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Choosing The Right Gear For Your Adventure

Planning on embarking on an exciting adventure off the beaten track? Congratulations! There’s no better feeling than swapping the hustle and bustle of the city for the fresh, invigorating air that Mother Nature has to offer. But first, you will need to invest in some key items to ensure you have a comfortable and safe trip.

Here, we’ve provided some essential tips to ensure you have the right equipment for your epic outdoor escape.


There is nothing worse than blisters on a trekking adventure. They are painful and can lead to more serious injury if left untreated. Possibly worse is enduring the pain of breaking your boots in, only to have them fall apart halfway into your trek. Ensuring your boots are well-made and are the correct fit is imperative before setting off on your Inspired Adventure. Be sure to check the seams of your new boots, including the stitching and shoelace eyelets. These areas should be reinforced and the stitching should appear solid. Next, inspect the area where the sole meets the upper material. There should be no gaps! Gaps equals water, water equals soggy socks and soggy socks equals unhappy trekkers.

Whether you’ve purchased your boots especially for your adventure or you’ve had them for years, how you care for them primarily determines how well they will hold up as you take on the world. Chris Mein from Paddy Pallin shares his best tips for keeping your boots in tip top shape:

  1. Clean your boots thoroughly after every trek. Many foreign substances can affects the rubber, glue and leather of your boots.
  2. To dry your boots, stuff them with newspaper and let them air dry. Store them in a dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  3. Treat your boots with a conditioner before and after long treks to keep them supple and protected.

Trekking Poles

There are many benefits to using trekking poles. They significantly reduce the pressure strain on the opposite leg and allow you to lengthen your stride while protecting your knees. While the use of trekking poles is a personal decision, using them correctly is imperative.

The number one reason for complaints about trekking poles is that most people do not know how to use them. As a result, it is easy to believe there is no benefit to them or that they get in the way. Fortunately the proper technique is easy to pick up and can be mastered with a little practice. So how do you ensure you are getting the most from your poles?

  • Set the correct height: Stand up straight with your shoulders relaxed. Place the pole under your arm, then adjust it so the top of the pole is halfway between your armpit and your elbow. You will find that generally this height will work for the duration of your adventure.
  • Wrist straps: To get the maximum efficiency from your poles, you should place your hands through the loop, your thumb and forefinger forming a “U” or an “O” shape around the grip.
  • Terrain: Terrain impacts the way you will position your poles while trekking.


There’s not enough and there’s too much. So how do you know how to maintain optimum hydration while trekking? Adventurer, Lucas Trihey explains how you can achieve the perfect balance:

  • Dehydration seriously affects performance and if not rectified can lead to fatigue, heatstroke and tissue damage. Taking small sips of water before you become thirsty and adding electrolytes will assist in preventing dehydration.
  • To avoid water intoxication, don’t drink more than your thirst level indicates and remember that the maximum amount of water that your gastrointestinal tract can absorb is about 800 mls per hour.
  • The right fabrics and garments play an important role in keeping your body temperature and fluid balance right. Covering up with technical fabrics on hot days helps conserve your fluids and using wicking fabrics helps your body’s evaporative cooling mechanism.


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All the gear but no idea? How to find the right gear for your adventure

Preparing for the challenge of a lifetime can be a daunting prospect with so much to think about from fitness, travel arrangements, vaccinations, insurance to the crucial packing list. Ensuring you have the right equipment can be a bit of a minefield with advice coming from all different directions and in some cases conflicting. To help make the process easier we have devised some simple questions to bear in mind when planning what equipment to buy and pack.

What type of adventure are you going on?

The first thing to consider is the type of adventure you are undertaking and the terrain that is involved. Preparing for a trek is certainly not a case of one shoe fits all; it depends heavily on the type of trek and the individual. It can be tempting to buy lots of specialised equipment but careful research and planning can help to avoid spending money on unnecessary items.

Photo courtesy of our friends at Paddy Pallin
Hiking Boots, Resting on the Mountain Peak

What time of year will you be there?

Will it be the rainy season, dry season, cold, hot, is it at altitude or in the jungle? Preparing for wet weather is always important even if you are trekking in the summer or dry season. Having a rain cover for your backpack and a lightweight rain jacket is a good idea.

Try before you buy!

It might sound simple but making sure clothing and footwear fits well will have a big impact on your experience on the hike. When looking at buying footwear consider the socks you will be wearing. You may need to buy a slightly bigger size than usual. Give yourself time to try clothing and accessories like your daypack and water bladder too.

How much do you want to spend?

Buying the most expensive or well known brand can be tempting but shop around a little, try various brands and styles before making a final decision. This could save you money and there are often good but cheaper alternatives to the premium brands. This is particularly important when making the bigger purchases such as footwear and backpacks.

What is your personal preference?

This is particularly important when considering hiking footwear. Some people prefer to use walking poles, you might have an old injury that requires you to have particular footwear or equipment.

5 top picks for ALL adventures

  • Neck buffer – these can be worn in many different ways such as a headband, scarf or face protector. They are lightweight and will help protect you from both the sun and cold.
  • Good socks – comfortable, breathable fabric will help keep your feet comfortable even after trekking all those miles. Look for a material like wool or thermax that drys quickly. You don’t need a new pair for everyday of trekking you can always use a pair two or three times before washing. Just air them out at the end of each day.
  • Comfortable backpack – Make sure you try lots of variations of backpacks and that you get the right size for you. Consider how much you will need to carry so you can decide on the correct size. Ask an expert to fit the pack correctly for you and always get a back pack with waist straps to take the weight off your shoulders.
  • Sun block – No matter if you are hiking to Everest Base Camp or the El Camino in Spain, being outside all day for multiple days in a row exposes your face to all of the elements. Make sure you are constantly applying sun block on t=your face, and don’t forget your lips!
  • Camera – You will see some of the most breathtaking views and experience some of the most magical moments when you are on your adventure, don’t forget to capture them

One last thing…

Which footwear to choose is often a cause of contention between our adventurers.  Here we compare the two options that offer different benefits.

Hiking boots vs Trail shoes

When you hear the word hike or trek, what footwear automatically springs to mind? Probably big leather hiking boots with ankle support, right? Well nowadays there is far more choice and variation on hiking footwear available out there and it’s worth considering the different options.

Once again you will need to think about your specific hike and the terrain you will be covering in order to make an informed decision.

Trail shoes

Trail shoes are lighter, more flexible and cheaper to buy. They offer fairly good grip underfoot and will dry quicker if they get wet. They are often made from Gore-tex which means they are breathable as well as being waterproof (as long as water doesn’t creep in from above). Sounds good so far but what are the downsides? Trail shoes will not offer support around your ankle which is important when trekking on uneven and rocky terrain. They also leave your ankles exposed to insects and pesky tree roots that always seem to be waiting to trip you up!

Hiking boots

Having a solid boot with sturdy ankle support can help to prevent injuries such as sprained ankles or stubbed toes. They also have excellent grip that will stop you slipping over when it is wet underfoot or when trekking on uneven ground. When trekking at altitude or in colder climates, hiking boots will help to insulate your feet. A decent pair of hiking boots will last you a long time and take you over many miles of trekking terrain. They can however be heavy and stiff causing your legs to ache and they may slow you down. They can also take much longer to dry if they get wet and if you choose a leather pair they tend not to be breathable.

For more advice and tips on all things hiking gear, head down to see our friends at Paddy Pallin. They are experts in outdoor equipment and matching you to the right products for your adventure. And the best bit? When you sign up to an Inspired Adventure you receive 20% off everything in store!