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How do you prepare for an activity vacation?

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If your idea of a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation involves plenty of action and activity, you may want to look into taking an adventure trip. Adventure trips are an excellent way to explore the wilderness and enjoy a host of outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, canoeing and kayaking. Adventure trips offer up beautiful scenery and an opportunity to get close to nature on its own terms, but they also may pose potential hazards and other risks if you don’t prepare properly before leaving.

Preparing physically

First of all, if you plan on taking an adventure trip you will want to make sure that you can physically handle whatever types of activities you have planned. Take the time to practice canoeing or kayaking, even taking some lessons beforehand to ensure that you are able to properly perform the activity and also know what to do in the event of an accident or emergency.

Hiking may seem like a fairly low-impact activity in many cases, but walking long distance over varied terrain can lead to injuries if you are not used to it. Be conservative in planning your hikes if you are not used to doing it regularly, and do not overdo the distance or degree of difficulty as this is when injuries can occur.

What to pack

Packing for any vacation can seem an insurmountable hurdle, more so when you need to take more specialized clothing and equipment. Being cold or uncomfortable is never conducive to having a good time, so careful packing before the trip will ensure that you are not vulnerable to exposure. Layers are always the best way to go and offer you more options with less items. Take the time to consult books, websites and other informational sources, such as Outdoor Traveler videos, which will help you to focus on what is most important to pack and why.

In case of emergency

When you are on an adventure trip, accidents can and will happen. Unfortunately, you are more often than not a long way from the kind of immediate medical assistance that you may need. Before you leave for your trip, research what types of medical assistance are available in the area, how accessible they will be, and what numbers to call in case of accident or emergency. For some more minor first aid conditions, a few basic supplies can mean the difference between enjoying your trip or cutting it short due to a serious health problem. Pack materials for cleaning wounds and bandaging them, as well as an over-the-counter painkiller and anti-inflammatory to treat any discomfort and swelling.

Enjoying your activity vacation

Maybe your idea of a fun vacation is canoeing off a rocky coastline, or perhaps hiking through one of our many National Parks. Whatever your adventure trip ideal may be, taking the time to plan your trip, packing carefully, getting in shape, and getting to know your destination beforehand will all come together and ensure that your adventure trip is filled with excitement, enjoyment and plenty of good memories.

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