In the UK a waterproof jacket is the most important item to bring with you to protect against rain and keep you warm at high altitudes. A breathable style is recommended for strenuous climbs.
A pair of stretch walking trousers, zip offs or shorts are ideal for hiking as you can pack a pair of waterproof overtrousers in your bag for wet weather. If it’s raining, a pair of waterproof trousers are ideal.
To help regulate your body temperature while on a hike, a wicking or quick drying baselayer top is highly recommended. Leggings could also be a useful layer underneath your waterproof trousers if it’s colder.
You’ll want a backpack that can fit everything you need for the hike without weighing you down. You’ll need enough room for extra layers, food, water and essentials like your keys and phone.
A comfortable pair of walking boots is essential. They need to offer support for your ankles when going downhill and good grip on slippery or unstable surfaces. A good fit is imperative too, blisters will cause a lot of pain and slow you down.
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.
Especially important in colder weather, as you will lose a lot of heat from your head.
A pair of walking gaiters over the bottom of your trousers and boots will help you avoid getting water or dirt in the top of your boots.
Again if you are hiking in colder weather a pair of thermal or waterproof gloves will help you retain your body heat.
A pair of walking poles will help your balance and will take some of the pressure off your joints on steep hills.
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.
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.
Visibility can deteriorate suddenly on the hillside, or wherever you trek, so take a head torch or flashlight just in case!
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.
Even if it doesn’t feel that warm when you set off, take suncream to be on the safe side.
If you’re enjoying the great outdoors, chances are there will be bugs enjoying it too so don’t let them ruin your day.
You never know when you’ll need a pen knife, pliers or saw so pack a compact multi tool and be prepared for anything.
On sunny days, try a pair with a head strap so you won’t lose them on the bumpiest of trails.
Pack some extra layers in case it gets colder and an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet!
If you’re going on a longer hiking trip then tents, cooking equipment, sleeping bags, and furniture might make life that bit easier.