Aside from a good, sturdy pair of hiking boots and poles, what do you need to bring on a walking holiday:
A day bag
Bring a small rucksack to use on the trail during the day. Your day bag is all you need to carry with you – keep it light by packing just the most useful items. Everything else can go in your luggage.
In your main luggage, keep:
Options for nibbles can include nuts, cereal bars and jerky. After all, you'll be burning through a lot of calories.
Stay hydrated by keeping a refillable, two-litre water bottle in your day bag and sip it throughout the day. Resist the urge to quaff it – the faster you drink, the quicker it passes through your body.
Portable phone charger
Your phone's GPS can really drain the battery, which isn't ideal if you want to track your hikes for posterity using a fitness app. Make sure you never miss an opportunity to log the kilometres by packing a portable phone charger in your day bag. This is also useful for taking photographs, and potentially calling for help.
Weather protective clothing
You can't always count on good weather, so make sure you bring some waterproof trousers. A light, fold-up mac can be popped in your day bag in case of showers. You should also bring a fleece in case the temperature drops.
Nothing beats the feeling of peeling off your sweaty socks and slipping into a clean pair after a long day. Pack twice as many socks (and pants) as you'd bring on a normal holiday. Bring Merino wool socks for the day – not only are they soft, they also wick away moisture so your feet will feel dry and comfortable.
Comfortable evening shoes
When you arrive at your destination, the first thing you'll want to do is take off your hiking boots. Make sure you've got a comfortable pair of shoes to change into for the evening. Sandals will let your feet breathe in warmer destinations. Changing your footwear will give your boots a chance to dry out and recover too.
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