Packing Tips for Adventure Travelers
You are going on a trip and it’s not just any trip! It’s an adventure travel holiday! That means you won’t just go around the city and take photo walks during the day and stay at your 5-star hotel at night. You will be doing some action outdoors! What should you pack? The simple answer is: It depends. It depends on the type of adventure you are planning to do. Will you be surfing? Cycling? Hiking? Here are 20 tips on what to pack.
1. Your Adventure Kit
Is it your surfboard? Your bicycle? Depending on the activity you plan to do, bring your “gear” or “tools”.
Whenever you are travelling, you should pack your prescribed medication and some emergency pills for headaches and fever. Remember to take care of your health when travelling especially when you are set to do some rigorous activity. If you are planning to hike, you should already know that the altitude can make you nauseous.
Swiss knives are convenient. You will always find good use of it, especially during emergencies.
This is your lifeline when it gets dark. It’s an essential survival tool. Wherever you go, whatever kind of adventure you are planning to do, you must have a flashlight.
Batteries are also crucial for your flashlight and other gadgets. Make sure you have packed some spare.
Even if you intend to experience nature and be free from the hustle and bustle of city life, leaving your phone is a bad idea. If in case something happens, your phone is an essential survival gadget necessary for communication.
You’ll never know when you will need it. Your cellular data or internet capabilities may also come in handy. It can also work as a flashlight and a watch in case you lose these two important items.
Also, smartphones have location features that can just save you from a lot of unwanted situations.
Do not risk leaving your phone thinking that you might not need it for the trip anyway. Never leave your home without it. Also, your phone has a camera, right?
You need to be able to tell the time. It will help you manage your activities.
If in case you are going to a remote place where you cannot use your phone’s cellular data and there’s no signal, bring a GPS with you. Always know where you are going. It’s very dangerous to get lost.
Again, for navigation purposes.
You have to take care of your eyes. Sometimes, too much exposure to the sun can affect our vision and even cause us to have migraines and that might just ruin the trip.
A hammock is easy to pack and easy to set up. It is also light so it won’t add to the weight you are carrying. There will also be times that you can’t lay a sleeping bag on the ground.
12. Sleeping bag
In case you are stuck in a place where a hammock cannot be set up, have a sleeping bag with you so you can just lay it on the ground. You can also sleep comfortably anywhere. Sleep is very important.
Depending on the kind of adventure you’re planning to do, it’s best not to rely on hostels or guesthouses.
You might regret not bringing a sleeping bag if you are forced to camp somewhere far from town. You need sleep to regain your energy and be ready for another day of adventure.
It will keep you warm when it becomes cold. It can also serve as a cover. You can do lots of things with a blanket. Don’t bring a very thick blanket, though. Keep your baggage light.
If you don’t have a lighter, bring a matchbox. A lighter, however, is more secure and easier to use. Fire is fundamental to survival. You don’t want to rub stones to cook your dinner or to keep you warm.
15. Appropriate clothing
Of course, you should wear the appropriate clothing for the type of adventure you are planning to do. There are different kinds of outfits for different kinds of activities. Proper clothing will save your life. Make sure to pack spare clothes and choose your clothes well. You should not bring your entire closet with you. Remember, travel light!
16. Disposable underwear
Changing underwear is very important for hygienic purposes and for your own comfort. Whatever you do, you want to feel fresh down there. It will also save you some weight because you can always throw after use.
Tissue can be used for a lot of things. Of course, if nature will call you and you really have to go, you can’t be sure that there will be tissue available.
18. Insect repellant
Research first if there are any insects you should be wary of in the area you’re about to go to. You also have to know if there’s an alarming case of malaria. Always have this with you. You don’t want to catch anything bad abroad.
19. Water bottle
It’s a no-brainer that this is absolutely important for survival.
20. Extra food
Always bring extra food with you, one that won’t easily perish like biscuits and granola bars. Don’t bring too much. You eat like a local when you travel and try out their food. You will only need this for an emergency.
Again, it really depends on your trip and the activities you are planning to do. You don’t have to bring everything in this list if it is not applicable to you. Just remember to travel light, bring only the things you need and have some extra space for other things that you might need in case of an emergency. Always think ahead and visualize the possibilities when planning your trip.