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Clothing and Equipment with Charity Challenge


What you need to bear in mind when selecting your Equipment

  • One of the first things we recommend that you buy is your footwear for a trek, or padded shorts, helmet and gloves for a ride. If you are signed up to a trek you need to ensure your boots are as comfortable as they can be and this starts with the right purchase, and will be aided by regular walking to mould them to your feet. This incidentally is a great way to start getting fit too! The last thing you want on a trek is to get blisters with up to eight days of walking ahead of you. You'll find that your boots are your best friend on a trekking challenge. Invest in the right equipment early enough to get it right.


  • Try to use your equipment before you go – particularly your backpack, cycling gear, backpacking/hiking boots and sleeping bag (if camping) – this should show you if there are any manufacturing faults before you depart on your challenge. Good footwear and care of the feet is particularly important. Walking boots should be well broken-in before being worn on treks. Running shoes are too flimsy for wilderness treks and sandals leave the feet exposed to sunburn, abrasions, thorns, insect and animal bites.


  • Just bring what you need. Travelling light is much less of a hassle, so do not bring things you can do without. If you need to wear jewellery, keep it simple and inexpensive. The general r ule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. Always keep your night clothes in a watertight bag to ensure they stay dry if there’s a sudden downpour, or if you’re crossing water – you will have a much better n ight’s sleep in dry clothing. Bring clothes that wash and dry easily (jeans take forever to dry and should not be worn on the trek).


  • Your main bag should not weigh more than 15kg/33lb. If you exceed this limit, you m ay be charged for excess luggage on internal flights, or when entering National Parks. Additionally, in line with our responsible tourism policy, it’s important not to overload the porters and transfer agents who have to carry and transport your luggage. Your hand baggage should not exceed 5kg/11lb and maximum dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25 cm. Please make sure you pack your backpack yourself, and do NOT under any circumstances take any items through customs that are not yours, or that you’ve been asked to deliver for someone else.


  • If possible, lock your bags before you check them through at the check-in desk (although do bear in mind that if travelling through US airports, these may be opened by US customs). When packing, think carefully about what you are packing in your checked luggage, as once you’ve handed it over at check-in, you’ll not see it again until you arrive at the other end. Don’t pack things you will need again before or during the flight, such as medicines. Extra cash, passports and house keys should also be kept in your hand luggage. If taking a long flight, it’s sometimes a good idea to take toiletries such as a toothbrush to freshen up on the long journey; but please do remember that there are strict regulations governing the transport of liquids in hand luggage. For the most up-to-date air travel hand luggage rules, please check out the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority website at www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca


  • Don’t pack valuables, cash, fragile or perishable items in your checked luggage. Airlines and insurance companies will not accept liability for them. When leaving Canada, we recommend that you wear your trekking boots, trekking gear, and take as much as possible in your hand luggage, especially a change of underwear and other clothing. This is to ensure that in the unlikely situation that your bags do not arrive at your final destination, you are still able to make a start on the challenge while we relocate any missing baggage.


Charity Challenge Equipment Lists

For each challenge we operate, we’ll provide you with an equipment list which details what we feel you should take, and what is considered optional. The list has been designed by the local ground handler in the destination country and our past challenge leaders; however please take into account your personal preferences and common sense. We’re open to further recommendations upon your return.

 If you have any further questions regarding equipment or the challenge in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more detail. info@charitychallenge.ca Office: 1-833-466-8735