What you need to wear when out in the countryside varies according to where you are going, the weather and the type of activity you are doing. However there are some basic items which will help you make the most of your visit without ruining your clothes and, most importantly, will prevent you from getting too cold or wet. Return to the Planning Your Visit Page
Light waterproof jacket
If it’s likely to rain on your visit pack a light waterproof jacket to keep you dry. If it’s cold outside simply wear lots of layers underneath rather than one thick coat, that way if you get warm you can remove layers.
Old, dark clothing
The countryside can be muddy so wear dark and/or old clothes so as not to ruin your favourite items. Try to wear lighter fabrics rather than jeans as lighter fabrics dry more easily if you get caught in a rain shower.
The countryside can have uneven surfaces so good, solid footwear with grip on the soles will help keep you steady on your feet. You don’t need special expensive walking boots unless you are planning to walk long distances. A good pair of boots or trainers is fine. Although if you know the terrain is rough then ankle support is essential.
Nothing ruins a good walk in the country than bunched up socks which rub, a good pair of socks will keep your feet warm whilst protecting your heels, ankles and toes.
Warm fleece or jacket
A warm layer is essential to take with you, it does not have to get very cold for people to suffer from the cold, even if the coat stays in the rucksack all day it is better to have it than to regret forgetting it!