When planning your once-a-year adventure vacation, especially during peak season, a little foresight can make a big difference. It’s not exactly revolutionary to use company holidays to your vacation advantage, so those times of year are likely to be extra busy.  

Here are some tips to ensure your trip is everything you’ve dreamed of.

1. Plan Ahead: Peak season means crowds and high demand, so book your flights, accommodations, and tours well in advance. This not only guarantees you get the best spots, but also helps in finding better deals. Often booking in shoulder seasons can score you some great tour deals. Booking early ensures you can get the guide you’re banking on too. 

2. Be Flexible: If your schedule allows, consider traveling mid-week. Tour, flights, and accommodations are often cheaper, and attractions are less crowded than on weekends. One great tip is to use Google Flights to find the cheapest days to fly, see price history, and get notifications on price changes.  

3. Pack Smart: Prepare for various weather conditions and pack accordingly. Having the right gear can make or break your adventure. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, reusable water bottles, and comfortable hiking shoes. No one likes making a store detour or trying to track down forgotten gear. Keep in mind that not all outdoor gear travels well.

Below are just a few items to keep in mind that are not allowed on airplanes and how to travel with them: 

ItemWhy It’s Not AllowedWorkaround
Camp stove & fuelFire hazard due to continuing flammable materials

Ship your stove and buy fuel at your destination. 

Knives & multitools Seen as potential weaponCan fly in checked baggage only with a sheath. Except knives with rounded-blades, blunt edges without serration/teeth. 
Bear sprayContains a chemical irritant and is a hazardous materialsRent or buy bear spray at your destination. Many national parks and outdoor stores offer rentals or sales. 
Trekking polesSeen as potential weaponCan fly in checked bags only. 

 

Disclosure: The above list of TSA acceptable items is applicable at the time this article was published and may change. Reference Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s “What Can I Bring” website for more information.  This website is searchable and easy to use. 

General Tips for flying adventure gear:

  • Research Local Rentals: Many adventure destinations have rental shops for gear that’s difficult to transport.
  • Use Shipping Services: Services like FedEx, UPS, or specialty outdoor gear shippers can handle your equipment safely and ensure it meets all regulations.
  • Check Airline Policies: Always check your airline’s specific rules regarding sports and adventure equipment to avoid last-minute issues at the airport.
Beat the crowds with adventure travel tips.

4. Early Bird Gets the Worm: Start your days early to avoid the busiest times at popular sites. Early mornings offer cooler temperatures and a chance to enjoy nature’s beauty in peace.

5. Stay Positive and Adaptable: Despite careful planning, things might not always go as expected. Maintain a positive attitude and be ready to adapt your plans if necessary. Sometimes, the best adventures are the ones you didn’t plan for!

Consider going early or late in the day.

Remember, the key to a successful adventure trip is balancing thorough planning with the flexibility to enjoy unexpected moments. With these tips, you’re set for an unforgettable peak season adventure.