Attention to Clothing When Packing for Adventure Tours


Standard vs technical travel clothing: What do you pack in your suitcase, or backpack?

Not everyone feels the need to buy into that fancy clothing gear that supposedly lasts ages and takes a beating. For many travelers, this type of clothing gear is just unnecessary. The beach vacation over in Hawaii might simply call for a pair of sandals and a flowy skirt, and if the sandal strap breaks as you’re walking from your hotel to the beach then just walk to the shops and buy a new pair.

It’s as simple as that for many travelers. For other, more-adventurous and more off-the-beaten path travelers, as well as those signed up for adventure tours, the technical travel gear and clothing can be a blessing (although with a price tag).

Examples of situations where good travel clothing is important:

  • You’re on a 10 day trek in Nepal. The last thing you need is the sole of your shoe to come loose.
  • You’re hiking a glacier. If the zipper on your coat breaks, where do you go to get it fixed?
  • You’re volunteering in a harsh climate region of Africa. Clothing with SPF protection and durability are a must.

Technical Clothing Good for Basic Backpackers

I would not classify myself as an adventure tour type of person (I’m not hiking, climbing mountains or trekking), but I do still promote certain items of technical travel gear for the long-haul backpacker. One item I am really happy to have packed were my North Face cargo pants (in the picture to the right). I wore these pants for months on end, tossed large weights of items in the pockets when exploring town (cell phone, wallet, money, keys, small camera, etc.) and these guys really lasted. In fact, if I were a few pounds lighter at the moment, I wouldn’t hesitate to throw them in my backpack for more of my current trips!

Other technical clothing items have proved beneficial in my backpacking travels, especially wicking and quick-drying pieces. I tend to save money by hand-washing a lot on the road, and the quick-drying items make a big difference.

Shoes and sandals that are made with durable soles and thick straps — like a good pair of Keens or Chacos — will keep you from having to find a shoe shop in a city or town or village in a foreign land.

Again, the need for technical travel clothing is not necessary for everyone, but it can be beneficial to many.

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