Planning an adventure trip to your dream destination can be very exciting. However, listing down the essential items to carry with you is a challenge. You want to carry as little items as possible, but at the same time, you have to make sure that you are well-packed to deal with any situation that may arise on the trip.
Be it the icy mountains in Switzerland or the rocky climb in Jordan, a thrilling snowboarding trip, or an underwater scuba diving; you must make a packing checklist to organize and prioritize the items you will take with you.
What special adventure gear you will need depends on the location you have chosen, but a few items remain constant no matter where you plan to head.
Here is a quick guide that you can use to pack the essentials you need for the trip. So don’t be clueless anymore and live your dream!
Pack Less – Pack Smart
Knowing what to pack in your luggage is not easy. The best way to kick start packing is to lay out all the things you think will go in your luggage.
Organize your clothes first, such as pants, shirts, shorts, undergarments, and socks all in a pile. This way, you can easily identify what extras you are taking and also if you are missing out on important items. You may add or subtract items depending on the duration of your stay.
Get the toiletries supplies and the gadgets you may want to take along and sort them according to your need. Your goal should be to pack the bare minimum items you may need on the trip.
To save space in your luggage, you must fold your clothes well. It is appropriate to roll up your clothes rather than folding them and stacking them in piles to save space.
All the liquids, such as toiletries, perfumes, and moisturizers, should first go into sealable plastic bags before you dump them into your luggage to prevent any leakage.
Passports & Travel Documents
Before you head out for the excursion, make sure you have your passports, along with extra copies, your identification card, and all the travel specifics, for example, hotel reservations, contacts, and rental car details.
Although you should carry location-specific adventure gear in your luggage based on the destination, some items are a must-have on every adventure trip. They are:
You must carry with you a multi-purpose tool, which can be a lifesaver. Many such tools come with a knife and a bottle opener that may help you get through daily situations. Also, you should carry a lighter with you to light fires if you are going on a camping trip.
You should carry a rain jacket to protect yourself from an unexpected shower if you are traveling to a place with unpredictable weather. Also, take a swimsuit for when you want things to get more exciting and thrilling.
Carry a compass for navigation and a head torch for the times when it is dark or when you are inside a cave or getting back to your base camp. The head torch will be your best friend throughout your trip.
Add a pair of sunglasses on your list. They will help you to keep you moving through the sunniest days. Carry a cap if you’re going to a warmer place. Essential winter items like mufflers, sweaters, and coats should be with you if you’re headed to a cold place.
Carry a refillable water bottle with you so that you don’t have to rely on plastic bottles for your hydration needs.
A must-have item for anyone who is on an outdoor adventure trip is a waterproof sleeping bag. Moreover, you must carry an adventure buff that can be used as a sleeping mask or to keep your face warm in times of icy cold winds.
As an adventure traveler, you should always carry a light-weight camera to create memories. You may want to carry portable chargers and batteries in case you need to recharge your gadgets in the middle of nowhere.
Carry noise cancellation headphones if you are a light sleeper. You will need them on the flight. They can also be used for music and fun during the day time.
Since you will be spending a lot of time on foot, walking, hiking, running on the trip, you will have to make sure you are equipped with high-quality trainers that are comfortable and reliable. Moreover, if you are going on a hiking trip, you should carry moisture-wicking boxer briefs to reduce sweating.
First Aid Kit
Every adventure traveler should carry a first aid kit and painkillers to deal with minor cramps, aches, and fever. You can either get a pre-made kit or make one for yourself at home.
If you have a medical condition, make sure you carry the medicine with you. Also, keep the prescription with you so that you can get any extra medicines if a need arises on the trip.
Snacks & drinks
You can carry a taste of home in the form of your favorite snacks. It could be a chocolate bar or some of your favorite cookies or anything that can give you an instant burst of energy. This would not only satisfy your craving but will also save you from spending extra bucks on expensive snacks.
If your activities require extreme physical endurance then you should take energy drinks with you to replenish your energy.
Pack a Hobby
You might as well want to take a portable hobby on your trip for some fun leisure time. A book will help you get through the commute through planes, trains, and roads easily. Other options can be a deck of cards or a board game.
These are the must-have items to ensure a comfortable adventure trip. However, you may add or remove some items based on your preferences. Be sure to carry less weight if you want to enjoy a hassle-free adventurous trip.