If you’re an avid fan of all sorts of adrenaline-inducing adventures, you know by now that one of the most important things you need to remember is to pack light but pack right. There’s nothing worse than being in the wilderness without a flashlight, a map, or a bottle of water. To make sure you enjoy every camping, hiking and expedition you’re going to make, here’s a list of the essential adventure gear to bring with you:
An all-around ultra-light bag is recommended. Your backpack will hold all your other adventure gear, so it needs to be sturdy enough to be able to carry your things, but light enough so it doesn’t weigh you down. The Broke Backpacker strongly recommends the Berghaus Freeflow, which will allow you to hike comfortably as it has an air technology that allows air to pass between your back and your pack.
For when you’re hiking or spending the night up a mountain or in the forest, it’s best to have a lightweight headlamp with you, like the Nitecore NU10. It weighs just 65 grams and provides a powerful 160-lumen glow.
An army knife
This will come in handy if you need to open cans and bottles or cut ropes. You can also use this to build your tent or, if the need arises, defend yourself.
A good set of clothes
Where you’re going will dictate what kinds of clothes you need to wear, but it’s always a good idea to bring a good pair of cargo pants, a few quick-dry workout shirts and a down jacket. On Spain Guides we have a list of the clothes you will need if you’re going dirt biking in Spain, for example—these clothes need to be able to cover you from head to toe as the scorching heat might cause a sunburn.
Apart from a good backpack, you also need to invest in a sturdy, easy-to-assemble tent. The Vango Banshee is a good choice. You also need an all-season sleeping bag and something to keep you warm like the Thermarest Neo Air.
You can track where you are with a map and an electronic navigation device, but a good old compass might just come in handy in the event that the two don’t work.
A durable pair of shoes
For extreme adventurers, you’ll need a pair of tough but breathable shoes like Patagonia's Gore-Tex Drifter. As recommended by Forbes, a good pair of hiking shoes can protect you from any cuts from rocks and branches, as well as keep you from slipping if the trail is wet.
A microfibre towel
In case you need to hike through streams and other bodies of water, a good microfibre towel can help you dry off quickly. Make sure you get one that is fast-drying, so you can put it back in your bag right after you use it.
A reusable water bottle
The Vapur Eclipse Reusable Water Bottle will not take up any space in your pack as you can roll it when it’s empty and fill it up easily when you need it. It has a solid screw-on top that prevents any spills, so you know your things won’t get wet if you store it with water inside.
A portable battery or a power bank
Your gadgets won’t last long in the wilderness unless you have something to charge them with. Buy yourself a heavy-duty power bank to charge your phones and other electronic devices. Men’s Journal suggests you take an Anker PowerCore 10000 Charger with you—its quick charge tech can bump up your gadget’s juice to up to 80% in 30 minutes.
Smartwatches can help provide you with useful information during your adventures, including information such as step count to atmospheric data. Many of the current products use technology that can also track your health, water intake and oxygen saturation. Coral describes how this technology can also monitor heart rate among other vitals and provides the user with an exhaustive amount of health data. This becomes important, especially when adventuring in remote locations, as you want to make sure you stay in top shape. Smartwatches can also provide elevation and directional data that can help you navigate whether you’re hiking, sailing, trail running, or wild swimming. Some smartwatches can also show you the sunrise and sunset times, which can help you decide when to set up camp.
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Prepared by Anna Pearson
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