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10 Tips For Teen Adventure Travel In All Weather

10 Tips For Teen Adventure Travel In All Weather

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

In today's fast-paced world, teenagers are immersed in technology and social media, experiencing an extraordinary period of transformation. It's a time when individuals begin to establish and pursue goals while contemplating career and life plans. 

However, it's also a period filled with pressure that can become overwhelming. Adventure trips for teens can provide various opportunities and inspire future prosperous decisions as they navigate through life.

Traveling as a teenager can be incredibly exciting, offering opportunities for personal growth, adventure, and exploration. Whether you're trekking through forests, climbing mountains, or exploring urban landscapes, being prepared for all weather conditions is crucial. 

While adventure trips at Created for Adventure are usually hosted in the summer, some places we visit have different climates and weather despite the season. Therefore, it’s important to be prepared for your teen’s upcoming adventure trip, regardless of the weather. Here are our top 10 essential tips for teen adventure travel in any weather, guaranteeing a safe and enjoyable experience:

1) Research Before You Go

Before embarking on your adventure, research your destination thoroughly. Understand the weather patterns, local customs, and any potential risks. This will help you prepare adequately and ensure a smoother trip. Research the typical weather conditions for the time of year you plan to visit and pack accordingly, taking into account any extremes in temperature or unexpected weather events.

2) Pack Light And Smart

When it comes to packing, less is more. Focus on versatile, lightweight clothing suitable for all weather conditions. Opt for moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabrics that can keep you comfortable in various climates. Having the right clothing and gear will make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable. Here’s a basic packing list:


  • T-shirts (avoid 100% cotton)
  • Long-sleeve shirts (SPF protection shirts are great for adventures in tropical climates)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Quick-dry pants
  • Shorts (athletic, lightweight)
  • Undergarments (avoid 100% cotton)
  • Swimsuit (active wear - one piece or two piece or tankini suits)
  • Socks (avoid 100% cotton - we recommend smartwool socks)
  • Hat and gloves


  • Hiking boots or day hiker shoes
  • Water Sandals with straps (chacos or tevas)


  • Sunglasses (recommend polarized) 
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit
  • Portable charger
  • Water bottle
  • Lightweight backpack

3) Layer Up

Layering is the key to staying comfortable in all weather conditions. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add an insulating layer, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer. This way, you can easily adjust your clothing to adapt to changing weather. 

If you’re visiting a colder climate, don’t forget to pack protective gear like a warm hat and gloves. These small accessories can make a big difference in your overall comfort.

4) Be Prepared For Rain

Rain is always a possibility, regardless of your destination. Make sure to pack a waterproof jacket and pants to stay dry. Waterproofing important items like your phone, camera, and a journal using zip-lock bags or waterproof cases is also smart.

5) Protect Yourself From The Sun

Even on cloudy days, the sun's UV rays can be strong. Protect yourself by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and any other uncovered areas. Consider clothing with built-in sun protection, and take regular breaks in the shade to avoid overheating and reduce your overall sun exposure.

6) Stay Hydrated And Energized

Staying hydrated and energized is crucial, especially during outdoor adventures. Always carry a refillable water bottle and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. We suggest bringing at least two Nalgene sized bottles. Dehydration can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, so it's essential to drink water regularly throughout the day. Pack high-energy snacks like nuts, dried fruits, and energy bars to keep your energy levels up.

7) Know Your Limits

While it's great to push yourself out of your comfort zone, knowing your limits is essential. Be honest about your abilities, and don't attempt activities beyond your skill level. Knowing when to stop or take a step back can prevent accidents and ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience. 

If you're unsure, seek guidance from experienced guides or instructors. By knowing and respecting your limits, you can enjoy outdoor adventures safely and confidently.

8) Keep Emergency Supplies Handy

No matter how well you plan, unexpected situations can arise. Always carry essential emergency supplies, including a first aid kit, a flashlight and a whistle. It's also wise to have a basic understanding of first aid procedures. 

With careful planning and preparation, you'll be able to make the most of your experiences while minimizing risks.

9) Make a Plan

Be sure to have a plan about where you are going and how long it should take you before you begin your adventure. If possible, take a photo of the map that is posted at the trailhead so you can be sure you are on the right trail and have a reference if needed. 

If you are a beginner, having a guide to lead you on your expedition allows you to enjoy the adventure while gaining more knowledge and experience at the same time. 

10) Respect Nature And Local Culture

Lastly, always respect nature and the local culture. Be mindful of your surroundings, follow designated trails, and leave no trace behind. Learn about the local customs and traditions, and be respectful when interacting with locals.

Your Teen’s Next Adventure Trip With Created For Adventure

Many teenagers confine themselves to their comfort zones, hesitant to challenge themselves due to an overwhelming fear of failure. An outdoor adventure program like ours at Created for Adventure can help promote opportunities for teens to develop and cultivate a growth mindset while gaining a greater understanding of how much God loves them. 

Our faith-based adventure trips provide opportunities for teenagers to connect with God in a meaningful way while experiencing the wonder of adventure, developing new friendships, and gaining valuable life skills.

Our goal is for every camper to realize that they are loved and deeply valued by our staff. As campers step out of their comfort zones, they discover strengths they never knew they had. To learn more about meaningful service and outdoor excursions from Created for Adventure and how we can make a difference in your teen’s life, contact our team today for additional information.