Midges – Have a midge head net and midge repellent stood by for dawn and dusk.
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Drink and hydration – You MUST drink regularly & ensure you eat salty food to absorb water. Use a Camelback/Platypus water container. Mix energy drinks containing sodium with water (trial these prior to your trek to make sure they agree with you) and ensure you set off with a minimum of 2 litres of water and top up regularly at the water stops along the way.
Dehydration symptoms – Feeling thirsty, not going to the loo, dark coloured pee and minor headaches, cramp, low performance.
Waterproof – Jackets must have an attachable hood. Waterproof your dry clothing and essentials within your rucksack – a thick bin bag is better than nothing (rain is possible!).
Blisters – If you feel a potential blister forming (rubbing or a hotspot), stop and deal with it there and then. Do NOT try to ignore it and do NOT hope it will go away on its own.
Temperature – use a layering system of clothing to help maintain a constant body temperature and prevent your body from sweating excessively. Add and remove layers accordingly.