Tips for Getting Outdoors Ready

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Scotland has such beautiful natural scenery, what better way to take advantage of it than to go camping or hiking? To get you outdoor ready, Young Scot have a range of outdoor discounts you can use to get prepared.

It is important to always be wearing correct footwear and warm clothes while you’re out and about as we all know how changeable Scottish weather can be! Here is a brief guide of how you can choose what to wear for the outdoors.


Hiking Boots

It can be confusing looking at lots of different types of footwear, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to find decent walking boots. Some tips for trying to find the best ones:

  • Try on boots at the end of the day. Your feet normally swell a bit during the day and will be at their largest then so this will help you avoid buying boots that are too small.
  • Try them on with thick socks. This is what you’ll be wearing them with so make sure they fit with thick socks on.

Afterwards make sure you break the boots in around the house or on short walks before you take them out for a big trip. It can be painful to wear new boots the first time for a long time without breaking them in.

Cotswold Outdoor provides a free in store boot-fitting service which involves being accurately measured by one of our expertly trained members of staff as well as talking through your needs, helping you find the boot that is best for you. Remember to use your Young Scot card to get 15% off at Cotswold Outdoor.

Check out more advice on buying footwear here from Millets and Cotswold Outdoor.



Pick a waterproof by deciding what you will be primarily wearing them for. If you mostly wear your coat for running, then you can get specific thinner ones, whereas if you want one for warm everyday use that will be different. If you want a mix of both warmth and waterproofing, a three in one jacket combines two of the key layers: a waterproof outer jacket and an insulating mid-layer which can be removed if too hot.

The most important aspects of picking a jacket are:

  • Waterproof-  there are different technologies of waterproofing and there are many different options, so have a look around.
  • Comfort- make sure the jacket is a comfortable fit and will allow you to wear layers underneath when it is colder. 
  • Breathability- breathability can be measured in several different ways, the most common is by using a Moisture Vapour Transmission Rate (MVTR). This measures the amount of water vapour that can pass through a square meter fabric over a 24 hour period.

Read Blacks jacket guide, and and use your Young Scot card to get 15% off at Blacks.

Watch Go Outdoors guide to picking a waterproof jacket where an expert from Go Outdoors goes into more detail about breathability and its importance in picking a jacket. The video goes through different types of coatings for waterproof jackets as well. Check out our 10% discount at Go Outdoors.


Preparation, with map and compass

Remember to always exercise caution when out on the hills or walking, preparation is key and never go out if you are unsure of the terrain or conditions, safety is always key. With some research, preparation and the correct gear you can enjoy Scotland’s scenery to the fullest!

Follow these links to our discounts at a range of outdoor outlets including Snow and Rock,Cotswold Outdoor, Go OutdoorsMillets and Blacks.

Your Rewards points code is: 0FW710DQ.

Go to Young Scot Membership to redeem your points.