Travel is back! Tips to prepare for your next outdoor adventure
Slowly but steadily life is returning to something that is slightly more reminiscent of days gone by. With travel now back on the cards to some countries and lockdown measures easing, many of us are looking forward to taking well-deserved breaks. Whether you have plans for a staycation, a week away on the coast, a tour of national parks or even a far-flung adventure, here are some tips to help you prepare for your next trip.
Planning your trip
Restrictions are lifting but we’re not quite in a position where the world is our oyster just yet. One of the most important steps to take when planning any trip this spring/summer is choosing a location and ensuring that you understand entry requirements. While free travel is permitted within the UK, there are measures in place for those wanting to journey further afield. Research possible destinations, keep up to date with the latest guidelines and make sure you comply with the rules to save time and stress when you reach the airport. For those planning a UK break, the demand for accommodation has soared due to the pandemic, so it’s wise to book early. Check availability online, compare prices and think about how you want to spend your time while you’re away. There are options to suit all tastes and budgets from remote camping spots and log cabins in the mountains to coastal hotels, quaint B and Bs and luxury resorts.
Packing for an outdoorsy holiday is not the same as getting a suitcase ready for a beach break. You might need a lot of equipment as well as a variety of clothing and shoes to cater to the conditions and supplies to keep you safe and healthy on hikes, bike rides or days out on the water. Before you pack, write a list of everything you need to buy or hire before you go and a separate list of all the items you want to pack.
Work your way through your list, taking care to remember essential items such as chargers for devices and medicines. Ensure that you have a supply of bottled water and snacks to take out with you and if you vape, buy nic salts in advance. It’s always beneficial to have spares with you if you use an inhaler or any other type of medical device or treatment. Carry a small first aid kit in your backpack.
We all know that the British weather can be unpredictable at the best of times. Even in the height of summer, you can still expect to see grey skies and showers. When putting an itinerary together and packing a bag, always be mindful of the conditions. Pack light, breathable clothing, make sure you have waterproofs with you and take warm clothing and a suitable sleeping bag if you’re camping.
It’s also wise to have back-up plans if you’re hoping to do activities that are weather-dependent. If you’re travelling abroad and you’re planning to hike or cycle in the heat, stay hydrated and ensure you have lightweight, comfortable clothing.
Travel is back and many of us will be counting down the days until we jump in the car or hop on a plane bound for lakes, mountains or rugged cliffs. If you’re planning an outdoor adventure, it’s always wise to research locations, write a list to help you pack and factor in the weather conditions. Try to ensure that you have everything you need before you travel, especially if you’re getting off the beaten track.