Heading out for a day’s hiking is a great way to spend the day. However, as with most day-long activities far from home, there’s some stuff you’ll need to bring to make sure you stay safe and enjoy the day. If you’re looking to tackle the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge or another day-long hiking challenge, here are the things you should bring with you:
This one’s essential. Unless you have a suitable alternative like a satchel, a backpack is the most comfortable way to carry heavy loads over long distances. Pick a design that is comfortable and has enough room for the things you’ll be taking with you, since you’ll be carrying it for up to 12 hours on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.
First Aid Kit or Medication
While a good, safe hike won’t result in any injuries, there may be some slips and scrapes that might need medical attention. Somebody in your group should keep a first aid kit in their backpack or satchel. Medication that other people might need, such as epinephrine or insulin, should also be brought along in case of an emergency on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.
Food and Drink
Picking the right food and drink can be difficult if you or your family have dietary restrictions. Water is essential, as everybody can drink it and those who don’t like plain water can add juice to it to enhance the flavour. Trail Mix or some other nutritionally-balanced snack is a great choice, and hot drinks are a quintessential part of hiking in the UK, whether it’s tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
‘Appropriate’ changes with your own preferences and the weather. If it’s winter or you can’t tolerate the cold, it’s best to take a coat with you, along with insulated boots, scarves and gloves. In wet weather, wear waterproof, sturdy boots that won’t slip, and waterproof clothes. If it’s warm, you can get by with walking shoes and casual wear, but bring a jumper, as it can get colder the higher you go on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.