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Recycle webbing straps from old rucsaks

Recycle webbing straps from old rucsaks etc and make belt loops using a hot glue gun and some old split rings. Used by my scouts as a project to hang an assortment of things from their belts using a carabiner or karabiner.

David Miller, Thame


Duck [Duct] Tape

Wrap a couple of layers of duck [duct] tape round your flask or water bottle. Handy for emergency repairs to rucksak, boots etc

Eddie Dougan, Newport On Tay


Large Supermarket Food Bags

Large supermarket food bags make excellent waterproof map cases.

Andrew Fleming, Blandford


Keep items dry in your rucksack

Don't expect your rucksack to keep items dry. Use a heavy duty plastic bag which acts as a liner. Your equipment never gets wet.

James Mcdonald, Newcastle Upon Tyne


Tie a cotton beer towel to your rucksack

In the summer months tie a cotton beer towel to your rucksack - they are great for wiping the sweat from your brow!

Glyn Beech, Dunfermline


Fashion a homemade forearm strap for your GPS

I fashioned a homemade forearm strap for my Garmin Geko 201 GPS using a bit of nylon webbing and velcro. Many of the smaller Garmin units have mounting screws in the back to attach them to cradles for use on mountain bikes etc. I put a hole in the nylon webbing using a heated nail (to seal it) and put the screw through this - then sewed some velcro to the strap so it could be worn on the inside of my forearm.

This kept the unit out in the open to keep a good view of the sky and satellite fix, but mounted to the inside of my forearm it was out of the way and kept my hands free for walking poles, navigating gates or stiles and snapping pictures.

The best part was that with easier access, and with it not being put in a case that it needed to be removed from, I could check it more often and also knew where it was all the time, so less likely to lose it out of a pocket or such.

They aren't cheap to replace and you don't want to lose a navigational aid - especially if you're storing other routes in it as well.

Paul Clement, Rochdale


Keep food/milk cool when camping

Keep food/milk cool by placing it in a washing up bowl/saucepan with a couple of inches of water then drap a damp tea towel over it all with the edges of the towel in the water and leave outside, preferabley in the shade. The energy used to evaporate the water from the towel keeps the food cool underneath it. Remember to top up the water on windy days.

Catherine Mann, Oxford


Take a wind up torch

Always take a wind up torch / lantern - batteries soon run out.

Barry Carr, Skelmersdale


Keep an empty plastic bottle with you in your tent

My original walking and camping tip is . . . have an empty plastic bottle with you in your tent, there's nothing worse than waking up in the night and it's raining . . . . and you need a wee!

David Clack, Halesworth


Carry a couple of old mouse mats

My favourite walking tip is . . . we always carry a couple of old mouse mats - they're soft, light and buttock sized. just what you need for a coffee or lunchbreak on a damp (or dry) fellside.

Barrie Stephenson, York


Just get out there!

My favourite walking tip is . . . to just get out there!

Philip Pye, Liverpool


Carry a Polarshield emergency blanket in your rucksack

Always carry a Polarshield Emergency Blanket in your rucksack. It is very light and could save someones life when out walking. You could be in places where it is difficult for an ambulance or rescue crew to get to, and they could take quite a while. this blanket keeps the injured or incapacitated person warm.

Brian Hamilton, Rudgwick


Get a Shewee

My favourite walking tip is . . . ladies - get a Shewee, practice using it in the house and then go out walking anywhere for as long as you wish, free from the worry of when you will next find a public convenience or some dense shrubbery.

Rosemary Rowley, Macclesfield


Don't forget the Baby Wipes

Baby wipes - always carry them - great for refreshing your face when sweaty, cleaning your plate/ mug out or wiping down the grimey plastic chair in the bothy :-)!

Ian Clayton, Wallasey


Always pack a couple of plastic bags.

Always pack a couple of plastic bags. Use them as: emergency sit mat, carrying rubbish you might find on the route, emergency hat, keeping your map dry, carry dirty kit home, put over your socks if your boots start leaking, stand in flag if you need to attract attention and to carry your shopping in.

Allison Taylor, Neatishead, Norwich


Take a gardening foam mat

Take a gardening foam mat (they are light and thick) for sitting on for a rest and taking in views . . .

Chris Toms, Shrewsbury


Keep your old walking socks

Keep your old walking socks and use them to insulate your flask when you are out on the hills; you will be amazed at the difference this will make to your favourite beverage!

Graham Stainsby, Leeds


Mix orange juice and apple juice with water

Mixing orange juice and apple juice with water is a tasty energy filled treat for your platypus. Just make sure you wash it out well at the end of every walk! Try using baby bottle steriliser on it, as its cheaper that dedicated products and works just as well!

Alistair Cross, York


Planning, equipment review, planning

My favourite walking tip is . . . planning, equipment review, planning

John Balcombe, Saxmundham


Make yourself big if confronted by cows and cattle

If you have to walk through a herd of cows make yourself big by extending your arms - they are more likely to move then.

Nigel Marchant, Hove


Always carry spare socks

Always carry spare socks and put vaseline on feet before setting off and also anti histamine tablet if prone to sweat rash on feet.

Gail Kershaw, Rochdale


Know your limits.

Know your limits. Never try and go to far, too fast, too soon. Build up your stamina with smaller walks . . . you'll enjoy it more.

Euan Vivash, Manchester


Lost Cameras

Hi Mike, There are a lot of cameras listed in the Lost and Found section! If anyone should find a lost camera, how would they be able to trace the owner? A simple idea is to print your name and telephone number in large print on a sheet of paper, photograph it, and keep that photo as the first one on all your memory cards. If the camera is found by someone honest, you can be sure of a telephone call! Cheers, Ron

Ron Linton, Stockport


Waterproofing Walking Boots

Rather than spending a fortune on waterproof sprays try a can of car bumper restorer. This is available from lots of places including Poundland who do a 500ml can for £1 (Surprise!). Another advantage of this is that it dries almost instantly so a quick squirt from a can in the car boot before a walk is ideal. If you don't believe me try it on an old pair of boots and spray with water - magic!

Peter McFadden, Redditch


Climbing over Barbed and/or Electric Fences

Take a short 6-9ins (150mm - 225mm) length of old cycle tye, cut down its length and keep in your Rucsac. This is very useful if you have to get over a barbed wire fence and also in exceptional circumstances over an electric fence. It will protect your vital bits!

Martin Somerville, Cardiff


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