Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition : Summer Essentials

Embarking on the Duke of Edinburgh Award adventure during the summer is an experience like no other. As the sun shines brightly and nature comes to life, the great outdoors beckon with promises of discovery and challenge. Whether you’re navigating through lush forests, conquering rugged terrain, or camping under the starry skies, each moment is filled with excitement and growth. From developing essential life skills to forging lifelong friendships, the DofE journey is a transformative voyage of self-discovery and accomplishment. So, lace up your boots, pack your bags, and get ready to embrace the beauty and challenges of the wilderness as you embark on this unforgettable adventure with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

It is important to take the correct equipment when you are embarking on your Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition, especially in summer! Although it may seem unlikely in Scotland, the temperature does soar in the summer months and the insects come out, making your DofE expedition that little bit more difficult. 

Here are some tips for protecting yourself on your expedition in summer conditions:

Protect yourself against the midgeys!

In Scotland, especially during the summer months, midges can be quite a nuisance for outdoor enthusiasts. These tiny insects are notorious for their persistent swarming and their ability to leave itchy bites. To protect yourself against midges, it’s essential to cover up exposed skin with long sleeves, trousers, and a midgey net. 

Our favourite Midgey Repellent is ‘Smidge’, which you can buy in mos outdoor equipment stores in Scotland & the UK, such as Go Outdoors, Cotswold’s, Tiso, Amazon or on the official Smidge website.

Here is some more information about the science behind smidge and why it works so well!

Protect yourself against the sun!

When walking in Scotland during the summer, protecting yourself against the sun is crucial, despite the country’s reputation for rainy weather. Even on overcast days, UV rays can still penetrate through clouds, so wearing sunscreen with a high SPF, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses is essential. Additionally, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and seeking shade whenever possible can help prevent sunburn and heat-related issues while enjoying Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes.

Drink plenty of water!

Staying hydrated is key during your Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the summer heat. Make sure to carry an adequate supply of water and drink regularly throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Consider using a hydration bladder or water bottles that are easily accessible on your backpack to ensure you can replenish fluids whenever needed along the journey.

Check out the ‘Complete Guide to Water on DofE‘ Blog for information on staying hydrated on expedition

Consider what food to pack

When packing food for your Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in summer, opt for non-perishable items like dried fruits, nuts, granola bars, and dehydrated meals. These lightweight options provide essential nutrients and energy without the risk of spoiling in the heat. Be mindful that some perishable foods, like fresh fruits and sandwiches, may spoil quickly in warm temperatures, so it’s best to prioritize items with a longer shelf life to sustain you throughout your journey.

Check out the Duke of Edinburgh’s blog on meal ideas for your expedition.

Pack for a change in weather conditions!

When preparing for a Duke of Edinburgh expedition in summer, it’s crucial to pack versatile equipment to handle Scotland’s unpredictable weather. Essentials include a sturdy backpack, comfortable hiking boots, a sleeping bag suitable for varying temperatures, and a lightweight tent. Don’t forget to pack waterproof clothing, such as a jacket and trousers, to stay dry during sudden rain showers. Layering clothing is also key to adapt to fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.

At My Adventure, we are a provider that delivers the expedition phase of the Duke of Edinburgh Award for schools and private groups across Scotland. Our qualified and experienced guides work alongside the school/ group to help each member achieve goals and develop skills that are valuable for life, at the same time as enjoying the Duke of Edinburgh Award journey. 

If you enjoyed this blog article and are looking for additional information about adventures from Edinburgh, we have published a number of other blogs:

  • Top Ten tips for your Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition here
  • A guide to the Duke of Edinburgh Award: here
  • A guide to the Duke of Edinburgh Award: Silver here 
  • A guide to the Duke of Edinburgh Award: Gold here
  • Duke of Edinburgh award: Essential equipment: here
  • Top Tips for Backpacking in Scotland: here
  • The best head torches for adventures in the outdoors: here
  • Stag Party Adventures Edinburgh: here
  • Planning a Hen Party to Edinburgh: here
  • Hen Party Adventures Edinburgh: here

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the Intrepidus Outdoors Trip AdvisorYoutube channelVisit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventures with us!



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