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Washing Walking Overtrousers

Wash overtrousers in car wash and wax shampoo. This puts a coating on the trousers helping to keep [them] waterproof.

Peter Crowther, Ossett


Waterproof Spray

When spraying walking & hiking boots put them inside a plastic carrier bag. This stops the spray blowing all over the place and concentrates it on the boots.

Peter Crowther, Ossett


Keep you bum dry with Bubble-wrap

I keep a reasonable sized bit of bubble-wrap in my rucksack - you can wrap it round your sandwiches or water bottle. It's brilliant for keeping your bum warm and dry when you sit down and it weighs almost nothing.

Joyce Harkin, Glasgow


Waterproofing Matches

How many times have you gone to strike a soggy match, only to have the head drop off! Avoid this predicament by first covering the head of Non-Safety matches with melted candle wax. They can then be struck on any surface and your match will light.

Mac & Pauline Smith, Barry


How to keep your water bladder clean and fresh

When you've finished with your water bladder, empty the water and put in the freezer. it'll stay clean and mould free and have no dodgy after taste when you come to reuse it.

Wayne Qualter, Newent


Consider Shorts or Breeches instead of Walking Trousers

During April to October, I wear shorts for walking with long socks rolled down for hotter conditions and rolled up if it cools down. For Winter, I've gone back to wearing knee-length breeches with long woollen socks for the same heat management principles. Plus, they're more comfortable than trousers to walk in (less 'pull' on knees), easier to wear under waterproof leggings and with gaiters. Why did we ever abandon them?

Jeremy Dent, Stockport


How to clean a Water Bladder Drinking Tube

Secure a garden wire to a pipe cleaner, long enough to reach the end and pass through a few times, spray with anti-bacterial stuff. You can still get pipe cleaners from craft shops or traditional tobacconists

Derek Craig, Liverpool


Keep Your Water Bladder Clean

Use diluted Milton (baby bottle cleaner) and rinse well

L Ashman, Gwent


Protect the grass with a silver foil pie dish

Silver foil can be really useful. It weighs practically nothing and is a good way of making sure your Trangia camping stove doesn't scorch or burn the grass it's sat on. It'll also do as a plate if you have a mate along with you.

Steve Woodward, London


Putting On Waterproof Trousers

When packing your waterproof trousers, pack a supermarket bag as well. When you need to put on the waterproof trousers, put your foot in the bag and then your leg will glide effortously through the waterproof trouser leg. Repeat for the second leg. This also has the advantage of not getting mud on the inside of your waterproofs which would transfer onto your walking gear. Simple but effective.

Colin McCourt, East Cowes, Isle Of Wight


A Poncho is useful for all sorts of things . . .

My husband and I purchased two army ponchos for about £15 each which have proved very valuable. They roll up into a small ball and don't weigh much. They make great blankets to sit on and eat our lunch. We could use them as shelter if we become stranded. We can wear them over our clothes if it rains. We can also get changed under them and best of all if I need a 'wee' I can crouch down with it over my head and no-one can see. I can now drink as much water as I want without the worry.

Mandy Mahon, Warrington


Cheaply Fix Rips and Tears in Expensive Breathable Waterpoofs

If you have micro porous tape in your first aid kit it can also save the day when you rip a hole in your expensive breathable jacket. Use the tape on the inside of the jacket and it will seal the tear and keep everything breathable for a fraction of the cost of a professional patch.

Andy Gilbert, Fetcham


Two-way Radios

A safety tool we carry is a little PMR446 two-way radio each (readily available and not expensive) just in case we get split up . . .

Harry King, Bexleyheath


Wind-up Flashlights do not need Batteries

I always have a 'wind-up' LED flashlight in my rucksack, which I bought in Robert Dyas for about a fiver. You get loads of very bright white light for the sake of a few turns of the handle, with no batteries to run out. I was surprised at just how good it is was when I tested it in some caves. As far as I'm concerned, it's a must-have for being out and about in the dark.

Harry King, Bexleyheath


Keep you Mobile Phone Dry

Always carry a mobile phone when out walking. Keep it switched off to avoid a flat battery and annoying other walkers, and wrap it in a freezer bag to keep it dry. It could save your life!

Neil Becousse, Telford


Comfortable Lunch Stop Sit Mat

Buy a kneeling mat from your local garden centre. It is much more comfortable as a sit mat than an old scrap of Karrimat.

Brian Hunter-Rowe, Dorking


Water Bladder Tip For Hot Weather

Put a two-litre bottle of water in the fridge the night before you are going walking. When you put the water in the bladder add two trays of ice-cubes and a small amount of Robertson's Barley water. This not only ensures that you have a cold drink for longer, but when the water does become warm, it has a more pleasant taste than just warm water. Enjoy.

Colin McCourt, East Cowes, isle Of Wight


Mould Free Water Bladder

If you haven't got a water bladder cleaner (which aren't that good anyway) give it a wash out with warm water then throw it in the freezer till the morning before you next need it. Hey presto - no more mould.

Ben Appleton, Liverpool


Distance Counting or Pacing

Get an old boot lace and tie one end to your backpack shoulder straps. Then put ten draw cord toggles on it and tie up the end. Work out how many steps (average) it takes you to walk 100m. Mine is 67 - so every 67 steps I move one of the toggles down and so on, when I get all 10 I have another set up on the other side to count the kilometers. Works wonders when walking up steep hills instead of just watching your feet.

Ben Appleton, Liverpool


Set Realistic Walking Targets

When doing a long or tricky walk, set yourself interim targets based on your map. e.g when I get to the end of that straight bit I'll st down and have a break. It helps a lot with motivation. Its the only way I got up Ben Nevis (yes, I'm a wimp!).

Sharon Lockwood, Tamworth


Handy Waterproof Storage

For handy waterproof storage or a cheap sit mat, B&Q have heavy duty, clear plastic bags for putting burst bags of sand / cement into. They're usually more than happy to give you a few if you ask nicely.

Conor O'Hare, Belfast


Good Use For Cling Film!

Cling film can be used for multiple things on your trip particularly regarding first aid. It can be used to strap a sprained ankle, wrap around a burn or used to strap up a broken limb. How else could you get 40 metres of bandage in your ruck sack?

Mark Taylor, Northampton


Dry Your Socks & Walking Boots

After a day walking and finishing with your feet wet. When you are having a BBQ or fire throw in a couple of round polished stones to heat up. After the main extreme heat goes from them pop them into your socks and walking boots and leave over night. I have done this for years when camping and have had no problems at all. Happy hiking . . .

Iain Macdonald, Kilncadzow


Athlete's Foot

OK this may gross you out but I guarantee you it works . . . and yes I've tried it. When I was camping around Australia I received a tip, without demonstration I'd like to add, that if you have Athlete's Foot and you have no dog to your disposal to lick your feet (nice tip by the way), try urinating on your feet next time you shower. Yes I know . . . but it works! I think it's something to do with the acid in your urine. Now the guys may be a bit more successful at this than the ladies . . . but if need be, use a cup to gather the urine first and then apply to your twinkles! Gosh, Did I really just write that? - Cheers.

Eddie Haselden, Plymouth


Drying Out Your Boots

Remember after a wet walk to place scruppled up newspaper into your wet boots and then turn them upside down. This ensures that any water trapped inside or in the sole is drained out.

Stephen Whiteside, Manchester


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