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Friday, August 9, 2013

Secrets to Adventure Packing

 Lydia Hearst Peru

After recently returning from an incredible trip of a lifetime, I thought it necessary to share some insider packing tips for adventure traveling. No, I am not sponsored by, nor do I represent, any of the brands I mention here. This is just what I use and love for my travels. I find these companies and items to have the highest quality and performance.


Sturdy hiking boots are ESSENTIAL! If you are going to a place where lots of rigorous hiking is involved, I suggest not wearing boots with hooks. I have done this and hooked my feet together mid-climb and nearly toppled off a cliff. Not okay!

Hiking Boots

Asolo Trinity WP Hiking Boots – Womens $189


Water shoes – I am big on river kayaking and exploring, but it’s important to protect your feet at all cost. On most adventure trips tour groups will supply wet suits and all other essentials, but I strongly recommend you bring your own shoes to ensure a perfect fit and maximum comfort (and it is also just SO much cleaner. Who knows whose feet have been in those other shoes? Yuck!) I personally love this shoe because it is durable, fits well and is sturdy enough for trekking through shallow streams and riverbeds, and for canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting

Water Shoes

Speedo Women’s ZipWalker Water Shoe in Purple/Black $24


Toilet paper – I implore you to always keep toilet paper handy. In many foreign countries you may be fortunate enough to find a toilet or more likely a hole in the ground, but paper… Not so much.


Charmin To Go $5.90


Handy wipes – I prefer the wipes to a basic hand sanitizer as I feel it cleanses your hands instead of adding chemicals to the mix of everything else on your skin.

Clean Well Hand Wipes

CleanWell – Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes (10 packs of 8 wipes) $31.92


Fleece – Temperatures during the day may be beautiful wherever you choose to go, but the early mornings and night time can be an entirely different story. I’m in love with my Mountain Hardwear monkey fleece.

Mountain Hardware Monkey Fleece

Mountain Hardwear, Women’s Monkey Woman Jacket in Sea Salt/Steam $159.95


Gloves – I hate it when my hands get cold, and if you’re anything like me and enjoy early morning activities, then you’ll want to make sure you have a pair with you. These gloves are lightweight, insulating and breathable– what more could you need?

Mountain Hardware Gloves

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Power Stretch Glove in Black $31.95


Waterproof Jacket – Weather forecasts are not always 100% accurate, so it’s always better to be prepared for any and all situations!

Mountain Hardwear Epic Rain Jacket - Women's

Mountain Hardwear, Women’s Epic Rain Jacket $56.99 – $100


Athletic wear – I prefer lululemon mid-length pants. There is a pocket area on either side of the thighs where you can put your point-and-shoot camera. Personally, I prefer not to hike in shorts. Sometimes there are areas of steep incline and these protect your skin from jagged rocks and sun exposure. As for the sports bra, I like something with a little extra lift. I have breasts, no denying that, and I have every intention on keeping them naturally perky so a little extra support in your bra never hurts!

lululemon cropsports bra lululemon

LuluLemon – Run: Mod Moves Crop $88

Lululemon – Free To Be Bra $42


Socks – I like my socks nice and thick! This is all about using your own personal preference.


Thorlo Women’s Moderate Cushion Light Hiking Mini Crew Sock w/Coolmax in Khaki $13.99


Sunscreen – You should always love and protect the skin you’re in. When hiking in higher altitudes the sun is stronger and much more dangerous and it is very important to ensure that you are properly applying a high quality sunscreen.

Neutrogena Age Shield

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 110 $12.99


Camera – I absolutely couldn’t travel without my Sony camera! To me there is no other small camera that compares to this one. I absolutely LOVE playing with the different features (Honestly there are far too many amazing photo features to describe here, but you will not be disappointed!) and with the 30x optical zoom and instant image transfer via Wi-Fi directly to your smartphone it doesn’t get any better or more user-friendly than this.

SONY CameraSanDisk

Sony DSC-HX50V/B 20.4MP Digital Camera w/3-Inch LCD Screen $449.99 + SanDisk Extreme 64GB SDXC Class 10 Flash Memory Card $199.99


Chapstick – Let’s face it, even when you’re off on an adventure you want to keep your lips kissably soft. If you’re off on a romantic getaway, all the more reason to be ready for a spontaneous lip-lock. And if you are single, who knows what hunky mountain man you’ll encounter on the trails.

Lip Balm

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 – Lip Balm Variety Pack $7.99


Headbands – Like a more stylish and trendy sweatband, I love the funky and fun look. Honestly, just because you’re working up a sweat it doesn’t mean you can’t look good while doing it!


Silly Yogi Hawaiian Headband-Purple-One size $5.49


Sunglasses – It’s always important to protect your eyes from the UV rays. I love how lightweight & easy going these sunglasses are. They fit great and are a classic summer look (Not going to lie, I have a pair in almost every color…!)

Ray Ban Womens Erika Round Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Women’s Erika Round Sunglasses in Rubber Transparent Orange / Grey Gradient $114.95


Camelbak – “CamelBak still believes in the performance advantage that proper hydration delivers for just about any activity”– and so do I. When hiking and traveling it is extremely important to stay hydrated, but difficult to always carry around bottles or canteens. This is the perfect hands-free hydration system.


Camelbak Women’s Magic Hydration Pack by Camelbak $85

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