If you’re headed into the great outdoors, there are certain items which taking along will be a luxury. There will be other items that will make you a little more comfortable, or happier. However, there will also be items that are a necessity. From protecting you when you sleep to protecting you from the sun, here are six travel items you can’t live without when exploring the outdoors.
A Sleeping Bag
Not just any sleeping bag, mind. A good one! Make sure when you are purchasing yours you put these two things as priorities. Will it keep you warm and will it keep you dry? Pretty colors and bargain prices are all well and good. But you won’t care about lovely patterns when you’re wide awake at 3 am, freezing cold and damp!!
Out in the wild, you’re in the domain of all sorts of creepy crawlies. Protect yourself against them with a good quality insect repellent. Keep a spray can with you at all times. If you do get bitten, make sure you’ve also got good quality product to soothe your skin.
Be sure you have all forms of sun protection with you. Even if the forecast doesn’t predict it, the forecast could be wrong. Plus, the sun can always radiate through the clouds and damage your skin in that way. A high factor of sun lotion is an essential, and be sure to check it has both UVA and UVB protection. Guard your head and scalp with a hat, and go for a wide brimmed one so it protects your forehead and neck also. Don’t forget your eyes, either. Sturdy sunglasses are a must. Make sure they fit properly, otherwise they might still be letting too much of the sun’s rays in. For later in the day, once the sun has gone in, have some aftersun to hand also.
A rather big item, but an item nevertheless. Don’t attempt to explore the outdoors in an old or unreliable vehicle. If it breaks down in the middle of nowhere, it can spell disaster. If you do a lot of outdoor traveling, consider investing in a travel trailer. This means that you get to take reliable transport and permanent accommodation on the road with you. Not to mention all of that storage space! Companies like Chesapeake RV Solutions are a good place to begin your search.
Google maps might not work so well when you’re deep in a forest! Don’t rely on digital equipment to help you out if you lose your way; take a paper map with you. A thin and light one won’t take up much room and won’t add much weight. But you’ll be glad you have it if you suddenly think; “I’m sure we’ve passed that tree once before…”
If you’ve got yourself a little stressed during the day, take an item with you that help you chill out! This might be your Ipod, or an adult coloring book; or just a great novel!