Editor’s Note: Grit & Gear is our recommendation of what to take with you on your microadventures. 

Summer has begun, and it’s time to get outside! If you haven’t read this week’s microadventure inspiration, I suggest you take a quick perusal before we dive into the gear. All gear listed below has been tested and reviewed either by us or by professionals.


  1. Alpkit Hunka Bivvy Bag. The Hunka bivvy bag converts your sleeping bag into a shelter for the evening. The Hunka is compact at under 400 g; perfect for all adventurers from alpinists and big wall climbers to minimalist campers and expedition leaders. Multi-award winning, the Hunka frequently tops the Best Buy and Best Value awards for bivvy bags.
  2. The North Face Cat’s Meow. I’ve personally used this sleeping bag for years. The quintessential synthetic, 20-degree bag can be used for three seasons in the backcountry, and features an efficient Cyclone design to maximize warmth and compressibility while reducing weight.
  3. Klymit Static V. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors. The affordable, inflatable Klymit Static V sleeping pad cushions you from the hard ground on summertime backpacking adventures. Stuff sack and patch kit included.
  4. Condor Microfleece Watch Cap. Yes, a watch cap. In summer. We know it’s crazy, but we’re thinking ahead to the chilly night you can probably expect in a lot of climates (remember, bivvy bags are cooler than tents). Plus, the Condor watch cap is so darn cool.
  5. J5 Tactical Ultra Flashlight. This a good, affordable, small flashlight. Pretty tough. It packs 300 lumens but only requires a single AA battery. Great for a microadventure!
  6. Weather appropriate clothes. Remember, you’re dressing for nighttime comfort.
  7. Toothbrush. Put the toothpaste on before you leave home and wrap the toothbrush head with cling wrap.
  8. Toilet Paper. Need I explain.
  9. Food and Water. Because you have to survive. I mean, gosh, I could almost literally starve to death in 12 hours!