To most people, a vacation entails lots of, well, nothing: days by the pool with cocktails and tank tops and nights on the balcony of a resort overlooking some beach in Puerto Rico. Time spent outside the office is great, but why spend your days out of the office the same way you spend them in the office: sitting down?
Planning a vacation around a series of fun adventures is a great way to reset your body and mind while reinvigorating your drive and ambition. Whether you’re going on a ski trip or a three-day hike in the mountains of New Zealand, pushing yourself to new limits in your off time can pay dividends in productivity when you return home.
We all know what to bring with us on a typical vacation: sunscreen, a 6-pack, and the mental fortitude to deal with your in-laws for a week straight. If you plan on taking your vacation to the next level, however, you’re going to need a lot more than just that. Having the right equipment can be the difference between a wonderful experience and one that you’d rather forget. We’ve put together a helpful list of items we recommend bringing with you on your next big adventure.
1.) PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGERS
Even the most intrepid and adventure-hardened explorer gets lost sometimes. Bring at least two spare battery packs for your phone. Even if you don’t need your phone for an emergency, you’ll run through your battery quickly with photos and video. Imagine coming home from the trip of a lifetime with no evidence to back it up!
2.) GOPRO HERO
Depending on how strenuous your excursion is, it might be difficult or unwise to use your phone to document your trip. Investing in a GoPro is a great way to record everything you need to without stress and with a minimum of effort. Impact-resistant and waterproof, a GoPro can quickly become an indispensable tool of the PTO adventurer.
Water bottles are unwieldy and difficult to store, especially if you’re running or biking. Having a water supply ready to go can help you stay in a rhythm and stay focused on enjoying what you’re doing. Camelbaks are also able to double as small backpacks, so any energy bars or small first-aid kits you might want will fit as well.
4.) NIKE DRI-FIT MOISTURE-WICKING CLOTHING
Light, breathable activewear helps reduce itching and sweating that comes with strenuous activity. As an added bonus, this style of clothing helps reduce rubbing and chafing that may otherwise irritate the skin.
5.) CLIF BARS
Well-formulated energy bars are a good way to keep yourself going in the heat of the moment. An energy bar at the end of a ten-mile hike can be just as satisfying as the finest cuisine at a five-star restaurant.
6.) BUG SPRAY
Insect repellent (preferably with a low DEET content) is a must in certain geographies. Nothing sends a vacation south more quickly than hordes of mosquitoes turning your midday siesta into a buzzing, itchy nightmare. Choose one that’s designed for runners or other active folk, as generic insect repellents can irritate sweating skin.
7.) A TOWEL - AND IGNITE CLOTHS
This might seem anticlimactic, but one of the most useful and effective tools in the pocket of the off-the-beaten path explorer is a simple gym towel. It serves as a standby for any swimming holes you might encounter, and can even be used as a head or armband. And no opportunity for that swim? Ignite cloths can help you get rid of the annoying dirt and grime off your face and body, leaving you feeling more cool and comfortable as you continue your adventures.