I’ve just come back from a week hiking in the Lake District and it was amazing. However, it made me realise that there are a lot of items you really need when out in the wilderness.

Great walking boots

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You’ll need boots suitable for the terrain you’re walking in and the climate. It’s also important that you wear your boots in before heading off on a long hiking trip. Despite having worn my boots on a number of long walks, I still had to tape my feet up every day to prevent blisters. I came away with sore feet after four days of walking and climbing but not a blister in sight!

Compass

If you get lost, walk into a cloud, lose the path or end up somewhere you shouldn’t be, a compass can help you get back on track. You can use it with your map to find a path or you can simply use it to reorientate yourself.

A comfortable bag

Simply taking any old bag with all your food, water and other supplies contained within won’t do. You need a proper backpack with all the necessary straps and adjustable bits. I could barely feel the fact that I was carrying 15lbs extra with me.

Map

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We planned our route based on this map and it also helped us to navigate. It doesn’t matter where you’re hiking, a map is always a good idea. It’ll help you if you get lost but it’ll also help you to find exciting things along your route.

First aid kit

Best to have a basic one with you even if you never need to use it. Handy for scratches from foliage, blisters and insect bites. It’s also useful for bigger things like burns, sore joints and wounds that need disinfecting.

A walking stick

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When people were telling me to take a stick with me, I scoffed. I thought I was too fit to need a stick to help me get up and down mountains but I took one with me anyway and it helped so much, especially when I was getting tired and faced with a long descent. It just gives you that extra stability.

Check out all this hiking equipment and more over at my Shoplinkz list.