Scottish Highlands Hiking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Official Papers

  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets


  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase
  • Rain cover or one large plastic trash bag for your pack
  • Daypack to carry your camera, water bottle, extra clothing
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money pouch

City Clothing

  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
  • Comfortable shoes

Clothing Accessories

  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Gaiters, short or knee high


  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants (zip-off legs are convenient)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts (synthetic, quick drying)
  • T-shirts (synthetic, quick drying)
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Casual socks
  • Swimsuit


  • Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable


  • Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread

Travel Accessories

  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • 2 one-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Small plastic lunch box
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Toilet kit: containing 1 roll toilet tissue, Ziploc bags, and hand sanitizer gel or Wet Ones
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent and/or headnet
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags
  • Large, heavy-duty plastic trash bags

Optional Field Gear

  • Camera, memory cards and spare batteries
  • Electronics/battery charger
  • Small binoculars
  • Thermos
  • Ear plugs / eye mask
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Favorite energy snacks and drinks
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Knee supports

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather and walking about town. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or blister remedies for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • The trails can be wet and muddy in places. Boots should waterproof to ensure your comfort.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • In northwest Scotland the weather can often include prolonged rains and a wide range of temperatures. When packing, ensure you take along enough clothes to have something dry and comfortable to change into in the evening (including shoes).