42 Tools to enhance your trip
At least once in life, every man, woman and child should know these four things: (1) the feeling of complete dependence on the bounties of nature, (2) hunger and hardship, (3) the meaning of total self-dependence, and (4) the personal inventiveness required to wrest a living from nature. Each should have the opportunity to learn the use of his own two hands in making necessary items for comfort and survival in nature.
Few of us ever depend upon our own skills and resources for our needs. We depend, instead, upon the manufactured items of our civilisation to the extent that it would be nearly impossible to conceive of a life without them.
We marvel at the ability of Stone Age people to survive under such adverse conditions as they were usually found. We envy somewhat their ability, and deep down inside of us we hold a secret fear that somehow, someday we may find ourselves in the same situation as these primitive folks.
But in our modern era, there are a wealth of tools to help you become one with nature. It’s all here: design, utility, lightweight materials, and practical solutions. Because good preparation and the right tools are necessary for various wilderness environments even if you aren’t going it alone. And they’re indispensable if you are.
"Take! Bamboo Chair"
Take five with the Take! Bamboo Chair from Japanese outdoor experts Snow Peak. Constructed solely from lightweight aluminium, bamboo and canvas, it weighs in at a mere 3kg meaning you can ensure your idle time ain’t put to waste lugging around your leisure essentials.
"Pack & Carry Fireplace"
Keep the wilderness in mind with Snow Peak’s Pack & Carry Fireplace. Mother Nature’s bestowed us a great gift that you’re out in the open to enjoy, so keep that fire off the ground and limit terrain damage with this portable raised pit. Never again will you leave waste behind, and with its folding, easy-to-carry design nor will you leave this...
"3 Piece Titanium Cookset"
Champagne living on a shoestring needn’t be difficult with the 3-Piece Titanium Cookset by Snow Peak. Japanese design is renowned for its practicality and this cook set is no exception, featuring stowable handles, a mesh bag for transportation, and a combined weight of only 200g. With nature’s beauty as a view, it’s the best TV dinner you’ll ever have.
"350ml Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler"
Designed to resist the rigour of even the most challenging hikes, Kinto’s 350ml Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler is there to see you through with peak hydration. With a wide opening and insulating body meaning drinking comes easy, this tumbler makes for the ideal travel companion. Don’t forget the coffee!
"Touring L DAB+ FM Bluetooth Portable Radio"
With a precision Swiss-engineered design and a staggering 30-hour battery life, Geneva’s Touring L DAB+ FM Bluetooth Portable Radio is your all-in-one entertainment solution. And with tuned drivers and a Class D amplifier, just because the fire’s crackling, doesn’t mean your disco joints have to.
"Lil' Deodorant Cream"
Fat and the Moon’s range of natural body care allows you to connect with Mother Nature and reveal a hidden wholeness, all with the benefits of a simple product that’s ethically harvested, organically cultivated, and handmade in small batches in Nevada City, CA. Don’t take no jive from The Man and his mainstream potions, he ain't got you or your body’s interests at heart. Self Care is Earth Care, after all.
"Two-in-One SPF30 Suncream/Moisturiser"
No man, woman or child should venture out into the open without adequate sun protection. Luckily, Malin + Goetz have you covered. Both a moisturiser and sunscreen in one, the lightweight formula packs in soothing Aloe and Willowherb extracts for superior skincare and is water-resistant for 80 minutes.
If there’s one thing you learnt in the Boy Scouts, it’s that out in the wild you should always carry a utility knife. With a sturdy zinc/steel body and a handy key loop chain, this utility knife by Hightide | Penco will see you through all manner of tricky situations. And measuring in at a mere 8.5cm in length, it’s bound to serve you proud.
"Classic Travel Alarm Clock"
They say sunrise is the most beautiful time of day, and thanks to Dieter Rams you don’t have to miss it. With its easy to read dial and iconic yellow second hand, the Braun Classic Travel Alarm Clock will allow you to explore in timely fashion, and effortless style.
Transport yourself to the Rockies wherever you are with The Incense Of The West Teepe, a pottery brick incense burner. At a stashable 8 cm in height, you’re sure to beat the bugs in style and keep camp smelling fresh. Plus, it comes with 20 woody pinon incense bricks.
"Sweetgrass Smudge Braid"
They say the natural solution’s always best, and we have to agree. If you’re gonna go get close to nature, do it right. And Juniper Ridge is about as close to nature as you’re gonna get. Now you can smoke up with Mother Nature herself, with their wildcrafted sweetgrass smudge braid that has a unique vanilla-like scent.