The must-have summer backpack essentials to get you through the season of sun.
Remember that fun, hypothetical question as old as time: “If you were stuck on an island, what would you bring?” Well, we kind of are stuck on an island. But thankfully, not limited to just having one thing with us, especially when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. Whether you hike, bike, camp, road trip, or do whatever your adventurous spirit fancies, you are bound to take a few necessity items with you.
To give you some ‘what to pack’ inspiration, we list our top seven must-haves backpack essentials for the next grand escape.
1. Zip Top Bag Set
It’s a great money saver to bring food from home when out and about but even better when you can stretch that buck further with reusable containers. The Zip Top bag set is designed to be used over and over, so can forget the soggy sandwich scenario happening in your bag from the use of single plastics. Made from platinum silicone, the bags contain zero plastics and can also be used in the dishwasher, microwave and freezer. You can even think beyond food with storing other tidbits that will get you through the day. These bags: such zippy, versatile things they are.
Zip Top Bag Set (set of 2) available from Zip Top for $54.95
2. Ella Bache Radiance C Defensive Antioxidant Mist
Wear the summer glow while keeping your cool. Ella Bache’s Radiance C Defensive Antioxidant Mist lets you feel fresh while on the go. The sweet-smelling mist is a mix of vitamin C, tomato, pomegranate and white tea extracts, helping keep skin feeling hydrated and feeling anew. Just consider it to be shower to the face when rushing around and wanting to cool off instantly.
Ella Bache Radiance C Defensive Antioxidant Mist is available from Ella Bache for $39
3. Tibal + Marl Knapsack Kaspar backpack
Let’s talk about what’s on your back. If keen to dial up your bag swag, be brazen with this unisex Tiba + Marl Knapsack Kaspar backpack, created with water-resistant nylon, compartments galore and chunky zips for quick access. This sports-luxe backpack is available in a range of colours so rest assured, whichever journey you make it will leave a bold impression.
Tiba + Marl Knapsack Kaspar is available from Tiba + Marl for $275
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4. Thermos Lifefactory Classic Cap Bottle – 350ml
Get a better grip on your water consumption. The Thermos Lifefactory Classic Cap Bottle’s wide-mouth glass bottle design allows you to make tasty drinks on the go. Just pop in some citrus slices, tea bags and enjoy that DIY fancy beverage all day long. The bottle also has a non-slip protective silicone gripping surface to protect breakage and for you to easily keep your hands around it.
Thermos Lifefactory Classic Cap Bottle – 350ml is available from The Nile for $27.99
5. Superdry Roll Top Tarp Backpack
Have a backpack that works with your daily load. The Superdry Roll Top Tarp Backpack is understatedly hip and practical. There is no excuse not to be organised for the day as the bag has plenty of compartments to know where what is. It even includes an electronics sleeve with external zipped access to make rummaging around the bag a thing of the past. So, just roll with it.
Superdry Roll Top Tarp Backpack available from Superdry for $99.95
6. Bushman Naturals
I love being bitten by mosquitos said no one ever. Be gone with the ultimate pest of the summer – mozzies – by going loose with repellent spray for an itch-free outing. Bushman Naturals will be your best friend, offering nine hours of protection to deter the flying pests well out of your radius. The repellent is surprisingly pleasant-smelling, aerosol-free and sweatproof, so no need to shy away from being liberal when using.
Bushman Naturals is available from all leading supermarkets, pharmacies and outdoor specialists from $15.95
7. Nivea Sun Protect and Moisture Sunscreen
The Aussie sun is harsh. If I could give my younger self advice, it would be to slather myself in sunscreen, all day every day. To safeguard your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, grab yourself sunscreen that protects not only you but the environment you’re keen to explore too. Nivea Sun Protect and Moisture Sunscreen range offers SPF 50+ protection and is four-hour water-resistant. If dipping your toes into the ocean, it’s good to note the sunscreen is 100% compliant with the Hawaii Reef Bill with its biodegradable formula, making it safe for all on land and sea.
Nivea Sun Protect and Moisture Sunscreen is available from all leading supermarkets and pharmacies in various sizes.
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