Adventure travel packing can seem a bit daunting at times, especially when you start to think about all the items that you possible may need to bring. Often times our wants heavily outweigh our needs. So I wanted to take the opportunity to share some recommended tips on preparing for your next adventure!
I have had the opportunity to travel to some of the most remote locations across the globe. From the arctic of Northern Alaska to the Savannas of south west Africa, and to the jungles of northern Brazil. Each adventure will always require its special requirements, however these packing tips are a great way to get you started in the right direction, and will help you think about the importance and use of each item that fills your bag.
- PACK ONLY ESSENTIALS AND THEN REPACK
For those who have experience adventure traveling, may know that planning your trip and your gear is essential when preparing for a journey into the wild. Leaving behind one essential item could be disastrous or even deadly.
Packing key essentials are often dictated by personal choice, experience, and environment. I have found that most adventure traveling requires a minimalist approach, and a trip can easily be ruined by bringing too much stuff that just takes up space, and adds weight. There is a great motto that says “it is better to have and not need then to need and not have.” Although there is definitely wisdom to this saying, this can also get new adventurers excessively choosing to bring EVERYTHING, just in case!
So how do you decide? This becomes the planning phase. What items do you KNOW you will need, and what items do you THINK you will need. Take all those items and pack them in your bag just like you would for your adventure. After organizing and loading your gear, put it on and see how it fits. This is often the first sign if you packed too heavy or even packed to light. Then take everything out and go piece by piece and ask, “why am I bringing this?” If you can’t give the answer, or if that item doesn’t not add a valuable advantage, ask yourself this, ” Can this item be replaced with something better, or can I leave it behind?”
Once your adventure trip is complete take note of the items you needed and the ones you didn’t. This begins to add to your experience and helps to build an essential pack that will help you thrive in your environment.
Here are some items that I believe are essential in any pack:
-Map and compass
-Water and water container
-Hat and gloves
2. PACK YOUR ADVENTURE BAG IN THE CORRECT ORDER
Depending on your environment that you are heading into, will decide on what you need and how often. When you pack your bag, put the items that you will use least in the bottom. I have also found that rolling all of my items not only saves space, but also helps with organization. For any empty spaces on the sides, fill those voids with smaller items like socks, underwear, ect. As you work from the bottom up, save your electronic for last, and pack these in a waterproof bag and place on the top. Your electronic devices will most likely be the most used and should be easily accessible as well as waterproof.
3. INVEST IN QUALITY GEAR THAT HAS BEEN TESTED
Having quality and tested gear will support your adventure in more ways than you could imagine. A trip can quickly come to end if your sole tears off, your rain jacket soaks through, or your backpack doesn’t fit correctly. By aiming for high quality items that has been tested in similar environments, will ensure that they will take extended abuse and hold up in harsh environments, while supporting your physical needs.
For any new gear, that is not an exact replacement for previous gear, it is highly recommended to spent time familiarizing yourself with it especially if it is a new tech item. For clothing upgrades or replacement, ensure that the fit is perfect, and any wear in has been accomplished.
4. WATER PROOF EVERYTHING
Probably enough said, however this can look a little different for everyone. Regardless of your environment, I highly recommend that you have a waterproof bag/liner inside of your main backpack. Most backpacks will come with rain covers, however majority of backpacks are not waterproof and over extended time in wet environments, your inner contents will get damp or wet. By packing all of your items in a waterproof bag ensures they stay dry even under the harshest of environments. I also, recommend packing your gear in multiple waterproof bags that can be packed according to your needs, and will keep you from emptying out all of your contents to locate just one item.
5. KEEP IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS SAFE
It absolutely vital for the security and safety of your trip to keep your passport, driver’s license, and travel insurance on you at all times. By keeping your important documents on you at all times, ensures that if you misplace your bag, or if it becomes stolen that you are able to either continue your journey or return home without any serious incident. I have also found it a great idea to scan ALL important documents and to have those available on your phone and email. For all international travel, keeping a physical copy of your passport can provide faster assistance at your local embassy if your passport becomes lost or stolen. By keeping the physical documents separate from their copies, gives you the ability to proof your identify and seek replacements more fluidly.
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