Outdoor adventure essentials to put a spring in your step.

Outdoor adventure essentials to put a spring in your step.

Ready for your next fresh-air outing? From hiking and biking to surfing and sleeping under the stars, we’re ready with the gear you need to enjoy the glories of nature in maximum comfort.

When you’re in need of a change of scenery, time spent exploring the great outdoors is a great way to refresh the mind and soul. After all, there are few things more powerful than the sight of a beautiful sunrise, the thrill of reaching a summit or an evening spent around a campfire. Keen to get the family set for your next outdoor excursion? We’ve rounded up the best in functional fashion, practical gadgets and adventuring essentials to make it an adventure to remember.

BREATHE-EASY TOPS

When it comes to taking the scenic route, you need to be ready for changes in the weather and unafraid to sweat. Look for ultra-lightweight long-sleeve tops that offer sun protection without weighing you down, and tees in wicking fabrics that will draw moisture away from your skin. Even in the hotter months, merino wool rules due to its ability to regulate body temperature and combat body odour. Breathable lightweight jackets with strategically placed vents are handy for keeping the bugs and mud off, while a button-up utility shirt will help to fend off mosquitoes.

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Mens Nike Dry Tee SL Legend 2.0 – Sports Co

 Accion Women’s driMOTION singlet – Kathmandu

Lightweight Prohpet Pertext Rain Jacket – Macpac

Nike Dri-FIT Men’s Tshirt – Nike

   

BUSHWALK-READY BOTTOMS

When choosing shorts or pants, look for fabric that won’t easily snag, as well as styles with plenty of stretch. Remember, proper fastenable pockets are essential if you’re planning to carry mid-hike snacks; the tiny stylised pockets you find on everyday clothing won’t cut it. With leggings, opt for quick-drying elastane or nylon rather than cotton if there’s a chance you’ll cop water splashes while exploring. For swimwear that’ll stand up to more than sunbaking, look for racer-back bikini tops and bottoms with an anti-slip lining. For guys, quick-drying fabrics are key.

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Nike Fast – Nike

 Rockover Convertible Pants – Macpac

Clark Men’s Zip Off Hiking Pants – Kathmandu

Running Bare Womens Ab Waisted Full Length Tights – Rebel Sport

   

ALL-TERRAIN FOOTWEAR

If you’ve ever nursed a blister on the trail you know the importance of footwear selection, so be sure to ask the sales assistant whether shoes will require breaking-in before you tackle your next big trek.  Whether you’re scaling mountains or hopping over beach rocks, you’re going to want a grippy outsole. Planning a river crossing or two? Consider packing sturdy sandals or easy-pull-on water shoes. Socks are important, too – look for moisture-absorbing merino wool or smart cotton options.

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Sandover NGX Shoes – Kathmandu

Ingott Women’s Sandal – Kathmandu

Light Hiker Socks – Macpac

 
   

ACCESSORISE TO THRIVE
Even on overcast days, UV protection is vital, and that means making sure the family is suitably-equipped with sunhats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Another key investment for outdoors lovers is in a quality backpack suited to the activities you enjoy and your body type (try to match to the length of your torso and hip shape). Once you try a few different styles, you’ll see that some allow you to move more naturally and carry more weight without throwing you off-balance (tick, tick). Next, be sure to pack the snacks and water bottles.

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Ray-Ban Justin Classic – Sunglass Hut

BuzzGUARD Bucket Hat – Kathmandu

22L Backpack Adventure – Kmart

Banana Boat Sport SPF 50+ Sunscreen Lotion – Coles

   

ESSENTIAL GADGETS

Camping overnight? Once you have your tent, sleeping bag, camping chair and first aid kit sorted, think about other overnight essentials such as a headlamp or easy-hang lantern. Hmm, what else…? Waterproof smartphone case? Check. GoPro camera? Check. How about a GPS watch, or a compact power bank for recharging your devices? You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to appreciate the usefulness of these gadgets, and they certainly come in handy when you want to relive and share your outdoor action hero moments.

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GoPro HERO9 Black 5K HyperSmooth 3.0 Action Cam – JB HiFi

Coleman Easy Hang Lithium-Ion Lantern – Macpac


Globite Waterproof Phone Case – Big W

Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS Heart rate Watch – Rebel Sport