Essential Guide to Walking Kit

We had fun earlier in the year meeting up with Andy from Walks around Britain and Dave from MyOutdoors whilst up in the Peak District. We were already shooting a short video on a walk around Coombs Dale, whilst we were there, we had a chance to shoot the following short video on what sort of gear you might need when starting walking.

 


 

For those of you new to walking, the video gives a great intro to the sort of kit you will need to take when heading out for a days strolling, whether that be in the hills or valleys. We would recommend at least the following gear, as weather conditions can change rapidly when you are out and about.

– Small rucksack of between 15 & 25 litres in size
– Good pair of walking boots, spend the lions share of your budget on this.
Baselayer to push or wick sweat away from your body, it should be synthetic or merino wool (not cotton!)
– A Midlayer, generally fleece, either heavy or light depending on the weather and a spare one in case of emergency.
– An outerlayer, usually a waterproof jacket, but can be a soft shell which is a water resistant and wind proof layer.
– Good pair of walking trousers and a pair of waterproof trousers if the weather looks bad. Don#’t wear jeans, if they get wet, they are rather uncomfortable, again stick to synthetic options which are hard wearing, water resistant and dry quickly.
Compass.
– Map (great guide from Ordanance Survey here on choosing the right map).
First aid kit.
– Food & Drink as you burn a lot of calories out strolling.
Hat & Gloves (make it a sun hat for summer along with some sun cream).

This is just a basic list, so take in to account if you are doing anything more strenuous, or if you are heading in to the mountains, you may well need more equipment.

What would you consider essential for your rucksack or clothing when heading outside?

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