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.
- 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 (i.e. my Kindle)
Some advice if buying boots
- A walking boot should be up to a size bigger than your normal shoe size to prevent you damaging your toes when walking down hill. You can always wear another sock if your boot is too big, but you can’t solve the problem the other way round! You should not be able to feel your toes touching the end if you’re standing on a downhill slope with your boots done up well.
- Go for the make and model of boots that feels most comfortable, rather than necessarily the one that comes most highly recommended – even if it means foregoing a gortex lining, or some other feature. If they feel uncomfortable when you put them on, they will get worse when you walk. Most good shops will allow you to return boots if you’ve only tried them out around the house.
- Feet can be wide in different places and a ‘wide boot’ may not be comfortable for every wide foot. If in doubt, try as many as needed till you have the boot that feels right for you and comfortable from the start.