10 Suitcase Essentials for The Adventurous Modern Woman

Whilst I love checking in to luxury hotels around the world, I still like to think of myself as an adventurous traveller. To me, every trip is an adventure and I want to get far beyond my base and explore the destination I am in. I’ll try anything once and stepping into the unknown is the greatest feeling on earth. If you can relate to this, you’re probably an adventurous traveller too.

But adventurous travel often means leaving the luxury comforts behind and embracing your natural environment. Whether you’re venturing into snow, sea, desert, mountains or jungle, a good adventurer is always prepared. Here are 10 suitcase essentials for the Adventurous Modern Woman.


1. Good shoes

If you’re embarking on some adventurous travel, chances are you’ll be on your feet a lot and walking / running / climbing will definitely come in to play. Painful shoes have the power to ruin a perfectly epic experience, so take some time to find footwear like New Balance Shoes that is hardwearing, lightweight and comfortable. You’ll be glad you did when you’re half way up that mountain.

2. A Backpack 

Backpacks have made a serious comeback in the past few years, which is good news for adventurous travellers. The best thing about using a backpack is that it keeps you hands free for more important things like taking photos or grabbing onto that tree before you slip over. A decent backpack shows that you mean business!

3. Active Wear

Whether you’re heading into tropical heat or icy temperatures, breathable base layers are key to regulating your temperature. Avoid cotton and wool based materials as they will absorb sweat and lock in heat.


4. Language Basics

If your adventure is taking you into a remote part of the world, don’t assume that everyone there will speak English. Try to learn a few of the basics so that you don’t get caught out. Alternatively, you could download one of the many language translate apps on your smartphone to help you out of a tricky situation.

 5. Mosquito Repellent

The likeliness of picking up some mosquito bites is pretty high in warm and tropical climates. Lower your chances of a mass attack with some good mosquito repellent (make sure it contains at least 50% deet). Even the repellent can’t protect you completely, so an after-bite stick to sooth the itching is also a good idea.

6. Guide Book

Blogs, apps and websites now provide us with an answer to practically anything travel related, but what happens with the Wi-Fi fails? Adventurous travel often means going off the beaten track where phone signal and 3G don’t exist. But it’s good news, you can still survive without Google Maps! Taking a guidebook and map can help you plan and navigate without any sign of technology. 


7. Waterproof jacket

Adventurous travellers don’t let rain get in the way of their plans, so make sure you waterproof yourself. Pack-a-macs are a great option as they’re lightweight and take up minimal space in your bag. A backpack cover is also a good idea to make sure you’re belongings don’t get wet, especially if you’ll be carrying clothes and valuable electrical items.

 8. Mini First Aid Kit

Accidents do happen and the savvy traveller will be prepared for them. There are plenty of mini travel first aid kits available with all the essentials, but you can also make a DIY kit with a bandage, antiseptic, plasters and painkillers.

 9. Portable USB charger 

These little gadgets are incredibly handy and will make sure all your devices stay charged for longer. The best ones on the market have multiple attachments for your different devices, from your camera to your smart phone.


 10. A Smart Flask

If you’re getting active on your adventure, hydration is key. Insulated smart flasks will keep your hot water hot and your cold water cold. If you’re in icy temperatures, it can also stop the water from freezing. Wherever you’re going, your water will stay at prime temperature long after you’ve left your base.

Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.


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