Essential Travel Gear for Any Adventure

On a planet where we need to save money on travel but still get the very best experience possible, these essential travel items can certainly help keep your travels easier, safer, plus much more enjoyable. I’ve compiled this list from my own experience with travel items which have made my life easier around the country, and so I can fully attest to them.

Here are 10 items needed to be a successful traveler:

10. Damp washcloth

Seems simple enough, but on a daily basis it’s worth its weight in gold. Whether you’re wiping food off your hands, sweat from your face or grime off your gear this little essential item is light versatile and always leaves you feeling refreshed throughout the day.

9. A Map

Some people might think of this a little old fashioned nowadays with smartphones and GPS, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself running out of battery and still in need of direction when the good old map comes in and saves the day. Just about all the places I’ve been have tourist information centers with free maps and info of the town. Bus stations and libraries are another great place for maps. I’ve even sat down at diners where the paper place mats were little maps of the city.

8. A book

Books are a great way to relax and pass time while traveling. Whether you’re stuck killing time waiting for a train or can’t really fall asleep after an exciting day the good old book is there to help keep you occupied. Also it’s another one of those items that doesn’t need electricity like the good old map.

7. Sunscreen and bugspray

The closer you get to the equator the more attention you need to pay to sun exposure and bug bites. A sunburn and a few dozen mosquito bites can ruin any vacation but if you’re traveling without the creature comforts of a hotel like an a/c, soft bed, nice shower, this can really be hell. Nothing like trying to get a good night’s sleep outdoors when you’re burnt to a crisp and itching all over. One of those things you do once and remember for the next time.

6. Travel Mug

This is one of those indispensable, multi-use items that should be on everyone’s essential travel gear list. With a proper travel mug you can always enjoy a discount on your coffee and use it to do a little cooking in a pinch. This stainless 64 ounce mug is a great example and the one I use. It’s single wall insulated so if needed you can heat its contents over an open flame and coming in at 64 onces it can pack 3xs the coffee for a refill price of less than a buck a most convenient stores. I really do love this thing.

5. A change of clothes

With proper attention to your wardrobe you can pack a couple of outfits for less than the weight of a pair of jeans. A lot of these light weight close are also quick to dry which is nice if you happen to get caught in the rain or need to wash them as you wash yourself which I’ve done plenty of times. I found that a big part of traveling is being able to condense things, and if I can reduce my wardrobe and the time it takes to do laundry I’m all for it.

4. Toothbrush and dental floss

Bad breath leaves a poor impression wherever you travel. Maintaining hygiene while traveling is important. You should always be prepared with a toothbrush and toothpaste because you never know when you might find a nice little spot to do some quick refreshing. If you do happen to skip a day or two brushing at least you can floss in between. The floss can also be used to repair a backpack, leaving it minty fresh.

3. Passport

The passport really comes in handy during a border crossing. Unless you enjoy jumping borders illegally, this is a must when touring multiple countries. It’s also considered primary identification right up there with your birth certificate and can help you acquire things an id alone can’t get.

2. A little cash and a credit card

It’s always good to have both on your travels. Nowadays you can’t be sure which one is acceptable. The days of cash is king is gone. Some hotels accept only a credit card for a deposit while the city bus that dropped you off only took exact change. Some local restaurants don’t accept credit cards as payment while the meter you parked at doesn’t accept cash or coins. It’s also a good idea to carry cash and credit separate-you don’t want to lose everything to a pickpocket in one shot.

1. Positive attitude

By far the most important and essential travel item on the list. A positive attitude. A lot of things don’t go as planned while traveling. There’s always Murphy’s Law waiting around the next bend to hit you upside the head. It’s just one of those facts of life. The best way to combat the unavoidable obstacles you’ll face along your travels is to meet them with a positive attitude. Like when you get caught in a torrential downpour and forget to pack a raincoat. Look at the brightside, maybe you remembered to pack a bar of soap.

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How to Prepare for an Oludeniz Paragliding Holiday

It should also be noted that Babadag Mountain also has an ideal geographical location for launching when paragliding, and is also sufficiently high for paragliders to enjoy a great experience every time. However, if you are considering booking an Oludeniz paragliding holiday, here are some things that you should do to prepare.

