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What to Pack for a Cotswolds Adventure

The following packing list contains general recommendations for a Cotswolds adventure. If you are currently booked on The Cotswolds: Exploring English Nature please consult your pre-departure materials for the most up-to-date packing list for your trip. You will receive these pre-departure materials 60–90 days before your departure.

Items indicated in color below are typically available in the Nat Hab Gear Store. Please note that due to global supply chain issues beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that every item will always be in stock.z

Clothing

  • Lightweight, breathable, waterproof rain gear
    —You will need both a waterproof jacket with a hood and waterproof pants (Gore-Tex fabric or similar is highly recommended). It is extremely important that your rain gear be fully waterproof, not just water-repellent, as it can rain frequently and quite heavily in the areas we will be visiting. Plastic ponchos are not recommended as they will not provide sufficient protection from the elements.
    —Weather during the adventure can be highly unpredictable. You should bring extra layers with you every day so that you can stay comfortable while participating in our outdoor activities. Remember that in the UK, rain is always a possibility!
  • Waterproof hiking boots (with ankle support and broken in to prevent blisters)
  • Warm hat and gloves 
    —If you are particularly sensitive to cold or are on a fall departure. This is not necessary in the summer months.
  • Lightweight neck gaiter (included in your pre-departure package)
    —Provides sun, wind and/or dust protection.
  • Warm fleece or jacket 
    —Several pairs of socks made of wool or synthetic material. Cotton socks are not recommended for hikes.
  • 2-3 pairs of long pants (or nylon, zip-off pants)
  • 2 pairs of shorts (you may not need extra shorts if you are bringing zip-off pants)
  • 2–3 short-sleeved and 2-3 long-sleeved shirts 
  • 1–2 dressier outfits (optional)
    —You may feel more comfortable at dinners and walking around towns in slightly dressier clothing.
  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Extra pair of walking shoes. Tennis shoes are fine, or these could be casual shoes that you wear with any dressier clothing you choose to bring.
  • Sun hat with brim and strap 

Additional Items

  • Cash
    —For discretionary gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation).
    —For personal spending (souvenirs or food and beverages not included in your trip fee).
  • Binoculars
    —A good quality pair of binoculars will definitely enhance your wildlife-viewing experience, and you will get the most out of them if you practice using them at home and make a habit of having them with you regularly on the adventure. Waterproof binoculars work well but are not required.
  • Sunglasses with U.V. filter
  • Headlamp or small flashlight (if you are sharing a room with another guest)
  • Reusable water bottle (included in your pre-trip package)
    —In our continuing effort to operate our adventures with as little impact on the environment as possible, you will receive a reusable water bottle (unless you opted out on your Booking Form) to take with you on your adventure. We will provide drinking water throughout the adventure for you to refill your bottle. By doing this, you will avoid using multiple disposable plastic bottles.
  • Water-resistant daypack (to carry camera gear and
    other equipment during outings) 
  • Outlet adapter and/or power converter 
  • Hairdryer (optional, available at all accommodations)
  • Earplugs
  • Toiletries in reusable bottles to minimize waste
    —Shampoo, soap and sometimes lotion are provided at all accommodations
  • Sunscreen & lip balm (at least SPF30)
  • Prescription medications & favorite remedies
    —For headaches, colds, upset stomach, skin irritations, etc.
  • Prescription glasses/contact lenses
  • Reusable waterproof bags 
    —Bring several sizes.
    —These are great for wet or dirty clothing and for protecting camera equipment.
  • Hiking poles (optional) 
    —Some of our hikes take place in hilly, uneven terrain, and poles can provide additional stability and assistance on inclines.
    —If you are bringing hiking poles, they must be able to fit in your check-in luggage, as you generally will not be allowed to carry them on the plane.
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