It is easy to decide on what to carry on an outdoor trip once you have decided what kind of activity you have planned for it, and how long you are going to be away. Overnight stays call for more stuff, but can be a more wholesome experience than a day trip, as you get to lie down under the stars and experience the sunrise and sunset differently from your usual day.
Camping gear is important for not just campers but also those who would like to go down to a riverside for fishing, for trekking hillsides that are a little far away from home, as well as for people who like to go into forests for birdwatching or hunting. Many stores sell tents and sleeping bags which are light in weight and come in their own collapsible bags. Right at the time of making these purchases, it is important to understand how these equipment work, and to master the way they can be set up and dismantled, so that they occupy the least possible amount of space and do not end up becoming clumsy, unwieldy baggage.
Clothing that can be mixed and matched for the duration of the trip, which also doubles as protective layering in case of cold weather is a real space saver. Be sure to carry plenty of water proof bags, extra pairs of socks, and a first aid kit that can treat bug bites and minor injuries such as cuts or scrapes.
Shoes are an important part of any outdoorsy venture, and it is wise to choose ones that are both protective and light at the same time. Be sure to carry adhesive to repair minor repairs or lesions on a shoes and baggage. Adhesive tape and safety pins are some of the most useful miscellaneous items that you can carry, as they can help fasten anything from a torn tent to damaged footwear.
Birdwatchers, those who enjoy animal safaris, star gazers and those who like to study the habits of wild animals in a jungle will need vision equipment of their own kind. Choose equipment that is as light as possible, particularly if you like to combine it with hunting. Firearms, slingshots and the requisite permissions should be kept in waterproof sealing. People who are not into frenetic activity of this kind might enjoy flying kites on their forays.
The great help that the Internet now offers is that one need no longer carry hard copies of maps, or worry if they are going in the right direction when navigating to an unknown location. All Internet enabled mobile devices and smartphones offer maps with helpful voice alerts and directions that are given out as one drives, making navigation easy even if one is traveling by oneself.
On the whole, what to carry is pretty easily arrived at. And what not to carry is based on common sense. No heavy hardbound novels are needed to keep you company when you go exploring the great outdoor. A paperback will more than suffice for those bookworms who kindle a fire for the mere satisfaction of reading by the firelight. As with any other packing advice, do not pack more items than necessary, and have a fair idea of the amount of time you will spend on your feet, given the load you will have to carry.