- Sleeping mat
- Sleeping bag
- Spare clothes – especially socks
- Spare phone
- Extra food
The phone should be a workable solution for when you are in an emergency. It should NOT be a smart phone, or if it is all navigation and communications features should be turned off to conserve battery life. You may carry and additional GPS device, but using a phone for this purpose is not allowed, it plays havoc with battery life. Do not rely on charging facilities – pack a portable charger. Network coverage across many parts of the Pennine Way is patchy and some networks are unavailable (especially 3 and O2). A cheap dumb phone with a multi network PAYG SIM is much the preferred item.
Your Drop Bag
Your bag should be a simple waterproof duffel bag, or drybag and must not weigh more than 15Kg. It may be left in an open field for several hours and therefore must really be waterproof, a Ortlieb drybag is recommended. Turning up at the midpoint expecting fresh dry kit only to find that the rain has blown through the zip on your nice new duffel bag is not recommended.
Remember you’re only going to see your drop bag once in the middle of the race and you need to pack accordingly. This bag will be transported onto the finish once you have passed through.
Your Finish Bag
Competitors have the option of including a finish bag, this will be taken to the finish at Kirk Yetholm and should normally contain your travelling gear and a change of clothes etc. Again for the sake of our staff and volunteers this should not weigh more than 15Kg. A standard duffel bag or rucksack will be sufficient. Any bags not collected at the end of the event can be returned using courier services at the the participants expense.