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Build A Go Box

By Alpkit
25, May, 2018

What's in your Go Box? Now is the time - no ifs, no buts... be ready to seize adventure by the horns at a moment's notice!

What is a Go Box?

Well, it’s a box (any box will do), that you keep packed with everything you need for whatever adventures you like to go on. Keep it in your car, store it under the bed, have it waiting by the door. No more excuses that you can’t find your head torch, no forgetting to replace your gas, no leaving your Ti mug at work: when the opportunity to get out presents itself, you'll be ready.

So what do you put in your Go Box?

It depends what you’re getting up to really, but there are some fundamentals that you’re not going to want to forget. Where ever you’re heading, you’ll need to eat, you’ll need to stay hydrated, you’ll need to see when night falls, and you’ll need to carry your rubbish away with you when you head off… So why not start with that? We'd recommend the following:

Cooking System 
  • The Koro mountaineering stove is more than a match for whatever culinary creations you’re concocting! It’s light and compact enough to take on any adventure, yet powerful enough to get a right good meal on – just don’t forget to pack a gas canister too!

  • Mustn’t leave your pots behind! Alipots 4-piece pan set stacks together like a set of Matryoshka dolls (with fold away handles too) to give you the maximum amount of pan for the space! The lids of the 1 and 1.7 litre pans double up as frying pans, so you can really get creative with your camp cooking.

  • The Concertina windbreak keeps the wind off your stove to make your gas canister last that bit longer. It folds up nice and small when you’re not using it, perfect for your Go Box!

  • It may seem like a luxury, but a lightweight camping table like the Splitta does wonders for your camping comfort and weighs less than 400 grams – so there’ll be no more crying over spilt tea!

  • Having forgotten cutlery on more adventures than I’d care to remember. Having a dedicated Go Box cutlery set (like the TiMigos or Snapwire cutlery sets) has saved the day on multiple occasions!

  • A Kelvin insulated titanium mug is a pretty handy thing to have around camp – no one likes cold tea or soup after all! Alternatively, if you want to take your drink out with you, the Clip flask keeps it warm until you’re ready to drink it.

  • Head torches are invaluable as soon as night falls! You can’t go wrong with a Viper II, but the Gamma III comes in handy if you’re walking on roads as the rear red light makes sure you stay safe and seen!   

  • It’s not a necessity, but packing a lantern for camp helps you avoid shining your head torch into your mate’s eyes. Something small, light, and niftily convertible like the Glowe lantern/torch is has become a Go Box staple at AKHQ.

Housekeeping (those bits and bobs that you always forget)
  • Bin bags - vital for making sure you leave no trace

  • Kitchen roll and tin foil - ideal for wrapping up your lunch for the next day

  • Loo roll – well you never want to be caught short do you!

  • A corkscrew or bottle opener (need we explain?)

Marketing Man Dan’s overnighter family Go Box (pictured up top) has most of the basics covered, so why not start with that? 

Some AK Team Go Boxes

The Alpkit team includes paddlers, climbers, runners, bikers, hill walkers, and everything in between. That means that our Go Boxes all tend to be tailored to whatever our vice happens to be! Everyone tends to have their Go Boxes in the car on a Friday ready to Go Nice Places at the weekend, so we've been taking a nosy at what's inside them for some Go Box inspiration:

Hati's cragging Go Box

"Before heading off, I throw in a Pipedream sleeping bag, Airo 180 closed-cell foam matt, a Hunka bivvy bag, shoes, climbing rack, chalk and some chocolate (crag snacks)."

  • Aeropress, coffee and filters (essential!)
  • Head torch
  • Suncream
  • Meths stove and eco-fuel
  • 2 enamel mugs
  • Set of cutlery
  • Teabags
  • Loo roll
  • Swiss army knife
  • Salt and spices
  • Parakito mosquito repellent
  • Bin bags
  • Giant clingfilm (for wrapping up crash pads for the roof rack)
  • Sandpaper (for filing my hands)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Finger tape
Liam's biking Go Box

"Just add bike"

  • shoes
  • Brukit
  • MytiMug 400
  • teaspoon
  • coffee
  • helmet
  • pump
  • assortment of allan keys
  • spare tubes
  • fuel pod 25
  • first aid kit
  • garmin
  • lube (the bike kind!)
  • sunglasses
  • lampray
  • mtb gloves
  • pedals
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste

How to win a Go Box Camping bundle...

You can win a go box camping bundle to get your Go Box in order by telling us #WhatsInYourBox . Share a photo of your Go Box on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, tag @Alpkit and #WhatsInYourGoBox to enter. Last submission on the 9th July, and we’ll have you’re kit over to you ready for the summer!

Ready, steady, Go Box!

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