Summer travel tips for your next adventure!
by Joshua Frank on Jun 21, 2023
Its officially Summer! And there is no better time than now to embark on exciting travel adventures and create lifelong memories. Whether you're planning a beach vacation, a cross country road trip, or exploring new campsites or national parks, proper preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. In this post, we will guide you through essential travel preparations that we know will help you make the most of your summer outside!
Research your destination:
Before taking off on your summer adventure, take some time to research your destination thoroughly. Going international? Learn about local customs, traditions, and any cultural sensitivities to ensure you're respectful and aware of the local norms. Heading off the grid? Make sure to download your area maps and note local information centers where you might be able to get additional information should you not have service. Additionally, familiarize yourself with popular attractions, local favorites, and hidden gems to maximize your experience and time on the ground.
Planning and booking accommodation:
During the peak summer season, popular destinations can get crowded quickly. (Insert recent Yosemite photo here). To avoid any last-minute surprises, it's crucial to book your accommodations in advance. Look for accommodations that suit your preferences and budget, whether it's a luxurious hotel, a cozy bed and breakfast, a budget-friendly hostel, or an applicable campsite. Booking early will not only provide you with more options but also give you peace of mind to take advantage of the time you have rather than planning on the fly.
Packing can be a daunting task, but a little organization can go a long way. Start by making a checklist of essential items such as clothing suitable for the climate, toiletries, medications, travel documents, and electronic devices, think Calamari 5-in-1 cable 😉. Consider the activities you'll be engaging in and pack accordingly but try to keep it lightweight and versatile. Don't forget to pack a first aid kit, back up batteries like the Fuel+, adapters if need be, and any other necessary travel accessories.
Ensure travel documents are up to date:
Before embarking on your summer journey, ensure that all your travel documents are up to date. Check the expiration dates of your passport, visa, driver's license, and any other identification documents required for your trip. If needed, renew them well in advance to avoid any last-minute hassles. If your trip requires wilderness passes, we always suggest securing them in advance. Slight chance they could be capped out and you wouldn't want to have to pull an audible upon arrival Keep all your booking confirmation and travel documentation in a safe and accessible place within your pack. Our day pack of choice that can also keep things like your GPS device charged via solar is... you guess it... The Mountaineer.
Stay connected and informed:
In this digital age, staying connected is easier than ever. We like to say, its best to stay connected but not tethered, that is especially true when on vacation. Ensure you have a reliable mobile phone charging solution and that you will have service wherever you may go. We like to always have a backup battery solution on us where ever we go. Love music as much as we do? Don’t forget to bring along your Buckshot 2.0 or Turtle Shell 3.0 to keep the party going wherever you are without adding much weight to your bags. Additionally, sign up for, or download travel-related apps to stay informed about local weather updates, transportation schedules, and any potential travel advisories.
Trust us on this one, proper planning and preparation make your summer adventures way less stressful. By researching your destination, booking in advance, packing wisely, ensuring up-to-date travel documents, and staying connected and informed with the right tech, you'll be well-equipped for a smooth and worry-free journey. So, start preparing and get ready to make wonderful memories this summer in your favorite outdoor spaces. Share them with us by tagging #myODTadventure.