With a wide array of gear and food options, it can be hard to know where to start when preparing for an adventure. Whether you are going on a hunting trip in the mountains or hiking a new trail in the forest, many considerations must be made before heading out into nature. This article will explore some basic things that should go onto your list when packing for your next big adventure!
Water and Food
The first consideration is what to eat and drink. The amount of food you will need depends on the length of your trip, how much physical activity you expect yourself to do (the more active, the higher caloric intake), and whether or not there are opportunities in between for resupplying. For short trips with low exertion levels in a temperate climate, one gallon of water per person per day should suffice. Increase the amount of water needed for hotter temperatures and more strenuous activities.
Regarding food, it is best to bring along lightweight and calorie-dense items. Trail mix, bars, jerky, and dried fruits are all excellent options. Also, consider bringing light and compact meals like dehydrated backpacking food if you’re packing a stove. You can also pack in perishables like cheese, lunchmeat, and eggs, but be sure to have more relaxed or ice packs to keep them cold.
As for hydration bladders and water bottles, bring at least two litres of capacity if you’re not relying on streams or other water sources.
Hiking boots or a sturdy pair of shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and equipment are essential items for a trip into the wild. If you are doing a 4×4 route into the wilderness,petrol or diesel drums and a diesel pump will be necessary, so you do not run out of fuel and are stuck in the wild. Toolbox, spade, axe, saw, and other gear you might need for your specific route into the wild. Tow strap, rope, and winch should also come in handy if you are stuck in mud or snow. Make a list of everything you will need and pack it all in an easily accessible spot in your vehicle. Two spare tires and a jack are also essential.
A well-stocked emergency kit is essential for any trip into the wild. Make sure to pack a first-aid kit, flares, water and food supplies, a tent or shelter, and a means of starting a fire. It’s also important to know your location at all times in case you need to call for help, so carry a map and compass. Have a plan in case of an emergency, too.
Pack a watch, sunglasses, and sunscreen. If you have any allergies to food or plants, pack medication for them as well. A headlamp is also essential to see after dark if need be. Keep your cell phone fully charged at all times in case of emergency too! Remember the chargers for it as well, just in case.
Critical advice to consider when preparing for an adventurous trip into the wild is first to pack well-stocked emergency kits. Secondly, it is essential to know your location in case of emergencies, and lastly, having a means of starting a fire with you is a vital component that should not be missed on any adventure! Finally, be mentally and physically prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way!
And lastly, have fun and be safe out there!