Grayling is perfect for outdoor activities, with thousands of acres of publicly accessible, beautiful wild countryside and lakes. This can mean a vacation full of excitement and adventure. However, without proper preparation, you could find yourself in physical danger or without the tools to make the most out of your experience. So here are some tips to fully prepare you for a trip into the great outdoors.
Lighten Your Load: This is essential if you are always on the move. Carrying around a huge backpack will only inhibit movement and tire you out more quickly. Holiday the right way by leaving behind the stuff you don’t need. In the outdoor world, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a new outfit everyday or if you get a bit smelly.
Tips for packing light include using materials such as merino wool which don’t pick up smells and can be washed and dried quickly. Also make sure you bring items which are multifunctional. For example, a sarong can be a skirt, headscarf, towel, eye mask and napkin all at once.
Use Smart Layering: Winter in Michigan has average lows of 17°F, so you may think you need lots of bulky clothing. If you are heading out for some winter sports, then choosing the right clothing can keep you warm without increasing the weight of your backpack. Utilize thermal base layers, which can be put on and left on.
If you head out for a winter adventure with thermal underwear, you will be prepared for anything. They will insulate you in a cold snowstorm, but will wick away sweat as you become active. These are lightweight and built for performance.
Get the Expensive Equipment: No matter what activities you are doing, you could be in big trouble if your equipment breaks. Whether it’s skis or climbing equipment, if these don’t work, your adventure is over. It is therefore worth investing in the highest quality equipment you can afford. These will last a lifetime and could keep you safe in the wild. They may be expensive, but you’ll save money by not needing to replace anything.
A true adventurer knows that preparation is key. Do your research and get your packing list together accordingly. Aim to pack as light as possible by using thermal base layers and investing in the expensive equipment. This will keep you safe and comfortable, allowing you to take more exciting risks among nature.
Author, Sally Perkins