First of all, it is imperative that you choose to book your trip with a reputable service provider or tour operator. Due to the popularity of the activity here, there are plenty of service providers to choose from, and many are of an exceptionally high standard. However, this should not stop you from doing your research first.

Many holiday agencies will work with partners who provide paragliding experiences, and you will want to ask about the safety record of these partners. You should also enquire about the standard of equipment provided, the qualifications and experience of the paragliding instructors and organiser of the activities, and what insurance is in place.

Treat your paragliding experience even more stringently than you would when booking in your home nation, fully investigating the licensing and experience of instructors and the service provider’s adherence to rules and regulations. All of this will reassure you that you can enjoy your activity in complete safety and security.

The next thing to consider is the levels of fitness required to participate in this activity, as well as age limits, and potentially height and weight limits too. Of course, Oludeniz paragliding activities are aimed at holidaymakers and should not be exceptionally hard to reach, but to avoid disappointment it is worth investigating.

You can often find out this information via your tour operator or by approaching the paragliding activity organiser directly. If you unfortunately fall over or under the height or weight restrictions, at the very least you will know in advance and be able to organist another suitable sorting activity instead, such as snorkeling or scuba diving, both of which are very popular in Oludeniz too.

Another step to take is to ensure that you having suitable clothing and footwear for your paragliding adventure while looking for Oludeniz paragliding holidays in the area. This is not only to take into account the different temperatures that will be experienced when partaking in the activity, but also to ensure your comfort and safety.

Generally, the service providers will forward all the necessary equipment for the activity, but they may have certain stands on what you can wear in order to
participate. Check you have packed these suitable clothes and footwear in your suitcase before jetting off in order to avoid disappointment or spending additional money on new clothing whilst you are on holiday.

Finally, make sure that you are fully aware of the emergency telephone numbers that you need to call or any emergency procedures that you need to follow in case you go off course or get into trouble when on a paragliding excursion. Although incidents rarely happen, it is always best to be prepared for difficult situations.

It also helps to have a fully charged phone with credit at all times, as well as some useful and practical phrases in Turkish in case you land somewhere you are not familiar with and have to find your way back to your accommodation or paragliding club. Follow these tips if you are planning an Oludeniz paragliding holiday and you will be best prepared to have a great time.

Hunting for Fossils in the Great Lakes

Hundreds of millions of years ago and long before glaciers carved the Great Lakes as we recognize them today they were once a shallow saltwater sea full of ocean life. Gastropods, trilobites, sponges, and corals covered the ocean floor. Whales, walruses, and giant fish swam in this ancient ocean and the giant short faced bear hunted in the woodlands. Now, millions of years later, all but their fossils are gone.

Today many of these fossils have been uncovered from the continuous movement of the sand and sea. Here are a few awesome examples of what can be found in and around the great lakes.

Dunkleosteus is one of the largest predatory placoderm fish known in the fossil record. An apex predator capable of taking down pretty much anything it could clasp its jaws around. With a concentrated force of up to 8,000 pounds per square inch at the tip of its mouth, this placed Dunkleosteus in the league of Tyrannosaurus Rex. By Devonian standards, Dunkleosteus was one of the most highly evolved animals and was one of the earliest jawed fishes. Instead of actual teeth, Dunkleosteus possessed two long, bony blades that were extensions of its jaw and could slice through flesh and snap and crush the bones of almost anything.

Considered one of the largest known terrestrial mammalian carnivores, the short faced bear existed until about 11,000 years ago which put in direct contact with early man. Coming in at 2000 pounds 12 feet tall on its hind legs and an arm span of 14 feet, this beast was something to be reckoned with. Despite that gargantuan proportions of this mega bear its fossils have revealed that its skeleton was actually not designed for fighting but built for efficient, long-distance travel which has lead many to predict this bear was a scavenger instead of a hunter.

Trilobites are hard-shelled, segmented organisms that existed over 520 million years ago in the Earth’s ancient seas. Theses are the single most diverse extinct organism found around the world with all types of shapes and sizes.

The Great Lakes are a great place to find some of these fossils. Digging through the layers of shale that line the lakeside and rivers can reveal one of these ancient creatures if you have a little luck and a lot of patience. Of all the lakes, Lake Michigan seems to be the most famous for fossil hunting. Every year residents and tourists comb the beaches which are filled with fossil fragments and collect these ancient souvenirs.

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