Top 10: The Best Outdoor Adventure Kit This Summer

Crack open a cold one and stoke the barbecue - summer's here. To help you make the most of the warm weather, we've rounded up the very best outdoor kit for summer adventures, from epic tree tents to handmade griddle plates. See you out there.

15th May 2020 | Words by Jack Hart @ WildBounds HQ

Tentsile's Connect tree tent
Tentsile's epic tree tents can be pitched anywhere there's trees | Credit: Nate Wyeth

Tentsile Connect Tree Tent


Whether you’re pitching up in the garden or far from home, Tentsile’s innovative tree tents elevate camping to a whole new level - literally. Suspended by thick webbing tightened with ratchets, the Connect is a sturdy tent that can be pitched a few feet above the ground, in the canopies or above streams - frankly, anywhere there’s trees to support it. The beauty of the design is the tree tent immerses you in nature for a truly unique camping experience. With fold-away doors and a removable rain fly, it’s also perfect for stargazing on clear summer nights.

The Chapa Griddle Plate in action
The Chapa Griddle Plate is perfect for upgrading your barbecue

Netherton Foundry 15" Chapa Griddle Plate


If you’re not cooking outdoors in the warm weather, you’re missing a trick. And if you are but you’re just barbecuing, it’s time for a significant upgrade: the Black Iron 15” Chapa Griddle Plate from British brand Netherton Foundry. Forged in rural Shropshire using traditional tools and techniques, it’s designed to stand above an open fire for frying meat in the style of Argentinian gauchos, though it’ll work just as well for eggs and pancakes, too. The legs are easily detached without the use of tools, both for and for use on the hob. Though your best option by far is to stoke the fire pit, crack open a cold one and wait for that sizzle as the steak hits the metal.

The Ellis pocketknife from The James Brand
The Ellis pocketknife is designed for solving everyday problems

The James Brand The Ellis


Getting stuck in is what summer is all about, from trekking into the great outdoors to nailing those little DIY jobs around the house. Don’t let yourself get caught out without the right tool for the job - invariably, that tool is the Ellis pocketknife from The James Brand. With a stainless steel blade with a partially serrated edge, a screwdriver-bottle opener combo tool, a pry bar and a loop for your keyring, it’s packing maximum function into a sleek, minimalist design. So whatever your summer adventures involve - setting up camp, fixing bikes, fishing or damn-near-anything’ing - the Ellis is the tool you want by your side.

The iconic Bushbox camping stove
The Bushbox allows you to enjoy an open fire without damaging the environment

Bushcraft Essentials Bushbox LF


When you go camping, particularly in the warmer weather, you want to build a fire - it’s a cathartic experience that makes for a brilliant long evening in the great outdoors. The thing is, it’s pretty irresponsible in many places and can damage the environment. That’s why German designers Bushcraft Essentials invented the Bushbox, inspired by the classic ‘hobo stove’ craze - you can build a small fire inside both for cooking and for pleasure, and it folds up to slot neatly in your rucksack without taking up loads of room. So whether you’re toasting marshmallows or just warming your hands, this neat little stove will boost your camping experience.

The Classic Line Treewear Set from GIBBON
A slackline is the perfect partner for long summmer afternoons in the park

GIBBON Classic Line Treewear Set


Despite what you might have seen on YouTube, slacklining isn’t all about death-defying feats suspended above wave-beaten cliffs or between skyscrapers - in fact, you’re far more likely to see one pitched up in your local park. This classic line from industry-leaders GIBBON features a grippy print along its entire length and is less elastic than some other models, making it more stable for beginners to find their feet. That’s not to say it’s easy - expect to spend more time windmilling your arms for balance than popping tricks. With the sun overhead and a cooler full of drinks close to hand, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon.

Welcome to the future of outdoor eating

nomadiQ BBQ


Eating together is the best way to enjoy quality time with friends. But cold sandwiches and pasta salads just don’t bring people together in the same way as cooking outdoors. The nomadiQ is a lightweight, portable BBQ that you can take wherever you want. Enjoy barbecues in in the garden, on the beach, in the park – in fact, you’re free to BBQ anytime, anywhere, with no fuss, mess or waste. Be warned: you just got invited to every outdoor gathering your friends will ever have.

Makai Travel Towel
Stylish travel towels that blend design, functionality and sustainability

Slowtide Makai Travel Towel


Slowtide’s eye-catching travel towels are the perfect companion for outdoor adventures, from camping and backpacking to beach yoga and wild swimming. Their stylish double-sided prints – devised in collaboration with independent creators – are inspired by a collision of nature, art and pop culture, as well as the irresistible pull of the ocean. Each towel is made from 100% recycled materials, primarily derived from plastic bottles giving a soft, absorbent and quick-drying microfibre blend that stays sand-free. The Slowtide Travel Towels are the perfect blend of style and functionality, ideal for wanderers and free spirits who are drawn to the sea.

Green Vibes Trucker Cap
Classic trucker cap with eco-friendly fabrics and a unisex fit for feel-good summer vibes

BBCo Green Vibes Trucker Cap


BBCo’s classic retro truckers are perfect for keeping the sun out of your eyes this summer. The unisex range features retro motifs and earthy tones, from the vintage Americana of the Cabot Cap to the fresh, nature-inspired Tribe Trucker. Each features a pre-curved bill and an active sweat band to keep you shaded and cool. They’ll fit most head sizes too thanks to the adjustable Velcro back strap, which means there’s no need for a nasty plastic snapback closure. Likewise, the rest of the cap is constructed from Repreve, a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. So, you can feel good that what’s on your head is also good for the planet. With these caps, wearing is caring.

Gloryfy Unbreakable sunglasses
Unbreakable sunglasses, for a high-octane summer

Gloryfy Unbreakable Gi27 Hitchhiker


That’s not a typo: unbreakable, Well, unless you actually set out on a mission to destroy them - these things have had a Red Bull stunt plane directly on them and survive, so we reckon yours will last the summer, whether you’re heading abroad on holiday or climbing a rock face. Sunglasses are the great casualty of summer sun, being sat on, washed away in the surf and squashed in rucksacks - no more.

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