England packing list

Every person will have two bags: one in checked baggage, the other in carry-on. We need to be able to move easily with all our gear without luggage carts, such as when travelling by train and walking from the station to the hostel. Most of the time, we will be wearing either our Scouting uniform shirt or event T-shirts which will be provided.

If you need to buy any additional items, do so soon and start using the items. This will ensure you are familiar with the items and that any defects are discovered in advance. During the 2009 trip, one person's brand-new backpack failed due to a manufacturing defect just past security at the departure airport. An order for a second uniform shirt will be made.

Airplane Carry-on

Wear or pack these items in a daypack, such as a school backpack. This pack will be used for carry-on and while touring. Ensure your pack is in good condition with working zippers. A failure on the trip can mean losing things.

  • Tilley hat
  • Passport: Keep in right breast pocket of uniform shirt
  • Watch
  • Pencil
  • Wallet
    • Spending money
  • Fleece sweater
  • Compact windbreaker jacket, preferably the kind that folds into its own pocket
  • Super-compact plastic rain poncho to carry always as a backup. Can be bought for $2 at Canadian Tire.
  • Scouting uniform
    • Shirt with all badges sewn on
    • Necker
  • Fox 40 whistle
  • Belt
  • Pair of bread bags for wearing over socks to keep them dry if footwear is wet
  • Wear shoes comfortable for lots of walking
  • Earphones for airplane movies and music (optional, can also be purchased on-board)
  • Water bottle (empty; fill after clearing security)
  • Food
    • On both flights, drinks, snacks, and meals will be provided by the airline
    • It is recommended to pack a few snack items in case meals are delayed and to you ensure you have something you like
  • Neck pillow (optional): Sleeping on the plane is strongly encouraged, since otherwise you miss a whole night of sleep
  • Earplugs (optional): For sleeping. Also, some are marketed to reduce ear pain during take-off and landing
  • Facial tissue or handkerchiefs
  • Hand sanitizer, pocket size
  • Plastic shopping bag (for garbage)
  • Lip balm (optional)
  • Medication: Must be:
    • In its original container
    • Accompanied by a note detailing what the medicine is, what medical condition it is treating, and the details for its use
  • Baggage tag with name, address, and phone number
  • Camera (optional)
  • Log book (optional)
  • Book to read, compact (optional)
  • Smile

Checked Baggage

Pack these items in a large suitcase or duffel bag with wheels, such as the MEC Fast-Track Rolling Duffle. Maximum weight: 23 kg.

  • Second Scouting uniform shirt with all badges sewn on
  • Trousers and shorts
    • 4 navy blue trousers
    • 4 navy blue shorts
    • Consider getting trousers that convert into shorts
    • Do not wear or bring any trousers or shorts that are any colour except navy blue (uniform colour)
  • Other clothing
    • Event T shirts (provided)
    • Additional T-shirts
    • 7–10 pairs of underwear
    • 7–10 pairs of socks
      • Include at least one pair of hiking socks from an outdoor store
    • Pyjamas
    • Swim suit
    • Compact toque: keeps feet warm on cold nights
    • Large mesh stuff sack for dirty clothes
      • More stuff sacks to keep clothes sorted (optional)
  • Rain gear: This is England: Everyone must have complete rain protection
    • Rain Jacket
    • Rain pants
    • Waterproof hiking boots (or wear your boots and pack your shoes)
  • Sun screen (for good luck)
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglass retainers
  • Flashlight: Compact LED headlamp recommended
  • Extra batteries
  • Towel. Recommended: travel towel
  • Toiletry kit
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Washcloth
    • Soap & shampoo: Preferably liquid soap in a completely sealed container inside a zip-lock bag for double protection.
    • Comb
  • Sleeping gear
    • Sleeping bag
    • Insulated sleeping pad: closed-cell foam, Therm-a-Rest, etc.
    • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
    • Pillow or pillow case to fill with clothes, compact camping version (optional)
  • B-P Kit: Remove matches and lighters.
    • Knife must be in checked baggage. No lock-blades or blades over 3" long (illegal in England)
  • Tent: All but Waunakee, who will share Declan's tent
  • Baggage tag with name, address, and phone number

Do Not Bring

  • Electronic devices such as radios, video games, MP3 players, or iPods
  • Mess kit: Will be provided