Whether you’re a backpacker, cycler or day hiker, there are times when space is limited. Luckily, Cape Union Mart has a variety of items for the adventurer traveling light. Here are some of our favorite minimalist essentials, small enough to disappear into the bottom of your bag.
Sea to Summit Pocket Towel
A towel that fits in your pocket, what’s more minimalist than that? Made from light woven ultra-absorbent fabric and packed in a small storage pouch, this towel works wonders. It can even absorbs three times its weight in water! The towel comes in two sizes, regular and large, and a variety of colours.
Blue Sky Flexware Mug
The Flexware Mug is a collapsable and convenient way to enjoy your morning coffee. With the flip of a handle you can expand it to enjoy both cold and hot beverages, up to 129 degrees. The mug is even dishwasher safe and BPA free, making it easy to use and safe to drink from.
Coghlans Tube Tent
Not only will this classic tent easily fit in your bag, it’s fire-resistant, lightweight and able to house two campers. The tube tent is the bare minimum, offering a simple shelter that can be assembled in just minutes. And a minimalist bonus: It can conveniently double as a tarp or ground sheet.
UST Field Scope
Binoculars and telescopes are one way to enjoy the sights of the wild, but for those carrying a lighter load, the UST Field Scope is the perfect alternative. Though it only weighs 68g, it’s 21mm objective lens and 8x magnification make this small optic powerful. Now you can enjoy the distant animals and stars in the bush, without being weighed down by heavy optic gadgets.
K-Way 3 in 1 Jacket
K-Way’s 3 in 1 jacket is an essential for any lightweight traveller. It can be worn in three different ways, suitable for three different weather conditions. By combining the waterproof outer shell and soft inner shell, the jacket can be worn in extreme conditions. The shells can also be worn on their own, providing lightweight protection in wet and mild weather. And let’s not forget about the hood, easy to remove and adjust, making this jacket suitable for any wilderness adventure.
Coleman CXO+ 250 LED Headlamp
A lightweight, reliable and hands-free light source, what more could the minimalist traveller ask for? The headlamp’s BatteryLock technology ensures long lasting power, completely disconnecting the battery compartment and headlamp when not in use. And with a lighting range of 5 metres, it can illuminate any excursion. Whether it be an evening hike or gathering wood for the campfire, the Coleman Headlamp is the perfect nighttime companion.
Victorinox Camper 13
What backpacking list would be complete without a Swiss Army Knife? The Victorinox Camper 13 has a total of thirteen essential parts including a corkscrew, toothpick, medium and small screwdrivers, a wood/metal file and a wire stripper. It’s the perfect tool for opening a bottle of wine at your camping braai, or fixing that loose screw on your mountain bike. The multi-use knife is sure to be used in a range of situations, a must have for any explorer travelling light.
Lifeline Ultimate Survivor in a Bottle
This compact fifteen piece first aid kit is an essential addition to any outdoor adventure. Stay safe and prepared for emergencies with its contents ranging from batteries and handwarmers to a multifunctional whistle/compass. Its carabiner makes it easy to connect to any hiking pack or belt loop, “and being stored in a 1L bottle adds another convenience— empty its contents and fill it with water during emergency situations,” says Cape Union Mart gear expert Jody Solomons.