Adventure trips are available through the Adventure Education program here at the UREC. Each semester, multiple trips are available where the planning is taken care of so you can just focus on enjoying the outdoors. Perhaps you want to take a trip on your own, go somewhere different than our trips offer, have a time conflict, whichever your reasoning may be. Here are a few tips to plan your trip, so you’ll be faster on your way to getting that new profile picture.
First you need to decide what kind of trip you wish to take and where you want to go. Are you hiking, biking, canoeing, paddle boarding? Second, how long do you want your trip to be? You have the options of a day trip, an overnight trip, or a multi-day trip. The type and length of your trip will influence which gear you’ll need. Once you’ve decided what you’ll be doing on your trip, you can check out the gear you need at the Adventure Center in the UREC. We can show you how everything works as well as make sure you don’t forget anything important.
Now that you have the gear part taken care of, let’s talk about food. Food is an important part of trip planning that often gets overlooked. The length of your trip influences how much food you’ll need to bring. For a day trip, it’s recommended to bring a lunch and a few snacks. Longer trips take more thorough meal planning. Make a list of each meal for each day of your trip. Don’t be fooled, just because you’re in the backcountry doesn’t mean you can’t eat like a king (or queen). A little Tony’s or hot sauce can do wonders for the backcountry feast. Plan to have an extra day’s worth of food. Always remember if you brought it in with you, bring it back out with you as you leave, including food trash.
Cooking in the backcountry is a bit different than cooking at home. The simple option, as well as most tasty, is cooking everything in one pot. Why one pot? Answer: Easy clean up and tiny stove. There are two options when it comes to stoves for the outdoors, and no, one is not a grill. Most people use a 2-burner stove or a pocket rocket – both of which we have for you to rent at the Adventure Center. If your trip involves hiking, I definitely recommend the pocket rocket. Unless you’re up to carrying the extra 10 pounds, as the saying goes hike your own hike!
I would venture to say if you’re planning an outdoor adventure, you already have an appreciation for Mother Nature. To help keep her around for generations to come, seven principles were designed to minimize our environmental impact under the name of Leave No Trace, which basically means when you look behind you there should be no sign of you ever being there.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impact
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Finally, you should consider safety and destination policies. Before you head out on your trip check the rules and regulations of the destination you chose. Some places require a permit or a small fee to enter the area. If you’re planning to camp, check to see if a reservation is required. Dogs make great trip buddies, but make sure your furry friend is permitted before bringing them along. Check the weather report before you head out because there’s nothing worse than a pair of freezing, wet boots…okay maybe there are worse things, but staying warm and dry has its perks. Establish your water source. Staying hydrated throughout your trip is very important. The better you are hydrated, the more pleasant you are to be around…trust me. Will you need to bring extra water or will there be a safe water source for you to filter your own during your trip? Whichever your situation, we have gear to assist you via a dromedary or a water pump filter in the Adventure Center. Lastly, bring a small first aid kit because life happens.
Now you’re ready to set out on your own adventure! Feel free to stop by the Adventure Center for further assistance on getting outdoors.
Your fearless leader,