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Gear

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!

Essential items

  • 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

  • Waterproof anorak

  • Waterproof trousers

  • 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

  • Don't forget the sun screen!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

  • Binoculars maybe

  • 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.