Winter’s chill is upon us, but outdoor enthusiasts everywhere are likely already dreaming of the impending warmth and the outdoor adventures it will bring. If time passes by as quickly as this year, then warm weather will be here before you know it. So, while you wait for the first sign of spring, why not go ahead and stock up on some outdoor must-haves so you are prepared when the time comes? Our Expert shares what to add to your collection to enhance your outdoor experience and get ready for adventures.
Create or purchase a kit that has everything you’ll need should an emergency arise. When spending any amount of time in the wilderness, it’s always a good idea to come prepared. Things like a flashlight, bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, gauze pads, medical tape, and scissors will all come in handy. You should pack everything in a waterproof container and consider adding latex gloves to prevent contamination, allergy medicine, body powder to keep chafing to a minimum, as well as bug spray, antibiotic cream, and an inhaler.
If you like to bring along your furry friend when you venture out, go ahead and invest in a dog first aid kit, too. While some of the items needed will be similar, according to DogTime, hydrogen peroxide could help in case your dog ingests something toxic, and you need to induce vomiting. Additionally, an extra collar, leash, or harness could go a long way, as well as a collapsible bowl for food and water, travel-friendly packages of food and treats, bottled water, and dog waste bags.
If your idea of outdoor fun includes hitting the trails, here are a few items to consider getting:
- It’s all about comfort when it comes to walking for long periods of time, so invest in a good pair of boots and socks. Look for socks that breathe well, last a long time, and have a good amount of padding.
- Protect yourself from the sun (and look stylish too) with a pair of shades and a hat.
- A case of protein bars so you’ll never run out of snacks to keep you energized for the long haul.
- A satellite GPS in case you are without a cell signal and need to find your way.
- A jacket that sheds rain, is lightweight, and can also keep you warm.
- A backpack that has a built-in water reservoir is great for staying hydrated on the go.
- Protect your phone from drops, water, and a dead battery with the perfect case that also serves as a power pack. There are also other accessories that can transform your phone into a camera or act as a tripod or even a bluetooth speaker.
- A GoPro camera is also very popular in that it’s wearable, durable, and captures the hiker’s perspective.
- A watch (smart or not) is the best way for you to conveniently check the time and/or track your mileage.
Perhaps staying overnight is more your style. If that’s the case, make it a more comfortable evening with a pop-up tent that is light to carry and easy to assemble and offers reliable coverage. A cooler to store all your food and drinks, army swiss knife, sleeping bag, hammock, or head lamp to help you see at night are also good options. You could even treat yourself to a portable espresso maker.
Traveling adventures abroad
If you’re planning on taking your outdoor adventure into a foreign country, you’ll need to plan for any contingencies. Along with any essential gear, it’s a good idea to purchase short-term international health insurance in case you get injured or need medical assistance during your trip. Insurers like GeoBlue offer a variety of travel medical insurance plans whether you’re hiking in the Alps or Andes.
You should also have a plan in place should you hit a snag financially. Should you lose your valuables, you may need your friends or family to send money to your destination, but sending funds can be cost-prohibitive. Instead, you can use a low-fee money transfer service like Remitly to securely and expediently receive funds. For example, if you’re in a country like Nepal, you’ll be able to access your funds minutes after they’re sent.
Stock up on what you need and splurge on what you want. No matter what, if you’re giving yourself the ability to better enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, you’re sure to enjoy it. Your time in the outdoors should be full of fresh air and a clear mind. With all of these tips, your path will be clear for fun adventures that will stay with you.
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