I’m heading to the Dolomites for a week in early August and plan to get in as many miles as my legs will endure. I’m no moutaineer, but I like a long walk. I like to pack little and keep it monotone on holiday so I’ll bring multiple versions of the same things and then mix and match accordingly. For me, holidays are all about escaping fashion altogether and embracing my inner girl scout. With lots of SPF. 

The Dolomites loom over Santa Maddalena in the Val di Funes
The Dolomites loom over Santa Maddalena in the Val di Funes © Alamy

Cloudrock waterproof shoes

Cloudrock waterproof shoes, £180
Cloudrock waterproof shoes, £180

I’m always looking for an excuse to buy new technical footwear and these waterproof, lightweight, trail-running Cloudrocks by On Running look like a good option, and have just the requisite fashionability to rock my hiking chic. Cloudrock waterproof shoes, £180, on-running.com


The 180 sporting kit by Alex Eagle Sporting club 

Alex Eagle Sporting Club Tennis T-shirt, £30
Alex Eagle Sporting Club Tennis T-shirt, £30
Alex Eagle Sporting Club The 180 cycling shorts, £150
Alex Eagle Sporting Club The 180 cycling shorts, £150

I love a capsule solution and Alex Eagle’s latest 180 club range is a brilliant set of simple, sporty essentials – cycling shorts, sports bra and bodysuit – that can be adapted to work in all sorts of vacation situations. She also does a “hiking” T-shirt for those who take their walking wardrobes literally. And a cap to protect your face from the sun. alexeaglesportingclub.com


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Uvmune 400 Ultra Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Uvmune 400 Ultra Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50+, £18,
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Uvmune 400 Ultra Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50+, £18,

Walking and heat and sweat mean that my skin is often very sensitive to sunscreens. Anything too heavy just clogs my pores up, luxury creams can irritate my complexion, and there’s nothing worse than trying to navigate an “expedition” with smears of that morning’s application dripping in your eyes. I’ve tried all sorts of different sun-protection, from the organic to the more toxic, one-spray-per-day type cans. But I’ve never found any as effective as Anthelios Uvmune 400 Invisible Fluid by La Roche-Posay. The tiny bottle goes a long way further than expected, and there’s also a good, tinted version which is great for using on your face. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Uvmune 400 Ultra Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50+, £18, laroche-posay.co.uk


Carhartt WIP Toogood Sculptor Knee Pant

Carhartt WIP Toogood Sculptor Knee Pant, £150
Carhartt WIP Toogood Sculptor Knee Pant, £150

Toogood Studio’s summer collaboration with Carhartt WIP has seen the designer reinvent the brand’s utilitarian pieces with a super, loose-fit twist. I’m obsessed with Carhartt caramel, a rich and delicious shade of brown much copied elsewhere in the industry but best when done by the US workwear specialists. I’ll wear these canvas sculptor trousers in the evening after a hard day on the hills. Carhartt WIP Toogood Sculptor Knee Pant, £150, carhartt-wip.com


James Perse Jersey Crew T-shirts

James Perse Jersey Crew T-shirt, £123
James Perse Jersey Crew T-shirt, £123

I stock up on these black Clear Jersey Crew T-shirts each summer because I live in them. They may seem bitingly expensive for T-shirts, but based on a cost-per-wear basis I guarantee you’ll more than ten times pay them off. I get the men’s versions, made in a fine, supima cotton that is spun in Japan, and in a large size so that I don’t feel inhibited when I’m walking in the heat. They wash and wear beautifully; mine are several years old at this point, and I wear them to everything from cocktail dinners to mountain paths. The first thing that goes in the suitcase. James Perse Jersey Crew T-shirt, £123, jamesperse.com


Yeti large bottle carry sling

Yeti large bottle carry sling, £40
Yeti large bottle carry sling, £40

I hate having to carry anything while walking, that’s my husband’s duty, surely?! But I do carry a water bottle because it’s important to stay hydrated folks. My favourite bottle is the Smythson X S’well bottle, which has a leather strap and holder so you can sling it round your body (why don’t more brands embrace the hands-free bottle?). But it’s been out of stock for ages, so I’ll recommend this far cheaper and more practical carrier by Texas outerwear specialists Yeti instead. £40, uk.yeti.com

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