We covered clothing in the last prep blog now it’s equipment – you can probably borrow a lot of this stuff if you are not a frequent walker to save you buying something you won’t use.
Any small rucksack up to about 30 litres volume should be good, you should all carry your own stuff in case you get separated from your friend etc. Organisation in the bag is important to keep things like waterproofs and drinks handy.
We are planning on finishing before nightfall but you never know so we need to be prepared. Get a head torch and some extra batteries you can use them for all sorts of things after the walk.
This is a big orange bag that you can use as a waterproof shelter or to keep you warm should the need arise. It’s a survival item and about a fiver.
Personal first aid kit
basic first aid kit with scissors, safety pins, triangular banadage etc maybe include some headache tablets, water sterilising tablets etc again it’s a just in case.
We will cover this in more detail never the time but we are unlikely to stop for a picnic so food will need to be small nutritious items you enjoy.
Drinks are essential to stay hydrated throughout our walk, but it’s important we are fully hydrated before we set off. A small flask with a warm drink is a good idea or isotonic type beverages and water.
Whilst there are not any ships on the hills money is always a good idea. You may want to buy food or drink, pay for a taxi or hotel or just phone home.
When packing all your stuff in your rucksack give some thought to what you will use most often and pack this near the top. Pack items in a plastic bag if they have a chance of getting wet and / or are delicate. Carry more rather than less it is best to carry it round rather than not have it if you need it.
It’s half way though Feb so about 2 months to go – hope the training is going well.