It can be very relaxing and invigorating to escape busy lives and hectic schedules by heading for the hills. But before taking off from your daily routine, it is important to prepare and consider what items are essential for a safe and comfortable time in nature. For mother nature is a formidable force and we need to clothe and equip ourselves for long walks and mountain hiking.
First let’s consider clothing. Here in the UK, we are famous for enjoying many seasons in one day. It can start off a clear blue sky and warm sunny day and soon become overcast, oem knife windy and wet. Hailstones in July are not an uncommon occurrence. Lightweight waterproof and windproof jackets and trousers can be easily folded down to a small size and carried and other walking trousers and jackets can be shower proof.
Neck and leg gaiters also do not take up much room and can provide extra protection in more climates where one can expect more persistent rain. Fleece jackets are great for warmth and have a layer to protect from wet, windy and damp condition. They are also lightweight to carry. Of course comfortable walking boots that fit properly are essential as are a few pairs of outdoor walking socks.
A good quality and lightweight rucksack is a another must have on the list. It is important that it fits your back and padded shoulder straps can make the trek a lot easier if you are intending to cover a lot of miles or walk for a few days. Some rucksacks also have belt straps that fit around your waist to help distribute the weight and avoid any back pain problems spoiling your fun.
Other safety items can include a compass, a head torch and a durable water bottle. A Swiss army knife may come in useful and a plastic bag for your map can save a lot of trouble and strife in wet conditions. And of course mobile phones fully charged could be a life saver – if there is reception in more remote locations.