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One of my favourite things about going for walks is watching the seasons change. Every season brings a unique and different walking experience. Winter walks are typically underrated because of the cold weather, but in my opinion, they are some of the most beautiful and scenic.
Whatever the season, it’s a good idea to bring certain things with you to make your walk as safe, comfortable and enjoyable as possible. This is especially important in the winter because the weather conditions can bring extra hazards. In this post, I will be sharing 12 essential things to bring on a winter walk.
12 Essential Things To Bring On A Winter Walk
1. A comfortable bag
In general, there is more to carry on a winter walk compared to a summer walk, so you will need a bag to put things in. Choose a bag that is comfortable to wear on a walk, for example, a rucksack with thick, comfortable straps.
2. Layerable clothes
It is usually cold in the winter so it’s important to wrap up warm, but bear in mind that you will heat up while walking. Wear layers that you can easily remove if you get too hot. Multiple light-weight layers are better because they can be scrunched up and stored in your bag, unlike a bulky coat. Also, consider the weather – if it’s likely to rain then bring something waterproof.
3. Scarf, hat and gloves
We lose heat from our extremities, so it’s important to protect them in order to stay warm. Start your walk with a scarf, hat and gloves, and you can always remove them later if you get too hot.
This may seem like more of a summer item, but even in winter, it can be bright and sunny. Especially if there is snow on the ground, this can reflect the sun and hurt your eyes. So take sunglasses if the sun is out.
5. Sun cream
Likewise, you may still need to wear suncream in the winter, especially if you are going to be out in the sun for a long time. Consider wearing an SPF cream or moisturiser on a daily basis so you will be protected from the winter sun on all your walks.
6. Water or a hot drink
It’s important to stay hydrated, even in cold weather when you might not feel so thirsty. You could bring a flask of hot water or another hot drink of your choice to enjoy on your walk. Bear in mind that you might get hot when you are walking, so consider bringing a bottle of cold water too.
7. A snack
It’s always a good idea to bring a snack with you in case you get hungry or need an energy boost. This can also serve as an emergency food supply if you happen to get lost (which hopefully won’t happen!)
8. Your phone
Make sure to always pack your phone when you head out on a walk. This is important in case of emergencies, or if you lose your way. You can also take photos of the winter scenery on your phone.
This is an optional item, but if you are going somewhere with pretty scenery or views, you might want to bring binoculars so you can get a closer look.
I don’t know about you, but cold weather often makes my nose run. It’s good to have a supply of tissues in a coat pocket to remedy this.
11. Lip balm
My lips sometimes get dry in cold weather, especially when it’s windy. It’s good to have a lip balm handy to moisturise your lips when needed.
It’s good to have a supply of plasters (band-aids) in your bag in case your shoes rub or you get an injury. You could even make up a mini first-aid kit with antiseptic wipes, bandages and other useful items.
Now you are prepared for a winter walk!
I hope you found this little post helpful and that it has inspired you to get better prepared for walking safely this season. Are you planning to go for many winter walks this year? Will you be bringing some, or all of these things with you? Are there any other winter essentials you would bring on a walk? Let me know in the comments below!