Tips & Resources | Things to pack for your walking holiday

If you’ve received our new 2016 brochure, then you may have already seen the fantastic walking holidays we have on offer – perfect for those who have a passionate for the great outdoors.

Whether you are joining us on one of these breaks, or planning your own, it’s essential you know exactly what you need to pack, so you can get the very best out of your experience!

We’ve come up with a few ideas to help get you started.

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Walking Boots
If you’re an active walker, the chances are you already own a pair, after all, there’s nothing worse than hobbling about on a blistered foot!

Before you join us strolling through the Peaks, or on our gentle Tyrolean wander, you will want to invest in some good-quality hiking boots to save yourself from experiencing any discomfort – you’ll also reduce your risk of sprains, blisters or any other injury.

The trip you’ve chosen and your individual needs will all determine the type of boots that will better suit you, if you aren’t sure what you need, then it’s always worth asking a retail customer service assistant for advice.

Hiking socks will also help comfort.

Backpack
It’s always worth bringing along a light weight rucksack for your walking excursions, ideally it should be waterproof. Make sure you fill it with plenty of water, any documents you may need, spare socks, any waterproof clothing and, if needed, a high-energy packed lunch!

If you are unsure the correct size for your needs, be sure to ask a retail customer service assistant for advice.

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If you’re spending a day walking through beautiful landscapes, then you will want to make sure you are comfortable and safe!

For wet days make sure you are wearing layers and waterproof clothing, it’s worth being prepared for every possible weather outcome! Material such as Gore-Tex is fantastic for any wet and windy event.

For sunny days make sure you bring a sun hat and glasses to protect your entire face and neck (and don’t forget the sunscreen!) Ultraviolet radiation levels are higher in alpine regions when compared to sea level, so it’s very important to keep your skin safe, you should apply sunscreen every couple of hours.

Walking/Trekking Poles
You may choose to bring a Walking/Trekking pole as extra support and to help take the strain off your knees when walking downhill.

You should choose lightweight, telescopic poles with handles and wrist straps, being sure to set them to the right length for effective use.

When your walking poles are set at the correct height for you and you are holding the handle of the pole with the tip on the ground, your elbow should be bent at about 90 degrees.

ecuador-773859_640What are you always sure to remember when planning a walking holiday? We would love to hear from you. Remember, you can send your comments and photos to us via Twitter @Woods_Travel or on our Facebook page.

If you are interested in joining us on either of the mentioned walks, don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information.