Packing Essentials for the Adventure
For the traveler who seeks the thrill of adventure and uncommon experiences, what you bring along on your journey can make all the difference.
Packing carefully for a trek, backpacking trip, or excursion can make it easier to enjoy yourself securely. After all, there is nothing worse than arriving in some remote area only to find that you do not have the right tools and items to handle the situation.
When packing for an adventurous journey, comfort and utility should rank highest on the priority list. The choice of items will vary, depending on the destination, activities, and type of journey, but these five basics are a must-have for the daring explorer.
The type and quantity of clothing you plan to take on your expedition should be based on the climate, activities and duration of your stay. Packing versatile items like tops and bottoms made from high-performance materials are important. These pieces are designed to stay comfortable and protect you from the elements.
For contact with nature, there is also primary layering of outdoor clothing like shorts, waterproof pants, warm layers and a good pair of shoes suitable for the occasion. Also bear in mind that when taking an extended journey, your clothing will need to be easy to maintain and pack.
2. Hydration Unit
Regardless of your destination, having sufficient supplies of water is essential, so it is necessary to choose properly between hydration bladders, bottles and other sources. A hydration bladder – a water reservoir with a tube used to drink from – will require suitable backpack storage space and offer the advantage of hands-free drinking.
Hydration units are available in a range of sizes, so it is a matter of weighing the advantages and disadvantages of carrying a low-volume or a bigger water container to decide which is best for you.
3. Navigation Instruments
When taking a voyage out into the wilderness, even if you have an accompanying guide, it is important to bring along the necessary navigational instruments to reach your destination with ease.
GPS navigators are available in a range of sizes and offer the advantage of pre-loaded maps with software updates from time to time. Binoculars help you get a closer look at what is happening in the distance and a sturdy compass to ensure direction are fundamental for a traveler in search of adventure.
4. Protection Gears
You need to stay safe and sound on a journey, and one way to protect yourself is to bring along the necessary defensive gear. Protective pads, headgear and protective eyewear are recommended if you are into extreme sports and activities.
It is also important to bring along insect repellent, sunscreen and rain-proof clothing and an umbrella. Moreover, carrying a first aid kit with you is a sensible move, especially if you are in a remote area.
5. Communication System
Being able to keep in touch with friends, family or a guide is important for a traveler’s safety and peace of mind. This is where portable walkie-talkies and cell phones come in handy.
Equipping yourself with a handheld radio with a push-to-talk function can help you stay connected when there is no cell phone infrastructure. In addition, a good weather radio is a great tool for monitoring forecasts in areas where the weather is unpredictable.
Packing efficiently for an outdoors journey requires being smart about the gear and items you decide to bring. But it also means making sure that all the essential items do not occupy too much space in the bag, leaving room for other adventures.
Keep these five items in mind and you will be a prepared and confident anyone when travelling the outdoors. There is no greater adventure than the thrill of exploring the world around us. So safari on, adventure traveler, and enjoy yourself!