Short Walks gear

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Introduction

It's easy and fun to get ready for a Short Walk. You don't need any special gear. Just make sure you dress and pack for the weather and the time you'll be out.

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Essentials

  • Day pack
  • Drink bottle – at least 1 litre
  • Snacks – pack more than you think you’ll need
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Personal medication, eg antihistamines, asthma medication
  • Rubbish bag
  • Basic first aid kit including hand sanitiser, sunscreen and insect repellent

Clothing

  • Comfortable, supportive shoes
  • Sun hat or warm beanie – pack one and wear the other
  • Sunglasses – wear or pack
  • Base layer: 
    • top or leggings in polypropylene/wool – wear or pack depending on weather
    • shirt and shorts/pants – quick dry clothing is a great choice
  • Mid layer: long sleeved top in wool or polar fleece – wear or pack depending on the weather
  • Exterior layer: wind and water-proof jacket with hood – wear or pack depending on the weather
  • Gloves in polypropylene/wool – wear or pack
  • Socks – polypropylene/wool are best for longer walks

Tell someone your plans

  • Leave your intentions – before you go, tell a trusted friend or family member what you’re doing and where you’re going

Other things to consider

  • Camera
  • Swimming gear and towel depending on the location of your walk
  • Map of the area you'll be walking
  • Survival blanket to keep you warm in an emergency
  • Head torch/torch and spare batteries in case you take longer than intended

Note: These are recommendations only for walks under 3 hours – what you need to bring will depend on how long you're walking for, the weather conditions, and the terrain.

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