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Regulate your temperature with layers . . .

Always wear lots of layers so you can add and remove to regulate your temperature.

Andrew Hubbard, Woking


Baby wipes are useful . . .

I've found baby wipes useful, but make sure you take your dirty ones home with you. Also a small bag of dried fruit, raisins, apricots etc. Nice when you have nothing left to drink.

Penny Lambert, Nottingham


Get good walking boots and socks - not cheap ones . . .

Never skimp on the cost when buying walking boots and socks!

David Crichton, Coatbridge


Take home all your rubbish . . .

Always remember a carrier bag to take away your rubbish when out and about and don't forget to take a whistle with you.

Cheryl Robley, Carlisle


Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda in your walking boots . . .

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda in your walking boots and odour will not occur!!

Julie Smith, Warwick


Tell someone where you are going . . .

Sounds obvious but . . . Always remember to tell someone where you are going and when you are expecting to be back, just in case something goes wrong.

Louise Baker, Ledbury


Camera film holders . . .

If you want small containers for sugar, salt or something similar, simply use the plastic capsule that your camera film comes in. They are small so won't get in the way and they are watertight.

Ciaran Mc Cann, Newry


Take it easy at first . . .

Make sure you don't over-do it when you are starting out. Gradually build up your walking distance over time and ensure you have broken in your boots well before a long walk.

Tom Greenfield, Plymouth


Don't forget the treats . . .

Sound obvious but - always take something to eat with you which will keep your energy levels high, such as a bar of chocolate.

Eleanor Robertson, Paisley


Don't forget spare laces . . .

Next time you are in the walking shop, buy a spare pair of laces for your boots and keep them in the car. Then if you go out and your laces snap, you have a handy replacement close by! (Better still - take them with you in you rucksack!)

Mark Calpin, Glasgow


Keep your car clean from muddy walking boots . . .

On damp and wet days always take along a carrier bag with you if you are traveling to your walk in the car. This way when you return to the car you can put your muddy, wet boots in the bag and keep the inside of your car clean.

Nik Aynsworth, Tibshelf


Always take a map . . .

Always take a map and check the weather before you go! Sounds obvious but . . . .

Lance Hart, Moulton


Dry sweaty/damp walking boots . . .

To help dry sweaty/damp walking boots, stuff them with scrunched up dry newspaper overnight.

John Burst, Christchurch


Cold drinking water . . .

Cold drink on a hot day! Freeze water in a drinks bottle overnight till it freezes solid. Then when you're walking it will melt slowly during the day and you will have lovely chilled water to drink.

Alexandra Cavendish-Howard, Leeds


Dry wet clothes in your sleeping bag . . .

When backpacking if your clothes get wet sleep with them at the bottom of your sleeping bag and your natural body heat will warm and dry them during the night. Also, flip socks inside out the speed dry the inside of the sock.

Melissa Tuttle, Haywards Heath


Waterproof Containers for Free

For small items, like matches that you want to keep dry, use a camera film container. Also useful for things like washing up liquid.

Stuart Charters, West Cornforth, Ferryhill


Double bag and keep them dry . . .

To stop the key fob getting wet and in-operative, wrap tightly in a plastic bag, and then do the same in a second plastic bag before putting in rucsac pocket. This will ensure that when you get back to your car you can get in!

Iain Mckelvie, Leyland


Chemical hand warmers can dry your walking boots . . .

Overnight stay and nowhere to dry your wet boots? Simply activate a chemical hand warmer (available at most walking gear shops for a few pounds) and insert into each boot. These can be reactivated several times in compete safety. Warm dry boots in the morning!

Paul Brown, Leeds


Wet Boots - Dry Feet . . .

Carry two plastic bags. If you cannot dry out your walking boots then wear the bags over your dry socks inside your boots until you can dry your boots. i have used this idea several times and it is also good for keeping your feet warm.

Kenneth Carden, Ipswich


Trim those toe nails . . .

On big long routes that involve a lot of downhill over rock, ensure toe nails have been cut to prevent bruising and holes in socks!

Denise Hillman, Manchester


Pee in private!

Ladies - Take a large golfing umbrella with you when you go walking on treeless moorland. It will act as temporary 'bushes' if you need the call of nature!

Bill Dawson, Altrincham


Bar Towels can keep your hands dry . . .

Always have one of those bar towels hanging from your rucksack by a safety pin. When one end is wet, just unclip it and turn it round. Result? One dry end! Also, hanging there it tends to dry in the breeze. BTW, try to get a real ale one - it's more 'au fait'.

Les Singleton, Derbyshire


Used a wine box silver bag as a water carrier

The best water carrier I've used is the silver bag inside a wine box container. Just heat the neck of the stopper with a hair drier for a few mins to take out. Wash and fill and use as normal. With them being silver it helps to keep water cool. You can also use it as a pillow if half filled with air or a floating aid for play or crossing lakes/rivers. PS. If you've ever been in your tent/sleeping bag - all cosy and warm when it's raining at 3 am - busting for a pee .... take a spare one. PPS. Don't get them mixed up!

Peter V,


Carry a small flashing red light on your rucksack . . .

My idea of being seen in low light while walking on roads is to have a small flashing red light (available from cycle shops) on the rear of my rucksack and on the front I have an orange one.

Tony Savage, Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire


Reflective armbands can keep you safe

Many newer back packs have reflective material sewn into them to improve visibility on busy roads. But if you have an older version, tie a cyclist's (or horse's) reflective arm (leg) band to your back pack using the loop designed to hold an ice-axe. Driver's approaching from behind will easily see you (and hopefully give you a bit more room!)

Nick Workman, New Mills, Derbyshire


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