Before you embrace the freedom of the outdoors and start seeking those breathtaking, new horizons, here are a few useful tips to help make your next tramp carefree and memorable for all the right reasons.
What to pack for your hiking holidays:
- Compass and maps
It’s true – the journey is often more important than the destination, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to know where you’re heading. Don’t forget to pack maps – digital or analogue – and a compass in your backpack. It pays to be prepared – your battery might run out, or you could lose reception, and the value of a compass should never be underestimated. If you decide to take your smartphone, make sure you have pre-downloaded maps that you can use offline. The outdoors may be great, but they often lack WiFi connectivity.
- Warm and waterproof clothes, especially a waterproof jacket
Feeling soaked through, sodden or even just damp is an awful feeling, especially if there’s no way dry your clothes. You’re tempting fate if you don’t pack warm and waterproof layers, most importantly a waterproof jacket or cape.
- Proper shoes, preferably hiking boots
If you plan on hiking all day long, you should definitely invest in some proper footwear. Take the time, try them on in the shop and wear them in before you head out on the trail. This is the best way to avoid painful blisters and rolled ankles.
- Warm socks
Hiking shoes off, cozy socks on – that’s the perfect end to an adventurous day of hiking, if you remembered to pack them, that is. Can’t you already feel that well-earned sense of relaxation?
In order to ward off ghosts and other spirits, or just in case nature calls in the middle of the night, don’t forget to pack a good torch, and extra batteries as well.
- First aid kit and medical supplies
City dwellers take note: slips, tumbles and even bites can happen on a hiking trip. It’s best to be prepared and take plasters, bandages, antiseptic, and personal medicines, as well as pain relief tablets.
How to find your next hiking spot: 1. Go to KAYAK.co.uk and click on FLIGHT+HOTEL 2. Type ‘Hike’ into the search field 3. Click on ‘Go to map view’ on the left side of the search results
- Snacks and drinks
If the trail you’re planning steers well away from towns and villages, don’t forget to take enough snacks and drinks with you. Even a simple walk can burn more calories than you might expect. Bananas and nuts are ideal hiking snacks but beware of sugary foods and drinks, as they can often make you thirsty. Above all, hiking will dehydrate you, so make sure to bring plenty of water to drink.
- Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
Squinting causes wrinkles, so rest those eyes and have a clear view through your sunglasses. And of course you don’t want to have to end your hiking tour due to sunburn or heatstroke – so be prepared and cover up.
Last but not least, don’t forget to take your camera with you. That way, you can capture those memorable vistas and share them when you get back home. It’s also the best way to guarantee people believe your stories too!
Our packing tips for your hiking trip:
- Roll your clothes
It turns out that if you roll your clothes, you can fit more into your pack (Note for glampers: rolled clothes have less wrinkles too) . Try it out on your next hike, you’ll be surprised!
- Pack your clothes inside a plastic bag
Don’t get caught out by a turn of the weather – pack your clothes inside a plastic bag and there’ll be no nasty surprises when you open your backpack. Serious hikers will usually take a backpack cover too, but it pays to protect your clothes both inside and out.
Be prepared – Your handy checklist:
- Download or buy maps and a compass
- Write down the addresses of where you’re staying and heading to as well as useful phone numbers (emergency numbers, etc.)
- Pack appropriately
- Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back
- Check the weather forecast for your route
- Research the history and geography of your trail – the more you know, the more will be revealed