Whether you are planning on a one-day hiking adventure or a longer trip down a challenging route the open air experience of hiking is a great holiday choice. If you’re really going into the thick of things you could be carrying all your kit with you on a daily basis. Make the right choices and you’ll be set for whatever nature throws at you.
The right shoes
This one is quite a personal decision some people love the bulk and grip of a real pair of hiking boots. Other think they’re heavy, give too much support and send your foot into unhealthy positions while walking. If you’re the sort that prefers a trainer-style shoe when on rugged terrain just lace them up as tight as you can and be careful across those slippery surfaces.
This is practically the most important item on the list and not something to be considered lightly. Think about it, if your feet are blistered and sore after the first day the rest of the hike is not going to work out well for you. If you are really serious about taking up hiking as your hobby, or you’re out on a really long trek, blow the budget and invest in some great quality merino-wool socks. They could literally save your trip.
Getting out into the great outdoors is not without its hazards. The further up you go the more protection your eyes will need so choose a pair that will block UV rays, and give you a bit of defence against the bugs and beasts of a nature trail. It’s a reasonable estimation that you won’t be hiking everyday so it’s worth choosing a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses – rock them across the mountains then take them home for everyday wear.
A happy head is a happy hike
Think about the climate you are walking in and choose your hat accordingly. If it’s pretty cool weather you can get away with wearing your favourite street style but if you’re on a big trip you’ll probably need big coverage. The tops of your ears and the back of your neck can get really burned on a long trail, so remember to either keep that sunscreen regularly topped or choose something with a brim that will keep everything covered.
A jacket for all seasons
When choosing a jacket you will need to run the balance between something lightweight enough so packing it isn’t a hassle, but it must also be almost 100% waterproof to keep you dry if the heavens open. You will need to feel comfortable, whatever you choose, so go along to a shop and try some on – even if you later find a better price online.
So that’s it. Pack your boots, hat, shades, and jacket and go get up a rugged trail for an authentic taste of nature. Just don’t forget your sense of adventure and be ready for just about anything. And please, trust us, you really must not underestimate the importance of good socks. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!