It’s the beginning of the holiday season now and everyone is looking out for the best deals. Instead of heading over to physical stores, people all over the world can now partake in the sales happening online in the comfort of their homes.
Being a budget traveler and outdoor enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for cheap and affordable items that we can use for our next adventure. Below, I have put together 10 essential items every outdoor enthusiast should have.
Never leave home without one of these. I usually carry up to 3 power banks each time I travel as my phone battery runs out really fast, sometimes within 3 hours depending on how often I use the phone camera feature. Power banks are especially useful when camping, climbing mountains, in the jungles and when you are on a remote island where you are not able to find a power outlet. Who knows, having a power bank can even save your life one day during an emergency situation when you need to reach out to others on a flat battery.
With a high capacity, the Dulla 15000 mAh Portable Power Bank charges an iPhone 6s up to 6 times, a Galaxy s6 up to 4 times or an iPad Air up to 2 1/2 times. It weighs only 10 oz and it claims to be 75% faster than standard chargers. On top of that, this product comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee and 18 month product warranty.
Dry bags are handy to keep important things like passports, wallets, power banks, phones and batteries dry especially when you are outdoor most of the time. The Imper Dry Bags gives you 12L of full storage, and is especially light, doesn’t leak and is durable. I personally prefer these nylon ones compared to the stiff polymer bags which I currently own . My 2 polymer bags failed to serve me well as I have experienced water leaking into my 15L polymer bag which caused damage to my non-waterproof camera when I went for a canyoning trip in Switzerland. My other waist pouch also had its stitches came off possibly due to the constant air pressure that was pushed into the bag whenever I tried to rolled it tight. these two are supposed to be of good quality and brand. I find the nylon ones more flexible, not as bulky and therefore, will take up less space in your bags.
This product comes in a pack of 2 and the supplier will even refund your purchase and send you a new pair if there is any issue with the dry bags.
Going camping? You will definitely need one of these. It is only 2 inches tall when collapse, is able to fit into your pocket and weights only 0.12 kg or 4 oz. It comes with a hanging ring which allows you to easily hang it inside your tent or on a tree. The LED lantern comes in 3 different modes, which are full brightness (15 hours usage), half brightness (30 hours usage) and flashing mode (23 hours usage). The bonus is this lantern actually doubles up as a flashlight when collapsed and is water-resistant. What more could you ask for?
Whoever invented this product is pure genius. Who would have thought of weaving a parachute cord into a wristband and on top of that, add 4 other functional tools (flint, blade, compass & whistle) onto it to come up with the ultimate survival toolkit. Give this to a survivalist and they would be able to come up with lots of uses with it. Although an outdoor enthusiast such as myself may not necessarily have all the skills a survivalist has, it will still look good on us as an accessory which I am sure will become handy during emergency situations. I think this could possibly be the ultimate gift for anyone who loves the outdoors.
This product comes in 2 sizes which are 9-in for women or 10-in for men. The merchant offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as a 2-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty. You will be able to find other similar cheaper products online but beware of counterfeit products.
Every outdoor enthusiast and traveler have one thing in common. We love anything that is small, compact, collapsible and multi-functional. This bottle fills up to 750 ml and can be folded up to 1/3 of its size when empty, which saves a lot of space. It is also leak proof and will not shatter or break when dropped to the ground. What I like most is that you can choose to either freeze it or fill it with hot water. This product comes with a full refund or replacement if you find any problems or is unsatisfied with it.
Another cool accessory that every traveler and outdoor enthusiast should have… a pair of sunglasses. They protect our eyes from the sun, dust and sand especially in a moving vehicle. It is also useful for preventing small irritating flies from getting into our eyes during the fly season. These sunglasses offers 100% UV400 protection, anti-glare and polarized lens. It is also backed by a 12-month warranty and free lifetime technical support.
Good for camping especially during the summer months or in a tropical country. This is a Swiss product of premium quality and claims to be softer and stronger than most other hammocks. Made of lightweight parachute material, it weighs only 460 grams and is able to hold a maximum weight of 200 kg. A mosquito net for the hammock will also be made available for purchase in a couple of months time. So, the next time when you go camping, instead of carrying a bulky tent, carry a hammock instead. This product comes with a 100% money back guarantee and part of their profit goes to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) organization.
This is an award winning product which every outdoor enthusiast should carry in case of emergency. There has been situations when I ran out of water and had to drink from a fellow hiker’s drinking bottle. Other times, we had to carry along a set of camping gas canister and mes-tin to boil water for drinking. Once, a friend of mine even had to drink from a muddy pool during a jungle trail run. Therefore, having a compact personal filter like this definitely does help in these situations. This product is able to remove a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites. You can use it to filter up to 1000 liters of water without the use of additional chemical or batteries.
A headlamp is especially handy especially when you need to hike or set up camp in the dark. It is also great for caving or when you need your hands to do something under low or no light. This headlamp comes with 3 different light modes which are white light, strobe light & red light as well as a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. So, if you are not happy with the product, you can simply return it for a full refund.
Another must-have item especially when you are travelling and you need a small backpack for a short hiking trip. This backpack weighs only 0.7 pounds and fits easily into an inner pocket. It unfolds into a multi-compartment, water-resistant, 30L backpack with lots of storage space and 2 side pockets. With a lifetime warranty, you can either return it for a full refund or exchange for a new one if you are not satisfied.