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And if we’re being honest, I wasn’t prepared for the kind of adventure it wound up being. I knew it would be mentally and emotionally both taxing and fulfilling, because I tend to get jitters and nerves. And to fulfill THE biggest travel dream you’ve ever had makes me feel butterflies just to write that sentence! What I didn’t expect is that it would be physically challenging as well. To better explain, we went to Alaska on a belated honeymoon. I would have been happy to sit around photographing moose and whales for ten days, but my husband had adventure in mind. And I’m talking REAL adventure.
Helicopters and dog sleds. Bear-filled hikes on restricted paths. Walking up and down glaciers and zip-lining through a boreal forest. It seemed like every time I stopped to rest, check myself, assess my emotions, fears, and concerns, it would be time for another adventure. It was all about pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and quite literally up a mountain, or six.
When I think back to that trip, which was a year ago, I can’t help but think about trips I’ll take in the future – with or without the kids – and maybe one day alone. While the Alaska adventure had its challenges, I’m thankful for the learning experiences it held. I think for my next big adventure, which is imminent, I’ll FULLY prepare for the trip. That way it will be even better for me, and less taxing. What do I mean by “fully”? It’s about being prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s about a love of outdoor adventure, and a willingness to explore how that makes you feel on the inside.
1 – Packing is pretty important, and we’ll go into a few necessities below. One thing I will say is that of course pack the products and supplies you need for survival and comfort, but also a few that you feel good about. What is it in life that makes you think of comfort, yet boldness? What helps you define YOU? For many, including me, that’s coffee. For many, including me, that’s SToK™ 48 oz Cold Brew Iced Coffee. Why? So many reasons. For my last hike over the weekend, I packed SToK™ Unsweet Cold Brew Coffee and SToK™ Chocolate Cold Brew Coffee. It’s pure coffee with no weird ingredients. The beans are Arabica beans – the strongest beans you’ll have access to – which you might need for adventure!
SToK™ provides an elevated, coffee-forward experience, and we all know that when you’re “on”, you’re really ON. That’s when you’re capable of really incredible things. It’s like that magic button to propel you to new heights and zones!
Also, it’s just really, really good. Even when I’m out in nature and I smell it, I get pretty pumped up. And that’s just from smelling it! It totally makes me GO! And I truly appreciate that extra kick/pep I need to keep moving. So put it in your backpack and get out there in nature. Traveling on a plane? That’s ok. You know where to get it while abroad.
2 – Get into condition. There’s nothing worse than totally shocking your system when you are out there on your trip or adventure. Just like you wouldn’t go from 0 to 50, from nothing to a marathon, well when you’re doing outdoor adventures, you’re exercising parts of your body that aren’t used to exercise! While you can’t predict every muscle to work, it’s good to work on your cardio, core strength training, lower body training, stretching, and resting. Your body will thank you!
3 – Prepare your mind. This is probably my biggest challenge. I’m a big picture girl, so I tend to look at everything at once and then get overwhelmed at the swirly mess. Take it day by day or minute by minute. Your mind will thank you!
4 – Channel your inner strength. You. Yes, you. You’re a WARRIOR. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you do it, and it’s probably more than you think. So sign up for something of a lifetime – a trip, hike, race, marathon, etc.
5 – Gather your gear. No matter where you’re going, I think the right answer is “pack layers.” Pack breathable, non-cotton materials and light-weight shoes. Pack rain gear, a camera, and medicines/first-aid supplies you might need.
6 – Gather as much information as you can. As much as spontaneity is also pretty awesome, there will be time for that. We were 30 minutes early to our glacier tour, so we stopped at a reindeer farm in Palmer, Alaska! That was awesome. Other than that, we were SO happy to have read up on potential places to visit and things to do. We felt better prepared, less nervous, and super excited. You may need to also decide and evaluate your budget. That helps narrow things down!
7 – Do crowdsourcing! The best way to decide on an adventure is to get recommendations from people who have done it.