“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER, JUST BAD GEAR.”
This kit guide will hopefully help you, by informing you of the products on the market and give you some examples of costs to the type of kit that will enable you to have a fun time!
Below are the criteria which the organisers have put onto the website. If you click on the item with a link, it will take you to a page that will explain the type of products on the market, videos to help you make an informed decision and list of items that meet the specification required and of course the cost. In the first instance try to borrow kit from scouts, district, schools, DofE groups. Do bear in mind that you will be needing winter kit in the UK summer season, so you might be able to borrow kit from fellow Scouters!
- A light, comfortable and waterproof backpack that is at the minimum 60 litres. Suitcases are not appropriate. Flight bags may also be useful.
- A smaller backpack, suitable for day trips.
- A tent that is suitable for an Icelandic summer – probably a three season one for many other countries. It needs to be able to withstand strong winds and heavy rain.
- A sleeping bag that is comfortable for 0°C at the minimum
- A thin insulated mattress
- Warm and cold water bottle, plate, bowl, mug, knife, fork and spoon.
- A first aid kit (remember Band-Aids and second skin for blisters etc.) and personal medication
- Sun block (factor 6 minimum). Even if you have dark skin or do not normally burn in the sun, please bear in mind that the sun in Iceland is different due to the northern location of the country.
- A fly net in order to protect your face from the flies that can be found in some places.
- The following items of clothing:
- Scout uniform
- Swimsuit and towel
- Base layer – Warm wool or fleece underwear, long sleeve and long trouser
- Warm sweaters (wool, fleece or primaloft)
- Rain and windproof trousers and a jacket, at the minimum waterproof for 5.000 mm. A poncho is not useful as it may be windy.
- A warm hat and gloves.
- Trousers for hiking. Jeans are not useful.
- A minimum of two pairs of wool mixture hiking socks (min. 70% wool, non-cotton)
- Good and walked in hiking boots, waterproof, with good ankle support and a VIBRAM sole or equivalent. Sport shoes are not useful, except as an extra pair of shoes.
- Light shoes to walk in if you are doing any hiking.
For some program activities, including for example extreme mountaineering or hiking in the high lands, a special equipment list will be provided for the participants. In those cases the activity leaders will check that the participants have the required gear prior to the activity taking place. If participants do not have the gear they will be given the opportunity to acquire or purchase it if possible, and if not they will not be able to take part in the activity. Please be aware that there are no shops or services in the vicinity of some of the camps during the Journeys.
Basic facilities will be available at the Ulfljotsvatn Scout Centre for washing clothes.
Please be aware that no alcohol or illegal substances are allowed on site or to be used during the Moot, in accordance to Icelandic law on the operations of youth organizations and the practices of Icelandic Scouting. Participants who bring or are in possession of alcohol or illegal substances will be immediately expelled from the Moot and the respective Head of contingent informed of the situation. There is a zero-tolerance policy in this matter.
Our thanks to Facewest, Go outdoors and Gap year travel store for their advice.