Walking kit and equipment list

Two BHF walkers with kit on

With so many products on the market, it can be hard to tell what you'll actually need for your walking challenge. To help make it easier we’ve compiled a list of items you should consider.


We have listed some clothing we think is essential for your walk:

  • suitable footwear - our FAQs has advice on how to pick the right footwear for you
  • walking socks made from wicking material
  • comfortable shorts for hot days, or longer 3/4 or full length trousers when colder
  • waterproof over trousers that can be put on over your shoes and boots if it rains
  • lower leg gaiters to keep the bottom of trousers dry
  • base layer made from wicking material
  • mid layer fleece of appropriate thickness
  • good waterproof and windproof jacket that's roomy with easily accessible pockets, or lighter jacket for milder conditions
  • cap, hat or balaclava


You will also need to consider this equipment to help you with your walk: 

  • sunglasses with good UVA/UVB filtering
  • sunscreen and lip balm
  • drink and snack
  • map, compass, and whistle
  • first aid kit
  • mobile phone
  • a daypack or rucksack

Kit for longer walks

We also recommend you consider these for your kit list:

  • spare clothing (fleece, socks, hat and gloves)
  • extra food and drink
  • torch
  • GPS
  • insect repellent
  • pen knife
  • space blanket or survival bag

Consider the weather conditions

It's important to take into account the potential weather conditions when choosing your kit. Hill and mountain weather can change very rapidly and is usually colder, windier and wetter than lower areas.

And if the forecast is for hot weather, consider taking extra water with you, and wearing lightweight clothing made from wicking material.