When you’re starting out in adventure traveling and know nothing about it, it is very common to think that you need a lot of baggage or a big backpack and some brightly colored clothes. But in reality, the less luggage and packing you have the better your travel experience will be.
The reason for this is when you’re going for an adventure travel it is quite common that you will be walking a good amount of distance. So if you’re going with a lot of luggage it’s going to be very difficult to carry so much weight. Also the more luggage you carry, the more the chance of your luggage being stolen.
Rather than a big baggage or a big suitcase, backpack is the way to go. While choosing a backpack it is important to choose a light-colored one so that you will attract less attention from thieves. Also choose a backpack with a top opening to avoid water getting into your backpack. The smaller the size of the backpack, the better. Make sure to have some waterproof stuff bags to keep your clothes.
When it comes to clothing, always choose clothes to attract less attention and also lightweight clothes so that you will not get tired wearing them. Take only 3 to 4 pairs of clothes so that while you’re wearing one, you will have one or two spares and you can wash another one. If you’re considering to go to a cold region you’ll have to take some layered clothes. Choose pants so that they can be easily turned into shorts by zipping off the legs.
When on adventure travel it is usually better to consider dark colors because they can hide dirt. You must also carry one or two pairs of underwear and socks. A hat, sunglasses, and a sunscreen lotion would be necessary if you’re traveling to hot areas. When it comes to shoes, if you’re traveling to Third World countries it is better to buy the shoes at your destination because you can get them for a lot cheaper than in US. Also if you’re not planning to do some heavy mountaineering or trekking, you should not buy high-end trekking boots.
The single most important aspect of adventure travel packing is to pack light and inconspicuous. So you will need as many less things as possible with more tools of multifunctional ability. You can buy multi-tools for just five dollars that is available anywhere. You also need a good camera but do keep in mind that nowadays the mobile phone you carry with you has all the functionalities of the camera and more.
Actually mobile phone is a good multipurpose tool if you know how to use it properly. If you’re serious about photography while you are travelling, then you might consider taking along a good camera with you with a good battery backup.
Let us see some other miscellaneous things that you might want to take along with you. The items that you want to take with you depend mainly on the place you’re visiting and where you are going to stay. If you’re planning to stay in a forest you have to take some mosquito repellent.
When going on adventure travel it is very common to get hurt with little wounds. So it is a good practice to take a small first aid kit with some plasters and antiseptic cream. Also if you are going to forests or remote areas it is better to bring some water sterilizing tablets. You might want to consider taking an audio book along with you to listen when you get bored. Instant meal kit is a must in adventure traveling.
Finally, find out about the facilities that the local area guides provide. It often turns out to be a good experience when you take the help of a local guide because they’ll be having a good relationship with the local people and can help you understand the local culture.
It is better to know before hand the culture of the place you’re visiting and make arrangements accordingly. This helps you in blending with the locals and keeping your anonymity to avoid being discovered by unscrupulous thieves. Happy traveling!!!