Plenty to drink
You might get thirsty whilst out, especially if you are moving around a lot. Make sure you take enough water for your visit. Make sure you take your rubbish home with you!
Even if you're not planning to spend a long time out and about it's a good idea to take a snack, such as cereal bars or fruit with you. For a longer visit why not take a picnic? If you are out on our Teifi Reserves you could even pick up a picnic and explorer pack from the Welsh Wildlife Centre.
An OS map is a detailed map which is very helpful when visiting the countryside, maps of our reserves are available from the reserves page - if you enter into the county that you intend to visit and select the reserve you will see a pop up on the map, at the bottom of the text detail is a PDF download which will have a map of the reserve.
A mobile phone is useful in case of emergencies, particularly if you're going out alone. For peace and quiet, simply put your phone on silent. Our countryside can have poor reception so tell somebody where you are going and what time you plan to return.
Compass and whistle
If you are heading into more wild country it is a good idea to take a compass and whistle, a compass can help you locate your position and aid in your walk, a whistle can assist if you have an accident or are otherwise immobilised - three blasts on the whistle every minute is the recognised SOS signal.
Plastic bag with spare socks
If you are going on a particularly long walk it is a good idea to take a plastic bag with some spare items in it, just in case you get wet. It may not save your life but it will make the walk a lot more pleasant if you do get drenched.
If you're travelling by public transport be sure to find out the return bus and train times, especially the last one of the day.
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