Top 10 Outdoor Essentials


Today I visited Alan Moore in Basecamp Outdoor & Adventure Centre. Here’s a list of 10 items Alan recommends every outdoor enthusiast, backpacker and hiker should have.

To be in with a chance of WINNING ALL THE PRODUCTS IN THIS LIST simply download the app and search for ‘hiking’.

1. Buff Multi-Function Headwear


Versatile headwear accessory that can be worn as a cap, headband, neckerchief and bandana as well as many other ways. The lightweight, breathable, microfibre fabric is also wind resistant and extremely comfortable to wear.

2. LED Lenser Neo Headlamp


The LED Lenser Neo Headlamp is compact, lightweight and expels great brightness. There’s also a blinking red light on the rear of the headlamp so walkers, runners and cyclists can be seen from both the front and back.

3. Contigo Autospout Hydration Water Bottle


The Autospout is an odorless, stainless and 100% BPA free water bottle. The bottle has a small button which you push to flip open the spout. It also has a special locking mechanism to prevent spills and a carabiner clip so it can easily be clipped onto your bag or belt.

4. Packtowl Personal Towel


This ultra light and quick drying towel is an essential for backpackers and travellers. The material is highly absorbent and packs really small so it won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack.

5. Body Glide

body glide

Body Glide balm protects your skin against rubbing that causes chaffing, skin irritation and blisters. You can apply it all over your skin before getting dressed and it will provide all day protection. It’s quick drying and sweat resistant so it won’t feel greasy on your skin.

6. Lifesystems Click Bite Relief

click bite

This pocket sized device provides relief from itchy insect bites. Clicking the device over the bite around 5 times will stop the itchiness and reduce inflammation and swelling.

7. PowerBar Protein Plus Bar


Packed with high quality protein, the PowerBar Protein Plus Bar will replenish tired muscles after a long hike, run or cycle. These protein bars come in a variety of delicious flavours all of which are high in fibre and promote proper digestion.

8. Platypus Big Zip Lp Hydration Water Pack


This zip top reservoir is easy to clean and has a really compact design which allows it to fit into the back panel of any pack. It’s BPA and odour free and holds 3 litres of water so it can keep you hydrated throughout the day.

9. Lifesystems Expedition Insect Repellent


This dual action formula repellent combines DEET and natural pyrethroids to provide maximum protection from insect bites. Each application lasts over 10 hours and it comes in a lightweight aluminium bottle so it won’t take up too much space in your backpack.

10. Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool


This lightweight, pocket sized tool will come in handy when doing jobs around the house and while travelling. It’s comprised of tools such as a pliers, can opener, small screwdriver and ruler.

You can WIN ALL the products in this list!

Whether you are interested in discovering the latest hiking equipment or where to find essential items while you are out and about, the Pointy app can help. Simply search a product you are looking for and it will show you shops near you that sell it. To see this in action and be in with a chance of WINNING ALL THE PRODUCTS IN THIS LIST simply download the app and search for ‘hiking’.


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