Getting ready for a guided walking tour? It’s easy to feel daunted by the seemingly endless list of travel gear available. And while some people find a pre-trip shopping spree to be fun, for others it can be a source of anxiety. We’re here to help—with a little forethought and knowledge that could save you some cash… and some luggage space.
Of course, we know there are plenty of hikers who prefer to travel with their own personal gear. Don’t let us stop you! But if you’d rather save some time, energy, and money, here’s a helpful list of what you won’t need to purchase before you hit the trail.
- Walking poles. Country Walkers distributes light-weight telescopic walking poles to guests upon arrival. You can adjust them to your height and comfort level, and you’ll appreciate their easy-grip handles. They can be indispensable when you need that additional support on unfamiliar terrain.
- Snacks for the road. Each morning, we make sure you’re well-stocked with high-octane snacks. Whether you’re nibbling on locally grown fruits, treats prepared by your innkeeper, or protein bars from a nearby grocer, we’ll keep you energized. And we often arrange stops along the trail for a tasty pick-me-up.
- Destination guide books. If you want to pack a little lighter, leave the heavy books at home. Your Country Walkers guides are local to your destination, so they know the ins and outs of the area intimately. They’ll be happy to point you toward remarkable sites that aren’t in the books.
- Maps. On a Country Walkers tour, you’ll receive user-friendly maps and detailed route notes that include plenty of pointers and destination insights. You’ll never have to wrestle with a cumbersome fold-out map!
- Restaurant guides. You’ll have plenty of local restaurant recommendations at your fingertips, from pubs and delis to fine dining. On a Country Walkers Guided Tour, your guide will point out their favorites spots to eat or grab a take-away lunch. If you’re on a Country Walkers Self-Guided Tour, you’ll receive tips in your trip materials, and your local hosts won’t be shy about reserving a table for you at their favorite local eatery.
- Fancy clothes. When you travel with us, you’ll be in the company of genuine like-minded walkers who like to keep things simple. Unless you’re planning to enjoy a meal on your own at an exclusive restaurant, plan to pack casual, everyday clothing. You’ll be quite comfortable during all of our planned activities and meals.
- Brand new walking shoes. If you plan to buy new shoes or boots specifically for your trip, be sure you break them in well before you depart. Believe us … you don’t want to contend with the discomfort of breaking in a new pair of shoes while you’re trying to savor the journey.