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Adventure holidays are all the rage when summer rolls around, and the weather allows you to spend time outdoors. Not only are they incredibly fun, but you can get out into nature and explore and enjoy your surroundings. 

If you’ve never been on an adventure holiday before, you may not know what to pack. Fear not; here is a list of all the essentials you will need to have the best possible and most comfortable trip. 

What to Pack for an Adventure Holiday


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The first thing you need for an adventure trip is the right pair of shoes; and there are only two types of shoes you need to handle any and all terrain.

You will first need a pair of hiking or walking shoes, and you will need a pair of Crocs shoes or something else you can get wet while you are walking or swimming in a lake or river. 

The hiking boots are self-explanatory, but Crocs are useful as they give your feet a chance to breathe and cool down while keeping your soles protected. 

Sleeping Gear & Tent

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Next, you will need a sleeping bag and a tent.

If you are traveling in the summer, try and get a sleeping bag that is a bit lighter and breathable; regarding the tent, anything that is big enough to fit you and your stuff will do. 

A groundsheet is also a great addition, especially if you are traveling somewhere that gets rain or is generally wet, such as a rainforest or jungle. 

Toiletries & First-Aid

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You are also going to need toiletries and a few first-aid items. Your toiletries are up to you, but natural soap is best if you are going to be cleaning in water sources.

For first-aid, besides plasters and bandages, there are a few other things you should take. 

Medication for headaches, constipation, and diarrhea is a must, as well as cream for burns, bites, and stings.

Insect repellant is also a great addition, in particular the spray kind, as it will be easier to keep your tent free of bugs that way. 

Warm & Cold Clothing

Apart from the regular type of clothing, you will take, remember to pack items you can wear if it gets very hot or cold.

Vests and shorts, as well as a jersey, long pants, and extra socks, will all go a long way if there is a drastic change in weather. 

Battery Packs

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You will want to pack two or three battery packs as well for your devices.

Ones that can be charged via solar are obviously the best, and you should take more than one so that you have options in case one breaks. 

Navigation Equipment

Even if you take your phone or a GPS with you, it is essential that you have additional navigation gear.

A compass and waterproof map should be efficient, but someone else in your group should carry one, too, in case your one is lost. 

Water Purifying Kit

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You never know when you will be put into a survival situation; therefore, you need to be prepared.

A water purifying kit, whether it be tablets or a purifying straw, should be one of the first things you pack. 

Don’t put too much weight into the idea of “getting water where you are staying because there is a stream or spring,” water is never guaranteed, and especially not clean water. 

Cooking Gear

You should also pack some basic cooking gear, such as a couple of metal bowls, a camping stove, and a few utensils.

All of this gear can also be used to purify water, make tea with wild berries, or simply warm you up on a cold night. 

MREs & Snacks

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Another very important thing to add is food, namely MREs and snacks.

MREs are food pouches that are highly nutritious and only require hot water or a camping stove to cook. They are used by the military due to their high protein and carbohydrate counts, perfect for an outdoor adventure. 

Regarding snacks, fruit, fruit bars, protein bars, and the like will be more than sufficient.

You mustn’t forget drinks either, and the best choice would be drink powders that are high in electrolytes, as you will be sweating a lot and will need to recover salts, etc. 


Finally, a few extras that you will need are lighters, a satellite phone, a multitool, glowsticks, and a whistle.

For the lighters, pack two or three; keep one on your person, one in your pack, and another one in a separate pack. This will ensure you can’t lose them all or get them all wet. 

A satellite phone is essential if you are going to be traveling somewhere that has little to no phone service. A decent multitool is also needed; pack something that can cut cords, branches, bandages, etc. 

Glowsticks and a whistle are needed as a last resort for rescue or if you get lost. Once again, keep multiples on your person and in your packs, but also use them if you really need to.

A whistle can be a lifesaver as you can get many that are much louder than what you could scream.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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