How to Prepare For an Adventure Holiday

How to Prepare For an Adventure Holiday




You are seeking an adventure holiday that will inspire your adventurous spirit and take you out of your comfort zone. That is wonderful! There are a few things that you need to think about before plunging straight in.

What kind of adventure holiday are you seeking? trekking in the Himalayas, white water rafting in Borneo, elephant riding in Sri Lanka, exploring far away villages in the Andes mountains of Peru? The world is an adventure seekers paradise, so to discover your limitless options, meaningful in ‘adventure holidays’ or ‘adventure holidays for women’ on Google, invest in a applicable guidebook or magazine subscription, or visit an adventure travel agent or tour operator.

Before you settle on a holiday destination – in spite of of whether you’re travelling independently or with a company,

some preliminary things to consider:

1. check Visa requirements for your destination and make sure your passport has at the minimum 6 months of validity from the date of departure.

2. check vaccine requirements and that the country you’re travelling to is both safe and politically stable.

3. consider travel insurance options, this is mandatory if you are travelling with a company

Fitness

An adventure holiday needs a little more thought than a beach break. You will need to be fit for the trip. Sport-specific training is meaningful: mountain biking and trekking require leg and cardiovascular strength while kayaking and rafting rely on a strong, upper body. Check with your tour operator, or do your own research, to find out what preparation exercises are best for your chosen style of adventure. Being fit can – and often does – make the difference between having a wonderful trip or not.

Different activities and sports make specific demands on your body, so it pays to know which muscles you are going to need and how to make them stronger long before you leave home.

If you’ve booked an thoroughly new experience – rock climbing, scuba diving, surfing or horse riding, for example – it pays to get an introduction to the sport before you go. A taster session will give you an idea of the muscles you need to prepare, the clothes and equipment you need to pack and the skills you may want to hone before travel.

If your chosen holidays involves trekking, then the best preparation is to get out and start walking. Go for long weekend walks in hilly areas and little by little increase your speed. It is a good idea to walk with a backpack of a similar weight that you would be carrying on your trekking holiday.

Most adventure travel companies have their treks graded from easy that involves about four to six hours’ walking a day, by moderate with the occasional steep path to expedition grade. Different tour companies use different terms.

Packing

Only take what you need, but pack what is advised. Technical clothing, geared to your adventure, will enhance comfort and enjoyment, so is worth the investment. A rash vest or wetsuit will be necessary for water-based activities, padded cycling shorts are a must for mountain biking, and tried-and-tested hiking boots are basic for trekking, for example. Trip organisers should give you a checklist of compulsory items of clothing and equipment; pack them all to avoid regret.

It is amazing how much space you can save in your bag by rolling your clothes instead of folding. I have been rolling for years, clothes pack easier and crease less.

When travelling with your spouse, partner or best friend, divided the contents of each travel bag/backpack so that you have some of their items and they have some of yours. Then, if one of your bags goes missing, you will have enough clothing to get by.

It is easier to travel light and take only one piece of hand luggage. But always carry a spare fold-up travel bag for additional purchases. On the trip home, check-in the spare bag with clothes and carry the treasured items onboard the plane. If your luggage is lost, the noticable souvenirs are nevertheless safe.

Zippered mesh inserts for the bags make packing and sorting easier. They come in various sizes and are appropriate for a range of clothes such as underwear, T-shirts and so on. Keeping groups of clothes separate is great if you’re travelling by a range of seasons or temperatures. They make packing and unpacking very easy and keep you organised on the road, minimising travel stress.

Clothing

The way you dress can affect your safety. It can affect your social interactions. It can make or break your travel adventure. (And, if you pack too much, carrying your bags can make you very tired, very cranky and very unprotected!)

Remember that you are a guest where ever you go so dress like one. Be modest, elegant and comfortable. The locals have had generations to develop a typical dress that suits the climate and the culture of their country. Take your cue from them. A smile and an open mind should be your continued accessories.

Keeping warm with layers

already if the weather calls for clear skies and warm temperatures make sure to pack at the minimum an additional inner, usually including wind and/or rain gear. Weather can change quickly, especially in mountain areas.

functional

The practicality of T-shirts and pants made from quick-dry material outweighs fact in my traveller’s wardrobe.

Chiffon scarf

When travelling oversea, always pack a very long oblong chiffon scarf. It is the most versatile item. It can dress up a simple black dress draped backward around the neck for evening; it is useful as a head covering for visiting shrines and temples and being appropriately respectful, already if you’re not quite sure of the local protocols and traditions; in a pinch it can be an evening wrap and it takes up no space in a bag.

Sarong Basics

Ladies, always take a sarong on trips, in your carry-on. It can be used as a sheet, towel, skirt, dress, headdress (for mosques, etc), beach coverup, curtain, just about anything. Use your imagination!

Boots

How to fit trekking boots

Reviews and product information can help in your search for quality outdoor footwear, whether you’re in the market for lightweight trail shoes or strong backpacking boots. But ultimately the most important aspect of choosing a hiking boot is a good fit.

