Kit List

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What to wear and how to best prepare for all elements.

Clothes: It is important to dress correctly for The Kent Charity Trek, just like good boots, good clothing will help you along the route. Make sure you wear the clothes you will be wearing before the actual event. You’ll be surprised how a top can feel different despite being exactly the same as one you’ve always worn.

We would recommend layering your clothing to ensure you keep cool or warm depending on the weather. The three layer rule should be observed.

Base Layer: it is worn directly next to the skin and the idea is it will take moisture away from your skin to prevent it making you cold or uncomfortable. If you are buying a base layer remember that some are designed to keep you cool, others are designed to keep you warm. 

TIP: We advise wearing a cap in the day to keep the sun off. 

Mid Layer: A secondary layer is very much an insulating layer to keep you warm. A lightweight fleece or long sleeved full fronted zip-up is ideal. However, it can also be a t-shirt over the base layer.  

Outer Layer: Often a waterproof or high visibility style zip-up. It should be breathable and have a hood.   

Legs: Often a waterproof or high visibility style zip-up. It should be breathable and have a hood.    

TIP: Layers, layers, layers!
Whether it’s hot, cold, wet or dry, if you have layers you can easily add or take off. Avoid huge heavy coats or knitted jumpers that will take up space and weigh down your rucksack. 

Bags: If you don’t have a support vehicle and will be carrying your worldly goods for the entirety of the event, then here is the advice. Ensure the bag is big enough to hold all of your equipment (20-30L should be about right). Compartments are great for separating your “must haves” from the not-so-essential extra items, so choose a bag with these.

The bag must have adjustable padded shoulder straps and ideally padded waist straps to fit around your hips rather than all of the weight across your shoulders and back. 

One small rack sack size bag can be transported from the start point to your designated finish point.

TIP: Find the smallest bag that will hold all of the kit you plan to bring, the bigger the pack the more you will pack!

By no means essential but some people find them a welcome addition on long walks for both balance and spreading the weight. 

Mobile Phone: A mobile phone is essential and should be fully charged before the event. You will be given emergency numbers to call if you get stuck. If walking in a group, make sure every walker has a mobile phone. We will also require your mobile number so we can contact you in case of emergency.

There will be charging points at the end of the 25km route and at the half way point of the 50km, please bring a charger with you.


ItemEssential / OptionalComment
Route MapEssentialProvided on day by Kent Charity Trek.
Event Control NumbersEssentialProvided on day by Kent Charity Trek.
Mobile phoneEssentialTo be carried on your person at all times.
Phone chargerEssentialEither a battery pack to charge on the go or your phone charger to plug in at the 25km or 50km finish lines.
Trek numberEssentialProvided on day by Kent Charity Trek.
Sun cream / lip balm Essential
First aid kitEssentialShould consist of a minimum of plasters/blister kit, talc, tape and scissors.
Spare socksEssentialBring 2-4 pairs.
Extra layersEssentialAs mentioned on previous page.
Sturdy water bottle(s) / Water BladderAvoid a large bottle; choose two smaller bottles to spread the weight if possible – but water bladder is ideal.
WaterproofsEssentialLightweight, breathable.
Energy snacks / food EssentialFood will be provided at check points but along the route you may need to some energy.
DrinkEssentialThere will be places to buy drink and there is free water at every checkpoint, but you should come filled up and ready to start the trek. Hydration is essential. Avoid carrying cans of drink as they are heavy and cannot be resealed.
MoneyEssentialEnsure you have some spare cash on you to purchase any extra food and drink along the way, avoid carrying all your credit cards and other personal items on you. 
Sat map / navigation deviceOptionalIf you have a GPS navigational device and have downloaded the route, then ensure you bring batteries for it and know how to use it. 
CameraOptionalBut worth it.
Spare footwear Optional
SunglassesOptional
Antibacterial hand wash Optional
Plastic bagsOptionalIdeal for sitting on or taking your rubbish with you.
GlovesOptionalMay be worth having if using walking poles.
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