Walking holidays are an ideal trip of choice for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Julia Bradbury, 49, is an English television presenter who is well known for being an outdoor walking enthusiast. The Countryfile presenter has shared with Express.co.uk what those heading off on a walking holiday should pack for their trip. Her list includes obvious items such as walking boots to a few more intriguing things.
First up on Juliaâ€™s walking holiday packing list are waterproofs. â€œWherever youâ€™re going, whatever your destination, pack your waterproofs,â€ she told Express.co.uk
â€œEven if itâ€™s a hot climate and you think itâ€™s very unlikely itâ€™s going to rain. Even in hot countries – and certainly in tropical countries – you can have topical rains storms.
â€œIt can still be wet and damp so you still might want waterproof trousers if youâ€™re jungle trekking or going through damp terrain.â€
Julia also emphasises the importance of good walking boots – and you might want to consider investing in more than one pair.
â€œMake sure youâ€™ve got the right kind of boots for the terrain youâ€™re going to be walking through,â€ she said.
â€œFor example, youâ€™d have a different kind of walking boot if you were doing a forest walk compared to a mountain walk because youâ€™d want something lightweight.
â€œThis could possibly be something fabric rather than leather, making it breathable but waterproof. Your boot choice is important.â€
A versatile boot is key if youâ€™re going to be covering a selection of terrains on your walking holiday.
â€œSometimes if youâ€™re travelling quite a distance and going to lots of different places walking you might want to pick one boot that is going to work across a variety of different terrains,â€ said Julia.
The presenter advises packing something lightweight which means eschewing a stiffer leather boot in favour of fabric with ankle support because it is lightweight will work in several different locations.
â€œIf youâ€™re going for a boot that will suit all walks then an ankle boot is vital,â€ she said.
Another option is approach shoes which are becoming more popular. These are good for rough track terrain but not for steep inclines.
Julia also reveals she takes sliders or flip flops wherever she is going because â€œtheyâ€™re quite comfortable to travel with.”
She added: â€œItâ€™s good to have them in your backpack if you get your boots wet or you cross a river or your feet get wet for whatever reason.â€
A more surprising item Julia likes to take is a tinted lip balm. â€œIt gives you sun protection and a splash of colour on the lips as well.”
Wet wipes or hand sanitiser are also a must for a walking holiday, said Julia.
The walking enthusiast also advises taking a single strap rucksack, weighing scales and a waterproof jacket.