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March 22, 2017 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

So you’ve decided you’re ready to take the plunge, hit the road and broaden your horizons. Perhaps you have planned a once in a lifetime road trip, or even just a weekend away. Whatever adventure you’re planning on, there are a few things that you should equip yourself with in order to be prepared for any situation.

Below is a list of 5 essential items that any newbie explorer shouldn’t be without.

Lights

Be sure to pack a range of lighting options that will aid you in a variety of situations.

A head torch is a must as their simple design takes up little space, it usually very lightweight and they are also extremely easy to use. You may also want to consider handheld flashlights and traditional camping lanterns. When choosing the best lighting for your next trip, be sure to consider the power source. Solar-powered or hand-crank operated models are good choices for those who are going off the beaten track and therefore need alternative power options.

First Aid Kit

Ensure to put together a well-stocked first aid kit that contains everything you may need in an emergency. Items to include in your first aid may vary depending on the type of trip you have in mind. However, be sure to pack things such as sanitizer, insect repellent, sunscreen and plenty of band-aids.

Nonperishables

What you are going to eat whilst on your trip should be high on your priority list.

Again, it’s important to consider things like where you can store food items and also how you are going to prepare them. Ideally, you want to stock up on non-perishable items that are simple to store, have a long shelf life and food that will provide lots of energy.

Nuts and trail mixes are always a good option as they’re healthy, nutritious and packed full of energy. Canned food items such as tuna, vegetables, beans and soups are excellent choices if you’re looking for something that will last a long time without going spoiled. Canned foods can often be heated and even eaten straight from the can too.

Dried fruit is also a good way to get some goodness when the real deal is unobtainable.

If the majority of your trip is going to be by car then you may want to consider investing in a portable cooler or esky which will allow you keep food items fresher and cooler for longer.

Cooking Equipment and utensils

Don’t forget to pack utensils such as can openers, cutlery, plates and cups.

All your food you have bothered to pack is useless if you are unable to get into it. Don’t rely on your chosen destination to have cooking facilities or even a campfire. Instead be sure to invest in a travel stove or other portable cooking device that is suitable for your travels. When choosing the best cooking equipment, think about how easy the item will be to use, as well as how easy it will be to set up and pack away. You should also think about the different meals if will allow you to create.

A sense of adventure

Although this cannot be purchased having a sense of adventure throughout your next trip should make the whole experience more enjoyable. Having a good sense of humour will also help you if or when things don’t go as originally planned. Try to make the best of every situation as it’s often the unexpected situations that are the ones we will remember for years to come.

Being prepared for any situation and thinking ahead should make sure that your next adventure is one that you’ll never forget. So what are you waiting for?

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