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Having the right outdoor clothing and equipment can make a big difference to your enjoyment and safety. Here, we give you a list of the7 Things to Remember to Bring For Your Winter Hiking Holiday.
- Walking Boots/Hiking Boots – One of the most important pieces of outdoor wear you’ll most certainly need for your walks or hikes is a good-quality of hiking boots or walking boots. Don’t go around wearing the wrong pair of shoes for they may cause blisters, discomfort, sprains, or even more serious injuries.
Always remember that the type of boots you are going to wear will depend on various things. Will you be doing long distanced hikes or short distances? Will you be carrying a heavy backpack? Will you be walking on a relatively smooth ground or will you be trekking on a much rougher terrain with steep ascents or rocky scrambles? These are the questions you should ask yourself when choosing the pair of boots you will be wearing during the hike. Walk properly without sliding back and forth.
It is a given that you remember to wear the proper Walking Socks/Hiking Socks during the hike to provide cushioning and wick moisture away from your feet.
- Waterproof Jacket and Waterproof Over-Trousers – Weather in the mountains are highly unpredictable so dress in layers and bring waterproof clothing to make sure that you’re prepared for all eventualities.
Wearing a hoodie or a fleece under a jacket is also advisable since they dry quickly and you can easily stow them away in your backpack. In case of extremely cold conditions, it is best to invest in a down or synthetic-insulated jacket.
- H20 – No matter how short a walk or a hike may be, sufficient fluid intake is an essential thing to do. In order to avoid dehydration brought by the evaporation of sweat from the body’s surface during exercise, it is a must for any hiker to bring at least 1 liter of water. Always remember to bring more though, even if you doubt that you don’t need it. Also, make sure to find out ahead of time where you can replenish your water supply; sources may come from public utilities, mountain huts or from nature’s bounty, for which you should pack a water filter or water disinfectant.
- Hat And Gloves – You need to keep your head and hands warm with a snug hat and gloves. Wind stopper gloves are ideal as they provide insulation while blocking the wind, and often come with grip pads to allow for finger dexterity. There are also wind stopper hats to protect your head from vicious wind chill. Don’t be fooled: even during the warmer seasons your body can get quite cold; especially when walking at higher altitudes or when it suddenly gets cold, wet or windy.
- Walking Maps – No matter how familiar you are with the route, always make sure to take a map with you. There can be a sudden change in plans during the hike like a possible path closure, an injury that requires a shorter, more straightforward route back. You can get simple trail maps from local tourist offices and natural park centers. For extensive purposes, bring a full walking map as well.
- First-Aid Kit – Any walker or hiker should make it habit to bring a medical kit with them at all times in case of emergencies. The kit should include plasters of various sizes, antiseptic cream and wipes, cotton balls or cotton wool, sterile pads, gauze, tape, bandage, scissors, safety pins, pain relievers, tweezers, and a small thermal blanket — all placed inside a soft pouch or carry case.
- For Emergencies – Bring a whistle, a head-torch, and/or a hand-held torch with spare batteries. You might be bringing cell phones as well however take note that the mountains only have very limited mobile phone coverage.