ADVENTURES; WHAT TO PACK
I splash out a bit when it comes to buying my outdoor gear. I’ve learnt ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ the hard way too many times. The gear below makes up the standard core pack for most of my adventures, with a few adaptations depending on weather and activity.
Osprey Talon 33 – a great all round bag, lightweight and well made.
Exped Dry Sacks Classic Set – keeping your kit organised, compressed and dry.
Black Diamon Bastoncini 4-Season – a great set of poles that are sturdy and comfortable
Lifesystems Adventure First Aid – topped up with some personal medication including rehydration sachets.
North Face Toiletry Bag – good study waterproof bag to keep toiletries together.
SOURCE Hydration 3L system – easy to fill up and clean, tube encourages consistent hydration.
Jet Boil – a great bit of well crafted kit, will boil water in seconds.
Light My Fire Titanium Spork – a bit heavier but the plastic ones kept breaking
Cup & Bowl
Sea 2 Summit Collapsable Cup – compacts small, used for drink and food.
MSR Hubba Hubba – best. tent. ever.
Thermarest Prolite Roll Mat – very comfortable and warm to sleep on, rolls down small and leightweight
Mountain Equipment 750 Classic – if you are a cold sleeper a down sleeping bag makes all the difference. Very snug!
Your Pillow by SHO – compact and comfortable inflatable travel pillow.
Buff – I love my buff! I use it to keep me warm but also as an eye mask.
Olympus Tough TG 4 – it’s waterproof, you can drop it and throw it around and it still takes great pictures, all for a bargain £299.
Olympus CSCH Case – allows you to attach the camera to any bag/equipment for great POV stills & videos
MacBook Air – even comes on my adventures – my lifeline earning a living & staying in touch.
Thule MacBook Air Bumper – not cheap, but worth every penny when it comes to protecting you Mac on the go.
Joby Gorilla Tripod – compact and versatile, the perfect tripod for any adventure.
External Battery Pack
Knips External Battery Pack – for charging my phone, iPod, kindle and camera (switched from solar – quicker and lasts a long time)
iPhone 6 – I have a Three SIM which works in 42 countries, otherwise I buy a local SIM on arrival.
Kindle E-Reader – this little gadget comes everywhere with me!
Ipod Shuffle – I prefer saving my phone battery for an emergency and using this tiny Shuffle for music and podcasts.
Betron Earphones – great value good quality earphones.
Duct Tape – strip wrapped around a water bottle for repairs.
Victorinox – invaluable piece of kit
Roll mat repair
Thermarest repair kit – I’ve never been on an adventure yet and not needed to repair my inflatable roll mat at some point.
Survival Bag – cheap but could save your life.
Survival Whistle – leave it clipped to your bag
Stanley Hip Flask – if I can afford the weight…it comes with me!