Walking the South West Coast Path - Getting Equipped
Once I had decided on my 30 mile challenge, I then started researching and buying the things I will need for my time on the path. I love having a project to plan and buy for, as you can probably tell from this photo! I used to do lots of walking as a child as it was my Dad's favourite past time. Growing up all our holidays were all to do with getting back to nature with camping and walking. I;m looking forward to getting back into this. Below I have itemised the things that I have been buying:
Softshell Jacket - from Regatta Outlet
2 x Full Zip Fleece Jackets - one from Decathlon and the other, Regatta.
2 x Half Zip Micro fleeces - from Regatta
Walking Boots - Berghaus Fellwalker Gore-Tex from M&M Direct online
2 x Sports Bras - from Matalan
Daypack - Berghaus Freeflow 25 Backpack from Amazon
Pack a Mac - from Decathlon
Buff and Gloves - from Decathlon
Waterproof Trousers - Peter Storm from Millets
Walking Socks - Merino Wool from Decathlon
Sports Tops - from Primark, Decathlon and Mountain Warehouse
Walking Trousers - Craghoppers Walking Trousers Navy and Trespass Walking Trousers Black
Dog Coat - Equafleece Dog Suit for Dottie
Dog Harness - Ruffwear Flagline Harness in Teal
Gaiters - from Magic Mountain Trekmates Cairngorm Gaiters in Teal
Trekking Pole - Eurohike Trekking Pole from Millets
P R A C T I C A L
One thing I worry the most about going out on the path is the risk of falls or injury. I fell walking at Kynance Cove a few years ago and I slipped, went skidding down on my bum with my leg bent right back under me and I took the top layers of skin off the top of my foot and leg. I swelled up, went black and blue and the pain up my leg and the noise, I honestly thought I had broken it and that I was going to have to be whisked away by air ambulance! Luckily, it wasn't broken and with the help of my friend that was with me, I was able to get up and hobble. All I can say is thank goodness for cruise control for the long journey home. The main thing I learnt from that experience is that it happened because I wasn't prepared. I was wearing completely the wrong footwear and I had no first aid items on me as they were left in the car. My friend had to walk back to get the first aid kit while I had passers by offering me help and painkillers. It was sickening though, watching girls walk past in their flip flops unscathed as at least I was wearing a shoe just not the right kind. I'm hoping that I have covered all bases but maybe I should add distress flares just in case!
Survival Bag - from Mountain Warehouse (I hope I won't need this but if I don't have it then you can guarantee that I'll need it.)
Head Torch - from Decathlon
Microfibre Towel - from Mountain Warehouse. Perfect for drying feet from paddling or the dog!
Whistle, Compass and Thermometer - from Mountain Warehouse.
Waterproof Pouches - from Mountain Warehouse for maps, phones etc.
Maps and Guide Books - from Amazon and National Trust
Power Bank - from Decathlon. I plan to document a lot of my journey on my Instagram account, which had be very thirsty on the phone's battery so this is essential!
First Aid Kit - from Amazon. Including bandages, ice pack and emergency blanket.
Hydration Pack - from Amazon. I've not used one before but it'll be great to have access to drink straight away when I need it without the need to take my backpack off my back to access bottles of drink. It also should help me to ensure I keep my fluids up, something I'm notoriously bad at.
Additional First Aid Items - Plasters and Self Adhesive Dressing Pads from Wilko.
Kendal Mint Cake - from Mountain Warehouse.
Antiseptic and Sting Cream - from Wilko. Believe it or not, I actually got stung by a wasp in November as I was walking along above Porthminster Beach! If I had gone away in summer, bite and sting cream would have been essential to my first aid kit but I didn't think it would be needed in November! So I'm going prepared this time!
Blister Plasters - from Mountain Warehouse
Spare Rubber Ferrules - from Mountain Warehouse for my trekking pole.
Spare Boot Laces - from Mountain Warehouse
Boot Bag - from Decathlon
Banana Bag - from Amazon for protecting my banana on its travels!
Disclaimer - I have not worked with any brands whilst planning this trip and all items have been paid for by myself.