How to Build the Ultimate Adventure Bag

Essential outdoor gearWouldn’t it be great if you had a bag that you could just grab when you get the sudden urge to go on an adventure? Well having one is as simple as packing one!

This isn’t a comprehensive list for extended trips out in nature, but a bag that you can have constantly ready to enjoy a day trip or afternoon excursion. Just the necessities packed and ready to go, so you don’t have to waste time figuring out what to take, and finding gear. Here’s what you need for a grab and go adventure bag.

Stay dry with some rain gear. If you want to travel light, pack a poncho. However, if you don’t mind carrying a bigger bag, go ahead and pack a rain jacket. Sudden urges to get out in nature don’t necessarily take weather into account.

An insulating layer deserves a spot in the bag. Whether you’re out after sunset, or the temperature drops, you will be glad that you had the foresight to bring the appropriate attire. This can be a long sleeve base layer, sweater, fleece, light jacket, or whatever you fancy.

Never leave home without a knife. You might get a wicked urge to whittle, or you want to build a shelter, or maybe you get in some sort of pickle. Knives always come in handy.

No adventure bag is complete without an emergency blanket. They cost practically nothing, and take up almost no space. When you consider that an emergency blanket can literally save your life, it doesn’t make sense not to carry one.

550 cord is another dirt cheap (and practically weightless) item that should be in your bag. You don’t always need it, but you will be glad you have it if you do. There are tons of uses for paracord, so bring it along.

You need some source of light, either a flashlight or a headlamp. Whether you want to explore a cave, or you’re navigating at night, you need a light so that you can see.

Adventuring will always wok up an appetite, and you need to consume calories to keep on going. Pack some food in your adventure bag. Food bars, jerky, nuts, granola, or trail mix keep pretty well. Just make sure to check expiration dates before heading out.

You need sun screen and lip balm. A day in the sun can wreck your skin, so make sure you are protected. Again, these items are so small that it doesn’t make sense not to have them.

There are tons of uses for a bandana. Keep it in your pack, throw it in your pocket, or wear it around your neck — just bring one.

Maybe you decide to stay out overnight. Or maybe you don’t decide to stay out overnight, but you have to anyway. Pack some matches so you can make a fire. This provides warmth and light, and can keep animals away.

Water is essential. Pack a water bottle and/or a water filter. If you know you will be near a source of water, definitely bring a filter. If there’s no water to be found, carry all the water that you will need.

Make sure you carry a first aid kit with you. You never know what might happen when you’re out and about, so be prepared.

Some people like to carry more than others. All of the above items should fit in a small daypack, but you might choose to bring more, or exclude items on the list. Play around with what you pack and tweak the list as you see fit!

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  1. […] Tins are great, but if you want to take your preparedness to the next level, you can build an entire pack that’s ready for adventure. Some call them go bags, others call them bug out bags or get home bags. If you don’t like the baggage that comes with those terms, you can call it an adventure bag. […]

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