Wouldn’t it be nice if you could snap your fingers and have everything everything in its place, with minimal effort to find exactly what you need when you need it? It’s a nice idea, but the tough truth is that the best prep takes some careful planning.

And even the best plan can use improvements. So here’s a few tips to get you ready to pack your bags in no time:

Think it Through

On the most basic level, you need to know what you need in order to pack efficiently. What’s the weather going to be like? Do you have a time where you’ll require a wardrobe upgrade? Or will you be roughing it in the best way and need to maximize food storage?

Take a good look at what’s going to be expected of you and your gear while you’re out there in the world.

Take Stock

Does anything need to be replaced? Did you run out of toilet paper last time you were on an adventure like this? Being realistic about what you already have and have built into your adventure routine makes it easier to keep everything with you.

And take stock of what others (like Atlanta Trails) have to say about new and ingenious trends.  That’ll save you from trying out everything yourself and being burdened with gear that you might abandon later anyway.

Get Clever

Problem solving at its finest means making sure you’ve got everything right where you need it when you need it. So let’s talk about a few problem-solving strategies:

  • Grab an old chapstick container and put backup cash in there.
  • Did you know that coconut oil can be an antiseptic, lotion, and chapstick? Or that travel bags like this work wonders in separating your gear? Maximize multi use items to keep you and your gear happy.
  • A little flashlight goes a long way. Keep a durable one on you just in case. There’s a whole lot of wild out there, and the sun does like to set while you’re in the middle of an adventure.

Stay Curious

Keep adventuring. Keep reaching for something you’ve never tried before, and it won’t take long for you to figure out what you need when you need it.

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