If you are anything like I was before I started on my world trips, then packing is quite the overwhelming activity – especially when you are going on an outdoor adventure. At first you think you can handle it all right, you still have weeks to go and anyway all these people who start asking you if you packed item X or item Y are getting on your nerves. You’ve got it all covered! Every now and then there is a nagging thought that maybe you should just put your back up batteries on a travel pile just in case (because you know yourself and you always forget those). The pile quickly adds up and you might as well start putting them into your big suitcase but you can’t be bothered to take that dusty old thing down from the attic yet.
Why You Need to Pack Differently for an Outdoor Adventure
When you finally get around to start packing, you do it bit by bit a few days in advance and two nights before the big day the big dread catches up and you start freaking out. Have you really considered everything? You check the weather report for the umpteenth time, read up on travel blogs and realise how much you didn’t know and that you should have planned better and anyway, this is way too much. The heat starts to rise up your spine and you feel quite helpless. But maybe that’s just me. Regardless of whether you are a last minute panic packer or a well organized travel pro, here is your ultimate outdoor packing list for all the little and small things you need for an active outdoor adventure.
And apparently I am not completely alone with this. I had packed one pair of hiking shoes, which I wore nearly every day throughout my globetrotting as they were super comfy and I could walk for hours in them. I used them in cities, on beaches and for my hikes. That was basically the only suitable thing I took with me when climbing up mountains. I had a sling bag (super annoying for hiking up slopes!), simple cotton shirts (they soak easily) and no well-fitted hat (it flew right off with every breeze). But then there were people in ugg boots. In a tropical jungle. Then there were people in ballerinas. On rugged mountain sides. Or flip flops in the Australian bush. That person soon had a toe nail less and a giant wound dripping onto the already red sand. You see, packing smart is the way to go.
So here are the basics you will need.
Basics for Outdoor Adventure
- Weatherproof jacket
- Fitted sun hat
- Rain coat
- Insect repellent
- Sun lotion
- UV protect sunglasses and lip balm
- Hand sanitiser
- Torch with extra batteries
- (Solar) charger
- Water bottle
- Water filter
- Pocket knife
- Reservation info
- Safety pins
- First Aid Kit
- Extra plasters
- Plastic bags
Outdoor Adventures I Tried Myself
- Wellington, New Zealand – On the trails outside of town, feeling like touching the roof of the world.
- How to Hike to Taupo’s Huka Falls
- Hiking Australia’s Blue Mountains with Colourful Trips
- Hiking El Dorado in the Heart of Germany – Let’s Explore Jena in Germany
- Why the Nature Reserve Rhoen Needs to Be On Your Radar
- How not to Miss the Grand Canyon’s Spectacular Colours
- Did You Know You Could Do All These Things in North Dakota?
- What You Need to Know about Water Safety when Travelling
- How to keep fit when travelling actively