Although the walk takes place in the late summer season, the weather can be unpredictable. When planning what clothing to pack, think lightweight. You should plan 3-4 pairs of comfortable, active wear clothing that have been tried and tested before you pack it for the Walk.
Active sportswear tops that cover your back and shoulders are recommended. Although cotton fabric is effective and cooling in hot weather, it tends to stay wet and can lead to chafing. A better base layer is a polyester-based synthetic, which absorbs very little moisture. It is superlight, fast-drying, breathable and often UV resistant. Avoid tank tops in hot weather, as you are at a higher risk of sunburn and your day pack might cause chafing.
A lightweight poncho or rainproof jacket with hood is a necessary piece of clothing that will help you keep warm from the rain and the wind. A buff or scarf is useful to protect your ears from a chilly wind or absorb sweat from your brow.
A sunhat with a broad rim is essential for any walk. If it can be tied around your chin or pulled tight around your head, so much better for the pesky wind that might try to blow it off during your walk.
Take two extra pairs of socks per day, to carry in your back pack during your walk. Should your feet get wet or suffer from excessive sweating, you can change your socks during the walk and prevent hot spots and blisters from forming.
Good hiking clothes make for a comfortable walk.
During the L2L Ladies Walk, each woman is required to carry a day backpack with enough capacity to hold the following:
- 3 litres of water
- Snack packs and lunch
- Lightweight rain jacket or poncho
- 2 extra pairs of socks
- Emergency first aid kit (including personal medicine)
- One roll of toilet paper
- Waterproof ziplock bags for cellphone/camera/extra battery pack
- Sharong or light towel to sit on during breaks
A 25-35 litre day pack is recommended for the walk. Additional features to consider are:
- padded compression straps to adjust the bag to your size and shape
- an enforced back to prevent chafing and lessen pressure on the lower back
- an adjustable waste band to secure the pack and distribute the weight evenly
- compatibility with a hydration pack to add a water bladder should one prefer
- a rain cover sheet to prevent the bag from getting wet in the rain
- good sized side pockets to carry additional bottles water
- 2 or more compartments to pack additional clothing, first aid kit toilet paper, sun screen and food separately
- Easy to reach compartments and zip lock pockets to store sunglasses, camera, cellphone and an additional battery pack
The main problems that walkers have experienced during a L2L Ladies Walk have been sore feet, blisters, dehydration and diarrhoea. The following list serves as a general guideline of what to pack in your first aid bag. Each walker is responsible for her own well-being and health during the walk, so any personal medical requirements or medicine should also be considered and planned for when preparing your First Aid bag.
A general list of first aid medication to pack includes:
- Bandages & gauze (4 rolls)
- Waterproof plasters (pack of 20)
- Blister plasters
- Pain killers (10 tablets)
- Anti-inflammatories (10 tablets)
- Anti-septic cream (1 tube)
- Diarrhoea tablets (20)
- Hydro-cortisone cream for skin rashes & inflammation (1 tube)
- Burn shield (small tube)
- Microspore tape
- Anti-histamine tablets (10) non-drowsy
- Nausea tablets (10)
- Sting & bite ointment (1 tube)
- Anti-inflammatory patches (5)
- Mosquito repellent
- Eye drops
- Powder for feet and socks
- Vaseline or anti-chafing cream (lubricant)
- Rehydrate sachets (16)
- Personal medication
Make sure to pack your medicine in a waterproof bag to protect it from water damage. Additional ziplock bags are also handy to pack a small daily first aid kit for each day’s walk.
It is strongly recommended that each walker is familiar with the first aid medication she plans to take on the walk and that each type of medication has been carefully studied for possible side-effects before, during and after exercise, such as on the Walk.