Walking tours are an absolutely wonderful way to see a new city, whether you’re visiting a domestic destination like New York City or Chicago, or a more exotic locale such as Rome or Paris. A walking tour lets you truly drink in the ambiance of the city, and get an up-close look at tourist destinations.
But walking tours involve a lot of… walking! You could easily walk over 10 miles during a standard guided walking tour, so you’ll need to be ready for some serious mileage. With these 5 simple tips from Devel Fitness, you can stay comfortable on your next walking tour.
- Wear The Right Shoes
First of all, you should make sure you wear proper footwear for a walking tour. You’ll want to opt for a cushioned, broken-in running/walking shoe, and you will want to avoid heeled shoes, open-toed shoes/sandals, sneakers, and most leather shoes/boots.
You’re going to be doing a lot of walking, so you want a lightweight, supportive shoe that will help you avoid blisters, and will keep you feeling great throughout the entire tour.
- Layer Up!
This is especially key if the weather is going to change during your tour. In October, for example, a tour in NYC could start at 8AM when it’s around 40 degrees, but temperatures could surge to the high 70s.
So make sure to check the weather forecast, and dress appropriately. Wear warm, thin layers so that you can add (and remove) layers as the weather heats up or cools down.
- Bring Water (And Snacks!)
If you’re on a guided walking tour, you’ll probably stop for lunch. But you should still make sure that you bring water and a few snacks, just in case. You don’t want to hold up your tour group or miss out on anything just because you have to pop into a convenience store for some food and drinks!
- Protect Your Eyes
It’s a good idea to bring a pair of sunglasses on your walking tour. You’ll be exposed to quite a bit of sun, and you’re going to get tired of squinting everywhere you go! Choose a comfortable, polarized pair that offers a high level of UV protection.
- Don’t Forget Sun Protection!
Bring lip balm, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. You’re going to be outside most of the time you’re walking, so you could get sunburned, even if you’re not visiting a city in the spring or summer.
Follow These Tips, And Enjoy Your Next Walking Tour!
Grab your trusty daypack, gather these items together, and get ready to have a wonderful time during your next walking tour. With these tips, you’ll stay comfortable and safe throughout your entire journey!
Interested in more tips? Check out the Devel Fitness Hiking & Travel section for more blog posts, and helpful travel advice! And don’t forget to take a look at our SuperBands – the most affordable, comprehensive, “go-anywhere” home gym solution on the market!