One of the advantages of Micro-Adventures is that you don’t have to haul around large amount of equipment. This appeals to me especially when I am cycling because I much prefer to blitz along quickly on the road, rather than pushing out long slow days weighed down by a vast amount of kit which I only use once in a blue moon.
So in essence you just take a few essential items, some of which can be dual purpose, to last you the couple of days on your micro-adventure. It can be very easy to be suckered into buying the best equipment, which will do for every conceivable eventuality. However in order to have a good micro-adventure you certainly don’t have to invest a lot of money in high value equipment. A lot of great low cost alternatives exist, some of which are arguably better and definitely offer greater value-for-money.
- Sleeping Bag –Depending on where you are going choose a suitable sleeping bag for the conditions. Or if you want to save money buy a lightweight summer one and team it with warm clothes and a liner.
- Sleeping Mat -Instead take extra clothes and lie on them or find a nice comfy area of grass to sleep on.
- Bivvy –The Alpkit one isn’t too expensive or use a survival bag, an army poncho or a couple of bin liners the possibilities are endless. However if the weather is looking good then you could risk it and not even pack a bivvy bag.
- Swiss Army Knife -So you can make a camping stove.
- Basha -Military ponchos are widely available and a great multipurpose cheaper option.
- Extra Socks –It’s always nice having a dry pair in the morning, also any other changes of clothes you might need. I try and go with the bare minimum though.
- Camera -So you can document your awesome adventure in photos.
- Waterproof/Windproof Jacket –Always useful because you never know how cold it might get.
- Buff –A forever-useful piece of kit for any activity.
- Earplugs -If you are going on your adventure with someone who snores.
- Rucksack –To store all your kit in, alternatively you can use panniers or methods of bike packing. For short micro-adventures though I just stick to the classic, you can’t go wrong.
These are the core items that I always take with me when on my micro-adventures; they fit nicely into my Gourdon 20 rucksack, which I also use as a pillow. Of course this list is by no means definitive it is merely a congregation of the pieces I find most useful. Sometimes I too take more than what is just on this list, it depends what type of adventure I am off on, where I am going, or how comfortable I want to be camping. I welcome any different views or any items that you think I may have missed off, which undoubtedly I have. However if you are starting out and want to go on your first micro-adventure I think this list will set you up well. It can be easy to over-pack but often I have found going back to basics and taking the bare minimum can offer a very rewarding experience. It can be a daunting experience before you set off on your first micro-adventure. You just have to go out there and explore your surroundings once you begin walking, cycling, kayaking, or anything the adventure starts and the fun commences.