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Gap Year Gear Guide

Gap Year Gear Guide

Although the traditional definition of a gap year is a period typically taken by a student as a break between academic years, anyone can take a year out of the monotonous tasks of everyday life as long as you have the right kit and a passion for adventure! At Vango we have all the essentials for you to head off on your travels across the globe…

You’ve picked your destination and booked your flight, next thing to do is get your luggage which will be your portable wardrobe for your adventure! The Vango Freedom Rucksack does what it says on the tin – gives you freedom! Opting for a rucksack when travelling allows you to have versatility when you travel, compared to dragging around a huge suitcase. The freedom rucksacks come in two sizes, both with a removable, clip on, 20L day bag, perfect for packing your sun cream, towel and water bottle for beach trips. The handy flight cover, zips over and around the rucksack for keeping the straps and hip belt secure when travelling. For great organisation and quick packing pick up the Vango Mesh Bag set, and colour coordinate your packing for t-shirts, swimwear and shorts!

Whether you choose to sleep in a sociable backpacker’s hostel or under the stars; a lightweight but cosy sleeping bag should be at the top of your list. The Vango Planet Sleeping Bag is ideal for warmer climates, with a breathable lining and shell, combined with the exclusive Vango Shield material, insects are repelled whilst also preventing the growth of odour-causing bacteria. The brilliant treated and detachable mosquito net at the head and foot of the Planet sleeping bag keeps out any unwanted bugs, giving you an undisturbed slumber. When the nights get a little chilly the 3D hood prevents any loss of heat and the superfine insulation reduces the chance of cold spots. For when the hostel pillow just doesn’t cut it, fill the sleeping bag stuff bag with towels and tops for instant head support. Keeping your passport and important items safe is a priority in all countries, with the deep security pocket in the inside of the Planet sleeping bag, you can sleep soundly. With all these useful features the Planet sleeping bag is an essential for any gap year adventure!

After a long day adventuring a good quality night’s sleep is important for any backpacker, new and seasoned! Combine the planet sleeping bag with the trek sleeping mat for a superior night’s sleep. Coming in a range of colours and length to suit any requirement, all mats have a fast-pack carry system, facilitating a quick and simple pack-away, letting you pack up your belongings at speed without missing your next flight!

If you’re looking to hike up mountains, wander through the rainforest or chase waterfalls, you’ll probably be wanting a trusty pair of boots to accompany you on your off-roading ventures. The Grivola Hiking boots are a great breathable and versatile pair of boots for any type of travelling you want to pursue. Whether you choose to hike into the snow-capped mountains or venture down into the depth of the rainforest, choosing the Magma Flask will mean that your water will stay cold and your tea hot! Catching an early morning sunrise should be high up on your bucket list but don’t forget a trusty head torch when searching for those panoramic views; the flux headtorch provides long distance light, with a soft peripheral light. Don’t forget the mount of the headtorch can be clipped onto the webbing of packs and jackets for amazing versatility!

Combining all of these great pieces of kit will help your gap year go off without a hitch!

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