Exploring the great outdoors is an exhilarating experience, regardless of the weather. But if you don’t prepare for every possible weather eventuality then you can end up cutting your trip short! So to make the most of your weekend outdoors, whether you’re camping, glamping or just headed to the countryside, here are a few tips for packing the essentials…
If you’re spending whole days outdoors then it’s really important to stay hydrated. Take a reusable water bottle with you and remember to fill it often. The last thing you want is to end up dehydrated mid-adventure! You should also remember to take a flashlight or headlamp for any night time excursions. Other important things to pack include:
- First aid kit
- Sun lotion
- Insect repellent
- Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser
2. Comfortable clothes and shoes
Comfort is absolutely essential when you’re on an outdoorsy weekend. In other words, leave your high heels at home... Take some comfy shoes that you won’t mind spending all day in, waterproofs, warm clothes and any extra layers you think are necessary. Another handy tip is to take multiple pairs of socks to keep your feet dry if you’re doing a lot of trekking around!
If the weather forecast is for warmer temperatures, don’t forget to pack a hat and sunglasses to protect your head and eyes from strong sunlight.
For a weekend spent in the outdoors, you probably won’t need to take a whole lot of technology with you. You’ll get by with just your phone and perhaps an e-reader, like a Kindle or an iPad, if you have one.
4. Games and entertainment
For winding down after a day of outdoor adventure, pack some fun games and board games like Catchphrase, Pictionary, Monopoly, Articulate, some good old fashioned playing cards, and perhaps poker if you fancy yourself a bit of a gambler!
The amount of food you take will obviously depend on where you’re staying but here are a few snack ideas to help you stay fuelled up throughout the day: cereal or granola bars, crisps, rice cakes, dried fruit, bananas, biscuits, juice and tea or coffee if you’ve access to hot water facilities.