Getting outdoors shouldn’t be about gear.
That said you can’t go in your birthday suit.
Here are a few bare essentials.
Items we love that make our adventures great and small a little more enjoyable.
Online is a great way to build a business that is truly your own.
Work anywhere, any how.
Here’s the training, equipment and software we use.
We’re all about putting the gadgets down.
Capturing a moment can mean the world later.
For business or yourself.
Our first ever physical product.
We used to have a nightmare with two young ones trying to sit them down without them getting damp, filthy or filling our lunch with sand.
When we were parenting solo having a fiddly straps and complicated folding was a no no.
Even if you manage to find a clear spot, children (and sometimes Keri) still manage to smear jam or feces in to your picnic blanket.
We looked at recycled, locally sourced ethical materials.
In the long run, a product that could take a beating, be stuffed in a bag then a washing machine 1000’s of times and was affordable to families like us made a lot more sense than a £100 pound luxury that would probably end up in a landfill.
We worked with manufacturers to create a no nonsense picnic blanket that wasn’t just for life but for proper outdoor family life.
Not made from real seals. Waterproof and warm, they turn any pair of shoes into waterproofs. I much prefer to wear running shoes when up the mountains. A pair of these make even the boggiest of trails a comfortable adventure.
You can dry em off far quicker than a pair of boots.
Don’t put them in the tumble though.
Much cheaper than most compression gear. Much more practical than wool or cotton thermals.
I love these guys. A set of these under a pair of running shorts (there’s a bit of a vacuum pack situation otherwise) and you can take on almost anything.
Go running in the rain without a cumbersome waterproof.
We’ve ran through streams, swam in the sea on new years Eve in these and even wore them up the Himalayas. They wick moisture away almost instantly and dry so quickly.
I find wetsuits an absolute ball ache, these roll up to nothing in a bag. So, if you fancy a dip you can do so in comfort (if not style). So, rather than having to lugging round a wetsuit (not to mention washing and hanging it over a bath for a week) you can pop these in the wash and stuff them in a draw.
Wear them on cold walks as a baselayer.
Ideal PJ’s if your camping in the cold.
Pop em on after a leg aching adventure to get the compression benefit.
They take a beating to.
probably the best £20 you’ll ever spend
On the days where you don’t want to walk for miles finding a remote location to hang a hammock is our favourite way to be out in nature.
When it’s wet you can have the whole gang in there with no wet bums
I’m not a fan of walking shoes. They’re expensive, hard to put on and take off, they take ages to dry and actually make it harder keep your footing.
We started wearing these for mud trail races, but they became our favourite wet weather shoes for walking too. They give me the confidence to walk or run down the steepest muddiest terrain there is. Wear them with a pair of seal skins and you’ll be toastier than toast and faster than most.
I’m writing this whilst wearing the same pair of Montane trousers that I’ve had for 10 years. They are comfortable for walking, breathable in hot weather and quick drying when it’s wet. I often get asked where I got them from as they look smart for such a practical pair of trousers.
A decent waterproof coat is absolutely essential. Ok, to start with it can be a bit pricey, but I’ve had my waterproofs for around 10 years and am either wearing it or carrying it in the backpack everyday.
I’ve gone for 3 of my favourite brands in the shop. They all have things I love about them.
My Mountain Equipment is my most lightweight waterproof, but keeps the winds and worst of the rain off. I usually use this to run in and prefer it to the super lightweight running jackets. It’s got taped seams and is super breathable.
I want mine in this colour though. I’ll have to put it on the Christmas list!
This is a waterproof we always provided for staff at our outdoor centre. Rab make great waterproofs. If you get muddy when you are out and about they are easily cleaned, keep there waterproofing longer than other coats and can be worn 1000s times before you need a new one.
I’ve worn this coat in the heaviest of Welsh rain for a full day of outdoor sessions and stayed dry.
Unlike most waterproofs it has stretchy material in, which makes it extra comfortable for moving around in. Check out the full description about the material it’s basically magic.
Pro:tip Get a few sizes to big: wear more layers underneath, keep bums and hands dry. Shelter small children who refuse to wear their own.
Also XXXL tend to be on sale a lot more.
Jack of all trades, master of none. If your looking not break the bank; This is a Nicks lightweight waterproof. It’s breathable, packable and most importantly keeps the water out. It’s slightly cheaper than the other 2.
Nick uses this mostly as an emergency waterproof as it fits so well into a bag and stands the test against heavy downpours, but eventually it gets a little damp if your rained on for longer than an hour. Day to day he’ll be wearing his Rab jacket.
There’s a few bits and bobs required for an online business. We’ll talk you through them, but this is everything under one roof.
Everything from website hosting and building, to step by step on demand and live training on how to set things up in the way that’s right for you.
This has everything so you can build and learn at your own pace. Fully tech supported there’s real people who check to make sure everything is working or tell you why it isn’t.
This is what we used to get started and getting started is the hardest part.
We use some free workshops from these guys to explain online business in our email series as well.
These guys offer personal coaching and mentoring and done for you services as an extra. So, if you are worried about your technical ability or half baked plan you can accelerate your business to a point where it’s making money very quickly.
The All-in is about £70 a month and you can stop once you don’t need the training and resources any more and keep your website.
There’s a 30 day money back guarantee which is nice if your not sure this is for you.
The proper “done for you” with coaching and consultation is a few thousand as you can imagine. Good if you want a business up and making money as soon as possible or you need to take a current business to the next level.
If you’re just starting I would say just try to the £70 a month and get an understanding in what’s involved.
There’s a webpage builder included with All-In Package. I’ve not used it as I built Alittlemoreoutdoor.com with this.
This is Elementor.
I really like it as I quite like doing things my own way.
A website builder means you can drag and drop bits where you want them and make them the right size.
This Is a free Plugin for wordpress. If you’ve already got a wordpress site and are frustrated that you can’t make things look exactly the way you want, you’ll love this.
There a $50 Pro version if you want some really in depth features.
We love our Joby. You can attach it to anything. We often use a tree to get exactly the angle we want. Ours was originally bought for our camera, but we found we used the phone adapter more.
They are incredibly flexible and hardy. It’s the one bit of kit we actually let the toddlers play with.
We love this piece of kit so much we call him Ossy. The gimbal allows you to record whilst walking. Ossy gets rid of any jolty movement by adjusting itself. It instantly makes video on the go look professional.
Nick was instantly able to use Ossy, but it took me a bit longer to work out how to connect it to my phone and use the controls. Once I’d master it though I was so pleased with the video quality.
We made a mistake when we first bought a microphone. We bought cheap 3 times before coming across this dreamy sounding mic. Don’t make the same mistake as us. On the generic mics the sound was muffled, wires got caught etc.
You can simply plug this into your phone. Even on super windy days by the sea you can still get clear sound. Add a windjammer if you plan on doing outdoor recording and want the best quality sound.
It was a mistake on our part to underestimate the importance of sound quality.
“Sound is 80% of the shot”
If you’ve ever listened to clip with bad audio or tried to have a conversation with someone who is in the wind it;s aweful. Get this to your Shure mic if you plan on doing any recoring outside.
All the functionality of a DSLR but smaller and better.
Here are the most important features you need on a camera:
Digital camera’s are amazing. The shot’s are beautiful. most camera phones Mimic the zoom and depth of field by digitally editing the shot. learning photography is fun and great skill to have.
Great photo’s and videos are essential for a modern business. Most digital cameras can do better filming than holywood cameras 4 years ago. BUT…..They have crap sound. make sure you buy one with a mic input.
This EOS M50 would be my recommendation.
This Rode is good mic to pair with it.
Free resources to start you on your journey