Adventure vs Survival: What is Different in Your Bag?

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Planning your next adventure is exciting but also daunting. You think about the route, your meals, your budget, and that’s just scratching the surface. But the question that adventurers ask themselves and worry about is: What should I pack?

You don’t want to pack so much that you’re stuck hauling fifty pounds of equipment that you’ll never use. On the other hand, you don’t want to pack so little that you find yourself unprepared and unsafe.

For the best experience you need to pack the right materials. Explorers become master packers when they understand the difference between an adventure pack and a survival pack.

Here’s what you should pack for an adventure versus what you should pack in a survival kit. Because understanding what to pack in each situation will ensure you are always prepared, no matter what you face.


Survival hatchet and knife

Packing for Survival

If a disaster struck your home today, would you survive on your own? The key to survival is preparation. Packing a survival kit for your home and vehicle will save time, stress, resources, and even your life.

Choose a bag to pack your survival gear in that is portable and easily accessible. Make sure that you can reach it quickly so you can be efficient when an emergency takes place.

The average human survives 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, and 3 hours outside of typical body temperature. Keep this in mind as you pack your bag, and check out our survival packing list below for ideas:  


Hiker with orange backpack

Packing for Adventure

If you packed everything in your survival bag for your next trip, your back is going to break. An adventure is not an apocalypse. Don’t create unnecessary pain and inconvenience for yourself.

As you pack, ask yourself: “Is this essential? Will this item hinder or enhance my experience?” Consider what specific activities you are engaging in and how many days you will be gone. Then pack your bag accordingly.

The following is a list of items to consider bringing along to any adventure:

  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Protein bars and snacks
  • Clothing – try to pack outfits you can layer that can adjust to different temperatures
  • Camera
  • Wireless Speaker
  • Portable Battery
  • Jacket
  • Microfibre towel
  • Playing cards and games
  • Tent, sleeping bag, hammock (if necessary)

Because you still want to be prepared and safe, you should consider packing along a few items from the survival kit. Consider packing an Army survival knife, flashlight, multitool, and survival flint/stone fire starter, which are all available at Prepper’s Base.

Your Next Adventure Awaits

What’s the bottom line? Don’t stress over planning your next adventure. Now you can feel prepared anytime, whether it’s during an emergency or an exciting undertaking. Don’t forget to check out our equipment to fulfill your survival and adventure packing list needs.