Packing for Adventure


What would you pack to go on an adventure?

Mark and I are leaving soon for our honeymoon/one-year anniversary trip.  We are taking a wine and adventure tour where we’ll have the opportunity to bike, hike, horseback ride, raft, and zipline our way through Argentina and Chile, as well as explore some of the amazing cities. We are so excited that we’ve already started making packing lists and began shopping for items we don’t already have.

It’s springtime down in South America so the temperature should be around 65 – 73  degrees, which is perfect for light layers.  I still need to find a sturdy pair of lightweight shoes to wear while hiking – but I’ve been warned not to actually get hiking boots as they can be too heavy.  Any recommendations?

I’ve been doing some researching on Pinterest for useful tips and tricks to make sure we bring everything we need, without overpacking (which I am totally guilty of on most trips!) Beyond the typical packing list items (underwear, toiletries, etc.) here is what we’ll be including:

  • Pillowcases (why not sleep on your own and not wonder how “clean” the ones at the hotel are?)
  • Laundry and shoe bags (to keep stinky things separate from clean things)
  • A dryer sheet (to keep clothes smelling fresh and clean) – Buzzfeed #8
  • Energy-packed snacks that won’t melt or get smashed (S’mores Luna bars are my fave)
  • Empty water bottle to fill up after we get through security
  • Earplugs (this may already be on your normal packing list)
  • Neck pillows (it’s going to be a loooong flight!)
  • Big scarf that can double as a wrap or blanket on the plane

Do you have any handy items that you have on your packing list? I’d love to hear about them and keep adding to my list!

4 Comments on Packing for Adventure

  1. Maureen
    October 14, 2013 at 8:46 am (4 years ago)

    Having traveled overseas frequently, there are a few things you absolutely need to bring, as you can’t be sure you can find easily. Cold medicine (some countries sell it, but not at full strength), allergy meds, bandaids, etc. I also liked to carry small saline eye drops and nasal spray since the air is so dry on the airplanes. It is common to get colds after long airplane trips, and this can help. And a travel toothbrush in your purse!
    Also, make sure you carry a copy of your passport and leave a copy at home with somebody. If you lose it, it speeds up the process if you need to go to an embassy to get cleared.

    Nuts are a good snack and you can put in ziplock bags in your luggage. I always carry spare ziplock bags in my luggage. Make sure your shampoo and things are in ziplocks, as they long flights tend to make things expand and leak. And bring some detergent so you can handwash if needed.

    Hope that helps! And happy,safe travels!

    • Beth
      October 14, 2013 at 9:02 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much – very helpful!

  2. Madeline
    October 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I don’t know if you already figured out what hiking shoes to take, but I used trail running shoes when I studied abroad in Belize. They are light but at the same time consist of the same materials you’ll typically find in hiking boots.

    I would also recommend cleansing wipes (facial, body, diaper, etc….made of the same stuff)…they are easy to pack and are great for freshening up if you are transitioning quickly to new events throughout the day and you don’t have the chance to shower. These are always a saving grace for me when I travel!

    • Beth
      October 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Just bought myself some trail running shoes – glad to hear you recommend them!

      And good call on the cleansing wipes! I’ll definitely have to pack those. Thanks!


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