Camping and Walking Equipment

Essential Camping Equipment You Need For A Walking Holiday

One thing you only realise once you have camped a few times is just how much equipment is needed, especially if your chosen camping style is in a tent! At least when you take a caravan, you can keep much of the equipment for eating, sleeping and being comfortable in it, so you don't have to worry about packing and carrying these things separately. Luckily, once you have all the camping gear, you need it tends to last a long time and can bring you joy holiday after holiday for years.

On a walking holiday, it is vital to ensure that you have everything you need to keep yourself warm, dry, fed and comfortable during your resting times. Walking daily means that your recuperation time is even more critical to make sure you have enough energy to keep going and enjoying all those beautiful hikes you have planned.

So, wondering if you have everything you need? Take a look at this and see if you have these camping essentials for your walking holiday.

Tents, Caravans And Camping Gear

Walking Gear

The first and most important and perhaps, most apparent equipment on the list is your tent, caravan and camping gear. You need somewhere to sleep and rest, and this is where having an appropriate tent or caravan is important. Before you set out on your holiday, make sure you have everything you need including, tent poles, pegs, guy ropes and groundsheets. If you have a caravan or motorhome, then you still have work to do. Make sure everything you need is packed, including all cooking, sleeping and gas bottles you need.

Pack For Comfort

When it comes to sleeping and relaxing, you need the right equipment to be comfortable. Take your folding chairs, tables, lanterns and torches. It's also essential to stay warm and dry so take plenty of towels, blankets and bedding options. The more comfortable you can make yourself more rested, the more ready for your days hike you will be. You can also consider any luxuries you might want to take and any games or activities you want to take for those lazy evenings around the campfire.

Cooking And Washing

When you camp and walk, the chances are a lot of your meals will be cooked either in your caravan or over a bbq, so you need to make sure you have enough pots, pans and cooking equipment. Don't forget to take things to eat off and with too!

Washing and keeping things clean is also a must so take a washing up bowl and some cleaning equipment. Anti-bacterial wipes and wet wipes are perfect for cleaning up on the go or to wipe things when you aren't close to a convenient water supply. Wet wipes can also double up as washing facilities for yourself if you find you need them to.

Clothing And Personal Items

How much clothing you take depends on your type of holiday. If you are staying in a caravan or plan to stay in one place, you can make more clothing changes. If you are short on space or need to carry your clothes on your back, taking a few essential items and a couple of changes should suffice. Just make sure you can have a spare set of dry clothes to put on while you dry out the clothes you wore that day in case of bad weather.

Safety And Practical Equipment

Your safety is essential, and there are plenty of practicalities you need to consider when spending your nights' camping and your days walking. A method of charging up your phone is a must, especially if your GPS and maps are connected to this device. Invest in a suitable battery pack and solar panel phone charger. If you get the right one, you should be able to charge up multiple types of devices and ensure you always stay connected.

Pack yourself a good day bag with all the daily equipment you might need each day. You will also need a good first aid kit, and ensure you have some basics like matches and plenty of torches.

Essential Walking Equipment

The equipment you take on a walking holiday can make or break the whole trip. Without good walking equipment, you will likely end up sore and struggling, especially if you get a day or two of bad weather. Be prepared for as many eventualities as you possibly can; even if you don't end up needing all your equipment at least, you know you have peace of mind and that you have it if you do need it. You need to tailor your equipment to your personal requirements and your holiday, but here are a few of the basics to make sure you have when planning a walking holiday.

Boots And Clothing

Perhaps the most crucial piece of equipment you need is a good set of walking boots. Ensure you have a pair that fits well and are strong enough for the level and style of walking you are planning on doing. It is worth getting yourself fitted professionally and give yourself some time to wear them in properly before heading out on your trip.

Once your walking boots are sorted, then you need to pack the rest of your clothing. Waterproof clothing is a must and a good jacket too. Once that can keep you warm and dry but is lightweight enough to wear all day long. In addition to this, it is worth investing in a good pair of walking socks to go with your boots. These can make a big difference to your comfort while walking.

Your First Aid Kit And Safety Equipment

First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit

There are a lot of practicalities to consider when out walking. If you are walking through the countryside and over hills and mountains, you will be spending a lot of your time away from shops and conveniences. So you need to make sure you have the basics with you.

Take a torch or two and some matches in case you need them. If you want a little help while walking, packing some hiking sticks can help when walking over rough terrain. This is also when you can start to think about any extras you want, such as binoculars, whistles and a multitool.

As far as safety equipment goes, at the very least, you should pack a compass, a spare phone battery and ensure you have enough phone credit or data facility to run GPS and the internet on your phone. This can be a lifesaver if you find yourself lost or needing help. It is also worth taking a paper map with you as a backup.

There are some personal safety and comfort items to consider taking too. You may need sun cream with a high SPF factor to ensure that you don't end up sunburnt. Lip balm and a small pot of moisturiser can also help if you end up with dry lips and skin due to being out in the elements for a long time.

You should pack all the usual things you may need for your first aid kit, such as plasters, bandages, wipes, and scissors. Still, with a walking holiday, you may also need a couple of thermal blankets, rain ponchos, and of course, antihistamine medicine, antiseptic creams and bug bite creams. In addition to this, take some blister plasters to treat any sore feet properly while out and about.

Make sure you also bring emergency contact information with you, and where possible, leave your walking plans and itineraries with someone who can help pinpoint where you might be should the need arise. In most cases, this will never be needed, but it is always best to plan for the worst in the hopes that you will never need it.

Food And Drink

While out on your walks, you need to ensure you can stay hydrated and keep your energy up. Take plenty of protein, snack bars and filling snacks like jerky with you. The best foods are those that are easy to eat and keep in your bag. If possible, plan in stops at pubs and cafes where you can rest and get a good meal while out and about. Hydration is especially important. Invest in a good hydration pack, or take plenty of water bottles with you. Don't forget to bring a rubbish bag with you too so that you can leave the environment as clean as you found it.