Health knowledge made personal
You may want to carry a fanny pack to hold a water bottle and supplies if you're going on a long walk.
Heart rate monitor
If you're a serious walker, you may want to buy a heart rate monitor to measure your exertion while you walk.
iPod or MP3
Walking with an iPod or MP3 player singing your favorite tunes can make your walk a lot more enjoyable.
If you get a blister on your foot, try putting mole skin around it to keep it from getting irritated.
Wear socks made of synthetic materials that wick away moisture to keep your feet dry.
Get a pedometer to help count how many steps you're taking each day. Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
Replace your shoes
Every 500 miles, get new walking shoes.
It's always a good idea to wear sunscreen when you'll be outside in the sun. Lather up and walk on.
Try a wearing a shirt made out of synthetic, or 'technical', fabrics with technical-sounding names like CoolMax, Dri-Fit and Gore-Tex.
Wear a visor to protect your face from the sun or rain.
It can be helpful to keep a log of your walks so you can track your progress over time.
Try walking poles to work your upper body while you're walking. Just use your arms to match each step you take with a pole plant.
Walking shoes are specifically designed for the heel-to-toe rolling motion you do while walking.
If you're walking for more than 30 minutes, bring a water bottle along so you can drink along the way.
Wearing a few thin layers will let you adjust to changing weather (and body) conditions.
To avoid chafing, you may want to wear a pair of spandex or synthetic underwear.
Wear the right shoes
Buy comfortable, well-fitting walking shoes to give you the support you need.
Wear your shades
Don't forget your sunglasses if it's sunny outside. Your eyes will thank you.
If you're at all concerned about danger, you may want to bring a whistle along to alert others in case you're in trouble.