My Microadventure Kit List

My microadventure kit list is something that has changed quite a lot over the past year. In some cases, I have needed to change out items due to them being too heavy. However, for the most part, I have simply purchased new and better gear.

As you may know, a microadventure is a relatively short escape and quite different from my recent hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. With this in mind, I need only a small amount of food and supplies on a microadventure but the quality of my gear is just as important as a long distance journey.

Anyway, I digress, here is my new microadventure kit list:

My Microadventure Kit List

As a rule, a microadventure kit list should serve a purpose and yet be reasonably light. Unfortunately, this is where I start to get worried as the danger with packing for an outdoor trip is always that one might go unprepared.  For this reason, please know that this is not a definitive list of any kind. You should always do your own due diligence and make sure that are well prepared and knowledgable for whatever it is that you are about to do!

  • UltralightTent
  • 3 Season Sleeping bag
  • Thermarest
  • Warm Clothes and Wooly Hat
  • Rain Gear incl. Waterproof Pants
  • Reliable Head torch
  • Enough Food and Water
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Smartphone
  • SPOT Device
  • Optional – Credit Card

To be fair, this is most often all you need for a microadventure kit list!


Detailed View of My Microadventure Kit list

Blue Kazoo Sleeping bag

Best sleeping back for a Microadventure kit list - North Face Sleeping BagI took this sleeping bag on the Pacific Crest Trail this year. It got me through but there were some nights below freezing where I needed to wear my thermals to bed. Other than that, I absolutely love this sleeping bag and feel it should be adequate for microadventures in areas above freezing temps.

 Check Out the North Face Blue Kazoo Sleeping Bag

 


Backpack

Picture of an Osprey Exos 58I am a bit of a gear snob nowadays. In the beginning, I didn’t pay much attention to the gear but the more I get out there, the more I appreciate good gear. My Osprey Exos 58 is one of my favourite pieces of outdoor gear. Strong, lightweight, reliable – I just love it!

 Check Out the Osprey Exos 58L


Petzl Actik Core H

Headlamp by PetzlI am such a huge fan of Petzl and this incredible head torch. Although the full beam tends to run out pretty quickly, the torch comes with a rechargeable battery. This also means you can carry spares. However, it’s a fantastic torch and ideal for putting your tent up in the dark when you need to be handsfree.

Check Out the Petzl Actik Core Here

 

 

Thermarest

Ultralight Sleeping MattressAnother incredible item that lasted the entire Pacific Crest Trail. Over time, they start to lose their cushion but when I say “time”, I mean after 110 nights sleep. An excellent lightweight option that I recommend.

Check Out the Z-Lite Mattress Here

 


Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

Big Agnes Tent in IrelandObviously this ultralight tent is not a must for a microadventure kitlist. You can probably have just about any tent, so long as it can withstand the elements. That being said, this tent is so light that I would never consider carrying any other.

Check Out Big Agnes Tents Here


Trail Shoes & Clothing

You obviously need to have warm gear for cold weather. However, there is always a trade off between what you want to have on a kit list for microadventures and what you can actually carry.

Warm Wear

Take thermals, warm socks and leggings. I always keep a spare set of clothing in a dry sac just in case of heavy rain. You can never have too much clothing, but you can certainly have too little.

 


Day Wear

Wear whatever feels comfortable when you hike. Personally, I will never ever go hiking without my Columbia Shirt again. The thing just never gives me problems and still looks the same as the day I bought it. Also, for the absolute best footwear, check out my Darn Tough Socks Review.

 


Waterproof Wear

OR Hellium Rain jacketYou have to stay dry. Even if you don’t expect it, make waterproof gear an essential part of your kit list for microadventures.

 

 


Optional Items for a Microadventure Kit list

Some items don’t make my kit list for microadventures but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them.

Pillow

Picture of a pillowPillows, I have decided, are not a luxury. They should be enjoyed and taken on every adventure. This is one item I will be buying online shortly.

 

 


Camping Stove

Lightweight BRs stoveNothing can beat a warm meal after a day of hiking. In fact, on a cold night, this is especially true. Plus, how else can you make coffee in the morning? I am currently waiting to order one of these online.

