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Preparation is crucial for hiking, an expert claims

Posted by Greg Throughton

Keen motorhome users may have fitted their vehicle out with Comet caravan taps, but an expert has advised they should also make sure they have the correct gear for themselves if considering a hiking trip.

Mark Knowles, Walks Worldwide's product manager, claimed hiking holidays require more preparation than the average trip, as anything that goes wrong can have a serious impact on the trek.

Safety is the most important factor in this, Mr Knowles explained.

"If you are on a trekking holiday and you break a shoelace and don't have a replacement, it can cause severe problems," said the hiking expert.

He listed a number of items that he would consider essential for a trek, including waterproofs and a hat, trekking poles, water purifying tablets and comfortable boots.

Argyll Holidays recommends Lochgoilhead for caravanners planning on doing some hillwalking on their holiday due to the park's proximity to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.