Not Included — Tell Explorers What to Bring
When telling your Explorers what to bring, you have to do some critical thinking. When people go on a guided experience they want to be told exactly what is required of them. You know your Adventure best so it’s up to you to think ahead and provide a thorough list, keeping in mind the location and duration of your activity. You can be as thorough as you’d like, but make sure you have the essentials down so you won’t have any disappointed Explorers on your hands.
Things to consider:
- Footwear — Think about what type of footwear is necessary to take part in your activity. Be sure to consider the season and weather when making this recommendation. Be clear that closed toed shoes are a must — no flip flops or sandals please.
- Clothing — give people an idea of how they should dress to be comfortable during the Adventure. You can even recommend certain materials like dry-fit, specific styles of clothing like long sleeves, or extra layers. Again, be sure to consider the season and weather.
- Water — If you are not providing water, make sure to state the obvious. You don’t want any dehydrated Explorers! Be specific about how much water to bring, because depending on the duration and difficulty of your activity they will need more or less.
- Food — If you are not providing food, here is the place to instruct Explorers on whether to bring a snack or a full meal.
- Cameras — If you think Explorers will want to capture some of the beautiful scenery or exciting Adventure, remind them to bring a camera.
- Bug Spray and Sunscreen — If you’re going to encounter swarms of mosquitoes or hours of sun on your Adventure, make sure your Explorers are prepared for it and know to bring bug spray or sunscreen.
- Cash or Credit Card — If you make any stops at local eateries, coffee shops, or have to buy tickets to something, tell Explorers they’ll need cash or a credit card to purchase things.
- Other — Are there any other items necessary for the Adventure? You can mention any optional gear Explorers may want, such as hiking poles, cramp-ons, or sunglasses.
Because not everyone owns bug spray, or may not have sunscreen on hand, an easy thing you can do for your Explorers is carry a bottle of sunscreen and bug spray with you. This way, they don’t have to worry about it and, if anyone forgets these items they won’t have to suffer at the hands of the bugs or the sun.
For a Hiking Adventure:
- Hiking boots or running shoes
- Small backpack
- At least 2L of water
- Warm layer & some sort of light jacket
- Hearty lunch (we’ll be hiking for 6 hours)
- Money for our stop at the ice-cream shop on the way home
☐ Sun/weather protection
☐ Other necessary or optional equipment