An Ounce of Prevention: Getting the Most from Walking Tours

You want to visit Gettysburg and take in all the history our little town has to offer. You book a tour and are super excited. And then on the tour you realize you didn’t plan accordingly and find yourself focusing on the heat and your sore feet and not on the quaint buildings or the gorgeous pastoral views. We at Savor Gettysburg are here to help!

Our walking tours comprise a few delightful hours visiting unique eateries, historic taverns, family-owned bistros, ice cream shops and winery tasting rooms. Although the tours are not physically intense, they do include about a mile of noncontinuous walking. Depending on the weather and the season, this could mean heat, rain or a chilly evening. Here are some often-overlooked tips on how to get the most out of your tour.

Proper Footwear (No stilettos, ladies!)

There is really not much worse than being on a walking tour and wearing cute shoes that are cutting into your feet. Think about the shoes you own that are best for walking, will keep your feet warm (or cool) and will still pass muster for fashion.

turn on the sidewalk in the city

Appropriate Layers (And we’re not talking cake!)

Think back to when your parents got you ready for school and you wore a t-shirt, a long-sleeved shirt and a light jacket. Keep that in mind. You will work up a bit of a sweat if touring in the summer, but remember that once inside you may get chilly in air conditioning. Alternatively, when touring in cooler weather you may want an extra layer for the walk that you can take off once inside someplace cozy. Perhaps bring along an extra layer or be prepared to remove an extra layer. Temperature regulation can have a huge impact on your enjoyment.

Sunscreen (Note: Lobster red is not a skin color.)

Oftentimes people think that being both indoors and outside over a period of a few hours means that no sunscreen is necessary. However, a 15-minute walk up a street with no real shade and a blazing afternoon sun can really take a toll. Protect, protect, protect. And don’t forget that the sun’s rays can still give you a burn on a cloudy day and in the winter. Apply sunscreen, please—not only for the sake of your skin, but also so you don’t feel dehydrated and hamper not only your tour but also the rest of your day.

drinking water

Water (= life)

Speaking of dehydration—water is your friend! Although our tours are food- and beverage-driven, you may want to bring along your own water to take a swig between stops.

Bag (FYI: Wine bottles won’t fit in a fanny pack.)

Whether it’s a shoulder bag or a small backpack, bring along a bag that you can comfortably carry along on the tour. You’ll be glad when you have somewhere to stash your extra layer, your sunscreen or your water. Also, if you purchase any food and beverage products along the way, you’ll have somewhere to store them for the rest of the tour.

SG umbrella

Take it from us—it’s better to be prepared than to wish you were prepared. We have hosted many people over the years, and we recognize the ones who did their homework and will truly be able to enjoy and focus on the tour. Be that person!

Now that we have you all set, contact us to book one of our walking tours! The days and times vary, as well as the venues we visit. Check out the options and find the one just right for you and your family or friends. We think you’ll find that Gettysburg’s most-loved eateries, combined with our town’s unique culture and history, provide the perfect recipe for a delicious, unforgettable hometown historic afternoon. We can’t wait to show you around.

Erin Phelps

Footwear photo credit: tereh/BigStock; water photo credit: michaelpuche/BigStock