Outdoor Essentials: How to Pack for a Trip to Spartanburg

Outdoor Essentials: How to Pack for a Trip to Spartanburg

Outdoor Essentials: How to Pack for a Trip to Spartanburg

kayaking and paddleboarding on a lake

While getaways are exciting to say the least, packing is arguably the worst part of any vacation—especially when you’re going “off the grid” for a couple of days and don’t necessarily have the luxury of having a few basics provided for like you might at a hotel.

If you’re planning your next outdoor excursion or camping trip, might we suggest a little trip to Spartanburg? Not only do we have unparalleled bike trails, fishing holes, hiking routes, campgrounds, and more, but we’ve also made you this packing checklist to make travel prep a breeze!

A Day of Outdoor Adventure

Binge-watching that TV show can wait. It’s time to reconnect with nature.

Personal Care Items

With an average of 225 sunny days per year, your chances of visiting on a gorgeous day are looking good. Stay comfortable and enjoy your day to the fullest with these personal care necessities:

  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF to protect your skin
  • Bug spray to keep itch at bay so you can enjoy your day in comfort
  • Hand sanitizer for cleaning up between activities (and before snacking)
  • First aid kit in case you end up having a little too much fun
  • Prescription medications you need to stay healthy and keep playing
  • Painkillers so you don’t end up on the sidelines

The Proper Equipment

We’ve got miles and miles of blueways and greenways just begging to be explored, so be sure to pack accordingly! Enjoy the full extent of our outdoor offerings with:

  • 3 cyclists on a bike trailBinoculars to closely observe our diverse flora and fauna
  • Fishing gear for catching a cooler’s worth of bass and brim
  • Kayaking gear for paddling across our cinematic lakes
  • Bikes and helmets for exploring miles and miles of trails
  • A camera to capture the memories

The Right Clothing

While you don’t need to dress to impress, you’ll definitely need some key apparel and accessories.  Throw these in your bag so you’ll be prepared for anything and everything:

  • A hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the dazzling sunshine
  • A breathable, waterproof jacket for staying dry during a pop-up shower
  • Wool socks for extra protection against particularly rough terrain and to say nice and warm
  • Hiking shoes for going off the beaten path
  • Water shoes or sandals for wading into waterways
  • Your swimsuit for enjoying acres upon acres of our lakes and endless miles of rivers

Basic Tools & Technology

Make your way through the wilds of Spartanburg like a local. Here’s what to pack to navigate around with ease:

  • GPS and a compass & map for getting lost in Mother Nature’s majesty but always finding your way back to civilization
  • Portable chargers so you’re never without a lifeline to safety and security
  • Two-way radios (and batteries) to stay in touch with everyone in your group
  • Pocket knife for getting out of a sticky situation
  • Flashlights or headlamps for keeping the party going even after the sun sets

An Evening Under the Stars

Stay a little longer and turn your day in the woods into a full-blown camping trip.

All The Comforts of Home

Trade the internet and your memory foam mattress for ghost stories and a sleeping bag for a while. Here’s what you’ll need to set up camp and stay with us a while:

  • A tent to call home for the night
  • Sleeping bags or an air mattress to rest up for another day of adventuring
  • Travel pillows to maximize comfort
  • Folding chairs for sitting around the campfire
  • A toiletry kit complete with a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and other hygiene essentials
  • Sleepwear, particularly long pants and long-sleeved shirts as temperatures drop at night (even in the summer months)
  • A lantern so you don’t have to stumble around in the dark

Food & Drink Essentials

We won’t tell if you ditch the diet and indulge classic campfire foods for a night or two. Fuel up and recharge after a long day of hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, and exploring with:

  • friends gathered around a campfire roasting marshmallowsA reusable water bottle to stay hydrated
  • Snacks like power bars and trail mix to keep you going
  • A fire starter and/or camping stove with fuel to cook up the day’s catch
  • Cookware, whether it’s a cast-iron pan or a stick for roasting hot dogs
  • A cooler filled with sandwiches or whatever you like prepared over an open-flame
  • Marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers because no camping trip is complete without s’mores

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s certainly enough to get you off to a great start. If you arrive only to discover you’ve left something behind, head over to The Local Hiker to stock up on essential gear or check in with our parks to inquire about rental items.

Minutes away from renowned restaurants, a thriving arts & culture scene, and other thrilling things to do, our parks, preserves, trails, lakes, and rivers offer a reprieve from city-life without straying too far from modern comforts and amenities. We encourage you to check out as much of our charming county as you can before heading home. Once you’ve been here you’ll know. There’s only one. Spartanburg.



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