Off the Beaten Track: Preparing for your Adventure Holiday

Preparation is key when it comes to adventure holidays. Whether you’re planning on a hike through the jungles of Borneo or scaling the side of Mount Everest, here are some of our top tips for the lead up to your trip.

SAFARI

Preparing for Your Adventure Holiday - SAFARI

Lions and tigers and… okay, maybe not bears. Small charter planes often have strict baggage restrictions, so chances are you’re going to have to pack light.

  1. Sun cream and a broad-rimmed hat. Feeling uncomfortable can ruin your trip. Make sure to get a high quality, high factor sunscreen
  2. A camera. A DSLR camera will inevitably take more up-close and personal shots of the majestic creatures you’ll be seeing. Polaroids, disposables, and compact cameras will also do a good job of capturing some of the best moments of your trip.

WHITE WATER RAFTING

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There are plenty of places to whitewater raft. You can practice the sport amongst the glaciers and icebergs of Canada’s great rivers, or on warmer rivers in Ecuador. Most excursions will provide you with safety gear, such as helmets and lifejackets. However, there a few other items which you will thank yourself for packing later.

  1. Invest in a dry bag to protect your mobile phone. Keep your important items dry and pack light. Bulky luggage will become a burden out in the water.
  2. Don’t forget to bring some water shoes. Staying steady in slippy conditions is just as hard as it sounds. Old sandals or trainers will do just fine.

DESERT TREKS

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The vast expanse of the desert might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect trip. Desert trips aren’t going to be as laid back as luxury Kimberely tours. But, a camel-back ride across the sands of the Sahara offers stunning views in an environment that most won’t have the chance to experience. Remember: entering such a hostile environment requires a little planning.

  1. A windbreaker jacket and a large cotton scarf. Choose white fabrics to reflect the sun’s rays and use a large cotton scarf to protect your face.
  2. First aid kit. Most travel organisers will cater to health and safety. However, it’s always wise to take your own first aid kit. Remember to pack plasters, sanitiser, bandages and insect repellent. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

So now you know what to pack for your trip, check out our guide to pre-holiday beauty prep.

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