Everything You Need For An Outdoor Travel Vacation
Outdoor travel vacations present a great opportunity to have fun while reconnecting with nature. From a week in a lakeside cottage to renting an RV, there are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors while you holiday – you can even try a camping trip in the mountains!
However it is important to be prepared for an outdoor holiday. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first time wanderer, it is always useful to have a list of everything that you need to pack. Here is everything that you need for an outdoor travel vacation.
A backpack is an essential item for outdoor adventures, but there are different backpacks to suit different needs. If you are planning on a quick afternoon wander a normal backpack will suffice, but if you plan on hiking for a few hours a daypack will be much more appropriate. Daypacks come with multiple pockets so that you know exactly where everything is, as well as fairly thick straps to help break up the weight inside the bag.
If you are planning on an overnight trip you will need a large hiking backpack so that you can fit everything that you need inside. It can also be useful to put heavier items at the bottom, as this will distribute the weight well so that there is less pressure on your back.
Obviously clothes are an essential for most holidays (unless you’re visiting a nudist colony!), but if you are planning on being outside a lot you will need to pack clothes that are appropriate for the weather. For instance, if you are staying in a warm area with mosquitos it can be useful to pack a thin top with long sleeves to reduce bites, and if you are staying somewhere cold you will need thermal layers to keep you warm.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit can be invaluable, even if you are only outdoors for a few hours. Pack bandages, gauze, pain killers and allergy medicines, and also scout out the area in advance to see if you need to bring anything extra. For instance there are around 900,000 black bears in North America, so if you are travelling there you may want to pack bear spray.
If you are just heading out for a few hours you probably won’t need a toiletry bag, but if you are camping overnight it can be useful to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and sunscreen. Many people only use sunscreen if they are staying somewhere warm, but in reality the UV radiation that causes sunburn is often just as high on cloudy days.
There are lots of essentials items for an outdoor adventure, whether you will be outside for a few hours or a whole day. Use this list to make sure that you are fully prepared for your next outdoor travel adventure!