How to Choose the Best Outdoor Watches for Travel

Hand reaching toward trees in Bali, Indonesia; outdoor watches for travel
Reaching for the trees in Bali, Indonesia: Featured Photo © Benjamin Atchley on Unsplash

Outdoor watches for travel aren’t essential but they sure can help as you navigate new territory. For example, when you are traveling you normally have to be in particular places at specific times. That might be the airport for a flight, a train journey or meeting up with friends.

Time zone differences add complexity; it’s easy to see how a good watch can be beneficial to travel plans. Also, a good outdoor watch can be a great companion for whatever activities you have planned during your travels.

Whether you want to go hiking, swimming or cycling, a watch can help you keep track of where you are and how far you’ve traveled. Read on to find out how to choose the best outdoor watches for your travels.


So, there are lots of different outdoor watches on the market all with different features. Trying to decide between them can be a bit of a minefield. Think about all the different activities you will be doing whilst on your travels. Then consider the features you would like to make use of whilst taking part in those activities.

For example, if you are hiking you want to make sure you have a watch with GPS functionality. If you want to swim you might want a waterproof watch. It’s a case of ticking these features off when looking for the best watch for hiking and outdoors.

It’s worth bearing in mind that many travelers choose outdoor watches because they have the best features. For example, you can wear G Shock watches on any occasion including outdoor adventure.


Affordability is also a major factor to consider. You really have to weigh up the features that you desire against how much you can afford. You might have to sacrifice features you want but don’t necessarily need to get the cost into your price bracket.

Woman sitting on tree stump in woods; outdoor watches


Battery life is also a major consideration when you are choosing an outdoor watch to take traveling. You really don’t want to have to charge it constantly; this is especially true if you are participating in activities where your watch is really needed. You wouldn’t want to lose GPS signal, for instance, halfway through a hike. And you might need your watch to act as a barometer if you are considering a climb. Always look for battery life that matches up with how you want to use your watch.


You also need a durable and reliable watch to keep up with you while you are traveling. You won’t be able to send it for repairs from the top of a mountain or foreign country. Most outdoor watches are designed with durability in mind because of the nature of their purpose. Before you make your decision, read reviews to check if there are any known problems with the watches software. If the watch stops working for other users, it may for you as well.

An outdoor watch will really improve your travel experience. Luckily, there is so much to choose from. It’s easy for you to find the perfect watch for your adventures.

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