How to Prepare for Adventure Travel

Adventure travel is a type of tourism that involves exploring or traveling to remote and exotic regions of the world. Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, as tourists seek different kinds of vacations. Adventure travel includes activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, rafting, zip-lining, paragliding, and rock climbing. One should be well prepared before heading off to go zip lining in Costa Rica or hiking through Nepal. Here are a few ways to get ready for your adventure:

While your packing list for your adventure travel trip may be extensive, there a few things you should NOT bring. A common mistake is bringing new shoes or hiking boots. While this may seem like a good idea, bringing footwear that has not been properly worn in is an invitation for painful blisters and sore feet. Your best bet to either bring a sturdy pair of shoes you already have that appropriate for the terrain, or buy a pair a few months before you go and break them in at home. Jewelry, fancy watches, wedding rings and other valuables are best left at home. A good rule of thumb is to leave at home anything you would be devastated to lose. If you feel naked without your wedding band or favorite necklace, buy a fake to wear during your trip. That way you’ll have nothing to regret if it breaks or gets lost or stolen. Also, this is adventure travel. One of your goals is to survive on the basics. Leave your scented lotions and fancy shampoos at home. Pack travel sized bottles of whatever they provide in the travel section of Target. It may seem strange to leave behind all your comforts, but by day 6 you’ll be glad you’re not lugging around large bottles of hair conditioner.

During adventure travel, you will be on your feet for long periods of time. Depending on your travel plans, you’ll be standing, running, walking, or biking for hours. You need to prepare your feet for the adventure. Blisters can slow down even the most physically fit travelers. For your adventure you will need tough feet, excellent footwear, and non-cotton socks. Like I said above, you will want to buy new footwear well in advance of your trip. You may have to go to several stores and try on several pairs before you find the right shoes. You will also want non-cotton socks to wick away sweat. Wet feet soften and blister easily.

If you are heading to remote communities or trekking through the jungle, you may encounter microscopic organisms in your water that will leave you longing for home or a doctor. You will want to bring enough water purification supplies to get you through your trip. Pills and droplets are available at most hiking supply stores. Research all your options and decide what is best for you and your adventure travel plans.

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