[MY]Kit List for Epic Hiking Adventures

Sophie Marren

Sophie Marren

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As a new hiker it can be daunting knowing what’s best without going for the most popular and most expensive brands and they aren’t always the best, most comfortable / suitable for you. It’s a very personal preference when it comes to choosing your kit. 

First and foremost – boots – this is the hardest and most important thing to get right. I’ve gone through a few brands to get to my favourite pair…

[note these brands are suitable for me: and are just to give you a guide to help you find what is suitable for you!

Decathlon & Go Outdoors offer low price brands to start out. I bought low end priced gear when I started and upgraded at a later date] 

So, without further ado!

I look for Style PriceComfortWaterproofGrip sole


online approx £100.00

Danner Trail shoe £130

recently purchased Jan 2023 sales, they’re incredibly comfortable. I shall report back on longevity at a later date. 

OSPREY backpack – no complaints. Perfect for hiking.

Rook 50 – great when you’re carrying more kit for camping

go outdoors approx £120 

Osprey Daylite Plus 

go outdoors approx £80

I have the osprey ‘CAMEL BACK’ / hydration pack/ water bladder for water which fits in with the osprey bag perfectly. These are so handy when hiking saving you stopping and taking off your backpack etc.

go outdoors approx £30

Rab Microlight Alpine Down Long Jacket

go outdoors approx £200

Dope blizzard light jacket

dope snow approx £135

Acai outdoor soft shell leggings £55


The above mentioned is what you want to get first really, then move on to the finer details! Which I’ll continue…

Garmin instinct solar 2 smart watch 

go outdoors approx £300

Trekmates waterproof phone pouch 

go outdoors approx £10 

…additional to your boots for the winter, spikes are handy, these can be easily put over your hiking boots to allow extra grip on ice and snow on the mountains.

online approx £20.00

[Crampons – if you have high spec mountaineering boots.]

Retractable walking poles – these come in handy when descending if your knees are tired. 

online approx £25.00

Head torch – forklaz – nothing fancy but it does the job! Cheap in comparison to all others.
decathlon £4.99

Socks – sealskins waterproof or any anti blister moisture wicking socks or alpaca wool socks 

Gloves – touchscreen tip

dope snow approx £25

Jetboil / cooking system – other brands available 

go outdoors approx £100 / from £50

Portable battery power bank – online approx £40

Whistle – sports direct 

Compass – sports direct 

Pen knife – online approx £10

First aid kit – online approx £10

with additional blister plasters as they are the best. I’ve never needed them since my KEEN boots but always good to have. 

W I L D   C A M P

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Foam roll
  • Pillow 

W I L D   S W I M / paddle boarding 

  • Dry bag approx £15 [amazon]
  • Swimsuit / Wetsuit approx £50 [I have free spirit wet suit from go outdoors]
  • Water shoes approx £20 [I have Free spirit from go outdoors]

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