How to pack for a hike

I’m going to the Dolomites for a week at the beginning of August and I plan to cover as many kilometers as my legs can handle. I’m not a mountaineer, but I like long walks. I like to pack little and keep it monotonous over the holidays, so I’ll bring multiple versions of the same things and then mix and match them accordingly. For me, holidays are all about escaping fashion altogether and embracing my inner little Girl Scout. With lots of SPF.

The Dolomites dominate Santa Maddalena in the Val di Funes © Alamy


Cloudrock Waterproof Shoes

Cloudrock waterproof shoes, £180

Cloudrock waterproof shoes, £180

I’m always looking for an excuse to buy new technical shoes and these waterproof, lightweight, trail running Cloudrocks from On Running seem like a good option, and have just the fashion to rock my hiking chic. Cloudrock waterproof shoes, £180, on-running.com


The 180 sports kit by Alex Eagle Sporting club

Alex Eagle Sporting Club Tennis Tee, £30

Alex Eagle Sporting Club Tennis Tee, £30

Alex Eagle Sporting Club The 180 Cycling Shorts, £150

Alex Eagle Sporting Club The 180 Cycling Shorts, £150

I like a capsule solution and Alex Eagle’s latest 180 club range is a brilliant set of simple, sporty essentials – cycling shorts, sports bra and bodysuit – that can be adapted to work in all sorts of situations vacation. She also makes a “hiking” T-shirt for those who take their walking wardrobe literally. And a cap to protect your face from the sun. alexeaglesportingclub.com


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Uvmune 400 Ultra Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Uvmune 400 Ultra Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50+, £18,
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Uvmune 400 Ultra Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50+, £18,

Walking, heat and perspiration often make my skin very sensitive to sunscreen. Anything too heavy just clogs my pores, fancy creams can irritate my complexion, and there’s nothing worse than trying to navigate an “expedition” with smears of application. morning dripping in the eyes. I’ve tried all sorts of different sunscreens, from bio type canisters to more toxic, once a day sprays. But I have never found one as effective as Anthelios Uvmune 400 Invisible Fluid from La Roche-Posay. The smaller bottle goes a lot further than expected, and there’s also a good tinted version that’s great for use on your face. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Uvmune 400 Ultra Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50+, £18, laroche-posay.fr


Carhartt WIP Toogood Sculptor Knee Brace

Carhartt WIP Toogood Kneepad Sculptor, £150

Carhartt WIP Toogood Kneepad Sculptor, £150

Toogood Studio’s summer collaboration with Carhartt WIP saw the designer reimagine the brand’s utilitarian pieces with a super loose twist. I’m obsessed with Carhartt Toffee, a rich, delicious shade of brown much copied elsewhere in the industry, but best when made by America’s workwear specialists. I will wear these canvas carver pants in the evening after a hard day on the hills. Carhartt WIP Toogood Knee Brace Sculptor, £150, carhartt-wip.com


James Perse Jersey Crew Neck T-Shirts

James Perse Jersey Crew Neck T-Shirt, £123

James Perse Jersey Crew Neck T-Shirt, £123

I stock up on these black Clear Jersey Crew t-shirts every summer because I live with them. They may seem extremely expensive for T-shirts, but based on cost per garment, I guarantee you’ll pay more than ten times for them. I get the men’s versions, which are made from fine supima cotton spun in Japan, and are large in size so that I don’t feel inhibited when walking in the heat. They wash and wear beautifully, mine are several years old at this point, and I wear them to everything from cocktail parties to mountain trails. The first thing that goes in the suitcase. James Perse jersey crew neck t-shirt, £123, jamesperse.com


Large Yeti bottle holder scarf

Large Yeti Bottle Carry Sling, £40
Large Yeti Bottle Carry Sling, £40

I hate having to wear anything while walking, it’s my husband’s duty, surely?! But I carry a water bottle because it’s important to stay hydrated. My favorite bottle is the Smythson X S’well bottle, which has a leather strap and holder so you can wear it around your body (why don’t more brands embrace the hands-free bottle?). But it’s been out of stock for ages, so I’d recommend this much cheaper and more convenient baby carrier from the Texas Yeti outerwear specialists instead. £40, en.yeti.com

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