If you’re an adventurous type, there’s nothing more exhilarating than organizing a trip that enables you to try new things and experience and embrace the adrenaline rush provided by life in the great outdoors.
When it comes to al fresco pursuits and adventure breaks, it’s always wise to plan ahead to make the most of the time you have available and reduce the risk of unwanted injuries and accidents.
Here are some tips for your next jaunt.
Creating an itinerary
Adventure vacations often offer up a wide range of activities and excursions, and many outdoor hobbies require a degree of pre-planning and preparation. While in some cases, it is possible to turn up at a lake with a kayak or to scale a mountain without extensive planning, it is wise to design an itinerary for your trip, especially if you’re not familiar with the area.
Figure out how you want to spend your time, take a good look at what kinds of activities are available, and make sure you’re aware of restrictions. If you’re going to a national park, for example, you may need to pay a fee, you might need a permit, or you may have to join an organized tour.
If you are thinking of booking excursions with tour operators, read reviews and testimonials to compare different agencies and get an insight into what different trips entail.
Planning in advance will help you to make the most of the time you have available and ensure that you’re ready and raring to go.
Packing the right kit
Packing for a vacation in the outdoors is very different to getting ready for a beach break.
If you’ve got specific trips or pursuits in mind, make sure you’ve got everything you need before you travel or ask your tour operator or the companies running individual trips about renting equipment. If you’re planning some solo adventures, you might need to take your own kit.
If you’re going climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing or canyoneering, take a look at what you’ve already got and browse online to add to your collection before you jet off. You’ll find everything from walking boots and outdoor clothing to canyoneering gear & apparel online.
If you’re joining tours, there’s a good chance that kit will be provided, so check before you go out and spend money. When you’re shopping, always bear the conditions in mind. If it’s going to be cold and wet, for example, invest in thermal layers, a warm, waterproof jacket, and thick socks, hats, and gloves.
Adventure sports carry risks, but there are ways of lowering the chances of being involved in accidents and picking up injuries. Always listen to safety briefings, go with a guide if you’re inexperienced or new to the area, and make sure you’ve got the right equipment.
Plan routes in advance, stick to designated pathways and take a first aid kit, snacks, and plenty of water with you. Check the weather forecast before you go hiking, climbing, biking, or sailing and listen out for advice from the authorities.
If you’re an adventurer by nature, there’s nothing more thrilling than taking a break in the great outdoors. Hopefully, these tips will help you plan an unforgettable, action-packed break.