One thing that’s very important on a long walk, such as this one, is to make sure that you take the right equipment. Obviously, there needs to be some give and take between equipment and weight, especially considering I was carrying everything I needed on my back, every step of the way. Too much weight could bring on injuries but not taking the right things with me could have lead to something far worse.

I spent a lot of time looking at books and sites by other people who have completed the Land’s End to John O’Groats walk and I hoped, through reading about their mistakes and their eventual kit lists, I’d be ok. Clearly, making the decision very early on in the planning of this walk to not camp meant I saved myself a lot of weight from all the camping gear which I’m sure paid dividends as the weeks rolled on.

You can see the final list below. In total everything came in at a weighty 39.948lbs (18.120kgs). Not all of that was on my back as I was obviously wearing some of the clothes and my boots – they added quite a few lbs to the overall weight.

The actual contents (not including maps, water and any food I had for the day) came in at 24.936lbs (11.311kgs) which is 5lbs more than I really wanted to be carrying in the pack but there wasn’t a great deal I could do as I classed pretty much everything as essential. By the time water, maps and food were added to the pot, the average weight of the pack contents was closer to 30lbs, if not more…gulp!


My Kit


ItemDetailsWeight (Kg)
BootsMeindl Borneo Pro1.724
Fleece, long sleevedCraghoppers microfleece0.300
GlovesBerghaus Windy Gripper0.071
Gortex gaitersPerma0.267
Gortex jacketBerghaus Yala Peak0.535
Gortex waterproof over-trousersBerghaus Paclite0.216
Socks, hiking (3)Brasher 3 Season0.328
Socks, under socks (3)Brasher Better Than Silk0.088
Spare shoelaces (2)Brasher0.034
Sun hatWhiterock0.125
Thermal leggingsPeter Storm0.213
Thermal long sleeved topPeter Storm0.255
Trousers that zip at the knee (2)Craghoppers Kiwi Zip Off1.168
T-shirts, long sleeved (2)HH Lifa Dry Stripe Crew0.285
T-shirts (2)HH Lifa Dry Stripe T0.195
T-shirts (2)Berghaus Argentium Crew0.303
Underwear (4)Sloggi0.185
Woolly hatNorth Face0.063


ItemDetailsWeight (Kg)
Backpack linerExped Waterproof Fold-Drybags 4 pack0.198
Backpack with Platypus hydration systemBerghaus C7 Pro 70+102.900
Boot waterproofingNikwax0.157
Bivi bagKestrel Ripstop0.303
CompassSilva Expedition 40.038
EarplugsBoots own brand0.026
Emergency thermal blanketLifesystems thermal blanket0.071
Map measurerRecta C 1000.019
Mosquito head netMosquito/midge micro head net0.020
Pen knifeVictorinox Camper0.074
Plastic bags, zip/sealed top for foodSainsbury’s own brand0.000
Safety pinsBoots own brand0.033
Spatula, small plastic – you don’t want to know why!Sea To Summit iPoood0.108
Survival bagSurvival bivi bag, Olive0.224
Walking polesLexi Thermolite0.440
Walking pole rubber tipsLexi0.031
WhistleLifesystems Mountain Lite0.005


ItemDetailsWeight (Kg)
BatteriesEnergizer 2000 rechargeable0.217
Camera and SD cardsCanon A4800.189
Card reader and USB cableByteStor multi card reader0.088
iPod120GB iPod Classic0.176
GPS UnitSatmap Active 10 Plus0.288
GPS UK OS MapsSatmap Great Britain 1:500000.000
LED flashing red lightCateye TL-LD150 5 LED light0.046
Mini camera tripodJoby Gorillapod Original0.046
Mobile phone and charging cable16GB iPhone0.221
Netbook and chargerSamsung N1401.607
TorchPetzl Tikka 2 Plus0.082
Video recorderFlip Video UltraHD camcorder0.181
WatchFreestyle Shark Buzz0.059


ItemDetailsWeight (Kg)
Antiseptic creamBoots own brand0.109
Deep Heat sprayDeep Heat0.156
DeodorantSure Sensitive stick0.105
Disposable razorsSainsbury’s own brand0.070
Elastoplast stretchable fabric tapeElastoplast0.021
First aid kitLifesystem traveller first aid kit0.363
Hair clayV05 mattClay0.109
Insect repellentSainsbury’s own brand0.132
Knee supportsBoots own brand0.104
Lip balmChapstick0.009
Micropore tapeBoots own brand0.031
MoisturiserNivea Creme0.048
Nail clippers –0.013
Pain relief tabletsPanadol Extra0.071
Plasters, blisterCompeed/Savlon0.025
Plasters, regularBoots own brand0.033
Shampoo/shower gel all in oneRadox0.289
SoapDettol anti-bacterial0.129
Sun cream, factor 50Ambre Solaire0.206
Talcum powderJohnson’s baby powder0.236
Toilet rollAndrex0.158
TowelMicrofibre sports towel0.263
Water purification, chlorine tabletsLifesystems chlorine tablets0.019
Water purification, neutralising tabletsLifesystems neutralising tablets0.019
Wet-wipesSainsbury’s own brand0.160


ItemDetailsWeight (Kg)
Cash – –
Cheque book – –
Credit/debit cards – –
Driving licence – –
Highlighter pensStabilo (pack of 4)0.055
Map caseSilva0.080
Maps and guidebooks54 OS Explorer maps0.126 each
Notebook and penMoleskine0.138
Wallet – –