We provide hot drinks and water filtration systems on all of our Single Day Walks, but you will need to provide your personal clothing and gear including the items listed below. This is to ensure your trek is comfortable but most importantly, safe.

For a Single Day Trek you will need the following:


Packed lunch and snacks to keep you going through the day. We suggest a number of sandwiches, high energy snacks including slow release energy bars, chocolate bars and crisps. A trail mix of nuts and dried fruit is also worth considering. We will provide hot drinks, collapsible cups and the use of a Water-to-Go filtration bottle so you can drink directly and safely from mountain streams and lochs.

A light weight day trek sack: 

This should be a minimum capacity of 35 litres. Any reputable outdoor shop will be able to advise you on this. Crucially, it must have two shoulder straps, a waist belt and should be fitted to your back size. Ideally it should also have a rain cover.

Full set of water proofs: 

These should include a mountain jacket with a storm hood and water proof trousers that can preferably be put on without taking your boots off. It is crucial that your waterproofs are waterproof and windproof! Try them out in the shower to make sure!

Three season walking boots: 

Importantly these should be waterproof, support your ankle, and have a vibram sole with good grip on both rock and vegetation.Your boots should fit you correctly and be well worn in.

Hat and gloves: 

Mountain weather is notoriously fickle. Potentially one moment like a hot summer’s day, the next like midwinter. Make sure you pack hat and gloves that are warm, windproof and, if possible, waterproof. A light weight sun hat is also a good idea.

Base layer: 

Short sleeve wicking T shirt – Merino wool or synthetic material. Not cotton.

Mid layer: 

Long sleeve wicking T shirt – Merino wool or synthetic material. Not cotton.

Additional warm layer: 

Fleece or  lightweight duvet jacket.

Walking trousers: 

Preferably not cotton and definitely not jeans.

Walking socks: 

Carry a spare pair. Also consider a waterproof pair of SealSkins

Personal first aid kit: 

This is for your personal medication only. We will carry the rest – plasters, blister treatment, painkillers etc.

Optional Items

Personal Water Bottle or Hydration System:

At least one litre capacity, leak proof and durable. We will provide systems for treating water on the go if you prefer not to carry water.

Trekking poles: 

Guaranteed to take weight off your knees, give additional purchase and power going up hills, and provide balance on tricky descents.


Unless you are an avid photographer who needs a multitude of lenses, a lightweight compact would be the best choice. Remember…whatever you bring you have to carry!

Mobile phone: 

Only if you are desperate to maintain connection with the outside world.  However, be aware that many areas we trek in have no mobile signal coverage. On the plus side many mobiles can also double up as a camera.

Where can you buy the gear you need?

If you need to purchase gear before a trek, we can help advise and guide dependent on your requirements. We highly recommend Ultralight Outdoor Gear as an online ‘one-stop-shop’ for all equipment needs. If you are already in Aviemore or Braemar, we can recommend Cairngorm/Braemar Mountain Sports where the staff will help to ensure you are appropriately clothed for the conditions of the Cairngorms.