To carry things from the start or buy them when and where they are needed, except for maps, which must be bought for route planning and marked up, and for feed. Weight is a key issue. The more experience a long distance rider has the less he carries. If it all weighs too much, things will be thrown out. My current lists include:
CAN YOU HELP SUPPLY ANYTHING? Please contact me.
For the Horse
Aim: Comfort and safety for him
Saddle - most important, a saddle that fits him really well, spreads my weight as evenly as possible and is refitted as he changes shape.
|Numnah||Saddlebags: front & rear||Flyspray|
|Girth, stirrups and leathers||Water bottles & holders||Tack cleaning kit|
|Waterproof saddle cover||Light waterproof rug/flysheet||Equine 1st Aid kit|
|Bridle (inc. headcollar) & reins||Hi-viz flashes on bridle & reins||Hard feed: am & pm ration|
|Lead rope||Hi-viz exercise sheet||Nylon Bucket|
|60ft strong, light rope||Hi-viz gaiters||Grooming kit|
|Haynet||Shoof/equiboot shoe replacement|
For the Rider:
Aim 1: Layers for warmer/cooler/waterproof, plus a change of clothes when not riding.
Aim 2: Be Visible. Aim 3: Minimum weight.
|Riding helmet with hi-viz band||Handkerchiefs||Half chaps|
|Webcam mounted on helmet||Silk scarf||Short, heavy soled boots|
|Hi-viz waistcoat||Lightweight trousers||Watch|
|LED lights white/red for off-side ankle||Riding gloves||Waterproof Bumbag|
|Red LED armbands||Silk long sleeve vest & long johns||Wallet|
|Headtorch||Inner socks, good wicking||Camera/Phone/PDA|
|Waterproof jacket & overtrousers||Wool outer socks||Spare batteries & chargers|
||Silk long sleeve polo shirt||Hoof pick|
|Vest||Cotton long sleeve shirts||Penknife/Multipurpose tool|
|Pants||Merino wool sweater, buttoned at top||Magnifying glass|
|Folding pruning saw||Spare pair of glasses||Field glasses|
|Notebook||Propelling pencil||Ballpoint pen|
|Snacks - muesli bars, apples etc||Toilet paper||Binder twine|
|Trumpet + valve oil, grease & music||My 1st Aid kit||Suncream|
|Washing/shaving kit||Towel||Hand held weighing scale|
|Sleeping bag||Sleeping mat|
Aim: Information available anytime.
Leaflets or “business” cards with key contact information for donations and website etc
Notebook for on the spot donations.
Aim: Clear planned route but sufficient map width to identify alternatives.
Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps (4cm = 1km) prepared in advance, pre-positioned, collected/sent home for each section at suitable intervals.
GPS to confirm location.
City map for each city.
Directions for complex sections, e.g. Trans Pennine Trail through Sheffield
Waterproof map case
Compass, magnifying glass etc, listed above