Take a long, deep breath and be free – you’ve made it to the great outdoors! We love incorporating some time in the sunshine no matter where we travel. There’s something about the natural world that is so alluring, especially if your surroundings are very different then back home.
But if you’re not used to being outside or are going to a strange, new place…how do you know what to bring with you?
Here are some fantastic ideas by season for scoring the best gear for outdoor trip adventures, from the redwood forests of California to the pristine beaches of the Maldives. If you rather know what to pack by situation, have a look at this great guide for hiking, fishing, camping and more!
Whether you’re splashing around in your local lake, doing some laps at the hotel pool or about to dive deep into a tropical ocean, you’ll need some bathing suits – to suit every situation. I used to love my tiny little bikinis, but the more I spend time in the sun near the equator, I’m conscious of more protection for my skin. Ladies swimwear comes in a variety of styles – such as the trendy cut-out one piece – so you can still look great while maintaining coverage. As swimsuits tend to not take up too much space, I go for one suit that looks great for reading on the beach, and another that’s ideal for serious swimming and snorkeling. Zipped-up racerbacks work well for laps and a tankini or cut-out for lounging by the pool and ocean.
I hate sand. It gets everywhere, right? I finally found something that keeps dry and sand-free that I can lounge on at the beach. I bring a separate towel then have this on hand as well when it’s time for a tan between swims. It packs away in its own little pouch too.
Of course, you’ll want to brag about all the calories you’re burning outside on your trips this summer! The TomTom watch is unlike regular running watches and will track your hiking elevation and distance too. It’s waterproof for swimming and holds music that can sync with wireless earbuds. The data nerd will love all the info that comes through the app on your smartphone.
I don’t mind the classic hiking boot, but when I’m doing easy trails in the hot summer I like to have something a little more breathable. Sandals that come with a thick sole and have easy straps are best.
I love when you find that one pair of jeans that works for every scenario. Fall gets a little breezier, so I pack away shorts and dresses to opt for a great pair of denim. Dickie’s lasts for a long time and can move along with you while hiking, walking or even dressed up with booties to dance the night away.
I’ve always sworn by infinity scarves as my favorite versatile travel item. While layers work well in the fall, I like that an over-sized scarf can come off quickly is you get warm while moving outdoors. It also doubles as a great travel blanket or bunched up as a pillow on the plane.
There’s nothing worse while enjoying your ski break than freezing fingers. We keep a few of these on hand at all times to pass around to our squad. It’s a quick way to stay cozy on the slopes and can be put wherever you need a little warm boost.
Any time you’re spending an extended trip outdoors, it’s good to have a plan if you get stuck. As in, have to stay overnight somewhere under the stars. Sleeping bags are often great but can be bulky and take up space. So something like a survival bag can be useful to have in your backpack in case of emergencies. It’s made of anti-tear material and can retain heat on cold nights.
If you plan on a lot of springtime road trips, it’s well worth investing in a good bike you can bring along with you. Rentals are often a hit-or-miss situation, so having your own bicycle ready is key to a good roadside adventure. The B’Twin is a great holiday bike, as it’s reliable and usable for a couple of seasons.
Serious hikers and those who like to work up a sweat will love this in their suitcase. A hydration bladder takes up very little space and can be used on its own or in a backpack. Fill with water for quick hydration anytime on the trail. They are leak-proof and portable for almost any outdoor activity.
What do you have to take on your outdoor-centered holidays? What time of year do you usually plan your outdoor trips?