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7 things to consider before packing for your trip

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Packing tip 101: make a list, lay it all out, cull it back, then cull it back again! The last thing you want is to be carrying too much or forgetting important items from your gear list.

To make sure you're well prepared, here are some main things to consider before you zip up your bags.

1. Have your gear list ready

This list should include every item that you will require along the journey, as well as items that might be required when the expedition does not go exactly to plan (i.e. wet weather gear – even if you are visiting a country in its warmer months).

An extensive gear list is provided on our adventures, but you should tailor it to your needs and requirements – and only have the essentials to save yourself from overpacking.

2. Renting gear

Take into account what equipment your operator will provide, and what you will have to get. 

If can you hire gear from the operator or a local supplier, especially if it is equipment that you will not use regularly, it's worth choosing this option to keep expenses to a minimum. 

3. Try and test your gear beforehand

Clothing and gear should be tried and tested before the main event. If possible, organise a mini-expedition before your main adventure to have the chance to test your equipment and clothing and see that it fits fine, is of good quality, and is usable in the conditions you will experience when on the trails.

4. Lay things out before packing

If you're a last-minute packer, make sure you take the time to lay all your items out before popping them in your bag. 

By grouping things together by what days you'll be wearing them or by items you'll be using on your adventure, you can easily see what items are truly necessary and which ones you can cull back on. 

Plus, having it laid out in front of you allows you to easily check off your items on your list and smartly pack them into your bag so they can easily fit, like a game of Tetris.

5. Be prepared for when things get wet

A dry bag is especially handy when heading outdoors to place items you don't want getting wet and dirty on your expedition.

You can also use them to keep your liquids separate from your other belongings; plus, they make a great way to organise and separate your items when packing and unpacking.

6. Roll, don't fold

You've probably heard of this tip, but if you haven't, rolling up your smaller item articles of clothing can be a space saver. 

You can also fold and stuff your jackets, such as your waterproofs or downs into its hoody, as well as stuff your socks in your shoes to account for more room in your luggage.

7. Luggage weight restrictions

Know your airline’s baggage fee policy. The last thing you want at the airport is to be paying for excess baggage, so opt for lightweight luggage, clothing and gear items where possible.

You could even pack items that are dual-purpose garments – such as pants that turn into shorts by removing a zipper on the leg or a jacket that turns into a travel pillow. If it's two-in-one, it's one less thing to carry, especially if you're on a backpacking expedition.

You can also board the plane wearing your heaviest clothing items or carrying the equipment that is weighty – for instance, hiking boots and daypack plus contents, then change into something more comfortable later on.

By being well prepared, checking your gear list and culling your list down to the essentials will help save you from carrying an extra load, but also making sure you have everything on hand to have a fun and enjoyable adventure.

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