Robert's summer essentials

Just what should be in your rucksac when you head out onto the hills this summer?

Here's what I carry...
All Year Round:

  • Waterproof top and trousers
  • Warm mid layer
  • Gloves (two pairs!)
  • Hat
  • Map, Compass
  • Whistle, Torch
  • Spare Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Group shelter
  • Food
  • Emergency chocolate
  • 600mL water (I add isotonic tablets which are very tasty and make sure that every drop of liquid is used to its best effect)
  • (Reading glasses to read the map!)

Plus in summer...

  • Another litre of water / Isotonic drink
  • Factor 50 sun lotion
  • Sun hat
  • Substitute emergency chocolate for flapjack (which doesn't melt in the sun!)
  • Spare isotonic tablets (in case I fill up from a beck).
  • Tick removal tool gets added to the first aid kit.