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By: Maria Diefenbach
Posted on: Sep 11, 2018

The Essential Adventure Travel Checklist

Whether you are backpacking across Europe or hiking the Pacific trail there are several things you should consider when planning your long-term travel adventure travel checklist.


Get creative with how you pack, will you be using a carry-on, checked bag, backpack or the back of your car? Organization is key! There are a wide array of videos such as this that help you learn savvy travel tricks and which items to include on your travel checklist.


You opted for the road less traveled and you want to be comfortable wherever this adventure takes you. Think versatile comfortable clothing and footwear that won’t wrinkle and travels well. You can’t enjoy your trip to its’ fullest extent if you’re in pain and can’t walk. If you do not have access to a washing machine for several days or at all consider clothing, undergarments and footwear that has been treated with an odor control technology for extended freshness and hygiene. Whether you are a solitary adventurer or with a group let’s face it no one likes to stink.


According to Wikipedia, adventure travel may include activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, scuba diving, rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, paragliding, hiking, exploring, sandboarding, caving and rock climbing. Picking appropriate attire means thinking through possible activities that you might stumble upon and making sure that you take your activities into consideration as you plan your travel checklist.


Check the extended forecast in advance and the night before you leave. If you have a 10-day trip and 7 days are predicted to be warm and 3 are supposed to be cold plan 70% of your wardrobe for warmer temperatures and the rest for cold. It is also a good idea to layer up, so you are ready for any type of fluctuations in the weather. There are also a multitude on regional packing lists available online that you could add to your travel checklist. Make sure you are aware seasonal changes in the countries you are visiting. You don’t want to be traveling during monsoon season.

Cultural Considerations

Be aware of your surroundings, investigate cultural differences of the region you are travelling to. If you are traveling to a more conservative country, you will need to choose clothing items that conform to those standards. Local Civic or Religious holidays will affect transportation and the day-to-day of most businesses. Read up on rude gestures for the area you are traveling in, it will amaze you what is perfectly normal in some countries is considered incredible offensive in others. You can pick up this light hearted read for some fun and education, Rude Hand Gestures of the World: A Guide to Offending without Words by Romana Lefevre


Most people tend to overpack their toiletries. Start saving your sample size products so you can have smaller sized products for your travels. Below is a good list we found of some basics, extras and health items to add to your travel checklist.

Toiletry Bag Basics

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF
  • Make up packed in a wipeable wristlet
  • Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and q-tips
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion
  • Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed and not be questioned by TSA.

Toiletry Bag Extras

  • Cologne/perfume
  • Personal mini mirror
  • Hair products like hairspray, hair gel and beard oil
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Shaving kit and extra razors
  • Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover
  • Facial tissues and/or toilet paper
  • Travel Towel
  • Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers (must be in checked luggage)


  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
  • Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)
  • Pain and fever relievers (also children’s strength if you are traveling with kids)
  • Thermometer
  • Cold medicines and throat lozenges
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Allergy medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
  • Multivitamins
  • Sunburn relief
  • Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
  • Motion sickness pills or bands
  • Altitude sickness pills
  • Eye drops
  • Moleskin
  • Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Prescriptions in original packaging
  • Sleeping medicines

Safety + Important Documents

Ensure that your belongings are protected, try to blend in and keep your valuable documents, credit cards and money, hidden underneath your clothing. Several companies specialize in anti-theft bags and next-to-skin wallets, we recommend in investing in one if you have not done so. As your reviewing your travel checklist make sure you have the following items make it in your bag.

  • Passport/visa(s) –
  • Personal ID/Student ID card –
  • Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program card numbers Cash and credit cards – Call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travels
  • Health insurance cards/document(s)
  • Travel insurance information
  • Reservations and itineraries
  • Hotel and/or tour contact information
  • Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses
  • Copies of all these things in case you lose your wallet

Check for Travel Advisories for your intended destination. The United States government has a good website where you can learn more about these alerts and warnings. Let a friend or family member know where you are going and how to reach you in case of emergencies. Have fun and be safe!


Trying to decide if you want to stay connected or unplug? If decide you want keep technology on your travel checklist to document all the fun you will be having, be sure to pack the following…

  • Mobile device and charger
  • Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and chargers
  • Headphones
  • Camera and Go Pro/video camera, memory card, and chargers
  • Electrical converters and adapters

Take only what you need! Electronics can get heavy and bulky if you plan on backpacking.

Remember that all those who wander are not always lost. Adventure On.