RUFFNEK | 20 Essential items to take on a hike

Man taking in the view on the top of Snowdon wearing a Ruffnek scarf

When planning a walk, it's important to be well-prepared to ensure your safety, comfort and most of all enjoyment.  The items you should take may vary depending on the duration and difficulty of where you are planning on going, not to mention the weather conditions and the terrain.  We have listed a number of items for you to consider, it’s also a great checklist to print off and use:

  1. Clothing: Dress in layers and wear moisture-wicking, quick-drying materials. Pack a rainproof and windproof jacket, and gloves. Extra socks are also important. Of course a Ruffnek multi scarf is one of the essential accessories as it can double as a wind mask or a beanie hat/hairband and can easily fit into any pocket ready for when its needed.
  2. Navigation tools: Map, compass, GPS device, or a smartphone with a reliable GPS app and extra batteries. Satelite Communicator for safety.
  3. Hydration: Sufficient water (carry more than you think you'll need) and a water purification method if necessary.
  4. Nutrition: High-energy snacks and packed meals to keep you fueled during your walk.
  5. Footwear: Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots or shoes with good traction.
  6. First aid kit: Including adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, blister treatment, pain relievers, and any necessary personal medications.
  7. Sun protection: Sunglasses, sunscreen (preferably eco-friendly), and a wide-brimmed hat.
  8. Multi-tool or knife: Handy for various tasks.
  9. Light source: Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
  10. Fire-starting tools: Waterproof matches, a lighter, or a fire starter.
  11. Emergency shelter: A lightweight, compact tent or emergency bivy can be invaluable in case of unexpected situations. This is if you are planning on a more technical and potential dangerous walk. Bivys are much lighter and more compact than a tent so may be preferable.
  12. Whistle: To signal for help in case of emergencies.
  13. Personal identification: Carry your ID and any relevant permits (especially if abroad).
  14. Cash: In case you need it for emergencies.
  15. Mobile phone: Fully charged and with a portable charger if possible, but remember that in remote areas, there might not be cell service.
  16. Trash bags: Carry out all your trash to help preserve the environment.
  17. Insect repellent: Especially important for hikes in insect-prone areas.
  18. Hiking poles: Useful for stability and reducing strain on your knees.
  19. Camera or binoculars: Optional but great for capturing memories or observing wildlife.
  20. Rucksack/Backpack: Choose a comfortable, well-fitted backpack with enough capacity to carry all your essential items. Look for one with adjustable straps and back support to reduce strain on your back.

Man reading map whilst drinking coffee and wearing a Ruffnek scarf and wristband

Before heading out, be sure to research the trail and weather conditions, inform someone of your planned route and estimated return time, and check if there are any specific items or gear you may need based on the walks difficulty or specific regulations (when abroad).

Remember, always prioritize safety and preparedness when exploring the outdoors to maximise the enjoyment of your trip.

Have a great trip!  

Don't forget to tag us in on social media with photos of you on your trip..wearing one of our Ruffnek scarves!

Thanks for reading.





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