What to bring …..
This is just a basic list for most UK holidays. We will send you a list specific for your holiday when you book.
NB. if the What to Bring list we send you for a foreign holiday says that waterproofs are needed, then waterproofs are needed!
Walking Boots – Leather or waterproof fabric, and they need to be already broken in
2 or 3 pairs of walking socks. Blisters can be avoided by wearing a thin sock underneath (not cotton), or buy a pair of ‘guaranteed not to blister’ socks which are made up of 2 layers
Extra fleece or sweater to put on during a stop
Walking tops – ‘wicking’ is best or any synthetic top so that you don’t chill when you stop
Trousers loose enough not to restrict your movement, and maybe shorts for hot weather. Jeans are not a good idea (stiff, and heavy when wet)
Gloves, hat, neck warmer or ear warmer, don’t underestimate how important these can be on higher walks, even in summer!
Rucksack to carry spare sweater, waterproofs, packed lunch, water bottle, and other bits and pieces
Good sized water flask or a plastic water bottle. A Platipus or similar water system is also very handy
Sun screen, sun glasses, sun hat . Sun screen can even be needed in winter on some days.
Walking poles – not essential, but good for balance on uneven ground and they reduce wear to your knees.
Towel if staying in a youth hostel or refuge.
Large strong plastic bag to put inside your rucksack to keep the contents completely dry. No rucksack is waterproof (too many seams!)
Travel directions & the WalkingWomen office number!
Non essential – but some of these might be important to you!
Slippers- so nice for feet in the evening
Camera, spare film and batteries
Map of the area and compass if you like knowing where you are
A foam mat to sit on – from camping/outdoor shops
Swimming costume maybe
Games for evenings when we haven’t the energy to visit the local hostelry!
Torch – useful for getting home when we do have the energy to visit the local hostelry!
Last, but not least. I personally never go anywhere without my ipod!… and the latest book I’m reading.
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