Hiking is a fantastic way to see more of a country. It offers you the chance to meet interesting people and see places most other people totally miss. But, if you are going to go hiking at some point during your vacation, you will need to pack carefully. To help you to do that, we have put together a bit of packing advice.
A decent pair of boots
It really is worth investing in a new pair of boots like these. They need to be sturdy enough to withstand rough terrain and offer your feet a good level of support. It is wise to buy your boots a few weeks in advance, so that you can wear them in and spot any issues.
If you can, wear them for the journey to your destination. A good pair of hiking boots will be both bulky and heavy, so you don’t want to carry them if you can avoid doing so.
The right clothes
Potentially you can wear any style of clothes while hiking. The cut and style you choose does not really matter, but what they are made of and how they fit are both important.
Everything you wear should be made out of fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and make it as easy as possible for your body to regulate its temperature. This in-depth article explains everything you need to know about the various options.
Getting the fit right is important. Anything that is too loose will flap and annoy the hell out of you. But, equally you want to avoid tight clothes. They will make it harder for you to move fast and will cut in and make you feel uncomfortable.
Pack items of clothing that you can easily layer
You can never be 100% sure what the weather is going to do, so you need to go prepared. Packing clothes that can easily be worn in layers will help you to do exactly that. If you get the chance, try everything on together before you pack. You want to make sure that you can still move freely and fit your coat over the top of everything.
A good coat
A decent coat that will keep the wind and rain off of you is a hiking essential. Ideally you want one with a hood. The type with a zip-out hood is more practical and comfortable.
It is also worth packing a pair of lightweight waterproof trousers, leggings or whatever legwear you feel comfortable in while out in the mountains. Hiking in wet jeans is pretty awful. Not something you want to experience.
Protect your head and hands
You need to pack a hat to keep you warm on colder days and protect your head from the sun on the warmer days. A scarf and gloves are also a good idea. Don’t forget your sunglasses and sun cream either.
First aid kit and basic rations
Occasionally, things are going to go wrong, so it is wise to be prepared. Pack a basic first aid kit, a full water bottle and some high energy food items.
More hiking holiday advice
If this has inspired you to get your hiking boots out and set off on an adventure, read this post, next. There we explain how to combine rustic travel with camping and brewery visits. You will be surprised by just how easy it is to put together a trip that allows you to enjoy all three pastimes.