5 Things to Pack for Your Next Outdoor Trip

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For the lover of the great outdoors who loves to explore, being prepared is the name of the game. If you have a trip coming up, are you ready with everything you need? Here are some ideas of things that you should pack for your next outdoor trip:

Water tumbler

If there’s one thing that you’ll need on every outdoor trip, whether it’s a day long trip or a multiple day experience, it’s water. So, from a hydration backpack to your favorite stainless steel tumbler, bringing enough water can not only help you stay hydrated, but it can also allow you to regulate your body temperature and stay cool when spending time outdoors.

Solar powered charger

For safety purposes and also to capture those amazing pictures we love to take on beautiful outdoor expeditions, bring a solar powered charger so your electronic devices (including your phone) always have juice.

Whether you need to use your downloaded map to find your way through your hiking trek route or you find yourself in an emergency and need to call for help, a solar powered charger is a must. Find one with batteries included for extra backup.

Sun protection

If you’re someone who loves outdoor sports and you’re planning a trip to enjoy your favorite outdoor hobby, don’t forget to bring sun protection. Environmentally friendly sunscreen is a great idea. A hat or two can also keep your face cool, and more importantly, protect it from the sun.

If you’re planning an outdoor trip in the summer, it’s especially important to avoid overheating and a hat (plus plenty of water) can help to ensure you stay safe. While it may seem to go against common sense, using long sleeved shirts and full pants can actually be helpful in keeping you safe from the summer sun. Just make sure you get the right materials that are breathable yet protective.

Appropriate shoes

Whatever your outdoor plan may be, take time to find the best shoes for your hobby. Comfort and protection are key. While you’ll find that top-notch hiking or mountain biking shoes may be a bit pricey, it’s worth it when you get things like waterproof protection and optimal comfort. Believe us, you’ll feel it if you don’t take time finding great shoes.

There’s nothing quite like the pain of blistered, achy feet, so avoid this scenario by packing the best shoes that you have. It may take consulting with a professional to find the right shoes for you, but it’s oh so worth it.

Trail-ready food

Whether you’re biking, camping at a national park, or backpacking through the woods, you’ll want to be sure to always bring trail-ready food that is easy to make. This way, you won’t have to struggle with food preparation while focusing on your trip and the trail.

REI sells some pretty great trail food, but you can also find what you’re looking for online. Make sure to get food that is protein rich. While it may not always be as tasty as a gourmet meal, if it’s providing you with the nourishment and energy that you need, that’s what matters.

In conclusion

The great outdoors is always available to you. If you’re ready to enjoy an adventure, it’s time to start packing. Of course, it’s always best to be prepared, so make sure you include at least some of these things on your list. If there’s a priority of something to pack, it’s definitely plenty of water. Also, be sure to pack bug spray, as well as a first aid kit, and watch out for any pesky critters that live in the wild. It’s important to know what to do when you encounter a snake for example or how to get rid of black widows- should you come across them. Comfort and nourishment, as well as protection from the elements should all be on your mind when preparing for your trip as well.

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