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Must-have Backpack Essentials For Outdoor Activities

Imagine you are in the middle of the woods rummaging through your bag as you look for a flashlight but all you end up picking out are empty snack packets and that random book you thought you’d read in the middle of your trip. This is because when it comes to going on an adventure the art of packing is a challenge for many people. It’s hard to decide where to start packing and what to include in your bags.

Oftentimes, travellers pack random items in their bags, only to find out later that they forgot important items, which breaks the rules of light packing. Here is a list of backpack essentials you may find useful the next time you go on outdoor activities in the UK, as it is best to follow a list and stick to it so you don’t overpack while making sure you have the essentials right at hand when you need them. Packing will take less time, and you won’t have to rethink what goes inside your luggage. 

01.  Backpack 

It is important to consider your backpack depending on the number of days you will be away. How much you enjoy your trip will be influenced by your comfort level.  If you select a bag with multiple compartments, you’ll be able to find the specific item you’re looking for without having to dig through everything. It would also be smart to purchase a backpack that comes with warranty services for bag damage caused by faults in the material and workmanship, broken zippers, broken locks & buckles, and minor stitches for ripped fabrics. 

02.  Food and Water 

While you’re on the road, the impact of food on your physical and mental health is crucial. When packing food, make sure it has a long shelf life. Be sure to pack your food in a sealed container so it doesn’t spill while you’re travelling. If you don’t properly pack or store your food, it can become messy. Some of the best choices for trail foods are nuts, beef jerky, and dark chocolate. During hiking, you will constantly sweat and get dehydrated easily therefore it would be best to bring at least two litres of water. 

03.  Headlamp 

There are times when this is optional, or not necessary when you are just out for the day. However, there is always the possibility that the trip could last longer than expected. Prepare yourself before going out after dark. Different headlamps are available on the market with different brightness levels, and battery life is also a major consideration when choosing headlamps since you must bring extra batteries with you. 

04.  Insect Repellent 

In addition to being one of the most overlooked items on the list, it can even be counted as one of the most important. Make sure you protect yourself from insects that carry diseases. Insect repellents can come in aerosols, creams, pump sprays and liquids. 

05.  Rain Coat 

Raincoats will keep you dry on a rainy hike, as the weather can change suddenly. Pack a lightweight rain jacket that is convenient. Nylon or polyester raincoats are lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, stretch-resistant, and shrink-resistant, and both are easy to carry. 

06.  Sun Protection 

Be sure to bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. People often do not realise the importance of using these items until they are sunburned. Use a sunscreen with at least 50 SPF before, during, and after sun exposure to protect yourself from the damaging effects of direct sunlight, and don’t forget to wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. 

07.  Wipes 

While preparing for an external environment, you must also take care of your personal hygiene. Besides serving a multitude of purposes, they are also useful during unexpected times and to clean yourself up when you are dirty and dusty. Make sure you also bring a sanitiser that goes well with your wipes. 

08.  Electronic Gadgets 

It is a matter of personal preference when it comes to electronics. Choose a camera that suits your outdoor activities and travels, for example, a waterproof camera if you are planning on diving or snorkelling. Mirrorless and action cameras can be paired with tripods and monopods to capture every angle. Taking pictures is the perfect way to capture the moment in all its glory and take you back to that feeling of wonderment when the trip is done and you’re at your daily nine to five. 

Many first time travellers rationalise that it’s better to have it and not need it rather than to need it and not have it; however this does not work well if you’re carrying only one trip travel appropriate backpack. It is best to take the most essential item and learn as you go. The more you travel you can customise your backpack essentials and soon you’ll have the perfect list when packing for your adventures. As a beginner though, this list should get you on the right track.

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