It is always good to try something new, so unsurprisingly activity and adventure holidays are growing in popularity, especially short breaks. You can pack a lot into a weekend, but you have to be prepared to be able to get the most out of your time away. Taking the right clothes and gear with you is essential.
The right footwear
Top of your list has to be good quality footwear. It does not matter whether you are hiking, climbing, touring, or riding, your feet need to be comfortable and protected.
Typically, you need at least two pairs of shoes. The footwear you wear for the journey needs to fit well, and be worn in so that you do not get blisters.
You need to be ready for all weather conditions. For example, it would be a mistake to travel with just one pair of sandals.
If you are planning to take part in specific activities, find out what type of footwear is recommended and buy, or lease, what you need. Sometimes you can hire boots when you get there, but you should never assume this is the case. Always ask, and reserve what you need, to avoid disappointment.
The right type of clothing
For most activities you will need clothes that allow plenty of freedom of movement, without being so loose that they flap around. You really do not want your clothes to get caught up in the equipment you are using.
You need to wear clothes that enable your body to breathe naturally. The more active you are planning to be, during your weekend away, the more important this is.
Pack protection from the elements
On most activity holidays you will be spending quite a bit of time outside, which means that you need to protect yourself from the elements. It is important to pack sunscreen that you can use on all areas of your body, including your lips. You also need a hat and sunglasses that will stay on even when you are active.
It may be wise to waterproof your clothes and footwear, and take a wind resistant jacket with you. Generally speaking, packing lightweight clothes that can be worn in layers is the best approach. That way you can easily adjust what you wear according to the weather conditions.
A good bag
Remember to take a sturdy bag with you to use day to day. You want to make sure that you have enough space available to carry all of the spare clothes, footwear and equipment that you need.
Use a specialist packing list
If you are at all unsure about exactly what to take, ask your travel firm. Often they, or the people who are going to be running the activities you are planning to enjoy, will be able to tell you what you need to know.
There are also plenty of specialist activity packing lists, like this one, available online. You can usually find them using a simple search, but if you get stuck try asking for guidance from forums that are run by people who enjoy the activity you are planning to take part in.