Stuck for what to pick up for your favourite outdoorsy-type person for a Christmas gift?
Encourage children to enjoy the great outdoors and start planning their own mini-adventures with the ‘Ultimate Explorers Guide for Kids’. As well as being packed with information and great fun, this book is used in classrooms all over the world as a teaching resource.
Get kids active outdoors with the ‘Ultimate Mapping Guide for Kids’! This book takes a layered approach to teaching people (not just kids!) about maps and navigation and uses lots of fun exercises to build skill and give confidence. Again, this book is used around the whorl as a teaching resource.
No book list would be complete without a puzzle book, so why not pit your wits against map makers in the cartography based ‘Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book‘
‘Food For Free’ is an essential read for any outdoors person, and the pocket version fits snugly into the top flap of any Karrimor SF rucksack.
Bags and Packs.
I absolutely adore my Karrimor SF Thor 40 rucksack. I’ve used the Thor 40 for a range of adventures including a seven day lightweight trip in Europe and the clamshell opening design provides unsurpassed usability. The Karrimor SF Thor 40 would suit anyone spending time outdoors, whether they need a hiking pack, a walking pack, a rucksack for bushcraft or even as an emergency ‘go bag’. Check out my review here.
The Karrimor SF Upload Laptop bag is an essential for anyone living a ‘laptop lifestyle’!. True to pedigree of every item in the Karrimor SF range, the Karrimor SF Upload laptop bag has been designed exceptionally well and built to withstand the rigours of military life. With plenty of storage space, I can keep my entire ‘mobile office’ in this bag and have used it everywhere from regular trips in to London to packing a shirt and washout inside and using it as ‘carry-on’ luggage for flights and short stays across Europe. Take a look at the Karrimor SF ULOAD laptop bag in this video.
I can’t finish this section without suggesting that you take a look at the high quality travel luggage named after me and made by Millican. ‘Miles the Duffle Bag’ offers a stylish design and capacious storage and you can even get ‘Miles the Wash Bag‘ – a perfect coupling!
Right at the start of 2018 I discovered Lowa Boots – and wish I’d tried them years ago! My first pair of Lowa boots were the ‘Zephyr GTX’ which is a lightweight boot that you can read about on my website here. I now also have the ‘Lowa Mountain Boot’ to protect my feet whilst winter walking in the UK, Europe or indeed anywhere else in the world.
Bushcraft labs, based in Cambridge, supply the awesome ‘Pathfinder’ cooking system. The Pathfinder set is compact, offers a range of cooking options and methods and is contained in it’s own ‘PLCE’ style pouch. I discovered the system just a few weeks ago and it’s a definite ‘must have’.
Wherever your adventures take you good quality nutrition is important. Two years ago I discovered the dehydrated meal menus from FirePot Foods. The menu is quite comprehensive with choices to suit most dietary requirements, they’re packed with good quality nutrition, they’re lightweight and easy to carry – and they taste fantastic!
Access to clean drinking water is absolutely essential no matter where in the world you are. I’ve recently discovered Pure Hydration who manufacture water purification equipment to suit a range of uses and which is designed to the absolute highest standards and with sustainability in mind.
Firedragon Fuel suits many kinds of solid fuel stove, it floats, it can double up a hand sanitiser and it’s one of the most eco-friendly fuels available. Take a look at the website for more information.
I never ever thought that I would wear a ‘smartwatch’. In fact, the idea absolutely disgusted me – until I was introduced to Swedish company Kronaby. Kronaby make smartwatches with a difference; the traditional styling has the look and feel of a high quality luxury watch but the watches have the added functionality of a smartwatch. Take a look at my website here for more details.
The ‘Viewranger’ website and mobile app gives you the chance to look at detailed maps on line, create and plan routes, track your position, have a ‘buddy locator’ and much more. In it’s most basic form the platform is free, but you can upscale as and when you need to by purchasing ‘credit’ for any additional functions that you require and those credit vouchers would make a great gift!
No ‘gift list’ would be complete without socks, right? So here they are! Take a look at the socks and base layers from Armadillo Merino, and if you use promotional code ‘ExplorerJust’ when you place your online order you’ll receive a little discount off of your purchase.
For those going ‘cold turkey’ from time outdoors this Christmas, how about a subscription to TGO Magazine? TGO is packed full of routes, gear info, tutorials, interviews and ideas for adventures!
Petzl produce some of the finest head torches available, and this little ‘Petzl Tikka’ torch provides a powerful light level in a compact form
The powerful range of torches and tactical torches from iPROTEC offer a superior level of performance and exceptional value.
Every outdoors person needs a knife and I love the strength, functionality and reliability of my Victorinox ‘Soldier’ Swiss Army Knife.
I usually carry a pair of binoculars not only to help with route finding but for those many times when I just want to stop, sit and watch the wildlife around me. I use these Bushnell compact binoculars for clear vision and great light capturing ability even in low light conditions
As an incessant writer and doodler I always carry a pen. The Fisher Space pen is compact, robust, writes on almost everything and fits easily into the fold of a wallet.
On The Water.
The BillBoard SUP must be the greatest inflatable SUP ever made! Take a look at my website for more information on what makes this great iSUP ‘great’!
The first luxury item on my list is the fabulous ‘Marine Chronometer’ watch. I’ve always been a watch fiend, ever since saving up and purchasing my first ever Rolex at the tender age of 17 and since then I’ve owned and worn many of the major marques, but Marine Chronometer take luxury to an entirely different level. Read the review on my website for more information or visit the Marine Chronometer website direct.
Have you ever tried ‘tent boots’? I first used them in the Arctic and now swear by them on any trip where I’m likely to feel a little chilly. Being comfortable when you stop isn’t just about getting good quality rest, it gives a great opportunity for a little morale boost. I use these Rab ‘Hut Boots’ – and they’re great around the house too!