4 Essentials For A Great Walking Holiday

The freedom and flexibility of a walking holiday, as well as the chance to enjoy some of the most gorgeous scenery around (particularly when you pick a walking holiday in Scotland), is second to none. It’s no wonder that people choose this kind of holiday year after year, forgoing the beaches and sunshine of foreign climes.

You might be considering a walking holiday yourself. If you’re unsure as to what you might need on such a trip, read on – here are some of the essentials that will make your walking holiday perfect.

Comfortable Walking Boots

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Pack your most comfortable shoes on a walking holiday! / Photo credit: Andrew Neel

If there is one thing you are absolutely going to need when you go on a walking holiday, it’s comfortable walking boots. This is something you just can’t skimp on, and trainers are not going to help you. You will need good walking boots that you can rely on.

Your legs and feet will be doing a lot of work over the course of your walking holiday, whether it’s a short break away or a much longer trip. The more you can do to support them – literally – the better, and that means boots that will support the ankles, keeping your legs safe and comfortable. Ideally, you will want boots that are lightweight but solid in design. If you’re not sure what to look out for, speak to an expert at an outdoor shop like Go Outdoors.


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Get your waterproofs before embarking on a walking holiday! / Photo credit: Alesia Kazantsceva

Even if you have booked your walking holiday for the summer, that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be some rainfall, and if you’re going in the winter, you’ll definitely get wet if you haven’t got good waterproofs with you. According to Scotland Info, February and November are the wettest months in the country, but that doesn’t mean it won’t rain at any other time of the year too. 

The good thing about waterproofs is that they are lightweight pieces of clothing, and that means you can carry them about with you without causing you too much trouble.

A Mobile Device

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Don’t just bring your gadgets. Pack the chargers, too! / Photo credit: Julian Hochgesang

It’s true that you’ll probably want to get away from social media and work emails when you embark on a walking holiday in Scotland, but you should still take a mobile phone or ideally a smartphone with you. You might need it in an emergency, and if you don’t have any means of contacting the outside world, you could find yourself in peril.

Even if you don’t need to call anyone on your phone, you can use it to enjoy the holiday that little bit more – take some great pictures with hints from Apple as you are walking to remember the trip or play games at Unibet to pass the time while a storm thunders around you. It could come in useful.

First Aid Kit

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Always have your first aid kit ready. / Photo credit: Ibrahim Boran

It’s unlikely that any major accidents will befall you as long as you are careful, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have a smaller, much more minor injury. A cut or scrape, a blister, or an insect bite – which the NHS can give you guidance about – could be uncomfortable and prevent you from walking at the pace you would like to.

Having a first aid kit with you will enable you to patch up these small injuries and continue on your way.


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