There’s nothing like leaving the busy city lights behind to find your next great adventure. Whether hitting the hiking trails at a nearby park or cycling through the countryside, a healthy dose of wanderlust is good for the soul. From lightweight, packable jackets—like the versatile ThermoBall by The North Face—to FOMO-inducing technology to keep you company, we’ve put together a list of some must-haves to bring on your next excursion.
Footwear You rely on your feet to take you to all the places on your bucket list, but nothing stops you in your tracks faster than blisters and sore feet. Don’t settle for those old tennis shoes you’ve been holding onto for years. Give your feet some love by investing in a sturdy pair of boots that provide comfort and support—your feet will thank you. Fuel
Stay hydrated with a reusable, BPA-free water bottle that’s good for the environment and good for your body. Don’t forget to pack healthy and energizing snacks like nuts, peanut butter and fruit that will fuel your body all day long. Warmth Getting caught unprepared in cold weather is one of the top ways adventurers find themselves in serious trouble. Play it safe and always bring a jacket along that can keep you toasty, comfortable and dry. Try The North Face jacket with ThermoBall technology, which is designed to accommodate any outdoor adventure. ThermoBall jackets are filled with a breakthrough technology that provides the same warmth as 600-fill goose down—even when wet—so you always know you’re covered. Plus, it packs away super small, so it’s the perfect go-to for any adventure—whether you are planning to spend a week backpacking or are just hitting the trails for a few hours. Phone Being alone with nature sounds great in theory, but isn’t always the best idea. In today’s world, smartphones are a must when you’re exploring the great outdoors. Not only can it help keep you safe in case of emergency, but your smartphone can capture the beautiful moments that will make all your friends back home jealous. If you like to jam out to tunes while taking in the scenery, create some adventure-specific motivating playlists to keep you company for the journey. Pack Now that you’ve got all this great gear, you just need a place to put it. Skip the vanity of cuter, smaller shoulder bags and focus on finding a pack that will be comfortable and secure all day. Packs are measured in liters; if you’re a light packer going on a short trip, choose one between 10 and 40 liters. For longer or overnight adventures, check out packs that are between 45 and 65 liters to give you plenty of space for your travel “companions.”