Tips for Getting Outdoors Ready

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Scotland has such beautiful natural scenery and we can't think of a better way to take advantage of it than to go camping or hiking. While you're out and about it is important to wear suitable footwear and clothes as we all know how changeable Scottish weather can be!

Here is a brief guide on choosing what to wear, with Young Scot discounts to help you get outdoor-ready.


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. Here are some tips to find the right ones for you:

  • 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 inside your boots so make sure they fit

When you've found the perfect pair, 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 uncomfortable to wear new boots for the first time, especially if it's a long hike.

Check out more advice on buying footwear from Millets and remember Young Scot cardholders can save 15% instore and online.



Pick a waterproof by deciding what you will mostly be wearing them for. For running you can get specially designed thinner jackets, whereas you may want a warmer one for everyday use. 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:

  • Waterproofing: there are different technologies of waterproofing for all kinds of conditions. First, consider your budget and the wet-weather conditions you're likely to experience. Then do your research online or ask for advice from the knowledgeable staff in your local outdoors store. Remember you don't have to buy anything to get great advice
  • 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. Sounds high-tech, but essentially it measures the amount of water vapour that can pass through the fabric, so if you're working up a sweat it can help you stay dry and cool

Read Blacks jacket guide, and use your Young Scot card to get 15% off in-store and online.

You can also watch a GO Outdoors expert's guide to picking a waterproof jacket, which goes into more detail about breathability and its importance in picking a jacket. The video highlights 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 take care and be cautious when out on the hills or walking. Preparation is key and never go out if you are unsure of the terrain or conditions. Your safety should always come first. With some research, preparation and the correct gear, you can enjoy Scotland’s scenery to the fullest!

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