Giveaways are like busses. Not a sign of one for ages…   well you know how the saying goes. Following on from my BlogStock festival ticket bonanza, here’s number two of my summer giveaways.

What do you take with you hiking?

While I may live in a town I feel very lucky to have both the sea and the rolling green hills of the South Downs very close to hand. It’s the perfect place to live if you enjoy strolls along the beach, which is just ten minutes away on foot, or picnics in the countryside, which starts about a ten minute cycle ride in the other direction.

When Inntravel offered me a couple of picnic packs perfect for a summer hike, one for me and another for one of my readers, I was happy to find out more. Inntravel are advocates of slow travel, encouraging you to pedal in the back lanes and walk the path less trodden.

Now wouldn’t you love to go walking here?

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A South Tyrolean Marende Snack Board

So what’s in the pack? The thing that caught my eye first was a bottle of South Tyrolean red wine (well that had me hooked right there). Admittedly I wouldn’t normally carry a heavy bottle of wine on a hike but I’m happy to make an exception. Then there’s Schuttelbrot (what a fabulous word), a traditional flatbread, as well as some dried fruit and a large slab of Speck, a ham that has been cured for 20 days with spices and mountain herbs and then left to mature for a further 5 months in the cool mountain air (sounds good to me). And this is everything you might need for a traditional Marende snack board, an essential companion for many a South Tyrolean hiker I’m told. It’s traditionally eaten in the late afternoon to ward off the hunger pangs before an evening meal.

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above: South Tyrolean Marende Snack Board (glasses, crockery, corkscrew and tablecloth not included)

There’s also some soothing gel to pamper your aching feet after all that walking and a cheerful bag to carry it all in.

Today however I’m afraid I skipped the walk and went straight to polishing this off for lunch. I can tell you that the crunchy Schuttelbrot and the dried apple made a wonderful mix of tastes and textures with the Speck which is bursting with flavour. The wine from a small producer in South Tyrol, Franz Gojer, really hit the spot. It comes from a vine grown at high altitude and is crisp and fresh with a hint of pomegranate, the perfect complement to the Speck.

The last thing in the pack I’ve yet to mention is a refillable bottle for water which I know I will put to very good use. I always take a bottle of water with me when I go walking, and that applies as much to a walk in the countryside as one in the city. But, wherever possible, mine isn’t bottled water but rather tap water in a reuseable bottle such as this one. The reasons for this are many.

Debunking the myths of bottled water

Thanks to clever marketing bottled water is now the most popular soft drink in the world. Why? It can be anything from 500 to 1000 times more expensive than tap water.

Most people mistakenly think bottled water is better for you but tap water is often less acidic and has gone through stricter health and safety controls so in all likelihood it is actually safer to drink.

 

The life cycle of a plastic bottle leaves a huge, clodhopper of a carbon foot print. And far fewer than you would imagine get recycled.

 

A recent study showed that people can’t tell the difference in taste between tap and bottled water.

If you don’t believe me there was a very interesting article by the Guardian published last month, Should I stop drinking bottled water? In a nutshell, yes you should.

And did you know that some bottled water, rather than coming from a spring, has actually come from the mains anyway, making it even more bonkers to buy it.

Sadly in some countries the litter from empty plastic bottles is a real problem, however, these are often the same countries where the local tap water may not be safe, so for the time being we’re rather stuck with bottled water there. But there really is no excuse for drinking it in Europe, the US and many other places too.

That’s my bit said for sustainability for today. Back to the giveaway…

How to enter

You can select just one or all four of the following ways to enter. The more you do the greater your chances. And you can get extra entries by tweeting about the giveaway every day until it ends. Be sure to register each entry in the Rafflecopter app below and join my mailing list to be the first to hear about future great giveaways.

1. Leave a comment below about what essential item you always like to take on a hike and register your entry in the Rafflecopter app below.

2. Tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #SouthTyrolWalking and register your entry in the Rafflecopter app below.

3. Follow @Inntravel on Twitter and register your entry in the Rafflecopter app below.

4. Follow @TravelWithKat on Twitter and register your entry in the Rafflecopter app below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The competition closes on August 4th 2015 at midnight BST.
  • The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.
  • The prize is a Marende Snack Board (South Tyrolean Picnic Pack).
  • The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • The winner will be contacted via email and will need to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 7 days.
  • The winner must be a UK resident and must provide an address in the UK to post the pack to (sorry to non UK residents).

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South Tyrol photography courtesy of Inntravel.

Disclosure: This post was brought to you in association with Inntravel.

 

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