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What To Take On a Hiking Holiday

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Admin

No matter where you're heading, it's always sensible to be prepared. It always pays off to take time to think about what to pack- you don't want to be caught out without that all important water-proof when the heavens open.

So, with that in mind, we've put together a list of items you should never leave without- or leave behind!

Hiking boots- definitely goes at the top of the list! If you know where you're going then plan ahead for the terrain you'll be on. If you're not sure what sort of ground you'll be facing underfoot, then it's worth taking a pair of comfortable shoes as well as hiking boots. The proper shoes provide comfort over long distances and rough terrain, as well as protecting your feet against the elements. Proper hiking boots also provide ankle supports, so if you're on a hiking holiday then go and invest in a good pair.

Hydration pack- this has to be another essential. It is important to stay hydrated when doing exercise, especially if you're out and about for a long period of time. A lot of people prefer to carry a hydration pack, making it easier to drink without having to fiddle around with a water bottle. Whatever you prefer, you should always keep a drink with you.

Water-proofs- you might be sure you'll see sunny skies for your holiday, but it's sensible to take a water-proof jacket or coat (you never know when they'll be a downpour). Even if you're forecast good weather, you're adventurous holiday could involve some river trekking. Water-proofs are often very durable, comfortable, warm and wind-proof- keep this on your 'essentials' list.

Insect repellent- as we get into spring, this will become very important. It's worth shopping around for the good stuff, as you want repellent that appeals to you, and not the bugs!

Small foods/snacks- energy bars and dried foods are handy snacks to keep with you when walking or hiking. If you're in the middle of nowhere and you get hungry, you'll just have to keep walking. Something quick but filling is great to give you a burst of energy to finish your journey.

Compass and map- you might know exactly where you're going - until you go the wrong way. Even if you have a great sense of direction, grab a map of the local area and a compass for peace of mind- you wouldn't want to get lost.

Headlight or torch- as the days are still relatively short in terms of light, it's a good idea to keep a torch in your bag just in case you're still out in the failing light. If you're in an unfamiliar area, especially with unfamiliar footing, it's important to see where you're going.

Walking poles- you might not see the point in these but they are extremely useful. Walking poles are great for that extra push when hiking, or a bit of balance when walk on un-even ground.

Camera- A must take on a walking or hiking holiday. The UK has some extraordinary scenery, so it's definitely worth capturing those moments. Whether you're enjoying some quality time with yourself, or enjoying the company of others, take a camera and snap-shot some memories.

Whether you're walking, hiking or trekking, being in the great outdoors is a rewarding experience. After completing a long walk in a day, or finishing a stretch as part of your holiday, a sense of accomplishment is definitely felt. Enjoy stunning views, as well as the countless mental, emotional and physical effects nature has on you.

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