Packing Your Adventure Van Rental

Adventures aren’t nearly as rare as they seem. All you need is a destination, a drive, and desire. We can provide the drive and suggest a destination, but the desire is on you. Once you find your reason for seeking adventure, we’ll be ready for you! While your adventure destination may change each time, your packing will remain relatively the same. The most important and basic items you’ll need to pack in your adventure van rental are:

Water and Food

These are often the most forgotten items but easily the most essential. Be sure to bring an extra water bottle for higher altitudes and an electrolyte drink to help with altitude sickness. As your body burns calories, you’ll need a steady influx of food to help keep your energy levels up. Fruit is an excellent source of energy but because it’s so heavy, packing dry fruit and high-energy bars is a safer alternative.

Rain Protection and Sun Protection

Bringing a lightweight poncho or waterproof coat can be lifesaving when you’re suddenly hit with an afternoon thunderstorm. Late thunderstorms can diminish visibility so severely that you may need to seek temporary shelter to ride it out. You can use your poncho or a lightweight jacket as a tent to keep yourself dry and safe. You’ve heard the sun is still dangerous even on a cloudy day, right? Well, they’re right. People forget to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day and get burnt. So be sure to pack a high SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

First Aid Kit

Regardless of your expertise, blisters, cuts, and sprained ankles are unavoidable. Even packing a few basic items into a Ziplock can make a huge difference. Your pack should include bandages, gauze, tape, disinfectant, and pain meds at the very least.

Extra Clothes

According to the U.S. Forest Service, temperatures drop 3-5 degrees for every 1,000 feet of elevation gained. This means that even on an average summer’s day, hypothermia is still a possibility if your cotton tee gets sweaty and can’t dry quick enough during a flash storm. Be prepared for the worst, even if you’re a seasoned adventurer.


Even though you have a flashlight on your phone, you could run out of battery or lose your phone and wish you had a backup. General practice for hiking always includes bringing either a flashlight or a headlamp, even if you only plan on going on a morning hike.


We don’t mean carry a torch, just bring a pack of matches or a lighter in a waterproof bag in case of emergency. It’s only a few extra ounces so just throw in the bottom of your pack and be glad you have it if you need it.

Exploring Colorado is always an adventure. And your adventure van rental from Rugged Van Rentals comes fully prepared for all sorts of different destination adventures like kayaking, canoeing, hiking, or snowboarding. But for any adventure you embark on, you’ll need to gather a few items to prepare. We are happy to help suggest a more extensive packing list to prepare your adventure van rental for your specific adventure destination. Contact us today to learn more.

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