As with any holiday, what you wear is one of the most important parts of the trip. It can make or break the trip if you’re not properly prepared for it. This is especially true if you are going on any kind of walking holiday. You could be out in the field for a good 4 or 5 hours a day trekking from point a to point B. What should you have in your suitcase before you set off? Here are a few things that you should think about taking with you to ensure that the whole holiday is great fun.
The first thing that you will need is a base layer. These are usually a thin t-shirt and “long johns”. Keeping the legs warm is one of the most difficult elements of hiking clothing. As the legs propel you they should keep themselves warm with heated muscle and blood flow but maintaining that heat is tricky.
The top half is easier. A waterproof jacket is essential equipment but they can be bulky if you have to carry them around with you. Therefore a packable jacket is a good idea as it can be folded away when you don’t need it in a bag to go in your rucksack (which you’ll also need).
An alternative to the jacket is to try a more traditional route of clothing. Aran Sweaters, like the ones that you can get from Shamrock Gift could be a good alternative. The sweaters are based on an old design from the Channel islands that was passed to the Irish in the late 19th Century. The wool has water resistant agents in it and it’s also warm. Just tie it around your waist if it gets warm.« Back