We’re going to assume you have the bad weather basics (waterproof jacket, beanie, gloves, hip flask of Bundy). But, a few simple items can up the comfort quota on your next adventure.
Here are some off-season gear updates you may not have thought of:
#1 Pocket Tarp
The kind of tarpaulin you buy at Bunnings are heavy and bulky however there is a hiker-friendly alternative. Eagle’s Nest Outfitters rain tarp is designed to be used as part of their hammock sleep system but is also available to buy separately in a range of sizes. The best bit? It packs down small enough to fit into your pocket and you can collect rain-water for drinking off one corner.
#2 Flash Boiler
On a freezing cold morning time is of the essence, especially when it comes to coffee (“Is it ready yet? Is it ready yet?”). The JetBoil System will boil 1-litre of water in the time it takes you to locate your camping mug and brush out the insects. We’ve tested it for cooking soup, rice and even boiling sausages (times were desperate!).
#3 Waterproof Headlamp
The Ledlenser SEO7R headlamp has a waterproof rating of IPX6. What does that mean? It can survive ‘powerful water jet’ conditions. It also provides 220 lumens of luminosity (that’s bright!) and has an inbuilt sensor that automatically adjusts the light to suit your conditions, whether you’re staring at the stars, at a map or into your camping buddy’s eyes.
#4 Phone Protector
LifeProof phone covers are tested to US Military ‘Shock Standards’, are snow and ice proof and submersible to 6.6feet for up to 1 hour. Okay, they’re not cheap but neither is a replacement iPhone. The budget option for water protection is a phone pouch or you can stick your gadget in a ziplock bag and hope for the best.