Everything you need to know before your walking challenge?

This is a guide to everything you need to know about clothing and equipment in order to help you complete your walking challenge!

Taking on a challenge such as Snowdon or the Jurassic Coast Challenge can seem fairly simple but they require a lot of kit. You need to be prepared for a challenge and ready for all types of weather, the conditions can change in a second and you need to be prepared!

This is your guide to everything you need for a walking challenge…..!!!

  • Walking Shoes – these are the most important your shoes need to be strong and sturdy protecting your ankles and helping you to comfortably complete your challenge. Go to an outdoor shop and try your boots on they need to fit perfectly and everyone is different!
  • Walking Socks – if you have spent time and money on finding the perfect shoe you don’t want to ruin it by not getting the perfect sock. They need to be specifically walking socks and fit well alongside your walking shoe!
  • Sports Leggings or Trousers – you don’t want to wear cotton trousers or jeans as these will get wet and heavy if it rains and also don’t allow your legs to breath if it is hot so best to buy specific walking leggings or trousers
  • Thermal Top – this is a base layer and helps to keep your core temperature up, it should be a purpose made thermal underlay so that it is not made out of cotton and will allow your body to breath
  • Sweatshirt or Fleece – You need to have layers, the weather at the start may not be the same weather at the end so have warm layers to be able to put on throughout
  • Waterproof Jacket – you need a lightweight but waterproof jacket this can be great for in the rain but also the wind, you can roll it up and put it in your bag so it is there ready for if you need it
  • Waterproof Trousers – these can be a saving grace in a huge rainstorm and especially climbing up a mountain you don’t know what the weather may through at you so being able to put them on and keep your legs warm and dry can help
  • Hat – hypothermia can be a huge issue so be prepared, if walking in the summer this may be less needed but you can never be sure, if walking in winter then this is essential and you should be buying a high quality warm hat
  • Gloves – gloves can be important whatever the weather, you can just buy lightweight gloves to help grip your walking poles and keep the chill off or in the winter you will need thick thermal gloves to help keep your hands warm on the walk
  • Walking Poles – these are not a necessity but especially walking up a mountain like Snowdon it is essential as there are some steep sections and using a walking pole can be a great help to make your walk easier
  • Back pack – you need to have a big enough bag to fit everything in you want to take on your walk plus all the layers you don’t want to wear. You will need it to also be waterproof to keep all of your contents dry while on the walk

Now that’s the main kit complete you need to know what you need to add to the back pack, what essentials are required while on a walking challenge.

What to pack in your back pack?

  • Water – Have a large bottle that will keep you going for a few hours, there will always be places to top up water while you are walking. You can also use a hydration pack that you place in your backpack.
  • Sun Cream – You never know how the weather will change. The higher you go the closer you are to the sun and therefore more likely to burn. Sounds silly but believe me it may come in handy!
  • Blister Plasters – You need to break in your new shoes but always pack plasters just in case
  • Snacks – keeping up your energy can be vitally important so pack small snacks that you can have while walking
  • Packed Lunch – you need to have a halfway stop to completely refuel so pack a lunch that is full of nutrients and energy
  • Camera – any walk can have stunning views when you least expect it especially up Snowdon so you don’t want to miss out on those amazing photos!
  • Phone – ensure it is fully charged and will hold its charge the whole way through the walk, also add in the local mountain rescue service number to ensure that if you have any problems you can contact them
  • Sunglasses – when walking in the winter the snow can be blinding so you will need strong sunglasses but you also may need them while walking, the weather can change and you want to be comfortable while walking
  • Torch – you never know what may happen so prepare for the unexpected, you could end up injured and or lost and then having to try walk home later than planned in the dark, so pack it just in case!
  • Compass – this is needed in order to help you navigate especially if the weather is bad, to ensure you are staying on the path and going the correct way. Make sure you also know how to use it before starting the walk
  • Personal First Aid Kit – you never know what may happen so for the small cuts and grazes make sure you are prepared and have the ability to patch yourself up

All of this is just a guideline and all depends on what time of the year you are walking, during the summer make sure you pack more water and more breathable lightweight layers but during the winter bring warm layers especially for your extremities like your head feet and hands to keep them as warm as possible.

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