woodland living kitlist

Woodland Skills Woodland Course Equipment List

This page contains a general list of the equipment you will need for our courses.


Sensible outdoor clothing is essential for all of our wilderness bushcraft courses. We recommend that you bring a wool or fleece hat- a waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers - wool or fleece base layers and mid layers - and several long and short-sleeved T-shirts.
It is useful to also bring base layers (wool or fleece) that you use to sleep in. Cargo/combat trousers are ideal; as they are strong, light and fast drying. Please do not bring jeans they take ages to dry! Sturdy hiking boots are a must, as some of the terrain is steep and slippery. We also recommend that

Tools of the trade

  you bring a pair of old trainers for the evenings and keep your spare changes of clothes stored in a plastic bag to keep them dry.


  * Small day-sack or bum-bag in addition to your main rucksack, for short hike's to gather materials.
  * Sleeping bag, preferably 3 season
  * Self-inflating or closed-cell foam sleeping mat
  * Tent or basha
  * Torch and spare batteries
  * Small first aid kit including plasters, blister kit, tweezers, foot powder and any personal medication - pain killers, muscle rub, inhailers etc
  * Sun block and lip balm
  * Good insect repellent
  * Wash kit and towel - eco friendly washing products are best
  * Knife, fork and spoon
  * Mug, plate & bowl
  * Water bottle
  * Notebook and pencil

For Living the Wild Intensive you will also require:
  * 10 meters of parachute cord
  * Swim wear and towel
  * Some zip-lock or plastic bags are useful for keeping tinder dry

Optional extras:
  * Camera and film
  * Binoculars
  * Spending money: as it is not unusual for students to get together for a well-earned pint at the end of a course.
  * Tampons: it is not uncommon for a sudden change of environment to start an unexpected period.

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