Preparations For An Outdoor Adventure
Going on an outdoor adventure requires preparation and planning in advance. Taking an offshore sailing trip as an example, here are 10 pieces of equipment that you should take with you including some ideas how to protect your material in humid environments and how to keep everything together
1 – ACTION CAMERA
They are small, light, handy, well protected from the elements in their respective cases and offer high quality footage… Action cams are perfect to take on an outdoor adventure!
2 – CAMERA MOUNTINGS
Take a couple of mountings with you, so that you can film and keep both hands free at the same time! The “selfie-stick” is particularly useful on a boat: With this “arm extension”, you can capture the entire yacht and the sails… Great perspective!
3 – CAMERA
Indispensable gadget to take high quality photos and capture the best moments of your trip!
4 – TABLET
I think it’s worth taking a tablet with you on board as it’s multi-functional: During sailing trips, it works as a mobile personal navigation computer and weather analysis tool, it’s a practical addition to all the fixed equipment on the boat. Plus, it’s your virtual library with films, books and music!
5 – POWERBANK/ EXTERNAL BATTERY
When you are on an outdoor adventure, it might be difficult to find a plug socket to recharge your electronic equipment. External batteries or solar chargers keep your cameras and tablets alive during longer trips!
6 – WATERPROOF BOX
Charging cables, spare batteries and memory cards don’t like moisture and humid environments. Put them into a little waterproof box to keep everything dry!
7 – HEADLAMP
Very useful, especially if fitted with a red light to avoid blinding in dark conditions!
8 – PERSONAL DOCUMENTS
Don’t forget your ID card and other personal documents, sailing certificates and a small sailing handbook (where you can quickly look up tidal calculations, position plotting, buoyage…).
9 – SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Personal emergency flash light, a whistle, an emergency cutter and a sailor’s knife are pieces of equipment that should always be kept in your jacket ready to hand when you’re out at sea – just in case you get caught on a rope or fall overboard!
10 – DRY BAG
Finally, store all your gear in a waterproof bag in order to protect your camera equipment, electronics and personal documents from moisture and in order to keep everything nicely together!
A sailing boat is probably where you are most exposed to the elements and the power of the wind and the ocean. High latitude sailing and offshore sailing, in general, can be an absolutely fantastic experience. However, especially in colder environments, it is essential to think of equipment and clothing, including protection of head, hands and feet:
1 – BOOTS & DECK SHOES (anti-slip sole!)
2 – FOUL WEATHER GEAR (jacket + salopettes)
3/ 4 – FUNCTIONAL UNDERWEAR (several sets)
5 – FLEECES
6 – TECHNICAL SOCKS / BOOT SOCKS
7 – SAILING GLOVES
8 – FLEECE CAPS
9 – SKI GOGGLES (to protect eyes from spray and saltwater!)
10 – LIFE JACKET (+ SAFETY HARNESS)
11 – CEREAL BARS
12 – DRY BAGS
Last but not least, an outdoor adventure of any type means always keeping a vigilant eye on the weather! Check weather forecast maps to understand the development of the conditions to be expected… Now, well prepared, enjoy your adventure!
I’ve asked Yannick Kethers to share this post with us. Yannick is a sailor and a journalist from Germany who will start tomorrow the legendary race at the end of the Nordseewoche, renowned as one of the toughest offshore regattas in Europe – PANTAENIUS RUND SKAGEN – is boat is the POGO 2. You can live track here.