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Published: February 1st 2019
For some holidaymakers, sun, sea and sand suffice — rest and relaxation are the main priorities and anything which resembles work is roundly rejected.
However, other adventurers appreciate an educational vacation, whether they’re part of an organised school or college group or simply satisfying their personal thirst for knowledge.
If you fall into the latter group and are about to embark on an archaeological expedition to the Andes, a literary tour of Dublin or a metal-detecting trip to Bannockburn battlefield, you might need some sage advice on purchasing essentials prior to departure.
Here are five things to pack for an educational trip. 1. Boots
Trekking over tough terrain can traumatise your tootsies — so the first purchase to pack into your luggage is a pair of boots from French footwear brand Palladium.
Their iconic boots combine durability with a certain stylish je ne sais quoi and were made famous as the first choice of special forces soldiers in the legendary French Foreign Legion.
Light, comfy and strong, they’re a great choice for fieldwork. 2. Packable jacket
The ideal jacket for working in changeable conditions is lightweight, warm and waterproof — and if it can be packed away in a tight corner of your suitcase, even better.
A packable jacket from cult brand K-Way satisfies all the crucial criteria above and looks great too — they’re available in a range of cool colours and full- or half-zip versions.
And as a bonus, their stylish cut means they look the part when you’re socialising after hours too. 3. Rucksack
When you’re vacationing in remote areas, it’s essential that you carry enough food, water and clothing with you to keep you safe and secure in any eventuality.
So you’ll need a rugged rucksack with handy compartments to ensure every must-have item is within reach whenever you need it. Outdoor brand Berghaus
has a superb range of models, but the Arrow 30 has a handy rain cover and walking pole attachment points. 4. Tent
Provided you plan appropriately and find a suitable spot, sleeping under the stars in a tent can be a terrific experience.
But it’s also wise to carry a compact tent with you to use on the spur of the moment when wild weather or other unforeseen circumstances mean it’s safer to stay the night rather than return to base.
If you’re struggling to choose, Jack Wolfskin and Fjall Raven brands are highly-rated on review sites. 5. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Depending on the nature of your educational trip, you might need personal protective equipment like latex gloves, safety glasses and respirators to protect your health and maintain hygiene at a dig site.
But don’t rely on picking up these specialised products at your destination — order everything you need online from a lab equipment supplier like King Scientific.
Having the right PPE gear means you’re good to go when you arrive, so add it to your travel list.
Bag these five essential items and your educational sojourn will be stress-free and satisfying — pack them for peace of mind.
Do you have tips for an educational trip? Share them in the comments section.
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