Running Kit List
South West Coast Path (630miles)
The following kit allowed me to spend five weeks on the coast. With this being my first proper expedition I kept it simple and as lightweight as possible. The plan was to stick to the coastline, cover as many miles as possible, forage and wild camp where necessary. Hopefully the following will give you an insight to the type of kit required. I have also included links, tips and some of the things I wish I had considered which whilst my time on the coast.
- Lowe Alpine, 30 litre (worth considering capacity all depending on trip).
- Waste bag (acted as a kangaroo pouch containing all sorts from dried fruit, energy bars, phone etc)
- Tent (Wild Country Zephyros 2).
- Tent Pegs.
- Sleeping bag x1 (season 1).
- Sleeping mat (Vango).
- Pillow (I used my rucksack as a pillow or I stuffed clothing into a tent my tent bag).
- Neck scarf (for on the evenings & cold windy days).
- Bucket hat (essential for when its hot).
- Layering system. (Think hard about layers and clothing materials).
- Baselayer: Consider a layer close to the skin. Ideally not too tight.
- Midlayer: Slightly thicker than your baselayer ideally long sleeve. Again not too tight against skin.
- Outer layer: the layer that will protect you from the wind and rain and ultimately keep you warm .
Checkout GoOutdoors layering system for more information on layers.
- Running shorts x1 (doubles up as swimwear)
- Undershorts x1
- Socks x3 (lost a pair in Plymouth).
- Running shoes x1
- Dry clothing (dry tee and thermal bottoms for on the evenings. Very important to change into dry clothes come evenings).
- Dried fruit
- Nutrition bars/ cereal bars
- 1 litre bottle x2
- Mini first aid kit
- Sunglasses (lost somewhere around Lizard, lower Cornwall).
- Head-torch (stopped working in week two).
- Battery pack
- Earphones (Broke on the second day)
I used a GPS device called Spot Tracker. This allowed me to check in with family and friends back home. It works by sending an email containing current gps co-ordinates + a google map link as to where I am. I cannot stress enough how important this piece of equipment was. Please consider if you’re venturing out alone.
Checkout Spot Tracker for more information
Some of the things I wish I had considered:
For me it was all about travelling as lightweight as possible. The following may differ depending on trip, location and season.
- Trousers (preferably ones your comfortable walking in. Again you want something that’s breathable and not to tight against the leg).
- Spork/ some sort of eating utensil (I used my credit card as a spoon)
- Micro fibre towel (lightweight and dries quickly)
- Cooking stove
- Fuel/ gas
- Tick tool.
- Pocket radio (could be used to keep track of local weather forecasts, news etc).
- Thermals. Great for on the evenings.
- Socks x3 (carry at least a couple pairs of socks).
- Running shoes. Consider trail/ waterproof trainers next time.
- Head-torch. Dont buy cheap
- Solar panel to charge goods (don't buy cheap and test thoroughly)
- Not to shower, wash (That’s what the sea is for)
- Have phone signal.
- The privilege of using a toilet
- Unpredictable weather
Essential to have an open mind. There will be times when things will not go to plan ie: shops are closed, public toilets are closed, weather conditions and thats just to name a few.
- Charge electrical goods when you can.
- Stock up on food before when you can.
- Always carry cash.
- Pack DRY clothes for on the evenings. I generally keep mine in a plastic bag.
Always best to test out all of your equipment before any expedition/trip. The last thing you want is to find yourself in a situation where your equipment doesn't work or is not suitable.