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Top 5 Packing Essentials for Adventure Holidays

How-toSimon Pearce

Whatever activity holiday you’re planning, there will be certain essentials you’ll always be glad you packed. We have collated our top five in collaboration with our friends at Holidaysafe Travel Insurance for you below.

Top Loading Backpack

This is an essential for most adventure holidays, and not something you should scrimp on. Opt for a backpack which is waterproof, has a decent amount of space, and pockets to keep everything organised. 

Our favourite is by Eagle Creek – No Matter What backpack in Black. It has a 15-inch laptop compartment, with a sternum strap for extra comfort and safety. It is able to hold 24 litres and is just £51 here.

Hiking Boots

If you don’t want to be utterly miserable during your trip, invest in a decent pair of hiking or walking boots. You want to ensure your feet stay well protected, warm, dry and blister free. Gore-tex is one of the bestselling brands, well known for adventure footwear. They generally have discounts on the Cotswold website also. Take a look here!

A Garmin InReach Explorer+

With an emergency rescue button, amazing GPS and messaging capabilities, this is one of the best adventure gadget available on the market! It sits at the higher end of the market at a slightly costly £449.99, but you won’t be disappointed by the long list of features. For more information and to see the rest of the many features, click here!

Merino Underwear

Underwear may not be something you think about when planning an adventure holiday, but it should be if you want to stay warm and avoid painful chaffing! Merino Underwear is made from wool and deters moisture from your skin, making them perfect for adventures. Plus, they are notoriously bacteria and odour resistant yet still comfortable. For many different styles and prices click here.


When purchasing sunglasses, it’s really important to consider comfort, durability and UV protection for your eyes. Companies like Ray-Ban and Oakley can cost you a fair penny, but is there really a price on protection for your eyes? Use the links above to find your favourites!

Finally, don’t forget to purchase travel insurance! Use the link at the top of the page to get your quote today. 

*Disclaimer* Please note all opinions are our own and we have not been sponsored in any way.