What to bring?

It can be risky if you don’t have the right equipment. Take the worry out of walking by reading through our checklist.

The Basics

  • Hiking Boots/Walking Shoes
  • Hiking Trousers (loose-fitting), never wear Jeans!
  • Lightweight Waterproof Coat
  • Waterproof Over-Trousers
  • Lightweight backpack (20L to 40L)
  • Warm hat (bring all year round)
  • Gloves (bring all year round)
  • Packed lunch and snacks
  • Hiking Socks (wool is best, bring a spare pair too)
  • Foldable Sitting Mat
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Money (for car sharing, food/beverages¬†afterwards, etc.)
  • Small First Aid Kit (emergency foil blanket, plasters, tick removal tool, bandages, antiseptic etc)
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Note: Avoid cotton, synthetic or wool is best.

Plus the following in…

Warm weather

  • Lightweight Fleece
  • Synthetic Sports/Hiking T-shirt
  • 1.5 Litres Water (min)
  • Sun Lotion
  • SunGlasses
  • Sun Hat/Cap

Cold weather

  • Medium to Heavy-weight fleece
  • Warm Baselayer Top (merino wool is best)
  • Warm Baselayer Trousers (merino wool is best, very cold only)
  • 1 Litre Water (min)


  • Walking Poles
  • Gaiters (helps keep your feet and lower legs dry in snow, wet grass and bogs)
  • Neck Gaiter/Buff (helps keep neck and face warm in winter)
  • Small Head-Torch, in case we return in darkness/low light (winter)
  • Small Flask for a hot drink



Those participating in these activities should be aware of the risks and accept the responsibility for their own actions and involvement. No responsibility can be accepted by NI Walking Photography Group, members, guests or coordinators of walks for any mishap, which may occur, during a meet.