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Riding kit - What to take on holiday

Check with your riding holiday company for specific items that you might need to take with you. Think about the following:
  • Riding Hat: If possible, take your own or buy one for your trip. Your head is worth it! See the hat page for detailed advice.
  • Riding Trousers: If you have riding trousers, jodhpurs or breeches great. If not, tracksuit bottoms or sweat pants make a good alternative. Avoid jeans as the thick inside leg seam makes them uncomfortable and they do not dry quickly.
  • Long sleeve tops: Lightweight long sleeve tops are invaluable even in hot countries. It's best to cover up, from the sun and from scratches from branches and undergrowth. In cold countries, long sleeve under garments will help you keep warm
  • Footwear: The correct footwear is important for riding and not every shoe or boot will do. Avoid walking boots, Wellingtons or anything with a deep tread as this can get caught in the stirrup in the event of a fall. Ideally, the boot or shoe should have a small wide heal. Invest in specific riding boots if you can. Short boots and half chaps are ideal for hot countries while long boots are warmer for cold climates. If there are any river crossings involved, you can't beat a long rubber boot and the same goes if you're expecting a lot of rain.

  • Insurance documents: It's important to make sure you are insured for all the activities of your riding holiday. See the insurance page for detailed advice.
  • Insect repellent: If the area is tropical or if mosquitoes are a known problem, make sure you get a formulation including DEET. Where flies are a problem, also consider a mosquito head net to wear over your riding hat to protect your face.
  • Suncream: With a high SPF plus block for nose and lips
  • Riding gloves: Two pairs in case one gets wet
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm sweater
  • Second skin plasters for chaffing
  • Ear plugs: Particularly useful in shared accommodation
  • Thermals: For colder climates, long johns and thermal vests make long days in the saddle more comfortable.
  • Sensible underwear: Forget thongs and mini briefs! Dress for comfort. Girls, pack a few supportive sports bras without wires.
  • Dry soap: Especially useful when camping
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