Kit requirements

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  Kit Overview - a summary of the required kit
  Kit In Detail - the kit requirements in detail 

Kit: - Overview:

  • Main Bag
  • Day Sack
  • Sleeping Gear
  • Clothes for trek
  • Clothes for evening
  • Headgear and sun protection
  • Footwear
  • Personal Items
  • Personal First Aid Kit

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Kit - In detail

  • Main Bag
    • A 65 litre rucksack or holdall maximum weight 15kg when full. A strong and durable bag is recommended rather than a suitcase as your bag will be thrown on and off trucks daily. A roomy “ski” bag with a large zip opening and room to rummage is recommended as your bag will be your wardrobe for the week.
       
  • Day Sack
    • A 25 litre rucksack with a hydration system (CamelBak / Platypus). Try a fit with air vent which allows air to your back to cool you. You should train wearing your Day Sack as much as possible to get used to the weight and shape.
    • Suggested Day Sack contents:
      • Hydration system (Platypus/CamelBak) 2-3 litre capacity
      • Water purification tablets or drops for 30 litres
      • Water purification neutraliser tablets or drops (optional)
      • Antibacterial hand gel
      • Head torch plus spare batteries
      • Toilet paper and matches or lighter
      • Sun hat
      • Sunscreen
      • Insect repellent
      • Lip salve with sun block
      • Small waterproof bag for passport, money etc
      • Small freezer bags for personal daily rubbish collection
      • Snacks/sweets
      • Plasters
      • Neckscarf
         
  • Sleeping Gear
    • Sleeping bag (2-3 seasons)
    • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
    • Lightweight sleeping mat, thermarest camping mattress (optional). A sleeping mat is provided locally
    • Travel pillow (optional)
    • Warm sleepwear
       
  • Clothes for trek daytime - It will be hot
    • Hiking Clothes – loose layers/light colours in fabrics that allow air flow and wick away moisture
    • Trekking trousers
    • Shorts
    • Several t-shirts
    • Long sleeve tops/shirts for sun protection
    • Lightweight waterproof trousers and jacket
       
  • Clothes for trek mornings and nights - It will be cold first thing and at night
    • A fleece
    • Tracksuit bottoms/loose trousers
       
  • Clothes for other evenings
    • Smart/Casual clothes and shoes for Gala evening – it will be spring in Namibia and the evenings are cold
    • Comfortable clothes to travel in. We recommend that you wear your walking boots to travel in so that in the unfortunate event of your luggage going astray you will still be able to start the trek.
       
  • Headgear and sun protection
    • Sunhat -  always wear a sun hat covering your head and face. A pashmina/scarf can also be a useful cover for head/shoulders and a bandana/neckerchief
    • Sunscreen – at least factor 30
    • Sunglasses
       
  • Footwear
    • Trekking boots - well worn in, light, and with ankle support. An outdoor equipment store can offer advice and remember your walking boots are probably the most important item of kit.
    • Walking socks. Ill-fitting socks can cause blisters.
    • Walking poles (recommended but not essential)
    • Pair of trainers (can be used as spare pair of walking shoes) or comfortable shoes/flip flops for evenings
       
  • Personal Items
    • Toiletries and towel
    • Plenty of wet wipes for washing
    • Camera, lots of film, memory cards and spare batteries
    • Padlock or means of locking luggage
    • Money belt
       
  • Personal First Aid Kit
    • Painkillers
    • Ibuprofen or other anti inflammatory
    • Immodium for diarrhoea
    • Antiseptic wipes
    • Plasters
    • Gauze pads
    • Zinc Oxide tape or Leucotape for blister prevention
    • Compeed or similar for blister prevention
    • Small tub of Vaseline for chafing
    • Rehydration mix such as Dioralyte
    • Scissors
    • Safety pins
    • Any other specific personal medication you need (discuss with your GP)

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