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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single trekker in possession of a well-packed bag must be in want of… well, nothing else actually.
Regardless of whether you’re taking on high-altitude summits or almost-flat riverside rambles, there are some simple measures every experienced walker will recommend. With that in mind, here is Exodus’ never-fail advice for taking on the trails.
1. Lightweight Layers
If you want to win Best Dressed on the mountain, the secret is layers. Try to go for space-efficient options – thin, warm merino wool is less bulky than chunky knit cardigans, so it takes up less space and dries quicker if you get wet.
Top tip: Thermals don’t have to be base layers – and can take up less room in your daysack than a fleece.
Nothing wins over comfort. Make sure you’ve broken in your boots: blisters have ruined too many treks to count. Whatever you wear should be right for you – several Exodus trekkers swear by shorts in almost all circumstances, even snow – just make sure you keep the weight down in your daysack.
Top tip: never wear anything brand new for the first time on a walking holiday. Wear your new boots or rucksack on a couple of practice walks first to make sure nothing rubs.
Buy comfortable walking boots
3. Soggy is second-best
Never, ever get caught without your waterproofs. A lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers in the bottom of a rucksack are essential. Especially when camping! Once you’re wet, it’s hard to get dry – prevention is better than cure.
Top tip: even the most expensive rucksack in the world isn’t fully waterproof. Invest in an inexpensive rucksack cover to ensure your possessions stay bone dry – especially if you have valuable camera equipment.
4. The non-trekking outfit
Having a change of clothes is the nicest luxury on a point-to-point trek. Get out of those chunky boots, have a quick wash, and put on a fresh set – it isn’t a fashion statement, but you’ll feel (and smell!) like a whole new hiker when you sit down for dinner.
Top tip: trying to pack light on a two-week trek? That second fleece can start as your evening outfit, but rotate round to your walking jumper in the second week if necessary.
5. BYOB – Bring Your Own Bogroll
If nature calls, you want to be ready. Taking a few tissues will never go amiss if there are no convenient conveniences.
Top tip: re-use the ziplock bag from airport security for hand luggage liquids as a rubbish bag – you don’t want to leave litter on the hills.
If you’re ready to set off on your walking adventure, browse some of our trips below.