If you’re planning a walking holiday for the first time, then it’s important that you have the right equipment that will keep you safe and prepared for your trek. Many walking trips will take you across beautiful mountains and rural paths, a major change from walking around your local park so having equipment is a necessity.
Read on for a mini-guide on the top walking equipment.
What should you bring?
A good pair of walking shoes
Being on your feet all day, across a variety of terrains means your feet need proper support in the form of good-quality walking shoes. It’s a good idea to break your boots in a few weeks or months before your trip, as this will reduce the chance of blisters. Walking boots will protect your ankles, stop you from slipping and help you navigate uneven paths.
Even if the weather forecast says sun, the occasional shower is not out of the question. Make sure you have a waterproof jacket and trousers that can be rolled up and kept in your bag. Getting wet could ruin your walk, and be dangerous for your health if you experience a drop in your body temperature due to soaked clothing.
As well as your larger backpack that you’ll keep in your hotel, you’ll also need a day bag to carry your essentials as you’ll be outside most of the day.
Depending on your route, you may need walking poles to help you over steep areas and reduce the amount of strain your knees and legs endure. Foldable poles are especially handy as they can be packed in your luggage and into the sides of your rucksack.
You need to stay hydrated as walking is thirsty work, and being in rural locations means the supply of water may be sparse. A reusable water bottle can be filled up at the beginning of the day and topped up if you find an appropriate place on route.
Always stay prepared when you go walking, with a well-stocked medical kit. When you are walking through mountains, for example, the nearest pharmacy may be some distance away so you should always prepare for the worst. Plasters, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, bandages, prescription medication and sun cream are just some of the items you may want to bring.
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