We recently asked our social media followers to tell us their top ten essential items for outdoor life in winter and here's what they said:
- Infinity band/neck warmer/Buff
- Water bottle/Flask
- Lip balm & Hand cream
Other notable mentions included:
- Leg warmers
- Enamel mug
- Reflective bands
From this, we have been working on some go-to-gear guides for each item, sharing our favourites at different price points and tips on choosing the best gear that withstand the test of time, and the elements! We'll share our guides on our blog in time but here are some general pointers when it comes to investing or rediscovering outdoor clothing and equipment.
Considerations for gathering good gear for outdoor life:
1. Always think price-per-use. Higher ticket items tend to last and are worth investing in, especially if they're comfortable, waterproof and warm. But it's only a good investment if it's something you'll use regularly. Accessories for once/twice-a-year use don't need to be the best, there are plenty of good low/mid price options out there too so spend wisely.
2. Sustainable hand-me-downs - Good gear doesn't need to break the bank. Great quality hand-me-downs are an affordable + sustainable way of getting what you need! So ask around your network to see what might be lying in a cupboard somewhere - even if it's old, good quality pieces are usually built to last!
2. Online marketplace bargains - Always check eBay + online marketplaces, save your search so you can pick up gear at great prices, especially for kids that won't fit it for long then you can re-sell. Buying off-season means items tend to be much cheaper than in pre + peak season.
3. Keep it neutral - Buy neutral colours, especially for kids, so gear can be handed down to whoever's next in line or to sell again online when you're finished or are upgrading so you can appeal to a wider market.
4. Be patient and keep checking! Most brands/retailers run sales regularly so if you know what you want and are prepared to wait you can usually get it for a reduced price. Collect items on your wish list over birthdays and Christmases or save a little each month for them.
There you have it, the beginnings of some insight into how we gather our gear for life outdoors. Keep an eye out for more specific guides for each item on the list coming soon.