Whenever we venture into the great outdoors - whether for a day's hiking or other activities - being prepared for any eventuality is vital, especially in changeable winter conditions.
Outdoor experts Terra Nova Equipment recommend a 'bothy bag' as a great piece of kit to keep in your rucksack for protection from the elements during a planned lunchtime stop or in an emergency.
Terra Nova Equipment director, Carolyn Budding explained: "Used by mountain leaders, rescue organisations, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts all over the world, these indispensable lightweight shelters can be easily stored for peace of mind whether you're in the outdoors alone or as group.
Simply put, a bothy bag is a large rectangular box shape of fabric, allowing a group of people to quickly get under and take cover from the elements. These shelters can quickly warm up with shared body heat, creating a micro-climate inside the simple structure."
It can also save lives in the event of someone being injured, providing necessary shelter to keep them warm and dry whilst waiting for help. The bothy bag is a real must for those involved in river sports such as canoeing and kayaking, also hikers, climbers and other mountain activities.
Terra Nova bothy bags come in a range of sizes from 2 to 20-person and feature waterproof seating, clear windows for great visibility, mesh vents and roof 'sockets' which can house walking poles for additional support.
When selecting a bothy bag it is worth looking for the following features: well made (so that the stitching doesn't come loose or suffer fabric tears in the wind), waterproof, high quality wind-protective fabric, ventilation considerations, lightweight, small pack size, quick and simple to use and pack away.
The four-person Terra Nova Bothy 4 is available in red from leading outdoor retailers at £45. Visitwww.terra-nova.co.uk for more information and details of your nearest stockist.