Before you set off on any outdoor adventure, you need to pack the right equipment and supplies. Here are some of our top tips for what you should take along.
1. Layers of Clothing
The thing about adventures is the weather is never guaranteed, so having the correct clothing for all eventualities is essential. You should pack according to the type of activity you’re going to complete, and bear in mind what you might need to wear if you stop off to stay cool or warm. As a basic, you should take with you a range of long and short t-shirts, a fleece, trousers, particularly ones which unzip into shorts and waterproofs. If you’re hiking on a mountain, you may also consider accessories like a good woolly hat and, even sunglasses throughout the year so you always have good vision.
When considering buying clothes, if you head to a good outdoor clothing shop, they will be able to give you advice as to what you will need and help you with sizing, too. There are plenty of outdoor clothing brands on the market now who accommodate for all ages, sizes, and fashions.
2. Appropriate Footwear
Wearing the right shoes is paramount both for comfort and safety. Without the correct footwear, you’ll be hindered from the moment you begin your adventures. So, if you’re taking the kids for a gentle walk to bounce in muddy puddles, waterproofs and wellies are a must, but if it’s a walking holiday, you’re after, a good pair of walking boots are essential.
There are different types, waterproof, mid height, full height, leather, or fabric, so it can be difficult to know what’s best. But start with what you feel most comfortable in. If you have weaker ankles or are going to be scaling tough terrain, investing in a pair of full-height boots will provide you with added ankle protection. Plus, you may want to consider leather or Gore-Tex boots which are suitable for all weather conditions. However, if you’re looking to go on gentle walks or in good weather, then you may find lighter walking boots with breathable material a better choice.
3. A Good Backpack
So, you’ve got your clothes and the right shoes but where are you going to put it all? You’ll need a sturdy backpack. There are all different types form waterproof, day packs to parent-friendly rucksacks. Choose one which is large enough to carry everything you need and can cope with the conditions you will be exposing it to.
If it’s a day on the slopes, however, you’ll find plenty of backpacks out there that will not only accommodate your essentials but also your skis or board, too. So, you’ll no longer have to lug them awkwardly under your arm which is not only a bore but tiresome, too.
Probably the most overlooked item but socks and spares are vital. If you invest in many good pairs of socks, then you’ll be doing yourself a favour in the long run. If you’re going on a hike, always pack spare socks. Changing your socks at midday will help to keep your feet dry and reduce the risk of blisters. Look for merino wool socks which are of a good quality as these can help to keep your feet cool and dry. It’s always a good idea to carry a pack of blister plasters with you, too, just in case.
5. Your Clim8 Bottle and Tumbler
We’ve saved the best until last. You should never leave home without your Clim8 insulated bottle and tumbler. They’re built for adventure, both tough and robust enough to meet the demands you place upon them, your Clim8 bottle will keep your hot drinks hot or cold drinks refreshingly cold for longer. Plus, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment by cutting down on your single-use plastic waste.
There are plenty of other essentials you’ll need to take with you according to where you’re going and the type of activity you’re undertaking. As a minimum you should carry with you a:
- Well-equipped first aid kit. Remember to replace any items you use so you’re well stocked for your next trip. And, add in some painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen for unexpected illness or injury.
- Map of the local area
- Emergency food/drink supplies
- Spare clothing
- Sun cream
- Sun hat
- A portable charger and your mobile phone