A good base layer that wicks sweat is essential. Normal cotton t-shirts just become sweaty and uncomfortable, especially when you’re carrying a pack. I love the ones I have from Odlo.
For warmth on cooler days, you need a mid-layer to slip on. My go-to is my well-worn Rab Cirrus Flex jacket.
It goes without saying that a good waterproof is always a must, especially in Scotland, as you can never predict the weather. Currently, I’m getting plenty of use out of my Mammut Gore-Tex Pro jacket.
However, for me, the most important bit of kit for a multi-day trek is my footwear. I think when you’re on your feet all day and covering miles of ground, it pays to invest in the right setup for your feet.
I tend to switch up my footwear depending on the season. In summer, I absolutely love my Scarpa Crux because they’re comfortable, breathable and although not fully waterproof, they are good at keeping out any showers. For autumn and winter adventures, nothing beats my Meindl Bhutan boots. They’re nice and stiff so offer great protection and cover for the colder months when the terrain can be a bit more variable and dangerous.
And don’t forget your socks! The right walking socks are essential as they act like a base layer, wicking away sweat, helping to keep your feet from overheating and preventing blisters. I usually go for lighter weight Bridgedale socks like the Ultra Lights. I know walking socks can seem expensive, but they can make all the difference to your trip.
When it comes to a rucksack, I use a 60-litre pack as this offers me the space I need for all my kit without weighing me down. As most of my adventures are in Scotland, I always have a pack rain cover with me for downpours and extra protection. I’ve also recently started using dry bags for any kit I need to make sure stays dry, like my sleeping bag.