Action holidays are a great way to get away from it all and let off some steam. Not only do you get to experience the majestic sights and scenery of a different environment, but you also get to have great fun indulging in a sport you feel passionately about.
This type of holiday can be very different to what most people envisage when they imagine their ideal break – relaxing on the beach, for example. But one element remains the same; packing. However packing for an action holiday is very different to packing for a relaxing beach break, and often necessitates your finding very particular items of clothing, depending on what type of vacation you intend to take.
Running / Hiking
If you’re embarking on a running or hiking holiday, the two most important items you can invest in are a good pair of shoes and a decent rucksack. This is because, for people on their feet, shoes can make all the difference between a fun holiday and one which ends in blisters, scrapes or worse. Rucksacks are important because they need to be light enough to carry over distance, but spacious and sturdy enough to carry everything you’ll need. Choose wisely and be prepared to spend a little bit more to get the quality you need.
For cyclists, it’s important to pack clothing which will protect you from both the elements and from any accidental spills. Advancements in cyclist clothing now means that action cyclists can find a large range of clothing to suit both purposes, and more besides. For example, high-tech gauzes with built-in ventilation allow cyclists to stay cool without restricting movement or compromising on protection. And companies such as Dare 2b also offer products like the “Antics Jersey” that includes a honeycomb textured fabric which is perfect for cycling in warm weather.
Off the Beaten Track
If you’re thinking about taking a holiday which includes any other types of less-than-usual activities – rafting, climbing or abseiling, for example – then it’s always wise to consult with a professional when choosing your clothing. This is because you will most likely need specialist gear that you might not be able to get on the high street. In addition, because these sports involve extra risk, you need to be sure that your clothing will be a help and not a hindrance. Get in touch with your local instructor or nearby activity group for advice.