Expeditions could be one of a kind experience. It is both mentally and physically enriching. Often, they are, in fact, quite surreal and life-altering experiences. These sorts of journeys make you step out of your comfort zone. In addition to this, you might end up realizing where your potential lies in its truest sense.
However, for you to be able to make the most of the expedition and to ensure that it proves to be rewarding, you must and should prepare yourself beforehand. We have managed to list a few items that you might need to make your experience worthwhile. These items, we call, must-haves will only act as a major enhancement in your trip in terms of comfort. Missing out even on one of these can be a real obstacle and you would not want that! We will suggest that you make a formal checklist so that you can crosscheck when you are packing. This way, you are less likely to forget things. Well, yes, do not forget to thank us later after you are through the list! Anyway, without any further delay, let’s now jump straight into what you would be needing for your trip.
Here you go!
1- A backpack
An expedition without a backpack is just not possible. It will forever be incomplete because, of course, you would need something to carry your stuff in. Owing to the nature of your trip, it is important that you carry a bag that is durable enough to resist untimely circumstances such as rain. At the same time, you want to carry something which is spacious enough to accommodate everything necessary and does not feel as if there are bricks on your back.
We would suggest you opt for a carbon fiber backpack for maximum ease and comfort.
2- A sunscreen
Regardless of where you are going in terms of climate and weather, packing a sunscreen should be your topnotch priority. Wherever you choose to have your expedition, the sun shall always come after you. Hence, you got to be prepared for what you can’t run away from! Now, you know why sunscreen is a must-have that you cannot afford to ignore?
Speaking of the details, you would want to make sure that your sunscreen happens to be of at least SPF 45. In addition to this, make sure it is non-greasy, sweat in combination with water-proof.
3- A chap stick
You never what befalls when it comes to the unpredictability of Mother Nature? Moreover, if your destination is one which is cold, then a chap stick should be in your backpack
In addition to sunscreen, it is another must-have considering the fact that dried and flaky lips are, we bet, not even the last thing you want. So, make sure you have a chap stick or lip balm to save yourself from such horrors amidst your expedition.
Speaking of this, make sure you have enough so that you and your trip partners can use it with a free mind.
4- Your favorite snack
No matter how exciting a trip is, there is always food from back home that you are bound to miss. And, of course, one always needs to have something familiar to feel at home when away. Now comes the dilemma of what food item would prove to be suitable to pack?
Well, to begin with, a little chocolate never hurts. So, this is one option available in addition to packing some cheese slices and bread. Other than this, you can always carry a jar of nuts. This is one super healthy and yummy option!
5- A book
They say there is no better friend than a book and rightly so. It is the best companion when you go on such trips. People often have trouble falling asleep when on trips and this is when they can spend time over on a good book until the sleep bug caught them.
Additionally, there are times when you just want to be by yourself and books can be a pretty decent company to be in. Therefore, make sure to carry an interesting stash of books to kill that time of boredom or just simply relax. You can always run a quick search to know what everybody currently reading for some inspiration.
To keep sunlight at bay, what works best is a wraparound sports glasses. For maximum protection, you have to ensure that the ones you get offer UV protection. Moreover, it is always better to be prepared than to be sorry, so make sure to pack in an extra pair too just in case you lose one. It is always good to have a backup!
Furthermore, it is only wise and a very smart idea to carry a strap around as you want to be as free from holding on to stuff as much as you can. A strap will allow you to swiftly put on or off sunglasses without caring about storing it in the case every now and then. They will casually hang around your neck and you are all free and good to go.
When you are heading out for something like an expedition, it is of paramount importance to have the right gear.
And, carrying a flashlight as part of your survival kit is crucial because you never know when you will end up needing them when there are no other sources of lights available. We cannot dismiss or deny that how safe it is then making use of candles that on disastrous conditions like storms or heavy rain. Additionally, it is also important that you always carry extra batteries to fall back on. Lastly, make sure to store them at a place where you can find them easily as and when emergency strikes.
8- A First-aid box
Well, emergencies are a common sight on trips considering that minor injuries such as scratches or burns are inevitable. In fact, it is a part and parcel of expeditions. Therefore, you got to be fully equipped to deal with it. A well-stocked first-aid box, hence, should be packed on a priority basis.
In case you are skeptical of what to keep and what, then let’s just touch upon this a little bit. First and foremost, you need to keep plasters of varying shapes and sizes in addition to sterile gauze dressings. Alcohol-free wipes, tweezers, scissors and, thermometers are other must additions. A skin rash cream and last but not least, painkillers. Paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen would be suitable options and ones that cannot be ignored.
And this is it! You, now, have you a little checklist to make sure you have everything you could need on your trip. We hope you have an amazing time and experience!