The ability to travel practically anywhere in the world is one of the great gifts that the world can offer. Experiencing new places, discovering people and cultures, and finding the best regions to take part in outdoor activities – all these are a part of the magical world of travel.

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One aspect of traveling is crucial to get right: getting suitable gear to wear that is both practical and comfortable. Naturally this will depend on what outdoor activities will be pursued, but it’s worth remembering that not every moment will be spent trekking or hiking or climbing. Leisure time is important too, and the right gear will help with comfort and relaxation.

Traveling light

Unless a major expedition is planned it’s best to try to find the perfect gear that is not going to take up a lot of packing space and doesn’t weigh too much. When traveling by air one should bear in mind that there are limits on the amount of weight to be carried and it can be a considerable additional expense to be over the limit.

For leisure activities and for traveling it can save a lot of time to take wrinkle-resistant shirts. They don’t need to be ironed and if they are made to be fast drying they take away the need for putting them over radiators, tumble drying them or hanging them out on a line.

It’s a good plan to bring both long pants and shorts when in warmer climates. Shorts are ideal when it is hot, but it’s as well to remember that there may be unpleasant bugs that enjoy the taste of human blood, especially in the evening, so long pants can be a great protector.

For footwear, comfort is the key. Wear sandals when the weather and setting is right, and a good pair of sneakers from a respected label such as will help to make walking a pleasure rather than a chore.

The great outdoors

Hiking is one of the favorite pursuits of travelers exploring a new environment, and wherever it’s done it’s essential to find the perfect gear. Weather conditions can often be very changeable, so using a layering system of clothing is a good approach. Frankly, it’s far better to wear too much to start with rather than too little.

Several thin layers will ensure warmth when it’s needed and it’s easy to remove layers when feeling too warm. Soft, breathable materials are best, especially next to the skin where sweat can be absorbed. On the outside a light and breathable windbreaker will help to protect you from the cold.

It’s always sensible to plan for rain as it can make the body temperature drop if clothes get wet. A thin waterproof poncho that’s light and easily folded will help prevent that outcome. For colder weather good quality jackets, hats and gloves are essential.

Finally, the feet. For hiking, boots should be sturdy but fit well. It’s a good idea to wear them for a time before traveling so that the feet adjust. Thick socks will also help prevent blisters.


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