But what outdoors/ hiking things deserve to go in there? Well here are my top five for starters, but do please add your own.
1. Lying tourist information leaflets
|I see no sea eagles|
2. Velcro on hoods
No, no, no, no, NO! It's nice to have a hood that packs away but it's not nice if the collar is covered with velcro. Look at me - I have a lot of hair. Admittedly I don't always wear a tiara when I hike (though it was for a good cause!) but that hair gets caught in velcro and throughout the hike the hairs on the back of my neck are removed one by one. It's like slow motion waxing. We often get offered jackets to try out and review and I always ask the same first question: "Did some sadistic so and so at the factory put velcro on the hood?" If the answer is yes then I either politely decline or offer to visit the designer armed with a pair of tweezers to help them understand how it feels.
3. Hot weather
|The only good thing about hot weather|
4. Boring brown hiking boots
|Beth & her boots of many colours|
I can hear you shouting at your screen and telling me what a disloyal Cumbrian I am, but I can't help it, I hate the stuff. As a kid people spoke in hushed tones of the energy giving powers of Kendal Mint Cake and it was always in our emergency ration packs on our Duke of Edinburgh's expeditions. I can clearly recall the day when, safely home, I tucked into my emergency rations and first encountered the sickly, grainy, sugary overdose. I can just about cope with it in tiny quantities if it's covered in dark chocolate but, other than that, not a chance. For the record, my hiking snacks of choice are maltloaf, eccles cakes and Solpadeine Max.
Disagree with my choices? Or have other things you'd put into Room 101? Tell me all about it! 😀