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walking kit checklist

It is always good to be well prepared, to know that you have the means to stay warm, dry, comfortable, watered and fed. A little bit of planning, forethought and organisation goes a long way to give you that reassurance and confidence you need to start the day.

Below is a SUGGESTED KIT CHECKLIST which is by no means exhaustive, but does covers the most important items. The list needs to be adapted to take account of the weather and time of year as usually you're going to need to have alot more clothing and layers for a cold autumn or spring day
 - it has been known to sleet in July!

Mountain summits tend to be up to 10 degrees lower in temperature than sea level with an added drop from any windchill, so, be prepared. Gloves and hat, even in summer, can be invaluable. Remember that everything you are not wearing needs to be carried, including the layers you may shed on the way. Your day pack therefore needs to be big enough to hold all of this but not too heavy to be unmanageable. Efficient, lightweight kit is ideal and the motto 'walk light' is certainly a good one!


  • walking boots
  • outdoor jacket
  • waterproofs
  • windproof layer
  • layers for warmth
  • gloves, hat, scarf
  • walking pole(s) (useful)
  • gaiters (can be useful)
  • day pack
  • water bottle
  • personal medication
  • snack bars
  • hot drink/ flask
  • pack lunch
  • camera (optional)
  • binoculars (optional)
Approaching Mountain Summit
Summit of Snowdon, Wale's Highest Mountain
View of Snowdon from NantGwynant

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. " ~John Burroughs


walking kit list : be prepared