Packing for any trip can be a challenge these days but knowing what you need – and don’t need – for an adventure vacation can be even more daunting. Let us put your mind at ease and provide a few adventure tour packing tips that we’ve learned over the many years and many destinations to which we’ve traveled. We’ll have you ready to go in a hurry!
- Check the weather forecast for your destinations and know that it can (will!) change.
- Lay all of your clothes out, then pack half of them; remember one of each type of thing (dress pants, fleece) — except cycling shorts, socks and undergarments — is enough.
- Accessorize! One black knit wrinkle-proof dress can get you through several nights’ dinners. Change its look w/ scarves, necklaces or pins. Remember, your dinner partners will be in the same position as you are and will probably be wearing ‘repeats’ as well. We promise they won’t mind J.
- In summer, men can replace their dinner jacket with a sweater and tie, and women don’t need to wear stockings. Less to pack, hooray!
- Pack a small bag to its fullest – using every inch of space will prevent sliding and keep the contents neat. Or, use packing cubes that help keep things organized.
- Bring a hat and scarf (they don’t take much room and really keep you warm).
- Choose the right footwear and break them in. That means walk in your hiking boots at least 20 miles or cycle 75 miles in your cycling shoes.
- Bring a few empty bags (cloth or mesh) for carrying souvenirs, dirty laundry, etc.
- Be sure you can carry all of your bags yourself. Your Backroads Trip Leaders will handle luggage while on the trip, but they won’t be there in the airport terminal or train station where walks can be quite long. A good test: Take all of your bags for a walk around the block.
For more information about Backroads, call us 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific time daily at 800-462-2848.