travel tools & online references

When hitting the road, trail or open ocean you want to make sure you use gear that is tried and tested, fit for purpose and of course know how to use it! It also is helpful to have reliable sources of information to make travel planning easier.

Here we have listed our most frequently used tools of the travel trade. If you need any help, get in touch.

Sea to SummitStuff sacks and Gaiters

If you haven’t travelled with these as stuff sacks, it will change your life! The gaiters good also.

ThermarestCamping mattress

Keeps you off the ground and keeps you warm. It’s lightweight and even works in a hammock!

Visit Thermarest

Recreational Equipment Inc in the USA. Whenever we are state side we need to get our REI fix!

Visit REI

From entry level hiking to advanced mountaineering boots, Scarpa covers it all quite well.

Visit Scarpa

A tough, reliable tool with many options to suit different conditions. You may end up with a few of these!

Visit Leatherman
MSR FuryTent

A four season tent we originally bought for the Overland trek in Tasmania. It’s light and sturdy.

Get MSR Fury
Hammock BlissCamping Hammock

Our all in one camping hammock, used in all conditions. With built in mosquito net, rain fly and tree friendly straps.

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Black DiamondCarabiners

Used for hanging our hammocks mostly but also climbing. Top quality for when your life depends on it!.

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GU EnergyNutrition

An easy to eat, lightweight and instant energy fix when you need it most. Try the banana flavour 🙂

Visit GU Energy
StaminadeNutrition/Sports Drink

Tried the rest! Now try the best. Great Aussie sports drink with magnesium to reduce cramps.

Visit Staminade
HydralyteSports Drink

In sickness and in health. Good to have a few sachets of Hydralyte stowed in your bag for emergencies.

Visit Hydralyte

Last count we had 4 of these! Plenty of versatility and have thought of everything a back pack needs.

Visit Osprey
The North FaceClothing

The top end gear such as down jackets and high altitude wear is where they set themselves apart.

Visit The North Face
Back Country CuisineCamping meals

We’ve gone through quite a few of the Back Country cuisine menu. All are pretty tasty, especially the apple crumble desert! Simplest way to get a tasty, nutritious meal in the bush.

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SteriPenWater purification

A simple water purification system. Truly an innovation, no messing about with tablets again!

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Tried and tested footwear. Merrell gear, particularly the boots, have held together longer than most.

Visit Merrell
Olympus ToughWaterproof camera

From Antarctica to Andorra, most our photos have used this very portable, tough, and reliable camera.

Visit Olympus
GoPro Hero 5Video Camera

The Hero 5 Black is water-resistant and works with the GoPro Karma Drone if you’re in the market!

Visit GoPro
DJI SparkDrone

After a lot of research, the DJI Spark is a affordable, portable and easy to get up and running quickly.

Check out DJI Spark
World NomadsTravel Insurance

You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

Visit World Nomads
Amex Qantas CardCredit Card

We use the Amex Qantas Frequent Flyer linked card. There is usually a hefty swag of points as a sign on bonus (we got 100K!). You get 1.5 point per dollar spent and also a pair of American Express lounge passes to use next time you fly. It’s worth taking a look.

Visit Amex
Booking.comAccommodation Booking

While it does intentionally rush you to book (which can be annoying) they do have accommodation in almost any location worldwide, and you do not always need to pay upfront. We’ve found some great, unique places from

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AirbnbAccommodation booking

As a host and user of Airbnb for 5 years we can definitely recommend this method of accommodation. While it has become a bit more mainstream it is still great for meeting people from around the world and getting a local perspective.

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Hotels.comAccommodation booking has been around a while and stood the test of time. Sign up to their email or use their app to unlock the ‘Secret prices’ feature giving extra savings on your nightly rates. Personally have found it ideal when booking rooms in the USA.

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SkyScannerFlight booking

Popular for a reason! Check trending flight prices to choose the best time to travel. Easy to use interface and does a lot of the hard work for you. Always a bonus!

Check SkyScanner
Lonely PlanetGuide Books

Still the best guidebook going around. Have been travel pioneers since the 70s. Handy to reference on the road and before you go.

Visit Lonely Planet
Trans-Siberian HandbookGuide Book

Only exception to stray from Lonely Planet. Bryn Thomas is the goods here when cruising the rails in Russia.

Great Railway BazaarTravel Literature

A classic piece of travel writing from one of the all time greats. Paul Theroux’s epic train journey through Asia.

SplitwiseMoney Tracker

Splitwise is, in a word awesome. Perfect for group travel, this app will let you record who spent money on what and keep a running balance so you can settle up at the end of the holiday. Means no one is left short changed again!

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XEMoney conversion

Use as a simple currency converter so you know how much to draw out at an ATM. Or, use the more advanced features such as getting alerts as to when is the best time to make a transaction. Perfect for timing large payments.

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Seat 61Travel planning (Rail)

A bonafide trainspotter, Mark Smith has created the world’s most comprehensive travel resource on rail travel. With rail travel being one of the most pleasant modes of transport, get to know the man in seat 61!


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