 

 


Towel

Micro Fibre TowelI used these towels to dry my feet when it rains. Also, wait for it, I use this same towel to clean my feet when they sweat. Footcare should always be a priority in the outdoors.

 


I hope it goes without saying that this list is not extensive and you should always tailor your research for every trip.

Do you have a Microadventure kit list of your own? What are your favourite pieces of gear? Let me know in the comments.


Disclosure: Please note the trust my audience has for my advice is of utmost importance to me. Hence, I will only recommend equipment I love from brands that I trust. I was not paid to review any of these products and I purchase this equipment myself. I am also without obligation to leave positive reviews for any product, I just know that this gear works for me and it is likely to work for you too. This page contains affiliate links meaning I might receive a small amount from the supplier should you decide to purchase an item through one of my links. Thank you for supporting me.

Why I Will Not Be Using My Vango Tent for the Pacific Crest Trail

I genuinely love this tent but allow me to explain why I will not be using my Vango Banshee tent for th Pacific Crest Trail.

You see, I am a sucker when it comes to romanticizing over my outdoor gear. For example, I bought my Vango Banshee 200 several years ago for one reason – it was cheap. As you might expect from the pictures, it was also quite small for carrying around which also appealed but honestly, I bought the tent because it was one of the cheapest I could find.

Storms and Wild Camping in Africa

Serengeti Tours

Since then, I have taken the tent into many wilderness areas but most notably, I have used this backpacking tent in the wilds of Africa. Why is this important? Well, you come face to face with every terrain and logistical matter when you go camping in places like the Serengeti. Terrain is rugged and unspoiled in these areas but the weather is also particularly unpredictable.

On one occasion, I was stood in the middle of a rain storm holding the corner or two tents in each hand while the occupants took shelter under a nearby tree. Seriously, I was pretty much flying two kites as the weather attempted to claim these two tents and send them flying into the wilderness. In case you might be asking yourself, I was leading an adventure tour at that time and fully responsible for the safety of my clients. In hindsight, this was an extremely dangerous as the Serengeti is home to some of the most spectacular lightning storms you are likely to encounter.

Anyway, throughout this episode, my Vango Banshee sat quietly in the corner and let out little more than a whimper as a storm raged around us. In fact, I remember looking back to see how it was doing and laughing at the resilience of my “cheap tent”. After all, the two tents I was holding had a combined value of more than $1500.

Why I Cannot Use My Vango Tent for the Pacific Crest Trail

Best Tents for Microadventures

You see, I am very attached to my outdoor gear and eventually, each piece becomes what seems like an important part of a story. From wildlife corridors and immense volcanoes to deserts, mountains and abandoned buildings; the Vango Banshee was with me for so many outdoor adventures and never let me down.

Alas, I am taking a long distance trek next month from Mexico to Canada and as you will probably see on my Pacific Crest Trail Blog, the weight and size of every item counts. In the case of the tent, my Vango weighs almost 2lb more than the one I have my eye on and this is quite a lot on a long distance hike. In fact, as far as weight goes, this would be considered quite a heavy backpacking tent for the Pacific Crest Trail.

More importantly, the inside of a Vango Banshee is very compact and confined. If you are looking for the best tent for microadventures, this is definitely a good shout in my option, and cheap too. However, while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018, there are likely to be times when I will need to wait out storms or rest up for the day in the tent and simply put, this is when space will matter.

For this reason, I will be leaving my Vango Banshee somewhere safe and purchasing a new home made of fabric. No mortgages here, my friends.

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Do you have a favorite backpacking tent? Let me know in the comments – I love to hear about other peoples experiences with their outdoor gear!

Microadventures Can Change the Way You Feel About Life

When I first began riding a bicycle through Africa, there was little on my mind other than the road ahead. From desert crossings and mountain climbs to remote tribes and wildlife around my tent; there was more than enough to occupy the mind.

In short, I spent one year focusing on the simple pleasures and far from the distractions which often consume my daily life. As my cousin says; “we can be busy fools” and it can be all too easy to allow mundane or meaningless thoughts to consume our time each day.

Replacing “Reasons” with Microadventures

Anyway, I also realized during that trip that taking a long distance adventure is not a realistic option for most people. Simply put, it seems like a ludicrous amount of time, money and commitment, not to mention the fact that cycling across Africa is a rather silly idea.
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