Outdoor Essentials

You’re standing on your doorstep, the sun is rising, the birds are singing, and you’re about to hit the road and see the world.

But what are you taking? A can opener and a bottle of Listerine? Not good enough. You’ll be eaten by a fox come lunchtime. Pity the dopey bogan who sets out for adventure without the proper provisions. Pity the tit what splits for the wilderness with little more than a pocket knife and some sultanas for he will be taken by drop-bears before the day is out, and whatever is left will be picked over by bush chickens. Here’s some stuff you should consider scoring before you go a-roving.

Burton Multipath Expandable Duffel Bag

Fact: Burton only makes good stuff. Burton never makes anything flimsy or shit or lame or poxy—and their new Multipath Expandable Duffel Bag is another testament to that. The Burton Multipath 60L Expandable Duffel Bag easily moves an absolute butt-load of gear. Comfort and convenience blend with durable road-ready materials in one versatile and rugged bag. The handle converts to padded backpack straps for easy hauling, and the water-resistant, tarp-lined bottom protects the interior from dirt and terminal grime. For extra storage convenience, the roll-top lid expands to increase the bag’s overall volume for longer trips. Goddamn, this is a good bag.


JAMES BRAND The Pike Pocket Knife

The Pike started with a simple brief: create a modern take on your grandfather’s knife, the knife you weren’t allowed to touch, the knife your grandfather used to whittle sticks on the porch and relax. The Pike is a simple, clean interpretation of the classic, non-locking slip-joint. They paired inviting, warm materials with a clean, modern form meant for those who wanted to carry their knife in their pocket, not on their hip. The result was a slim, minimal design that is destined to become something your grandkids will eye jealously.


Beats Flex

Apple tech meets Beats sound meets the low-ass price tag of $49 ($79 AUD). These are Beats’ most affordable earphones and they feature auto-play/pause earbuds, a twelve12-hour battery life, USB-C charging, and the Apple W1 chip. Beats Flex sound good, feel good, look good, and if you lose them—so what? They’re only $49! I’m buying two sets: one for me and one to use as a cumbersome and impractical bookmark. That’s how cheap they are.


DANNER Logger 917 Boots

Ah, 917. The classic New York phone number prefix. Not as cool as 212, but definitely better than 646, which is gross and sad. Danner’s new Logger 917 boot has nothing to do with NY area codes, but I’m writing this thing, so suck a lemon. The Logger 917 was inspired by the classic pattern and lines of Danner’s original caulked logging boots made in the Pacific Northwest. Built with Danner’s trusted quality and durability, the Logger 917 is designed to ensure you’re comfortable and dry wherever your adventure takes you. With a GORE-TEX waterproof liner and a Vibram® SPE rubberized EVA midsole, the Logger 917 is waterproof, lightweight, comfortable and cool.


GIRO Giro Source MIPS Helmet

You might be thinking, ‘A helmet? So, what.’ And maybe you skipped the second question mark because you were being aggressively rhetorical. But listen, shut up because the Source™ MIPS® helmet is very, very sick and also rad. And it features ventilation from 16 vents coupled with deep internal channelling to keep your head cool even when you’re bunny-hopping a volcano. And with the comfort and secure feel of the Roc Loc 5 fit system with Integrated MIPS® protection, plus a moto-style adjustable screw-in visor and full lower Hardbody™ durability, you get a helmet that will make it so no one ever has to wipe your bum and feed you apple sauce because you got brain damage.


Julian Wilson Signature SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen Face Stick

Sun Bum’s Julian Wilson Signature SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen Face Stick isn’t just a difficult thing to say with a mouthful of peanut butter, it’s also something that provides premium mineral-based broad-spectrum protection for people who like Vitamin D (that’s sunshine). The reef-friendly formula is free from oxybenzone and octinoxate and is tough enough to stay on during the most rigorous conditions—both in and out of the water. It’s also fragrance-free, so it won’t sting your eyes or slow you down or get you in a headlock or borrow money or invite you over for dinner and then get you to order in when you get there.



The EOS R5 sits at the pinnacle of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera range and is jam-packed with ground-breaking features. Perfect for professional content creators, photographers and videographers, the EOS R5 offers the highest resolution ever seen in an EOS camera, is capable of recording video in 8K and features advanced tracking of both human (men, women, children, babies) and animal (tigers, snails, cows, snapping turtles) subjects. If you want the absolute best from a camera, this is the ultimate camera for you.


JBL Clip 3

It’s waterproof, you can clip it on things (your pants, a backpack, a tent pole, a kite, a dog collar, a policeman) and it sounds fantastic despite being so small. It’s the handy clip that sells this one in, though, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s waterproof either. When you’re not out exploring the world or annoying everyone at the beach with this powerful little speaker, you can clip it up in your shower and listen to Slayer while cleaning yourself really fast to conserve water. That’s pretty good.


Henrys Hatchet by Roark

With a 440 stainless steel blade and full tang handle with rubber grip, this daily-use axe is an excellent tool for the outdoors-person who has decided to cut down some trees and build a cozy little cabin where they can read books and eat lollies and never look at Twitter again. It’s also good for throwing at things that you want to kill and eat, or thing you just want to kill; other outdoors-people who wander on to your patch, say (disclaimer: murder is bad, don’t do murder)


Playmate Elite 16 Qt Cooler by Igloo

Travel and alcohol abuse go hand in hand like a couple of hands, but you’d be surprised how quickly beer gets warm once it’s out of the fridge and in a backpack—and you’d be even more surprised at how terrible beer tastes when it’s warm. What to do, booze-hound frontiers-person? Hmm… Hang on… what about a  30-can cooler by Igloo? Done. Fixed. Cheers!


Petzl Tikkina Head Torch

Picture it. You’ve arrived late to the camping grounds and you have to pitch your tent in the dark. There are some other campers who arrived earlier, and they watch you and smirk because, ha-ha, it’s dark and you have to pitch a tent. One of them yells, ‘Wanker!’ And they all laugh. But then you retrieve your Petzl Tikkina head torch and hit them with 250 blinding lumens. ‘Ha!’ you say. ‘Now who’s a fat pig?’ ‘But we didn’t call you a fat pig,’ says one, ‘we called you a wanker.’ But you don’t hear because you’re too busy pitching a tent. In your shorts. That’s how stoked you are on your Petzl Tikkina head torch.


Blackwolf Sleeping Bag

Do you remember your first sleeping bag? I do. It was the colour of dung and the zipper always got stuck. However, I thought it was a terrific sleeping bag because I was seven at the time and didn’t know my dick from my elbow. Looking back, I wish I’d had a Blackwolf sleeping bag; they are very good and very warm. They also close in around your head like drawstrings on a hoodie and make you look like a dead pharaoh. My childhood sleeping bag was wide open at the top like a bag of chips. I may as well have been sleeping in a folded over blanket with a dodgy zipper running up the side. Which I was.


Kindle Paperwhite

This is the best thing you’ll ever buy. If you don’t like reading, this will be the most worthless thing you ever buy, but if you’re into books you’ll be stoked. You can store literally thousands of books on a Kindle Paperwhite (the 8 GB version stores 6000), and it’s backlit with ‘Paperwhite’ technology that doesn’t make your eyes ache the way an iPhone or Ipad does. Also—and this is the biggest also ever—when you come across a word you don’t know, you just place your finger on it and the dictionary definition appears. No more faffing with bulky dictionaries. Imagine being bundled up in your Blackwolf sleeping bag and reading Miffy Goes Shopping and wondering what that crazy fucking rabbit will do next. Cosy times.


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