Happy Wednesday! Today I’m talking outdoor travel essentials. If you’re getting ready to hit the road or if you’re gearing up for a trip off the grid, here are some must haves:
2 // Comfy bras and undies: For both my road trip and my backpacking trip, I wore sports bras the whole time. Just so you know, nothing is more uncomfortable than being stuck in a car for hours or walking through the forest without the right support underneath. My go to sports bras, believe it or not, are the Danskin ones at Walmart. And they’re $7. I like the v neck ones the best! Look for comfort in undies too! Look for cotton underwear and avoid anything tight and sexy. I’m serious!! Tiny underwear with strings is NOT your friend when you’re climbing up the side of a waterfall. A waterfall like this one:
5 // A GoPro: Another splurge I’d recommend for an upcoming outdoor trip. For backpacking it would be a burden to carry a fancy camera because of its weight, so I would stick to something small. I took my GoPro with me to Hawaii and filmed non stop. The pictures and videos I captured on that thing will stay with me forever! The GoPro has great photo and video quality and some models even offer a wifi connection so you can take a look at what’s on your GoPro and even film/take pictures from the screen of your phone!
6 // Nice and sturdy shoes: When I went out west, I didn’t wear my hiking boots as much as I thought I would (I wore my Birkenstocks or tennis shoes instead), but I honestly wish I would’ve worn them during my backpacking trip (how many times have I said “backpacking” in this post so far? Holy geez I’m sorry). I went to the outdoor store nearby and took some time to try on different styles and fits. Make sure you break in any travel shoes before you leave, too!
7// Thick socks: I can NOT stress how important good socks are. When I slept in a tent, my feet were the first thing to get cold. Having thick (preferably wool) socks will ensure a good nights sleep when the temperature drops.
8 // A big backpack: I don’t mean big as in HUGE, I just mean big enough to comfortably fit all of your stuff and leave a little room for extra stuff. My Patagonia backpack has been with me since maybe junior year of high school and the poor little thing has been through hell and back but it still looks brand new and holds like a champ. Obviously if you’re going – I’m about to say it again – backpacking, you’ll need a specific kind of backpack, but for other travels a normal school sized one is great!
9 // Light: Whether it be a headlamp or a flashlight you carry by hand, light is SO important! Not gonna lie, the headlamps are always super frustrating for me because its just one straight beam in front of you and the light doesn’t span across a lot of space. I use Energizer’s Light Fusion line for handheld flashlights. But I know a lot of people who love headlamps. So. Its a personal choice!
10 // Something to write in: While traveling, sometimes you don’t see the internet for days at a time (but isn’t that part of what makes travel so freakin’ great?). I loved writing everything about my adventure out west down during the car rides from state to state. When I say everything, I mean it: the smells, the sights, the weather, the people, the gas stations, the road conditions, the speed limit, how unruly my hair was that day, the color I was going to paint my toes next, what it would be like if Mark Wahlberg stayed in his Marky Mark phase forever and he proposed marriage…you know, the usual. And the necessary.
11 // Hydroflask: I’m not going to say water bottle, because you don’t need just any ordinary water bottle. You need a Hydroflask. I’m serious. It keeps the cold stuff cold and the hot stuff hot. I had lemonade one day and put ice in it, and by the end of the day – I’m talking like 10 hours later – the ice was BARELY and I mean BARELY melted and the lemonade was still cold. I don’t recommend getting a white Hydroflask, though. I got one from Hawaii because I thought it was ~chic~~ (who tf needs chic when you’re surviving in the wilderness? who, I ask? who?) and it has lots of scratches and marks on it that are only visible because of the color.
What are you outdoorsy or road trip travel must haves? Do you have any of the essentials I listed up above? Talk to me!
And, for the record:
# of times the word “backpacking” was used in this post: 7.
Sorry bout it.