DAY HIKING KIT LIST

Day hiking Kit List :
Hill walking Boots with good ankle support (preferably broken in)
Waterproof Jacket with hood

Clothing (see note below)
Base layer: t-shirt or thermal top (Berghaus, Merino wool)
Mid weight fleece layer top
Trekking pants
Tracksuit bottoms (if beginner, but not recommended cotton is a bad idea)
Light or Mid weight hiking socks
Spare top, fleece or down jacket
Rucksack (size 20ltr – 45ltr enough to fit your gear, water & food)
Waterproof over trousers
Gaiters (recommended for all but the driest conditions)
Hat
Gloves
Food (Sandwich, pasta, nuts etc…..)
Spare Food (chocolate, Jellies)
Water min 3ltr +
Rucksack Liner or Roll Top Waterproof Stuff Bag (Black bin bag will do)
Map (in waterproof Map Case or Laminated Map) Ordinance survey maps
Compass
Personal First Aid kit (enough to take care of yourself example blisters or small cuts)
Spare gloves (if weather is wet and cold and/or windy)
Watch
Whistle

 
Other useful items:
Emergency Survival Bag
Head-torch
Spare Fresh Batteries
Pace counting beads
Flask for hot drink
GPS
Mobile Phone (in waterproof case)
Trekking Pole(s)

Note on clothing:
All clothes should be of wool or synthetic material. Cotton is not recommended as it does not retain its thermal properties when wet and takes an age to dry out. A layering system should be used to control body temperature as weather in the mountains is very changeable and your level of activity/exertion can be anything from idle to very strenuous. Ideally not any one layer should be very heavy or bulky, this will minimise the chance of being too warm with the heavy layer on and being too cold without the heavy layer on, without having an alternative. A spare layer should be slightly larger than the layers you are wearing; this will enable you to put it on over your existing clothing without having to remove clothes (useful in inclement weather). Remember that it is likely
that the weather will be colder and generally worse (wetter and windier) in the mountains. Jeans are not advisable as part of kit.
Notes on Emergency Equipment (whistle & survival bag) the cost of both of these combined will be less than €10 and worth investing at some point, if you plan on getting out on the hills on a regular basis. The survival bag is made of polythene (basically it’s a big orange bag made of very durable plastic), but can be a lifesaver in an emergency situation.

Any Questions on kit or up coming trips please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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