Your Walking Holiday Kit List

One of the best parts of walking in the UK countryside is that with a bit of smart packing you can be ready for anything the weather is likely to chuck at you. Keep in mind that the climate here is volatile, especially once you're up on the moors or in the mountains, so you should prepare according.

To help you figure out what to bring, we have created a kit list of items ideal for your walking holiday.

Essential walking holiday kit: a pair of boots Kit for a walking holiday laid out on a table, including water bottle, spare shirt and gloves GPS device and map out in nature on a walking holiday

This is not an exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea of the items that you may find necessary. The items highlighted in bold are essential.

What to pack for a walking holiday in the UK

  • Walking Boots: These should be in good condition and ideally waterproof. Ensure that you have worn them a few times before the start of your holiday to avoid blisters
  • Waterproof Jacket with a Hood: Brighter colours are a good safety measure as they are more easily noticed in poor conditions
  • Waterproof Over-trousers
  • Small Daysack: This should be big enough to carry everything you need for a day's walk
  • Water Bottle
  • Sandwich Box and/or a thermos flask
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Mobile Phone and Waterproof Case
  • Waterproof Map Case
  • Compass
  • Whistle and Torch
  • Gaiters
  • Thick Socks: Synthetic or wool mix socks are best
  • Liner Socks: These are useful for 'fine-tuning' the fit of your boots, and also help to discourage blisters
  • Trousers: Ideally these should be made of artificial fibre, or classed as technical quick-drying trousers
  • Shorts
  • Shirts: Ideally these should be made of wicking synthetic or merino wool fibres
  • Warm Fleece
  • Warm Hat
  • Sun Hat
  • Gloves
  • Walking Pole(s)
  • Daysack waterproof pack liner: A large plastic bag is ideal for this
  • Sit mat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • GPS and spare batteries
  • Lightweight shoes to wear in the evenings

A copy of this checklist is included in your Holiday Pack.