Going on a walking tour can be an exciting way to explore a new city and learn some amazing historical facts on a trip. Or maybe you want to feel like a tourist in the city you live in and see it from a new perspective. But it’s important to come prepared, because having the right items can make or break a successful walking tour experience. Here are some things you definitely want to bring with you:
1. Comfortable shoes
Walking for extended periods of time can take a toll on your feet, so make sure you wear shoes that won’t give you blisters or discomfort. Of course you want to wear something stylish for pictures, but function should be the priority. Avoid heavy boots or high heels if possible, but rather opt for a pair of shoes you can comfortably be on your feet in for a few hours.
2. Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is key to having an energetic and positive experience. Always remember to bring a water bottle to stay refreshed during your tour. You may only be out for a short walk or for a few hours, so make sure you have enough water to last. You don’t want to be weighed down too much, so try to find a water bottle that’s compact but can hold enough liquid for your needs.
3. Travel Battery Pack
With all the pictures and videos you’ll want to take and send, your phone battery may drain quickly. And since your phone is also your map these days it’s all the more important to make sure you have enough charge to see where you are. Bring a travel battery pack to recharge your phone so you never miss a moment or get lost!
4. Map or Guidebook
Even if your tour is guided, it’s always good to have a physical map or guidebook on hand in case you get separated from the group or want to do some exploring on your own. It also never hurts to have backup directions and information about what you’re seeing, especially in an unfamiliar city.
Depending on the weather, it’s always a good idea to bring sunscreen with you. You don’t want to end up with a sunburn during your tour, and some cities can get pretty hot! Don’t be caught off guard and end up with a painful sunburn. You may also want to consider a brimmed hat and sunglasses to further help protect yourself from UV rays, retain your vision and bring a little extra style to your ensemble.
6. An Umbrella
While you may check the forecast before leaving, weather can always be unpredictable. It’s always better to come prepared in case of rain or unexpected showers. Plus, a compact umbrella won’t take up too much room in your bag, so there’s no excuse not to bring it. Don’t get caught in the rain without a protective umbrella!
Walking for extended periods of time can work up an appetite. Bring some light snacks with you to keep yourself fueled during your tour. Some good options are granola bars, trail mix, or fruit- Something light to hold you over until your next big meal.
Don’t forget to bring a way to document your tour and all the amazing sights you’ll see. While your phone is an obvious choice, disposable or polaroid style cameras can be a fun alternative to make your tour special. Capture memories to share later or keep them as mementos of your amazing experience.
9. A Small Bag or Backpack
A small bag or backpack is convenient to carry all the items listed above, as well as any personal belongings you may need during your tour. Crossbody straps are trendy right now and also make it easier to keep your hands free while walking, but classic backpacks are always a solid choice.
You never know when you may want to purchase something during the tour, and if it’s a city you’re unfamiliar with, it’s good to have cash on hand in case some places don’t accept credit cards. Usually it’s the small, unique stores that have things that catch your eye, so make sure to be prepared in case you want a souvenir!
Going on a walking tour can be a fun and unique way to explore a city, but it’s important to come prepared. With these essential items, you’ll have the best experience possible and make the most of your tour!
And don’t forget, perhaps the most important thing to bring on any tour, or any journey for that matter, is a positive attitude and willingness to learn and explore. Keeping an open mind will make your experience even more enjoyable and memorable. So don’t forget to bring your good vibes and excitement for the adventure ahead! Happy exploring!