While it might seem like being an astronaut is just a childhood dream, civilian and even recreational space travel is right around the corner. And if you are going to go to space, it is helpful to know just what you need to bring along and what you should take care of before your epic departure. So what do professional astronauts do, and what can we learn from them?
Here are some important things to pack and to take care of before you head off into space.
Pack Your Bags
Like going on any other trip, you need to pack a bag before you head out. However, you would not pack the same way for a vacation on the beach as you would for a ski trip, and space is its own environment as well.
Even though space is cold, that doesn’t mean you need to pack a parka — in fact, quite the opposite. For any trips you make outside the spacecraft, the outerwear you need will be provided for you. You will want to be comfortable and prepared to exercise, so here is the list most astronauts use.
Remember, don’t forget anything. At least so far, there is no store in space, and dirty clothes never come back with you; they actually get destroyed by reentering the atmosphere, so there will probably be no spares on board either.
Get Your Affairs in Order
Going to space, while probably safer than it ever has been, still comes with a certain amount of danger. The first phases of civilian space travel will likely be especially dangerous. So before you leave Earth, be sure you have all of your affairs in order.
Once you are sure you have all of your affairs in order so things are taken care of while you are in space, you can think about the other exciting parts of space travel.
Plant Your Seeds
Travel in space is not the same as travel on Earth, not by a long shot, and even the most luxurious spacecraft will likely pale in comparison to a cruise ship, at least for now. There are some things that we take for granted here that we will not have there.
One of those is delicacies like fruits and vegetables. While astronauts get some of these through deliveries to the space station, traveling through deep space might not mean that is possible. While freeze dried foods are okay and drinks like Tang offer some vitamin supplements, nutrition is a big deal in space.
The other big deal is fresh, breathable air. One of the best ways to get it is through plants. Plants clean the air and help ensure the right balance of oxygen and CO2. Conveniently, they can also provide food.
So far, it has proven to be tough to grow crops in space but not impossible, and some crops actually do well. In the future, before you go into space, you will plant some simple crops before you go and take them with you. Those same plants will help you keep the air in your craft fresh, clean, and full of oxygen. Plants will be the most important thing we will take with us into space.
Civilian space travel is just around the corner, and while astronauts will continue their forays beyond the atmosphere, tourists will soon join them. These are just a few of the things you will need to take with you and take care of before you head into space.