit for yours.

There is a wide range of equipment available to ensure your health and safety, whether for sunburn, storms, or midges.

DofE recommended wash kit

It’s likely you’ll get muddy on your expedition but staying hygienic is an important part of your expedition routine.

Lifeventure Soft Fibre Lite towel

  • Lightweight, ultra compact and absorbent
  • Dries 9x faster than a standard beach towel
  • Absorbs 6x its own weigh in water

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Lifeventure wash bag

  • Durable high-density ripstop nylon fabrics
  • Two main compartments for wet and dry gear
  • Two internal slip pockets and detachable mirror

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Lifeventure all purpose soap

  • Cleans your hands, your food and your gear
  • Biodegradable
  • Lathers in fresh and brackish water

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Lifeventure dry wash gel

  • Quickly wash hands and body without water
  • Antibacterial gel formula
  • pH balanced so it won’t dry out your skin

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DofE recommended torches

When camping in the wild, dark is very dark. A torch is essential for finding your way at night and a head torch is even better.

Lifesystems Intensity 155 head torch

  • Up to 35 hours battery life
  • 72g
  • 7 lighting modes including SOS flashing

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Lifesystems 235 head torch

  • Up to 110 hours battery life
  • 90g
  • 7 lighting modes including SOS flashing

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DofE recommended multi-functional headwear

You never know what weather you’ll experience on expedition but there are some kit items that can be very helpful in all rain, wind or sunshine. Multi-functional headwear can be worn many different ways, including a bandanna, sweatband, hair tie, wristband, face mask etc.

Original BUFF Multi-Functional headwear

  • Four way stretch
  • 45g
  • Recycled polyester microfibre

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Original BUFF – DofE Buff

  • Design inspired by DofE expeditions
  • 35g
  • All profits donated to the DofE charity

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DofE recommended survival and safety gear

You never know what weather you’ll experience on expedition but there are some kit items that can be very helpful in all difficult situations.

Lifesystems survival bag

  • Made from heavy-duty polyethylene material
  • Prevents you from losing essential body heat in an emergency situation
  • Strong, windproof, waterproof, and lightweight

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Lifesystems safety whistle

  • A loud whistle to attract attention
  • Chamber design ejects water with ease
  • Lightweight, tough plastic body with neck lanyard and clip-on design

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Lifesystems 15h lightsticks

  • Lasts up to 15 hours
  • To active just bend, snap and shake
  • Non-toxic and non-flammable

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Lifesystems windproof matches

  • Water tight container that keeps contents dry
  • 25 windproof and waterproof matches
  • Matches burn for up to 20 seconds

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Lifesystems micronet mosquito net

  • Durable and lightweight polyester mesh
  • Includes ceiling hooks and stuff sack
  • Treated with EX8 Anti-Mosquito – lasts two years

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Lifesystems Chlorine Dioxide water purifying tablets

  • Will treat up to 30 litres of water
  • Most effective form of chemical water disinfection
  • Weighs 40g

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Tips and advice to get the most from your tools and accessories
  • Keep your wash kit in a waterproof bag/container.
  • Don’t bother with make up or shaving kit.
  • Head torches leave both hands free to do what you need to do and also direct the light where you need it.
  • Look for multi-purpose items such as head/neck wear that can be used to stop sunburn, as a beanie for warmth, a face mask against midges etc
Ways to save money
  • Borrow handy tools where you can. Have your family ever been camping? What can your DofE Leader lend you?
  • Visit your local DofE centre to borrow safety gear like survival bags.
  • Share items like toothpaste, toilet roll and hand wash with your team.
  • Use your DofE Card to save at least 10% on expedition kit at our recommended retailers. Find your nearest store.

Helpful resources

Waterproofing and weather protection poster

Know how to look after your kit, and yourself, in hot, cold, wet or windy weather.

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