Here in the UK, we have some of the most stunning countryside and natural scenery in the entire world, which is one of the reasons why the outdoor walking gear industry has been thriving for countless decades. In times of war, poverty, recession, global economic disaster, and *shudder, reality TV, whereas other industries have failed, the outdoor walking gear industry has remained at the top of its game, and rightfully so. Individuals interested in outdoor walking and similar activities, are not concerned with vegetating on the sofa in front of car crash TV, they don’t spend their days glued to smartphones and tablets like zombies, and their idea of a fun-filled weekend, is not drinking copious amounts of alcohol until they pass out and can barely speak.
Don’t get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with a good night out every now and then, but for the most part, outdoor walking enthusiasts would be much happier walking through forests, by the coast, or up hills and mountains, instead of hungover on the sofa in front of the TV. If you’re looking into taking up hiking outdoors, you will need some proper outdoor walking gear, which is why we’ll be looking at these walking essentials.
First and foremost, any experienced walker/hiker will tell you that arguably, the most important thing to consider when taking up walking outdoors, is what type of footwear you should be wearing on your feet. If you have uncomfortable and painful footwear, walking on rocks, uneven surfaces, or anywhere else for that matter, will not be enjoyable at all, it will instead feel like pure hell. Your feet will hurt, you will get blisters, your feet will become wet and clammy, and you will generally just want to get home, rip your shoes off, and soak your feet in a warm bath for a week. If however, you choose a pair of professional hiking boots, your feet will be comfortable, you will avoid blisters and general aches and pain, and your ankles and feet will be well supported in the process.
A Water Bottle
Staying hydrated during any form of physical exercise is absolutely essential, yet when it comes to hiking, people often underestimate the importance of water. When you exercise in the gym, you often do so at a very past pace, so that sweat pours down your face and constantly feel tired and exhausted. Walking however, is a very slow and methodical form of exercise, so you sweat much less, and feel less tired. Despite this however, you are still losing fluids and electrolytes, which will need replacing. Rather than a rubbish plastic water bottle, invest in a good quality water bottle that can be stored in your backpack, and you’ll be good to go for hours at a time.
A Comfortable Backpack
When walking outdoors, you will need to carry a number of belongings and tools that will not only assist you with your hike, but more importantly, they will also help keep you safe in the process. Because of this, you need somewhere to store them, so a comfortable backpack is vital. Your backpack should be relatively light, it should feel comfortable on your back and shoulders when you wear it, and it should have plenty of storage options for you.