Hill Walking Kit List

Be AdventureSmart: When walking

So you are planning a lovely day out walking.  You imagined lungfuls of fresh air, that good feeling that comes from physical exercise and exhilarating views of the British countryside.  You set off in sunshine but two hours later the heavens open, do you a) reach into your bag for your waterproofs as the rain clouds gather and carry on warm and dry or b) realise you haven’t got the right kit and plod on miserably getting wet and cold?

Be adventure smart: Plan for a great day with our essential kit guide for a good days walking!


  • Waterproof jacket (can always be kept in the rucksack until needed, don’t leave home without it)
  • Insulating mid layer (fleeces, soft-shell jackets, down jackets, dependent on the weather)
  • Breathable base layer (look for technical materials, avoid cotton t-shirts)
  • Walking trousers (quick drying trousers with a good range of movement, avoid denim)
  • Waterproof over-trousers (a great option for over your walking trousers in a downpour)
  • Hats & gloves
  • Watch (or any reliable method of telling the time)
  • Rucksack/daypack (well fitted, adjusted correctly and comfortable)
  • Sun hat
  • Walking boots/shoes. Need to be comfortable and well-fitting (choose based on your style of walking and the terrain you want to take on)
  • Breathable walking socks (merino wool is ideal, avoid cotton if possible)


Rucksack essentials
  • First aid kit
  • Mobile phone (fully charged) and portable charger in a dry bag (a ziplock freezer bag works as a cheap option)
  • Emergency whistle
  • Map & compass (even if you use GPS)
  • Torch or head torch
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses (snow can be bright, so worth taking them in winter also)
  • Blister relief
  • Spare laces
  • Bottled water (keep yourself hydrated)
  • Flask of hot drink
  • High energy snacks (to give an energy boost when tired)
  • Any necessary medication (with spares)
  • Spare warm clothing
  • Spare socks
  • Survival bag (just in case)
  • Emergency contact details