Specialists in outdoor wilderness survival courses

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)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm scarf
  • Warm gloves

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.

  • 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
  • Personal medication and toiletries
  • 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 - 4 season should be fine) in a waterproof dry bag or two bin liners
  • Insulated foam sleeping mat or therma rest
  • Tent/lightweight shelter tarp (we can lend you a lightweight basha tarp if you have neither)
  • Full spare set of clothing including trainers or similar 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)

Non-essential optional items:

  • A small daysack of 10 litres or more is a good idea for carrying your warm layer, waterbottle and waterproof when away from the base camp.
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Wool blanket (perfect for sitting around the evening campfire or for increased coziness/protecting a sleeping bag in a natural shelter)
  • Waterproof and breathable bivi bag (sleeping bag cover for wet conditions)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sun cream and lip balm

Additional equipment required for the Wilderness Awakening courses:

  • Billy can or similar cooking pot to use over the campfire.
  • Wool blanket (this will become your only sleeping equipment during the course but a sleeping bag and thermal mat should still be bought along for the first night and emergencies).

Additional equipment required for the Wilderness Navigation course:

  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight camping stove and method of ignition
  • Lightweight mountain tent or a waterproof, breathable bivi bag for use with a lightweight tarp
  • Cash for the pub on the Friday evening
  • Unbreakable flask (optional)
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof gaiters (optional)

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