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What I Took On The West Highland Way

Last week’s trip to the Scottish Highlands was my first ever trek – hiking long distances & camping at night. As I had no experience with trekking yet, I did a lot of research beforehand about what I should and shouldn’t bring. You’ll be carrying everything on your back all day so packing light is a must. I decided to go all out and invest in some new, good gear. In hindsight, I can say I did a good job packing. Every item I brought was functional and lightweight, and there’s only one thing that broke on me (more on that later). In case any of you are interested in trekking, I thought it would be nice to share a list of everything I packed in my backpack on my journey along the West Highland Way. Good to know: I went for 9 days in late August, with seven other people. Some of the stuff we brought was shared, such as cooking equipment and food, so I’m not going to list that here today. You might notice a lot of the stuff I bought is from the Decathlon store. I’m not sponsored by them (wish I was!), but I have a store close to me and they generally offer good quality for the price, so I ended up buying nearly everything there. Ok, let’s take a look at what I carried around Scotland!
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Back From Scotland

A big, warm hello to you, my lovely readers!

I’m BACK and for real this time. I got home from Scotland two days ago, and am only just starting to get my life back on track after spending a week in the wilderness of the Highlands. And what a wonderful week it’s been! Waking up every day with a view of Loch Lomond and the hills behind it is absolutely magical, and only having to worry about what you’re going to eat and where you’re going to sleep every day is strangely relaxing. I would expect it to be really stressful, but it’s actually super nice and feels very natural. I feel refreshed!

We walked from Milngavie to Inverarnan, which is approximately the first half of the West Highland Way. We set out with backpacks filled to the brim, no training, and no camping or hostel bookings, planning to set up camp wherever we found a suitable place to sleep. It was tough at some points, but the beautiful scenery made up for it all and I’m super proud of us for making it and actually enjoying it too, haha!

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