These checklists are designed to help you plan and book your holiday with Colchestertreasurehunting
- Please read the Colchestertreasurehunting Holiday terms and conditions page.
- Make sure you understand and agree to adhere to the Treasure Act law and export laws which apply to metal detecting in England.
- Check out the typical daily hunt format to check you know what you’re getting yourself into.
- Decide whether you would like full board or self catering accommodation…
- Select a free slot from the holiday availability page and e-mail me to double check it’s still available.
- When you are 100% happy:
- You understand and agree to the Colchestertreasurehunting terms and conditions.
- You understand and agree to abide by the Treasure Act.
- You understand and agree to abide by the export license legislation.
- You can proceed with your booking:
- Send us £300 deposit to secure your slot. Here’s how to do that [add link].
- Book your flights ensuring you will arrive in plenty of time to meet the regular taxi pickups.
- E-mail your flight confirmation details to me.
- You’re done! Stay tuned to the News and Latest finds pages for the latest information.
Checklist of Things to Bring To Save You Money
- Bring clothing!
You need enough clothing layers so you can adapt to varying weather conditions from sub zero to death valley temperatures!
Colchester is classed as semi-arid and the weather is very unpredictable with record highs and lows in recent years.
With global warming it’s not going to get any easier to predict.
ALWAYS bring a full set of lightweight waterproofs.
ALWAYS bring 100% waterproof boots.
- Bring a waterproof detector control box cover if your detector needs it.
- Bring plastic finds bags with the white writeable strip on the front because they cost more than double the price in the UK compared with the USA.
Bring one large zip-loc top style bag with your full name and full postal address clearly written on the outside.
Bring as many small individual find bags as you think you will need and write your full name on each bag as you use it.
We will add the ID to each bag which is included on your export licence.
- Bring batteries
You can buy them in local stores here but they are much more expensive here. If you use wet batteries also bring spares.
- Bring lightweight house slippers or cosy oversocks because your muddy boots will not be crossing the threshold!
- Bring spare detectors and detecting heads
Many regulars bring mutliple machines and/or heads.
We have two spare detectors, a Fisher 1266XB and a 2500 GTI Garett which you can use as a last resort. Don’t be that guy that has to use them!
- Bring spare head phones
We have spare headphones but they fail regularly and we may run out, don’t take that chance.
- Bring a water bottle, or arrange to buy a plastic recyclable one on arrival.
Checklist of Things NOT to Bring To Save Your Luggage Allowance
- Don’t bring Diggers
We have plenty of long handled trowels and spade types for you to use. The ground is ploughed and rolled so it is really easy to dig normally, we do not hunt stubble fields.
- Don’t bring gear which only works on US 110-120V
This isn’t so much as a problem as it once was because most modern gear will auto-switch and we have a bunch of USA to UK adapters you can use.
If you don’t have modern gear consider replacing it before you visit! Read your manuals and transformers and source an auto-switching alternative before you travel.
You can bring a 120V to 240V inverter if you cannot source an auto-switching alternative BUT you may not be able to use it! We have had multiple instances of inverters blowing up and knocking out fuseboxes!
- Don’t bring Walkie Talkies
We have two complete sets of 6 walkie talkies so we can keep in contact.
They have proved very useful on the larger fields and new land to see how the finds were going and to call guys in for lunch etc.
- Don’t bring towels, shampoo or soap, they are provided.
If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance so we can check what is available and you can plan to bring anything you need, that we cannot provide, with you.