You will be provided with a comprehensive kit list of all the clothing and equipment that you will need on the adventure, which even goes into the finest detail of how many pairs of socks that you should bring with you! It is though always best to keep the vehicle as light as possible.
The only item of documentation you will need is your driving licence.
You won’t have to dress like a Victorian explorer or member of the SAS to undertake the adventure, any good outdoor clothing will do, which you’ll probably already have at home. You’ll be driving in remote areas and at altitude, but even during the British summer it can suddenly turn very cold, so be prepared.
Although popularised by 4×4 enthusiasts, roof tents are definitely not needed, a cheap offering from Vango or Millets being much lighter, safer and more versatile than something strapped to the roof of your vehicle.
Self-inflating sleeping mats certainly offer more comfort than those made of closed cell foam, but either will do. It can get quite cold at night, so a 3 or 4 season sleeping bag is advisable.
You’ll be required to carry a basic First Aid kit, as well as any personal medication. We’ll be staying at a campsite on the first night, followed by a wild camp outside the UK’s highest pub, so you’ll need the basics of soap, toothbrush and towel.
Each vehicle will be required to carry 20 litres of water in a non-translucent container, the black plastic military Jerry cans being the best for this. Bottled drinking water can be purchased en route.
Although there will be many opportunities to eat locally, each team must carry a minimum of 24 hours worth of food with them and able to cook for themselves. A portable gas stove, mess tins, cutlery and tinned food from your local Supermarket will be more than adequate.
Dehydrated rations may save weight, but you have to carry extra water, they are expensive and never taste that good anyway. Tescos’ tins of stew, new potatoes and assorted veg makes for a hearty and simple to prepare meal.
Your mobile phone will work throughout most of the route apart from when we are in the remote corners of the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines.
As part of your entry fee though, each vehicle will be issued with a UHF radio kit to allow car to car communication. These have a range of several miles and will help keep everyone together.
In addition to the above, the support vehicle will be fitted with a satellite phone in case of any emergencies.
You’ll be provided with a comprehensive list of tools, but most of the items you should have already such as screwdrivers, spanners and pliers.
As long as your vehicle has been suitably prepared and carries the minimum of weight, it should be fine, but there will be some items that you must carry with you such as oils, lubricants, filters and belts. In addition to this, some ‘Bush Mechanics’ items will need to be carried including glues, sealants and tapes.