Adventure Traveler Basics
The adventure traveler doesn't stay in five-star hotels, dine in restaurants requiring a tie and jacket, or hire a chauffeur deliver him to destination hotspots. The adventure traveler plans for a vacation filled with adrenaline-pumping activities, once-in-a-lifetime challenges and scenic vistas. Proper attire, from waterproof boots to impact-resistant sunglasses, is a necessity.
In addition, the adventure traveler must prepare prior to the trip by making various lists, packing documents and other potentially life-saving items such as a first-aid kit, rain poncho and quality compass.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Before setting off on your adventure, sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at the U.S. State Department. You provide your travel plans and they keep the records, making it easier for your family to be notified if an emergency arises while you are out of the country.
Every traveler should also carry a contact list. This list should include emergency contacts, business contacts (if applicable), contact information of your travel companions as well as necessary email addresses and passwords. Make a hard copy and protect it in a waterproof sheath. Keep a digital copy on your phone or other mobile device as well.
A complete first aid kit is a must for adventure travel, and access to any medical prescriptions you need while abroad is equally important. Travel.state.gov recommends traveling with a letter from your doctor detailing any preexisting medical conditions and the names plus dosages of your prescriptions. Before leaving home, check with the embassies of the countries you'll be visiting to ensure none of your prescriptions are considered narcotics within that country.
Overseas Cellular Phone Usage
If you choose to travel with your cell phone, be sure to know how the cellular networks function in the country you're visiting. Begin by checking with your provider for details on how to use the service and make it affordable.
You could also leave your phone at home and purchase a pay-as-you-go phone. This option may be preferable for adventure travelers concerned with the possibility of losing their phone over the side of a mountain or into the depths of a raging river.
Water Purification for International Travel
Water is essential for life but, unfortunately, water quality in some areas isn't safe. Water-borne illnesses can cause gastrointestinal issues and in some cases lead to dehydration, severe illness and even death. Before your adventure travel, research the area you plan to visit at the Travelers' Health page.