Gear Guide

So, you just landed your dream job as a guide, but what in the world do you even pack before you head off!  99% of companies will give you a packing list before you ship off, but here are some specific items that have made guiding easier for me!

Guiding in Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

Guiding in Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

  • Patagonia Black Hole Duffle

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For my personal travels I love packing light and living out of a backpack, but when I’m guiding or trip leading it’s a different story.  Nothing hurts your credibility more as a guide than when you come across as unprepared for the trip you’re leading. Maybe, on your personal trips, you’re totally fine rocking a t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops in a downpour because you sacrificed rain gear to save space, but part of guiding is looking the part.  That’s why when I’m working I always travel with my Patagonia Black Hole Duffle. It’s practical, weather resistant, easy travel with, and best of all you don’t need to compromise on what gear to bring.

  • Sun Bum 50 SPF Clear Zinc

Working an outdoor job means you’re spending a lot of time...  OUTSIDE! Even if you think you don’t burn the constant sun exposure can be brutal, especially if you’re working in high altitude.  I love Sun Bum 50 SPF Clear Zinc. Sun Bum is vegan, not tested on animals, and safe for the oceans!

  • Luna Sandals

Footwear is highly debated among guides and leaders, but hands down my favorite outdoor shoe is Luna Sandals.  Lightweight, but sturdy enough to handle any terrain.

  • YETI Rambler 26oz Bottle

Single-use plastic is seriously lame!  Spend any time outside and you know that some of our favorite places are littered with trash, plastic water bottles being the most common offender.  Set a good example to your clients and fellow outdoor enthusiasts and get a reusable bottle. YETI’s bottles keep cold liquids cold and hot liquids hot and can survive even the gnarliest drops and falls.  

  • Patagonia Micro Puff

When you’re on the go weather can change in an instant, don’t get stuck trying to example the flora and fauna of a mountain range over your own chattering teeth.   A lightweight jacket that still keeps you warm, it’s a win-win!

  • FosPower PowerActive Powerbank

Love it or hate it, you’re never off the grid when you’re guiding.  Client safety is always #1 and you need to keep your cell phone, satellite phone, and navigation tools charged up and ready to go.  Rugged and waterproof, the FosPower PowerActive Powerbank compliments an active and adventurous lifestyle.

About the Author:

Courtney Condy is an Adventure Travel Guide and Founder of Occupation Wild.

Courtney Condy