- LOWA UK Team
The Ultimate Microadventure Kit List
Here at LOWA, we love any excuse to lace up our boots and get outside! The UK is blessed with an incredible variety of natural landscapes to discover – most of us just need to motivation to get out there and explore! Even a short trip can uncover some hidden secrets and help us to unwind from the cycle of our modern lives.
That said, it can be hard for people to find the time to explore this beautiful country. Dreams of climbing Britain’s most exciting mountains often end up being just that, either because we don’t know where to start or we cannot find the time. This problem is where the microadventure comes in – the perfect way for everyone to get a taste of the outdoors!
What is a Microadventure?
Made popular by the British adventurer Alastair Humphreys, a microadventure is simply a small, inexpensive outdoor adventure that can fit around our regular lives. The form it takes is entirely up to you; all that matters is that you spend a decent amount of time disconnected from the patterns of regular life. Whether it’s family camping in the garden, a forest picnic or a Sunday walk along a nearby natural path, all that matters is that you get a taste of what life outdoors has to offer!
The key to a successful microadventure is that it shouldn’t cost much, require too much travelling or need many provisions. However, if you’re wondering what you should and shouldn’t take with you to make the most of your microadventure, check out our list below!
Of course, much of this list depends on what you want to do on your microadventure. However, most take place overnight, so making sure you have a sleeping bag to hand is always a good choice. A tent can be quite large to carry, which goes against the simplicity of the adventure! If you’re wild sleeping, then take a tarp or even a bivvy bag for an even more natural experience!
Food and Drink
If your microadventure involves reaching a remote viewpoint for a simple bite to eat, then some basic snacks could suffice here. However, if you feel more adventurous, then a microadventure can be a great excuse to try some outdoor cooking! Remember, the key to a microadventure is its simplicity; a tiny stove with some easy to cook food will go down a treat when its enjoyed with an incredible view!
Unless it’s the peak of summertime, it’s fair to assume that any evening or nighttime adventure in the UK wilderness is going to get a little chilly! Make sure you have more than enough warm clothes to ensure you continue to enjoy your microadventure when you’re far from home watching the sunset. If you’re thinking of staying out overnight, then consider taking extras, such as a warm hat, socks and gloves.
In the modern world, it can feel almost impossible to leave the house without our mobile phones attached to our sides. This is especially true for a microadventure, where you will be stepping into the unknown, no matter how close you are to home. While staying safe is important, microadventures are about detaching from our screens, so leave the mobile at home! Let someone know your plans and when you’ll be back, which should give you the confidence to dive into your adventure. If you feel like you need a device in case of emergency, consider buying a cheap mobile for your trips – that way, you can rest easy knowing that you can still phone for support if needed.
Ultimately, what you make of your microadventure is up to you. All that matters is that you get out there and enjoy! Here at LOWA, we have been building some of the world’s best walking boots for many years. Check out our range of summer hiking boots, perfect for a small adventure into the natural world. If you’re heading on a microadventure of your own, we would love to hear about your travels! Join in the conversation on our social channels.