- Good hiking boots, preferably waterproof, are essential. Some of our routes are along rocky paths in mountainous or hilly terrain and we highly recommend boots that give the ankle support rather than shoes.
- A good pair of hiking boots are nothing without a pair of good hiking socks. Go with right and left foot hiking socks with reinforced heel and toes and you’ll walk comfortably.
- A comfortable day rucksack that is big enough to hold two water bottles and some protective clothing (fleece, waterproof jacket etc.).
- A good quality waterproof jacket. This is really worth the investment, especially when hiking in mountains.
- A couple of dry sacks of different sizes to keep your things – like your phone – dry. Either put your wet things in the dry sack to keep the rest of your things dry, or put your dry things in the dry sack amid wet things.
- Quick dry shirts. These may seem expensive, but are well worth the money. They move the moisture on your skin to the outside to evaporate, keeping you dry and warm when you sweat. This process is called ‘wicking’.
- One or two personal water bottles for filling in the morning. There are often water filling points along the route but this is not always the case.
- Hiking poles. These help with balance when walking down slippery or rocky paths. They also help reduce pressure on the knees and build up a rhythm when walking.
- A buff. This is a sort of tubular piece of fabric that can be used as a scarf (not only keeps you warm, but keeps insects out of your t-shirt and keeps you cool when dipped in water); a hair band (keep those sticky strands out of your eyes); head band (to absorb sweat); cap (let’s not get sunburn) and many other uses.
- Depending on the season, sunscreen.
- A penknife or multitool is always useful.
- Headlamp or torch. A headlamp often comes in handy, not only if you want to read while others want to sleep, but also if you need two hands to do something.
- Energy bars. Always useful for that little energising boost while walking.
- Make a small card with essential phone numbers and medical information and laminate it. Put it in your jacket pocket or day pack.
- Bring a small pack of blister plasters.
- Bring a few tie wraps (indispensable for on the spot emergency repairs).