Essential Outdoor Gear For Summer Adventures

Summer is the perfect time to embrace the great outdoors, whether you're planning a weekend hike, a camping trip, or a long trek through the wilderness. To ensure your adventures are safe, enjoyable, and memorable, having the right gear is crucial. Here’s a guide to the essential outdoor gear for your summer adventures.

1. Lightweight Backpack

A reliable, lightweight backpack is the cornerstone of any outdoor adventure. Look for one with multiple compartments, a hydration system, and comfortable straps. The Deuter Zugspitze 24 Litres Classic Hiking Backpack is a great option, offering durability without compromising on weight.

Deuter Zugspitze 24 Litres lightweight classic hiking backpack

2. Breathable Clothing

Summer adventures demand breathable, moisture-wicking clothing to keep you cool and comfortable. Opt for synthetic or merino wool fabrics that dry quickly and manage sweat effectively. The Sub Zero All Active range are perfect for versatile and comfortable summer wear.

3. Hydration Systems

Staying hydrated is critical, especially in the summer heat. A good hydration system, such as a water bladder or a set of lightweight water bottles, is essential. The Vapur range of reusable plastic bladder bottles fits seamlessly into most backpacks and ensures you have easy access to water at all times.

4. Sun Protection

Protecting yourself from the sun's harsh rays is vital. This includes wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and sunscreen. Lifesystems Sport and Mountain range of sun cream provide excellent skin protection, and Sinners range of Polarised Sunglasses ensures your eyes are well protected.

Lifesystems Mountain range of full spectrum sun cream

5. Navigation Tools

Even in the age of smartphones, having reliable navigation tools like a map and compass is essential, especially in remote areas where cell service may be unreliable.

6. First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen, and being prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit is crucial. Your kit should include bandages, antiseptics, blister treatment, and any personal medications. The Lifesystems Pocket first aid kit is designed to be lightweight yet comprehensive, fitting easily into your backpack or large trouser pocket.

7. Multi-Tool

A good multi-tool can be a lifesaver in various situations, from preparing food to minor repairs. The True Utility Framework Multi-Tool includes essentials like a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, and scissors, all in one compact device.

True Utility Framework multi-tool for adventures

8. Portable Stove

For longer trips or camping, a portable stove is indispensable for cooking meals and boiling water. The Jetboil Mighty Mo is lightweight, easy to use, and highly efficient, making it a great addition to your camping gear.

9. Sleeping Gear

For overnight trips, a comfortable sleeping setup is crucial. This includes a lightweight sleeping bag, a sleeping mat for insulation and comfort, and a compact tent. 

10. Insect Protection

Summer adventures often mean dealing with insects. A good insect repllent spray, mosquito net, and insect-repellent clothing can help keep the bugs at bay.

Sub Zero anti-mosquito clothing range

11. Emergency Shelter

Even if you plan to sleep under the stars, having an emergency shelter like a bivy sack or a lightweight tarp can provide crucial protection in unexpected weather. 


Having the right gear can make all the difference in ensuring your summer adventures are safe and enjoyable. Whether you’re hiking, camping, or trekking, SubZero has you covered with high-quality, reliable outdoor gear. Check out our full range of products to prepare for your next adventure and make the most of the summer season!

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