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What’s in your summer rucksack?

Written by Fiona

June 30 2015

Britain might be in the middle of a heatwave (at least, in some areas) but there are still some kit must-haves and essentials if you plan to be out in the hills and mountains this summer.

With this in mind, and to encourage lovers of the great outdoors to be ready for whatever the trail might throw at them this summer, British Endurance Accessories manufacturer Sealskinz is asking “What’s in the Bag?”.

Sealskinz wants to know the things that go into your summer pack that you just can’t do without and the things that you hope you won’t need but are must-pack items.

To get the ball rolling, Sealskinz have asked their ambassadors, including charity fundraiser Mark Hughes and outdoor enthusiasts Sarah Morton and Laraine Wyn-Jones, to share what’s in their bags.

David Richards, head of marketing at Sealskinz, said: “We’ve got a great team of brand ambassadors at Sealskinz, who are experts in their field. They’re sharing the contents of their summer packs on our website and on social media so that anyone who’s heading outdoors can benefit from their experience.

“We also know there are loads of great hints and tips out there that we can all benefit from, so we’re offering weekly prizes on social media for pictures of the best summer packs with the most innovative ideas.”

Entrants can choose to:

  • Tweet their pictures to @sealskinz with #sealskinzinthebag,
  • Tag @sealskinzinsta in their Instagram pictures with the #sealskinzinthebag
  • Post their packs with explanations of the contents to

Check out the Sealskinz ambassadors packs at and socially @sealskinz

Sarah M

Sarah’s summer pack

A mix of sport and trad climbing gear and ropes

Climbing shoes

Climbing harness

Chalk and chalk bag

Patagonia rain shell

Crewroom fleece

20L Sealskinz Drysack for spare kit

Other bits and pieces including along a climbing guide book (currently 7a Max Scottish Sport), Breo sunglasses and watch, a Sealskinz cable beanie, Sealskinz Fairfield gloves and a Swiss army knife.

8L Sealskinz Drysack for storing even more extra little bits, such as boiled wool mittens, a head torch and spare hat. If I’m going somewhere remote, I’ll also carry a storm shelter in here too.

Laraine’s summer pack


Sealskinz waterproof beanie

Montane waterproof jacket

Sealskinz Fairfield gloves

First aid kit





Breo Sunglasses

Water bottle

Emergency blanket

Chorizo and Babybel snacks

Mark’s summer pack

Mark Hughes


Magnified Viewer (To identify land points at a distance)

Hex cooking stove

Hex Blocks for fuel

Mess tin

Utility knife


Fire Starter

Boot Laces

20m Para cord

Large dry bag : To go inside Bergen

Small dry dag (for a full set of dry clothes)

Sun Glasses

Survival shelter, bag and blanket

Map torch

Head torch

Water bladder

Sealskinz Gloves

Sealskinz Hat


Small Dry Pouch (for money and mobile phone)




First Aid kit

Sitting pad

All carried in a Karrimor SF Sabre 80-130 Bergen rucksack.




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