Kelty Ascender Bag
Kelty’s Ascender Trunk

An extended adventure vacation can be a life changing event, so don’t let disorganization bring you down! Packing smart for adventure travel really means packing light, taking less and keeping things organized. Below are some useful packing tips to help you do just that.

Choose The Right Travel Bag

Whether it’s a rolling suitcase, big duffle or travel backpack, you need the right bag for your trip. Consider the length of your trip, mode of transportation and what all you will be bringing.

Shop our selection of travel bags here.

Where are you going?

When choosing the right bag, start by thinking about your destination and how you’ll need to transport your travel bag. Will you need to carry it around on your back because of the terrain or will you be able to roll it along flat surfaces? Thinking about your destination will help you narrow down your ideal travel bag from the three main options: a backpack, duffle bag, or bag on wheels (such as a rolling upright).

How long will you be there?

If you’re planning a short trip, then obviously you won’t need a very large bag. In fact, you’ll thank yourself for packing light. But if you’re going on vacation or planning a long excursion then you’ll need a larger bag that can fit several changes of clothes and other everyday essentials.

What will you need while you’re away?

Considering what you need to pack is helpful not only for choosing the size of your bag, but also selecting special features that offer packing efficiency and easy. For example, if you’re packing electronic gear, the bag should have waterproofing and extra compartments to secure your items within the bag (like Thule’s Crossover 38 Liter Rolling Upright).

Or you could just do it all with one bag…

Before you start searching for the bag that’s perfect to your specific trip, check out Kelty’s newest luggage system, the Ascender.  The Ascender is unique in that it is a modular system that includes an exterior chassis with various bag options including the expanding Ascender 22 which expands to 3 different bag sizes (40-liter carry on, 55 liter and 70 liter), the  Ascender Trunk which is 78 liters and chock full of internal organizers, and finally the Ascender Duffle which is a tough, water resistant duffle. Each bag can be worn as a backpack or attached to the external chassis to becoming a rolling upright.

Bring Along An Everyday Bag

You don’t want to have to lug around everything when you don’t need to. On longer trips when your travel bag is past the point of being comfortable to tote around daily, and you have the ability to leave it somewhere safely, bringing along an everyday bag keep things flexible. A good everyday bag will function as your airport carry-on and allow you to take along whatever you need on your daily adventures. Just like your travel bag, you should on the style of everyday bag that most fits your needs, as they come in a range of styles including lightweight backpacks, slings, lumbar packs and more.

Keeping organized with Eagle Creek's Pack-It Cubes.
Keeping organized with Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Cubes.

Keep Things Organized

An organized traveler is a happy one. When you’re on the road, there’s no better feeling than opening up your bag and knowing exactly where to find your favorite shirt or that specific power cord. Some travel bags come equipped with integrated organizers and pockets, however the most effective way to keep organized is by travel accessories made to do just that. Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes, Kelty’s Cache Boxes (intended for electronic storage), and Outdoor Research Ditty Sacks are all great items to prevent specific items from becoming one in your pack.  One of my personal favorite travel accessories is the North Face Base Camp Flat Dopp Kit which makes a perfect toiletry kit.

Check out all of our different travel accessories here.

Adventure Travel Packing Checklist:

Whether you’re escaping for a long weekend away or taking a month long excursion, it’s good to use a checklist. Create a list considering the following categories: travel documents, packs/luggage, clothing, footwear, travel gear, toiletries and other personal items.

Our friends at Eagle Creek have a very easy to use packing checklist builder that takes into account your specific type of trip and destination. Give it a try!