Erik’s Jamboree Kit Buys

These are my recommendations for things to think about when getting kit for World Scout Jamborees based on previous experience. Items on this page are just my personal opinion, and may not represent the best solution for yourself.

Camp Bed

During my jaunt to the WSJ in Japan we were informed in advance that the IST subcamp would be hard ground, having been a baseball pitch temporarily covered with a few inches of hard-packed dirt.

A number of IST including myself invested in an ultra-light cot. This allowed us to sleep off the ground in more comfort, allowing for airflow under our backs (Japan and Korea was hot!), and it also weighed very little while packing down super small.

The closest listing on Amazon I can find today would be here… There are other similar cots, but generally, they have heavier poles. Thermarest do also make an ultralight cot like this here… but it is super expensive!

Should anyone get one yet? Probably not. We don’t know what the Koreans are providing (if anything) for sleeping accommodation yet. Jamborees for IST have varied from BYOT ( Bring your own tent), to tent provided but no beds, to bunks of 4 sharing a provided tent.

Packing Organisers

A large number of IST will swear by packing organisers. Whether that is a set of stuff sacks or packing cubes with which to organise your gear. The idea is that it will allow you to pack more things in your bag by keeping things organised and reducing air space while making it easier to quickly locate something in your bag.

Scrubba

One of the things I love for Jamboree is my scrubba bag. They are essentially a drybag/stuff sack, but with agitation bumps and an air valve to let out air. If you use drybags/stuff sacks for your packing you could just use that and save some money, but if you want a slightly better clean then this could be a consideration. You can also use it as an extra stuff sack!

Battery Bank

Most people have one of these by now. A battery or power bank allows you to charge your USB devices away from a power source. Depending on your phone and the size of the power bank you can sometimes keep yourself charged for several days.

Some things to consider when looking at a power bank for travel:

  • Get 100wh max (usually around 27000 mAh depending on voltage). Most airlines have a maximum limit for the power capacity of power banks. This is usually around 100 watt-hours, though the occasional airline may allow a little more. This limit is usually a per device maximum too, so you can usually take several of them as long as each one is not over this limit.
  • Consider a newer technology battery. Newer batteries can make use of up to 100W+ fast charging, if coupled with a 100W+ GAN charger then you can usually charge your power bank in a fraction of the time an older battery bank would take. Meaning less lime standing at a communal charging stand. (Be aware to get 100W charging on a compatible battery bank you need a charger capable of putting out that wattage or it will charge slowly)

Extension Lead

Get yourself an extension lead and you will make loads of friends! Finding a plug at Jamboree can sometimes be difficult. Your job may provide an area with plugs to charge if you are lucky, or you may have to stand at a charging station. Either of these you can find are fully occupied.

An extension lead not only allows you to charge multiple devices at once, but you can also offer to plug it in for multiple people to use at the same time. Or if there is no space ask someone else from the UK if they mind plugging into your extension lead so you can both charge!

An extension of this (pun not intended), is to get a multi-USB charging hub. You can charge multiple devices (phone, battery bank, etc) off of one plug, and you can also share usb ports with other people for the same reasons above (and its usually multinational as USB is a worldwide standard!).

Swapping Bags

If you are like me and you like your swapping, then a small bag for keeping your swaps in can be very useful. I usually make use of two bags. One with all my badges/scarves/woggles/pins/etc in to be swapped, and one for all the things I have got from swaps that I don’t want to then accidentally swap again. I usually use drawstring bags for this (like the ones everyone used to use at school for PE). Two colours can be useful for distinguishing between them quickly. I usually keep these bags on me at all times for any spontaneous trades as well as security if I’ve got a lot of swaps.

Sleeping Bag

On top of what you sleep on, you want to think about what you are going to use as bedding. Many of us already have a sleeping bag, but you may want to consider not taking one… Now I don’t mean taking anything, but a fleece sleeping bag liner can be a useful 0-season sleeping bag which takes up little space and weight. Korea, like Japan, is likely to be hot and humid. Tents can reach an excess of 50 degrees celsius during the middle of the day. So something thin and lightweight is useful

Wicking Tops

My next suggestion is to invest in some cheap lightweight wicking tops. Not only do they weigh less and dry quicker, but they will help to keep you cool in sweaty humid temperatures. The UKC-issued tee should be a wicking top and the options catalogue will usually let you buy more. However, you can find a bunch of cheap ones online.