5 Great Accessories for Hiking and Trekking
1) Nite-Ize S-Biner Carabiners
A double sided carabiner shaped like an “S”- these little guys, are extremely useful. The three ideal sizes for backpacking and hiking are the S-Biner #4 ($9.95), S-Biner #2 ($7.95) and S-Biner Key rack ($14.95 for 7pcs). The S-Biner #4 is the ideal size for such uses as hanging water bottles from packs, suspending food bags at camp and hanging wet clothes; with a breaking strength of 11KG, these guys are tough.
The #2 S-Biners (4.5KG breaking strength) are a great for keeping your walking poles as a pair, clipping your camp shoes together on the outside of your pack by the heel-tabs, and clipping zipper pulls together for extra security while traveling.
My favorite Nite Ize prodcut is the key rack S-Biners set. Although the smallest of the range, these bad-boys keep your valuables safe and sound, without the extra wieght. Can be used for Keys, securing your flashlights, suspending headlamps in your tent for a more flooded effect and even with guy ropes. Defiantly one of the smallest and lightest carabiners on the market; but don’t under estimate their performance.
2) Light Load Towels
Super absorbent. Multi purpose. Wickable. Machine Washable. These are just a few words to describe these versatile, lightweight lightload towels. Not only do they rival a 50c piece in packed size, they come in two sizes- the Small twin pack, 30 x 30cm ($3.95 2pcs) and the single, 30 x 60cm ($3.95 ea). Fitting a range of uses from a face washer for the gym to a emergency fire starter when paired with a fire striker in survival situations.They are great for use in mess kits for cleaning pots and cookware, these lightload towels are an essential piece of gear for anyones kit.
3) Fox 40 Pealess Whistle.
When the situation demands reliability and faultless performance, Fox 40 says it all. The Fox 40 Pealess whistles are the benchmark for hikers wen it comes to safety assurance. The design of the pealess whistle not only performs in the wet but provides an extremely loud and consistent blow, heard from kilometers. Made from highly durable lightweight plastic; I make sure it is always part of my backpacking essentials. Only $12.95 – a great addition you can make; is to tie a small length of reflective cord to the end of the whistle for visibility if dropped at night.
4) True Utility Tele-Pen.
Having needed a pen on many trips, deciding to take only one can be an issue of reliability. What if it stops working? If it were up to me I’d take a whole bunch so there’s a guarantee that I’ll have no issues with one not working. True Utility have solved this problem. With the release of a lightweight, super strong telescopic pen design means compact pack size when not in use. You’ll never be without a pen as it fits on your keyring and is only just longer than a key itself.
At a cost of $3 or $4 for a dud pen to take your chances with, this whole unit comes with 3 refills at $14.95. This was a smart choice for me on my recent trip to Japan. All your notes can be swiftly noted with Smooth writing and compact sizing; Taken notes on the trails with confidence.
5) Sea To Summit XXS Ultra-Sil Stuff Sacks
Helping with organization by using various different colors ( red, blue, green) and sizes ( XXS at 2.5L $12.95, to XXL at 30L $23.95) they make the separation of gear into categories quick and easy. The larger I use for clothing and the smaller for things like my lighting kit – headlamp and batteries, etc.
My XXS Ultrasil Stuff sack by Sea to Summit has been with me on every trip- and is destined to endure many more.
Built using a 30 denier siliconized nylon creating a slippery finish for an easy in and out of packs. The ripstop construction provides the nylon with a strong and long lasting construction. With an grab handle at the rear and carabiner loop this stuff sack is fully featured. Not only does my kit include these handy, water resistant stuff sacks from sea to summit every time I head out, but it is also on my top 5 list of my favorite gear.
(stows your Nite-Ize S-Biners, Lightload towels, Fox 40 pealess whistle and True utility tele-pen!!)