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10 Essential Items for any Type of Adventure

When you are planning an outing, whether it is a day on the town or a trip into the backcountry, you must pack the right supplies. Having what you need makes the trip more enjoyable and safer. These essentials will help you get through your next adventure, no matter where it takes you.

1. Plenty of Water

man drinking water at top of mountain

Water is crucial to survival. It is involved in every process that goes on inside your body. You should drink about eight glasses of water every day in most situations. If you are exerting yourself or it is unusually hot, you will probably need more. So, whether your adventure is taking you to a remote campsite or a downtown attraction, make sure you bring enough to last throughout your trip.

2. A Roomy Backpack

Another key part of any adventure is having a convenient and comfortable way to carry everything you'll need along the way. A properly fitting backpack is an excellent choice for this task. Chest and hip straps can help distribute heavier loads and make carrying it more comfortable. A rain cover or dry pouch can help keep sensitive items dry during bad weather.

3. High-SPF Sunscreen

The sun may feel wonderful washing over your skin, but too much exposure increases your risk of developing cancer. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for outdoor activities. Apply it liberally and often for the best coverage.

4. Insect Repellant

Bugs swarming around your face can be more than a nuisance, although they definitely are that. Many also carry diseases such as Lymes disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in ticks and the West Nile and Zika viruses in mosquitos. A high-quality insect repellant will keep them away. Wearing loose, light clothing helps you spot insects and gives you extra protection from bites.

5. The Right Food

person carrying yellow and black backpack walking between green plants

If you are planning to carry your food with you, it should be lightweight and nutrient-dense. It should also be shelf-stable since you probably won't have access to a refrigerator when you are out and about. Nuts, granola and fruits are excellent snacks for a short afternoon adventure. Look for dehydrated and freeze-dried options if you will be traveling for more than a day. Superfood powder can boost your immune system and give you an extra shot of energy, plus it's easy to take along in your pack.

6. A GPS Device

person holding silver compass

Getting lost along your route can derail your plans. You could get far off a trail and water into danger or take a wrong exit on the highway and miss your destination. Either way, your adventure will be on hold. Carry a reliable GPS unit with you to help navigate difficult routes. Keep in mind that cell phone service may not be available everywhere you go, too, so you may want a dedicated tracker or alert system for emergencies if you are going pretty far into the backcountry.

7. Sunglasses

Sunscreen can protect your skin, but what about your eyes? Overexposure to direct sunlight can damage your eyes, possibly contributing to cataracts or macular generation. Limit exposure by wearing UV-blocking sunglasses when you are outdoors.

8. Backup Charger

Neither your cell phone or GPS unit will do you much good if you don't have a way to keep them charged during your adventure. You have several options that can help. Miniature solar units are lightweight and easy to use as long as you have some sunlight exposure. Battery backup units can be convenient if you aren't going to be using a whole lot of power.

9. A Well-Stocked First Aid Kit

At the very least, you should pack essential first aid supplies like adhesive bandages and antiseptic. It's even better if you carry a kit specifically designed with the risk specific to your adventure in mind. This way you are prepared to handle minor injuries that arise while you are out having fun.

10. Hand Sanitizer

You may not know when the next time you will see a sink with hot water and soap will be, so be sure to put some hand sanitizer and wipes in your bag when you head out.

Proper planning means you can have a great time without worrying about forgetting needed supplies. From tech devices to the right kinds of food to a way to carry it all, these suggestions will help you plan for whatever you're adventure holds. 

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