Essential Travel Gear

travel gear

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a newbie joining your first Adventure People trip, here’s a list of gear you’ll want to consider for your next adventure. Have someone on your holiday shopping list that fits this description? These are also excellent suggestions for gifts to delight the adventurer in your life!

osprey kyte 36Backpack – It’s important to have a backpack for your adventure that is comfortable and fits you properly. For most of our trekking adventures, you won’t need to carry your own cooking and sleeping gear, but you will need to carry several days worth of clothing as well as other essentials. Please visit our blog post about How to Choose a Backpack to learn how to measure your hips and torso to find the appropriate sized backpack for you as well as the capacity needed for your next adventure.

silk sleep sack
Silk Sleep Sack – If you’re going to be staying in budget accommodations or planning on hut-to-hut trekking, or staying in a homestay, a silk sleep sack is good to have. It will keep the bugs from biting through and it’s nice to be enveloped in something that you know is clean. It’s also cool enough so you won’t roast in the summer, but ads an extra layer of warmth in the winter.

quick dry towelQuick Dry Travel Towel – Not every place you stay will have a towel, so it’s good to be prepared with your own. We recommend a medium sized towel from Sea to Summit. It’s small enough to pack in a day pack, but big enough to use after showering.

sawyer water bottleWater Filter & Reusable Water Bottle – When traveling, water is the biggest concern. Sawyer makes the best water filters available and the Sawyer PointONE water bottle is perfect for all of your adventures. It’s more than just a filtration bottle, the Sawyer 4-way filter can be used as an inline filter on your hydration pack, attached to a faucet with the included faucet adapter, or as an ultra-lite system. It includes a 34 oz BPA-free durable water bottle with a fip-top cap and the filter is a .10 micron water filter that guarantees to purify 1 million gallons of water. (Note: this is recommended for US Travel only. When traveling to third world countries, you should only drink bottled water with a sealed cap.)

head lampHeadlamp – If you’re planning on going trekking or camping, or staying in homestays or hostels, this is an essential item. The red light option is useful when you’re in a room with other people and don’t want to wake everyone up. There are lots of brands out there and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get something good. I’m personally a fan of the Black Diamond headlamps.

money beltMoney Belt – A money belt can go around your leg, around your waist or around your neck, and it’s essential for keeping your valuables in while traveling. Eagle Creek, a company known for their travel gear, makes a money belt made of silk that is comfortable, breathable, washable, and sweat resistant (a big plus).

luggage locksLuggage Locks – It’s a good idea to have locks for every zipper or opening in your pack or suitcase. Combination locks are recommended so you don’t have to worry about carrying (and potentially losing) an extra key. Lewis N. Clark makes one that is TSA approved and comes in a 2-pack.

plug adaptersUniversal plug adapter and voltage converter – In the US, we use plug types A and B with 120 volts/ 60Hz voltage. Other countries use different plug types and have a voltage of 220 volts/ 50 Hz. Therefore, if you plan to use your electronics while you travel, you’ll need to use a plug adapter and voltage converter. We recommend a universal adapter that has several plug outlets as well as USB ports for charging multiple devices at the same time. Bestek makes one that has four USB ports and three 110V AC USA outlets and comes equipped with a EU AC cord and different plug adapters for US, US, and AU.

Note: This product will not work with high powered devices such as hair dryers. For items such as that, you’ll need something like the Symtek World Plug HDVC Universal Travel Adapter & Voltage Converter.

firstaid kitFirst Aid Kit –  We recommend that you start with a standard medical first aid kit and then add any extra items that you might need. Your first aid kit should contain any travel medications that you will get from a doctor as well as lip salve, aspirin, band-aids, decongestants and antihistamines, immodium, Cipro for curing diarrhea and other stomach issues, electrolytes and rehydration pills, water purification tablets, burn and sting relief, Acetazolamide for altitude sickness, topical ointment like neosporin, anti-nauseant, antiseptic, sunscreen, and insect repellent. I also recommend throwing in a dental emergency kit, cuz you just never know!

compression soxCompression Travel Socks – I learned after my trip to Thailand that long term air travel can definitely affect your circulation and cause aches and pains in your legs, as well as swelling. Compression socks exert a gentle pressure on the legs, reducing the diameter of distended veins, and causing an increase in blood flow throughout the body. Unlike traditional dress or athletic socks, compression socks use stronger elastic to create pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. By compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, the circulating blood is forced through narrower circulatory channels. As a result, the arterial pressure is increased, which causes more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet. The result is relief to tired, heavy legs.

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