Make sure you have all the essential gear you need for that walk or hike. Whether a solo hiker and pole user or a group expedition member who is keen on map and compass work it is important to have the right items to walk with you on your adventure to stay safe, sound and comfortable throughout your trip.
Hiking/Trekking and Light Walking are the ultimate outdoor activity all year round. A walk in the countryside enables you to get out, stay active and enhance a healthy lifestyle, see the rugged and rough scenery and take in the fresh country air. Walking is also one of the most cost effective ways of keeping fit. You don't have to be weighed down with kit and if you are only going on a short or local walk then you only need the basics to get-up and-go.
One of the fantastic things about walking is that it's completely free and there is so much land to roam on. However being equipped with all the right walking gear can make all the difference. Here are a few essentials:
Rucksack: A Well packed rucksack can be comfortable to carry and a great way to keep your hands free when walking. They are helpful for keeping your kit organised so you can find things quickly when you need them, rather that rummaging around and wasting time (and possibly getting wet in the process).
Sunhat: On warmer days in the UK few people would argue about the need for a protective sunhat. We may joke about the British weather being poor and always raining but there are days when the sun makes an appearance. There is nothing worse than getting a sun headache when in the middle of a walk and Tilley hats have great ventilation that will keep you cool.
Map: If you plan to walk solo you will need to know how to use a map and possibly a compass. Remember that a GPS may not always work and so you can’t always rely on these gadgets and getting back to basics with map reading is a really good skill to have. If you are unsure of how to use a map then there are plenty of online training packages that can teach you the basics.
Water bottle: When out in the hills you need to constantly re-hydrate yourself replacing the water you lose through sweat as well as what is required for the body to keep working. A water carrier doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive however bottles with screw tops are great for ensuring that your precious water doesn’t leak away unexpectedly inside your bag.