Two things we all are often guilty of when packing for adventure travel are: overdoing it and leaving important stuff behind. Relax –we have the perfect set of tips to ensure you and all the essentials get where you’re going, minus the mistakes and fuss!
Choose the best luggage for adventure travel
Choosing the right luggage is sometimes the hardest part of packing. It’s important to be nimble while navigating crowds and narrow alleyways but bringing a pack that’s too small can create other challenges. If everything only just fits in your pack, you may end up wasting a lot of time repacking when you move. A wheeled suitcase, a duffel, and a backpack all have pros and cons.
Here are some factors to consider:
- How often and for how long you will need to carry the luggage.
- What is the weather going to be like?
- Will you be dragging a suitcase over cobblestones or need to climb a lot of stairs?
If you’re shopping for new luggage, take time to examine each option and the purpose each pocket can serve. Living out of a suitcase? Something bigger and heavier may tickle your fancy – or perhaps you want luggage that is light and expandable?
Make an adventure travel list
Packing a few weeks before your big trip is handy. Not only does it give you time to find the right clothes for the weather and activities, but you also have time to remember the random things that are easy to forget when packing last-minute. Don’t be afraid to google things like ‘Packing list *insert area/town/city” you never know what might just be needed that you would never have thought about! Starting early makes remembering the little things, easier.
Pack an essentials bag which includes a sleeping mask, natural sleeping aid and perhaps headphones. Think about the currency exchange rate and look up the most common payment methods for the area you are heading to.
Organizing your way is key
Use your luggage wisely. Find the pockets which are the easiest to access when you are running around airports, busy hubs and so on. Once you begin packing, organize everything you are intending on taking with you before you start arranging your pack. Stack clothing and items in piles – and don’t forget to double check if you need as many clothing items as you think.
Thinking ahead of what is to come can save you untold headaches a week or two into your journey. Some of the basic things to consider when packing include:
- Packing cubes. These nifty little numbers serve two purposes: They keep your stuff accessible and they help compress your clothing, so you have more space.
- Roll your items. Rolling your clothing can help save space and make it easier to identify what’s what.
- Keep a stuff sack: This is great for dirty socks and underwear.
- Pack clothing that repels odours and dries fast. This will help you pack lighter (less) and you can wash it in your hotel room sink.
- Rule of three. You can get away with 3 pairs both of socks and 3 pairs of quick-drying underwear regardless of the length of your trip if you wash them often!