KIT ME OUT FOR... SUMMER WALKING

If you're heading out in hot weather, don't forget to prepare wisely. Here's out run down of the best products out there for summer days in the hills...

A MID LAYER
A thin layer worn over your T-shirt will keep the chill off, and sleeveless tops allow your arms to breathe. Pictured: Patagonia Nano Puff Vest £110

B TROUSERS
If it isn't warm enough for shorts, a thin pair of windproof trousers will stop your legs getting cold. Pictured: Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo £50

 C 2-3 SEASON BOOTS
Heavy, rigid boots aren’t as crucial in summer as they are in winter. Look for a light and breathable pair. Pictured: Mammut High Pro GTX £170

D SUNSCREEN
Water-resistent cream that only needs to be applied once a day is perfect for sunny summer walks. Pictured: Riemann P20 £13.29 (100ml)

E 20-25L RUCKSACK
Less kit means a smaller, lighter bag. Make sure it's comfy, though. Pictured: SalomonS-Lab X Alp 20 £82

F WATER BOTTLE
On really hot days you'll need to drink plenty of fluids. Go for a solid, reliable bottle that's easy to refill on the move. Pictured: CamelBak Eddy 0.75L £16

G SHORTS
If you like getting your legs out, a pair of windproof shorts with zipped pockets is a toppurchase. Pictured: The North Face Speedlight £60  

H THIN GLOVES
You should always carry waterproof gloves, but a second thinner pair is ideal for cool, dry days. Pictured: The North Face Etip gloves £30

I LIP BALM
Your lips need sun protection too! Pictured: Lifesystems Sun Stick £3

J SUMMER SOCKS
Thin socks that remove moisture will help combat blisters.
Pictured: Wigwam Merino Lite Hiker £19

K LIGHTWEIGHT WATERPROOFS
Waterproofs are still vital bits of kit in summer, but use lighter versions that pack down to a small size. Pictured: Berghaus Light Trek Hydroshell £170; Montane Minimus Pants£100

L WINDPROOF JACKET
If don’t want to sweat inside a waterproof jacket, a lightweight, windproof soft shell is perfect.
Pictured: Mountain Hardwear Super Chockstone £100

M SUNGLASSES
Durable, bendy shades with effective vents are a great addition to your pack.
Pictured: Julbo Tensing £45

N HAY FEVER TABLETS
If you suffer from hay fever, these are a no-brainer on outdoor adventures.

O BEANIE HAT
When summit temperatures plummet, you need something to stop the heat escaping from your head. Pictured: Salewa Fast Wick Beanie £25

P MIDGE HAT
It looks daft, but you’ll be glad you have it if the little critters attack. Pictured: Lifesystems Head Net Hat £10

Q TICK TOOL
If a tick starts burrowing into you or your pet, it's vital to remove it correctly. We recommend a lasso-style tool.   Pictured: Trix Tick Lasso £8

R INSECT REPELLANT
You might be spotting a common theme here – there are lots of bugs that like to bite you in summer. Pictured: PreVent Natural Insect Repellent £4

S BASE LAYER
Short-sleeved base layers made from fast-drying, odour-resistent materials are excellent for summer. Pictured: Icebreaker Short Sleeve Crew £55