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.

GENERAL

 

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Overnight bag

Osprey Talon 33 –  a great all round bag, lightweight and well made.

 

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Dry sacks

Exped Dry Sacks Classic Set – keeping your kit organised, compressed and dry.

 

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Trekking Poles

Black Diamon Bastoncini 4-Season – a great set of poles that are sturdy and comfortable

 

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First Aid

Lifesystems Adventure First Aid – topped up with some personal medication including rehydration sachets.

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Toiletry Bag

North Face Toiletry Bag – good study waterproof bag to keep toiletries together.

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Torch

Petzl Head Torch – handy for reading in a hostel or nighttime excursions.

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Water

SOURCE Hydration 3L system –  easy to fill up and clean, tube encourages consistent hydration.

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Stove

Jet Boil – a great bit of well crafted kit, will boil water in seconds.

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Utensils

Light My Fire Titanium Spork – a bit heavier but the plastic ones kept breaking

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Cup & Bowl

Sea 2 Summit Collapsable Cup – compacts small, used for drink and food.

SLEEPING

 

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Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba –  best. tent. ever.

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Roll Mat

Thermarest Prolite Roll Mat – very comfortable and warm to sleep on, rolls down small and leightweight

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Sleeping bag

Mountain Equipment 750 Classic – if you are a cold sleeper a down sleeping bag makes all the difference. Very snug!

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Travel Pillow

Your Pillow by SHO – compact and comfortable inflatable travel pillow.

Buff

Neck warmer

Buff – I love my buff! I use it to keep me warm but also as an eye mask.

ELECTRONICS

 

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Camera

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.

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Camera Case

Olympus CSCH Case – allows you to attach the camera to any bag/equipment for great POV stills & videos

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Laptop

MacBook Air – even comes on my adventures – my lifeline earning a living & staying in touch.

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Laptop case

Thule MacBook Air Bumper – not cheap, but worth every penny when it comes to protecting you Mac on the go.

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Tripod

Joby Gorilla Tripod – compact and versatile, the perfect tripod for any adventure.

Kinps powerbank

External Battery Pack

Knips External Battery Pack – for charging my phone, iPod, kindle and camera (switched from solar – quicker and lasts a long time)

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Mobile phone

iPhone 6 – I have a Three SIM which works in 42 countries, otherwise I buy a local SIM on arrival.

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Reading

Kindle E-Reader –  this little gadget comes everywhere with me!

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Music

Ipod Shuffle – I prefer saving my phone battery for an emergency and using this tiny Shuffle for music and podcasts.

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Earphones

Betron Earphones – great value good quality earphones.

SAFETY

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General repairs

Duct Tape – strip wrapped around a water bottle for repairs.

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Penknife

Victorinox –  invaluable piece of kit

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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.

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Survival bag

Survival Bag – cheap but could save your life.

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Whistle

Survival Whistle – leave it clipped to your bag

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Hip Flask

Stanley Hip Flask – if I can afford the weight…it comes with me!