Here are some tips to help you properly fit hiking boots:

· Try on boots at the end of the day, when your feet are their largest.

· use the socks and any insoles or inserts you would typically use with the boots.

· One of your feet is probably larger than the other. Size boots to the larger foot. Better to have one shoe a little loose than the other too tight.

· Walk around in the boots for at the minimum 15 minutes.

· Toes should have a little room to wiggle, and shouldn’t jam into the toe box.

· Heels should feel firmly in place with no heel slippage.

· Walk up and down an incline to check for heel slippage on the uphill and any toe jamming on the downhill.

· Try different styles and widths. You may be a different size in different brands.

· Women should consider footwear that’s built on a women’s last, instead of models sized down from a men’s last. · Boots should feel like they fit initially. Don’t rely on breaking them in to make them fit. If they don’t fit now, they won’t stretch to fit later.

· While you want to pick a boot that fits from the start, you can tweak boots with custom orthotics and insoles (to fill up additional space), specialized stretching of the boot (to add space), and different lacing techniques (to reduce foot movement).

· No matter how well they fit, don’t forget to break in your boots around the house or on some easy day hikes before you embark on that weeklong trek.

How to care for your boots

Now that you’ve shelled out money for your new boots, you want to make sure they’ll sustain you for countless miles on and off the trail. Below are some steps you can take to help your boots last longer.

regularly treat boots with a waterproofing treatment (like NikWax) appropriate to the boot’s materials (complete-grain leather, Nubuck leather, suede, fabric, etc.) and according to the boot manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions. (Warning: oil-based products soften leather, which can lessen sustain.)

Dry your boots between hikes. Don’t try to rush the drying course of action though. Close contact or closeness with heat supplies, like a fire, radiator, or hair dryer, can permanently damage boots.

Keep them clean. Yes, we know you’re going to take your boots outside and by rocks, mud, and flows. That’s part of the fun. But after every hike, brush that abrasive dirt and debris off your boots (preferably when dry). If your boots are otherwise in good condition, but need minor repairs or to be resoled, consider the value of getting them repaired instead of replaced. Check the warranty and repair sets offered by the boots’ manufacturer, or head to an experienced cobbler.

The outdoor kit

Sun protection

Sunglasses, sunscreen (for skin and lips), and appropriate clothing is necessary for sun protection year round, but is especially important when on water, ice, snow, and at higher altitudes. The higher you go the more ultraviolet rays you’re exposed to, increasing your risk of serious sunburn and skin damage, including cancer.

Sunglasses protect your corneas from ultraviolet light year round. Sunglasses, glacier glasses, and goggles also can help prevent snow blindness from sunlight reflecting off snow.

Sunscreen should be at the minimum 15 SPF (though 30 is preferable), block UVA and UVB rays, and be applied anytime you go outside, already on cloudy days. Reapply frequently, including lips, particularly if you’re sweaty or wet.

Clothes supply varying degrees of sun protection depending on their material, weave, color, and moisture content (a wet, cotton T-shirt is nearly useless). Some clothes are treated to absorb more UV radiation and come with specific UPF ratings, which can be useful for desert hikes and other very sunny treks.

Hats are a must. A wide brimmed hat or at the minimum a peaked cap for protection of your confront from the sun.

First Aid

First-aid kits range from the basic, appropriate to treating blisters and minor cuts on a day hike, to expedition-worthy kits geared toward extended travel and large groups. You can make your own or buy a pre-packaged one, but at a bare minimum you’ll want: bandages in various sizes, gauze pads, disinfectant, over-the-counter pain medication, blister treatment, and any prescription medications.

Any first aid kit is useless without the knowledge to use it. Consider taking a first aid course and regularly brush up on your skills. already if you’ve already passed a course, a small first aid guide inside your kit will help you deal appropriately with medical emergencies.

Personalize your first aid kit to your individual medical needs. Include a pencil and paper. Store all first-aid supplies in a waterproof container or pouch.

The sicklist

· Consult a travel health specialist before travelling to overseas destinations and ensure your vaccines are up to date.

· Take a medical kit which includes treatment for nausea and motion sickness, diahrea and gastric stop, take anti-malarial pills if necessary, insect repellent.

· Avoid mosquitos, flies and other sharp insects.

· Don’t go near or touch local animals.

· Eat and drink safely – boil it, peel it, cook it … or forget it!

· Have a check-up on your return if you’ve been sick

· Take out travel insurance.

General Gear

Pillow

Many adventure travellers consider pillows a luxury, one usually left behind to save weight and space. But a good night’s sleep can be worth a little space. So if you, and your neck, want to move beyond that rolled up fleece or stuff sack pillow, take a look at the range of backpacking and camping pillows obtainable.

Backpacking pillows come in two dominant varieties: compressible and inflatable, and some that combine the two.

