1. Take the time before your expedition to make sure all of your kit fits, works well and packs up properly. If you have a practice expedition, use this as your opportunity to spot anything that isn’t working and get it changed before the real thing!
2. Speaking of practise – make sure you’ve gone over pitching your tent a few times before attempting to do it for real. You don’t know what conditions you’ll be pitching in on your expedition so knowing what you’re doing will be invaluable.
3. Also have a go at cooking on your camping stove before you go and trying some of the food you’ll be taking with you. There’s nothing worse than being hungry at the end of a long day and realising you don’t like your food or can’t get your stove working!
4. Buy specific walking socks, and pack plenty of them! It may seem excessive, but it’s a necessary step to prevent blisters. Have a look at our handy preventing blisters guide for more advice on not letting those small but very painful spots ruin your adventure.
5. Nail the navigation basics before setting off! It’s really important that everyone in your group knows how to navigate and that it’s not just left to one person. Make sure you’re familiar with using a map and compass, and know what to do in emergencies.