Walking kit

Clothing

The weather can change quickly over the course of the day, always come prepared for rain or sunshine. Several thinner layers will keep you warmer than one thick layer, and you can vary how many layers you have on as you get warmer or colder.

Recommended clothing:

  • Waterproof jacket with hood, and waterproof trousers
  • Walking trousers or leggings that will dry quickly - Jeans are not recommended as they become heavy when wet and dry slowly
  • Walking/technical T-shirt
  • Hat and gloves
  • Walking boots or good quality walking shoes, with suitable socks
  • Extra layers - eg jumper, fleece, coat

You might also want to bring:

  • Gaiters, if rain or mud are likely
  • Spare clothes, shoes and socks for afterwards

Equipment

Recommended Equipment:

  • A comfortable rucksack, with either a waterproof cover or something to keep the contents dry
  • Plenty of water (at least ½ litre of water for every 5 miles, and more on a hot day)
  • Packed lunch and snacks
  • Basic first aid kit (including any medication you are taking)
  • Sunglasses and suntan lotion
  • Cash for phone box (remote areas often don't have mobile reception) or bus/taxi if something goes wrong

You might also want to bring:

  • Survival bag or foil blanket
  • Torch, especially longer walks in the winter
  • Map, waterproof case and compass
  • Insect repellant
  • Walking poles