Compressible pillows are filled with down, synthetic fibers, foam, or a combination, and come in a range of outer fiber, such as fleece, cotton, and nylon. Just like in sleeping bags, down and synthetic fills each have their merits. Down is lighter, softer, and more compressible (both for packing and under your head). Synthetic fills are firmer, bulkier, and more affordable. Hybrids, which use both down and synthetic fill, aim to combine the best attributes of each. Inflatable pillows offer the advantages of weight and space savings for a comparatively large surface area, and their firmness can be modificated. Both compressible and inflatable pillows are obtainable in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Water bottle

Backpackers, hikers, and climbers have always relied on reusable water bottles. As the general public becomes more aware of the negative environmental impacts of commercial bottled water, they’re turning to reusable bottles too. But, with health concerns about some plastics making the news, many are left confused. In what should you store your filtered or tap water? And is that old polycarbonate plastic bottle safe, or is it leaching chemical compounds?

Whether it’s for a trek into the wild or a trip to the shop, there are a growing number of aluminum, stainless steel, and BPA-free plastic alternatives to choose from, beyond the popular, but potentially problematic, polycarbonate water bottle.

Backpack

Like most outdoor gear, choosing a backpack depends on what you plan on doing with it chiefly. Consider how long you will be gone on trips (a day, overnight, a week?), how much gear you’ll need, or want, to bring along (are you a minimalist fastpacker or deeply attached to your creature comforts?), and when you’ll be out (winter requires more and heavier gear).

Answering these questions will help you determine the first factor in selecting a backpack.

How Big?

Pack sizes vary between manufacturers and capacity needs depend on the individual. However, in general the following ranges are a good starting point: 30-40 litres – for hiking trips with a daypack 50-80 litres – for overnight and multi-day backpacking trips up to a week 80 litres and more – for trips longer than a week or winter overnights

Choose a backpack that will fit the greatest amount of gear you’ll need to carry. That said, don’t buy a pack that’s bigger than you need. You’ll be tempted to carry more than necessary or will end up with a floppy, half-filled pack. Depending on your range of activities you may need more than one backpack. Perhaps a large pack for multi-day backpacking trips and a small daypack for day hikes.

Fit and Comfort

You can select a pack with the right design, size, and features for your activities, but if it doesn’t fit comfortably you’ll regret your buy in the long run. Most important, your pack should be adjustable to fine-tune the fit to your individual body. While nothing beats the skill of a knowledgeable pack fitter, below are some tips to help you choose a backpack that fits you well.

Size a backpack to your torso length, not your height. Don’t assume you need the tall (or the regular or the short) form just because of your height. To find your torso length, have someone measure from the iliac crest at the top of your hipbone to the noticeable bone at the base of your neck (the seventh cervical vertebrae). The sizes of different manufacturers’ frames may correspond to different torso lengths, so check the pack’s technical specifications. For example, a 20-inch torso length may average a regular size in one pack and a large in another.

Since it will be supporting your pack’s weight, make sure the hipbelt provides adequate padding. Some pack makers offer interchangeable hipbelts in different styles and in sizes for both men and women for a better individual fit. During a fitting, load up the pack with weight (an amount you typically would carry) to see how well the pack carries. Then walk around with the loaded pack, practice taking it on and off, make sure you can look up without whacking your head on the pack, and climb up and down stairs.

Shoulder straps, which control the fit of the suspension system, should be well padded and adjustable. An adjustable sternum strap, which connects the shoulder straps, helps bring the load weight forward, and off your shoulders.

Women and others with short torsos, like kids, should consider backpacks sized for them. Many pack manufacturers produce women-specific or short torso versions.

Illumination

It was supposed to be a short day hike with you at home before dinner, but somehow you found yourself out after dark. A torch or headlamp can make the difference between an inconvenient nighttime walkout and an emergency situation.

Headlamps are extremely useful for their hands-free design, compact size, and light weight. already on short day hikes a light should be carried; small emergency ones can be easily stashed in a pack. Always bring spare bulbs and batteries that fit your form of light.

Making friends

When on holiday, leave those formal business cards behind. Instead carry colourful postcards from home and give your new acquaintances a glimpse of where you live. applicable contact info can be printed on the reverse.

Carry ball-point pens and small observe pads for the kiddies you meet. In some Third World destinations young irresistible children will beg you for sweets. Why help to decay their teeth?

Keeping in touch

A small net computer is extremely useful when travelling, it is light and fits into your daypack comfortably. With a wireless Lan connection, it is possible to connect to the internet in may hotels and hot spots. It also comes in handy as a information processor to take notes of your travels while the memory is nevertheless fresh in your mind.

Public email sets with large storage capacities, such as Gmail, are a useful resource. Mail yourself copies of all your travel documents and plans – that way you can access them from anywhere in the world from any internet-connected computer.

Pack a USB thumb excursion. It’s good for backing up digital information and you can take it to an internet café and post home some photos.

Shopping Without Guilt

Conveniently forget to pack certain necessary clothing – that way you will not need an excuse to buy it when you reach your ‘end’ destination. It then becomes a necessity. It eliminates any guilt feelings. A bit recondite, but it works for me!




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