Essential Gear for City Walking Tours

Essential Gear for City Walking Tours

What to wear on a city walking tour?

Essential gear for city walking tour What should you wear and take and what should you not wear or take on a walking tour of oxford the university weather you on a tour of the university a city sight seeing tour or a harry potter tour this guide will tell you you need and what you do not need to bring. 

Lets look at what to take and what not to take on a guided city tour

What do we we take and wear on a guided tour

things you should takeon city tour
  1. Comfortable Walking Shoes: Opt for sturdy, well-cushioned shoes that can handle long hours of walking on various terrains.

  2. Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Dress in layers for versatility, and consider materials that are breathable and quick-drying. Always check the weather forecast before heading out.

  3. Water Bottle: Stay hydrated, especially on longer tours. A reusable water bottle is both eco-friendly and convenient.

  4. Sun Protection: Bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen, especially for tours in sunny weather, to protect against UV rays.

  5. Compact Umbrella or Raincoat: Be prepared for unexpected rain showers to stay comfortable and dry.

  6. Small Backpack or Crossbody Bag: Choose a lightweight bag to carry essentials without adding too much burden.

  7. Portable Phone Charger: Keep your phone charged for taking photos, using maps, or in case of emergency.

What not to take on a city tour

Things you should consider leaving behind on a guided walk

Things you should leave behind on a tour
  1. Heavy Luggage: Avoid bringing large bags or suitcases which are cumbersome to carry and can be a hassle in crowded areas.

  2. Valuables and Expensive Jewelry: Minimize the risk of loss or theft by leaving valuable items at your accommodation.

  3. Inappropriate Footwear: High heels, flip-flops, or new shoes that haven’t been broken in can cause discomfort.

  4. Large Amounts of Cash: Carry only what you need for the day to reduce the risk of theft.

  5. Non-Essential Electronics: Extra gadgets can weigh you down and distract from the tour experience.

  6. Alcohol: It’s best to stay sober to fully enjoy the tour and remain alert.

  7. Bulky Cameras: Unless you’re a professional photographer, a smartphone camera is usually sufficient and more practical.

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Essential gear for city walking tour Conclusion

The list contains some things you should and should not bring when you join a walking tour its not extensive and common sense should always be applied on all tours 

The weather in Oxford as well as London is very unpredictable at times you should always dress to the conditions and check local weather updates.  Do not be shy you can always call ahead and ask your guide –  tour operator what the weather is going to be like they are in the best position to advise you.. 

If your on a tour in London Or Oxford comfortable shoes is a must  The UK has some old cobbled streets and can be quite difficult to walk on in high heels you do not want to be twisting an ankle half way around a tour. 

Must have Items:

  • Camera Umbrella 
  • Sun cream depending on time of year  
  • Something to Eat / Drink 
  • Phone / Camera for those all important pictures. remember if you don’t have pictures it did not happen.
  • Small amount of cash should you wish to tip your guide at the end of the tour
  • More importantly a sense of wounder