What to Wear Hiking

If you’re planning a hike, being prepared with all the right kit is essential to your safety and wellbeing. So check out our essential What to Wear Hiking guide and print out our hiking checklist to help make the most of your hike.

 

Hiking Checklist

  1. Waterproof Jacket

     

  2. Walking Trousers

     

  3. Baselayers

     

  4. Backpack

     

  5. Walking Boots / Shoes

     

  6. Walking Socks

    These give an extra layer of cushioning for your feet on walks or treks. You can choose from merino wool, IsoCool or anti-bacterial socks depending on the conditions.

  7. Hat

    Especially important in colder weather, as you lose heat from your head. So once you get to the summit a warm woolly hat could come in very handy.

  8. Gaiters

    A pair of walking gaiters over the bottom of your trousers and boots help you avoid getting water or dirt in the top of your boots.

  9. Gloves

    Again if you are hiking in colder weather a pair of thermal or waterproof gloves will help you maintain your body heat.

  10. Walking Poles

    A pair of walking poles will help your balance and will take some of the pressure off your joints on steep hills.

  11. Map / Compass

    The last thing you want when hiking in a new area is to get lost! Phone signals aren’t always reliable so a good old-fashioned map is very useful when technology fails.

  12. First Aid Kit

    Being prepared can’t hurt, but in rough terrains lots of things can. Plasters, antiseptic wipes, blister treatment, pain-relief medication are all useful to keep on you.

  13. Torch

    Visibility can deteriorate suddenly on the hillside, or wherever you trek, so take a head torch or flashlight just in case!

  14. Food and Drink

    Pack a picnic if you plan to be out most of the day, as well as snacks like Kendal Mint Cake, or other sugary sweets to keep your energy levels up. Plenty of water is also recommended to stay hydrated.

  15. Suncream

    Even if it doesn’t feel that warm when you set off, take suncream to be on the safe side.

  16. Insect Repellent

    If you’re enjoying the great outdoors, chances are there will be bugs enjoying it too- don’t let them ruin your day.

  17. Multi Tools

    You never know when you’ll need a pen knife, pliers or saw so pack a compact multi tool and be prepared for anything.

  18. Sunglasses

    On sunny day try a pair with a head strap so you won’t lose them on the bumpiest of trails.

  19. Extra Layers and Socks

    Pack some extra layers in case it gets colder, and of course, an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet!

  20. Camping Equipment

    If you’re going on a longer hiking trip then tents, cooking equipment, sleeping bags, and furniture might make life that bit easier.

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