Before you set off out the door for your trip, you need to make sure that you have certain items packed. While the destination dictates much of what we bring, there are certain day travel must have items that remain consistent for us. If you are wondering what to pack for a day trip, we have a great list that you can use no matter where you are going!
First off, if you are going on a day trip, there are two things you need to have with you, good pair of shoes and a backpack. These are essential for having a successful day out when you are going to be doing a lot of sight seeing.
Those who want a versitale sneaker that will work for tough terrain and just normal walking should take a look at the Salomon Vaya GTX.
These sneakers are a bit pricey, but if you are going to be doing a lot of walking and hiking, you need a good shoe that is going to keep your feet happy. The investment will be well worth it!
They are light weight (10 oz) which really makes a difference in how your legs will feel at the end of the day.
These shoes are also made with a GORE-TEX waterproof barrier so that you don’t have to worry about them getting wet and causing your feet to feel damp.
They also help your feet to breath so that you won’t end up with sweaty feet.
Seriously, shoes are one of the most important investments you can make when you are planning to spend a great deal of time on your feet exploring!
A second great investment is a backpack. Again, you should look for a lightweight backpack with great structure so that you won’t be suffering from backpain at the end of the day.
You also want to make sure it has sturdy straps that are also cushioned so that you avoid back irritation.
You cannot go wrong getthing a North Face backpack. Our pack is the The North Face Borealis.
This bag is legit. It’s even been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association so you can be sure it is made with great back support.
Wondering what to pack in your backpack? We’ve got a great day trip packing list.
What to Pack for a Day Trip
Sunglasses. When you are outdoors, you need to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. This is especially true when you are travelling to places like Iceland where the sun shines nearly 21 hours a day during the summer months!
Sunscreen. Your skin is your largest organ and it needs to be taken care of. When you spend a lot of time outside site-seeing, the last thing you want to get is a sun burn. It can totally wreck a vacation.
Be sure to have a sunscreen stick in your bag at all times. You never know when you will need it!
Lip Balm. Lip Balm is a must have and we love one that also has SPF built right in. Our favorite is Sunbum. You can choose one that is clear or one that has a little tint to it.
Protein Bars. When you are on a day trip, you never know when you will be able to stop and eat. To refuel the body, we always carry protein bars! They have protein to keep you going and enough sugar to give you a quick pick me up.
Lightweight Rain Jacket. You don’t want to get stopped by a rain shower. Always take a light rain jacket that can also be used in the event that temps turn cooler than you expected.
Phone Charger. You are going to want to make sure that your phone holds its charge during your trip. Invest in a good charger that is fast and compact.
Waterbottle. Staying hydrated is really important when you are on your feet all day. Make sure that you have a great water bottle that will fit in your day pack and is easy to carry.
Do you have certain day travel must have items? What are they?