Take a look through our walking checklist, whether you’re taking a stroll through your local trails or heading into one our many national parks, having the right kit for your walk can be the difference between a comfortable and enjoyable experience, and a long, dragging nightmare.
The Right Footwear
Choosing the best footwear is one of the most important pieces of gear to get right with such a wide range of choice from walking/trail shoes to hiking boots. If you looking to be light on your feet have best possible breathability and flex we suggest walking shoes, whilst if you're wanting to tackle steeper terrain and need additional support look at hiking boots they will protect your ankles and help keep fatigue at bay by supporting you and taking stress away from your feet and knees.
Be sure to wear a pair of breathable socks (e.g. not thick cotton) – lightweight, mid-weight or heavyweight depending on the conditions – and your feet will really thank you.
When out for a walk what you wear can make or break your experience. Jeans and a hoody may feel comfortable at first, but once you’ve been walking for a couple of hours they will soon start to make you sweat and irritate your skin. Synthetic and technical clothing is more suitable, by wicking sweat away from your skin and keeping you dry. Pair this with walking trousers that will give you stretch and stain resistance you'll have your outdoor outfit ready.
Adding accessories to your pack can improve your walk dramatically without adding much weight. Scarves, hats, gloves and gaiters are great little additions that make a massive impact. You will really notice the difference when you layer up correctly.
Don’t get lost
There are so many trails and amazing sites to explore in the UK, all of which you can find in an Ordnance Survey map. Not only will they help you find your new favourite destination, but they will come in handy to get you out of a sticky situation when you take a wrong turn.
Put all in your bag
Don't set off without a few essentials. Bring a daysack with you so you can carry everything easily and comfortably.
Keeping hydrated is crucial, you should always carry at least 1 litre. Mesh side pockets come in really handy to store your bottles, or if you have hydration compatible bag you can use a hydration bladder.
Walking poles are essential for longer walks. As you walk uphill and over uneven terrain, this piece of equipment will keep you steady and prevent any serious injury from building up over time as you push your body to reach your destination.
Being prepared as you explore different routes on or off the trail is a must. Throwing a few essentials into your pack takes no time at all a torch, and a first aid kit can be easily stored in any backpack. It's better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them!