Travel Safer & Smarter with Boundless Journeys
Probably one of the most important (and often-asked) questions we hear from our Boundless Journeys guests is, “What should I bring?”
Since the majority of our trips involve hiking, walking, and trekking, you need only a well-broken-in pair of hiking boots and a backpack large enough to hold warm clothes, a camera, lunch, water, sunscreen, and anything else you wish to carry throughout the day. On our trips that involve camping, you may also wish to bring your own sleeping bag. And if any special equipment is required, Boundless Journeys will supply it or inform you as to how it can be rented locally. But don’t worry! A detailed list of what to bring will be included in your trip-planning materials.
In the meantime, here are a few other things you should consider for your next Boundless Journeys adventure:
Getting To and From Your Trip
Airfare is not included in the price of your trip. Please contact your local travel agency or the airlines directly to make any arrangements you may need. If you would like assistance booking airfare, Boundless Journeys can request flights from our partner airfare specialist, Exito Travel. There is no fee for this service.
For many of our Boundless Journeys tours, you will need a good, comfortable pair of hiking boots. If you don’t already have a pair, the time to purchase them is now, so that you have ample time to break them in. There are many brands from which to choose, and most important, of course, is proper fit. Try various boots on with the socks you will wear while hiking. Keep them on for 10-15 minutes as you walk around the store, paying close attention to how they make your feet feel. By the time you leave for your trip, you should be able to hike five to nine miles in your boots without discomfort. Boundless Journeys reserves the right to deny participation to any guest not wearing proper footwear.
Low Cut or High Cut?
We are often asked about whether low-cut or high-cut (above the ankle) hiking boots are best. Our basic advice is this: You need sturdy shoes with a good tread and foot support that are made for hiking (not jogging, tennis, etc.). The choice of low- or high-cut is a personal one, but bear in mind you may be in very uneven terrain, and ankle support may be more important than you’d realized. It would be a shame to have a sprained ankle spoil your adventure!
Immunizations & Medical Concerns
Please remember that we are not a medical authority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA provides the most current information regarding medical requirements and recommendations. It is available through the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/travel. Please consult the CDC, a travel clinic, and/or your physician in order to make the best decision for yourself and your health. Some immunizations require multiple administrations and may take some time to be effective. Therefore, you should consult your health professional as early as possible.
Additional Travel Resources to Help You Prepare
- American Passport & Visa International – our preferred passport and visa expeditor
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – the leading U.S. public health institute
- Electronic Embassy – resource of and for foreign embassies in the U.S.
- Global Rescue – medical and evacuation memberships in case of emergencies
- Longitude Books – recommended books & maps for travelers
- Rail Europe – European train tickets and rail passes
- Travel Guard – travel insurance, assistance, and emergency travel service plans
- U.S. Department of State – U.S. passports and international travel information
- XE Currency Converter – live exchange rates and currency converter
- Weatherbase – weather forecasts and current conditions for over 40,000 cities
- World Fact Book – U.S. government-produced information on 267 world entities