So what is wisepacking? Choosing the clothing, footwear and equipment to take with you for a day out, a weekend away, a week or a fortnight as a summer holiday. If you’re planning on a longer trip, then that’s fine by me, because the principles, products and techniques can be used on just about any length of trip. I may not have all of the answers, but if I don’t I’ll either say so or give pointers to where the information that’s required can be found.
What’s my background? Over a decade in the tailoring trade, nine seasons as an outdoor instructor, ten years working in outdoor/travel clothing, footwear and equipment shops and around 25 years as a writer on adventure travel, camping, climbing, cycling, hillwalking, rambling and travel for a variety of magazines and newspapers.
My name is Keith Rickaby and yes, I’m over 50, but I’m not over the hill just yet! At the risk of sounding like Troy McClure from The Simpsons, some might know me from magazines such as Adventure Travel, Camping, Climber, Country Walking, Cycling Plus, Lakeland Walker, Outdoor Pursuits, The Rambler, Rambling Today and YHA Triangle. If you blinked recently, you may also have seen the name on The Guardian’s website.
This blog will develop in the coming months and it will feature products, stories, suggestions and techniques. There may well be references to popular culture thrown in for good measure and some personal opinions too. I hope that you like what you see!