Recommended Personal Kit For Anyone Walking With Barnard Castle Ramblers
(updated February 2020)


You are responsible for your own needs and safety on walks. So do please carefully consider this recommended kit before coming on a walk.

1. CLOTHING

Comfortable pair of boots/ shoes
Comfortable walking socks (wool or woollen mix)
Quick dry trousers (preferably windproof) (not jeans or heavy cotton)
Quick dry shirt or blouse
Rainproof jacket
Waterproof trousers
Extra body layers: either more base layers or fleece (up to 3 base layers may be required)
Down jacket is useful in extreme cold
Gloves; pair for most cool conditions, liner pair and insulated layer and waterproof pair
Hat: sun hat and woollen or fleece hat, possibly also waterproof hat

2. OTHER ITEMS

Map with waterproof case
Compass
Whistle
Torch or Head torch with extra batteries
ICE card
Mobile phone (fully charged)
Watch
Pencil and/or waterproof writing pen and paper
Emergency bivi bag
Extra boot laces
Waterproof bags to keep your kit dry

3. SUFFICIENT FOOD (for the day and extra items)

Useful slow release carbs: banana and energy bars with oats in
Drinks: cold/warm weather drinks
Extra water (in very warm weather may need up to 4 litres, normally 2 litres is sufficient)

4. DESIRABLE ITEMS

Extra pair of socks
GPS
Penknife
Duck tape (Tenacious Tape is much better)
Sun block in hot weather

5. BASIC FIRST AID KIT

Triangular bandage or cloth carpet tape
Wound dressing (medium or large) for stopping bleeding
Crepe bandage for holding on dressings (bleeding), support and/or immobilisation of fractures, strains and sprains
A roll of general purpose medical tape
A selection of sticky plasters a long strip which can be cut to suit is good
Aspirin, Paracetamol and Ibuprofen (for own use only)
Sharp scissors useful for trimming bandages and cutting away clothing
A supply of various sized safety pins
A pair of rubber or plastic gloves must be used every time you deal with loss of body fluids. (Note: Some people have a Latex allergy. ASK first!)
Compeed/blister pads/micropore tape with lanolin
Sanitising wipes
Ankle or knee support for sprain injuries

 


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