What to Look for in a Hiking Headlamp - Quick Guide



Why do we need a headlamp for hiking?

Even if you don't plan on hiking when dark, hikes may not always go to plan time or weather-wise, so it is good practice to always carry a working headlamp in your backpack. Hikers need their hands free for handling maps, getting things out of backpacks or using walking sticks, so a headlamp is far more practical than a torch.


Apart from choosing a good brand known for specialising, these are 5 important features to consider:


1) Water resistance/ waterproof:

Hiking takes place in all kinds of weather conditions so it is essential to have at least a weather resistant headlamp for wet weather. If you will be hiking through bodies of water, it may be good to prepare for a possible fall or swim in which case a waterproof headlamp is best (they are normally waterproof down to one meter deep).


2) Brightness and beam distance:

A good headlamp should provide good brightness and beam distance. There are many light features available such as wide beam/ narrow beam, combined beams, red light, lumens, etc.  


3) Weight:

 A lightweight headlamp weighing less than 200g is the best option for hiking.


4) Battery life: 

The longer the battery life the better of course. Some headlamps use disposable batteries, others have rechargeable batteries and solar chargers are available too. Sometimes it is easier to carry extra disposable batteries than a heavy power bank. 


5) Durability:

Headlamps need to be tough and should not be affected by the weather or crack when dropped. Waterproof headlamps are normally dustproof too.


So have a look at different buying guides, go to a store to try some on and speak to other hikers before you buy.



Practical Snacks for a Short Bushwalk - Gourmet Style!


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Now that you have consulted our list of 5 short bushwalks in Victoria with spectacular views, it is time to think about food and drinks. Here are a few foodie ideas to toss into your backpack. They are effortless, nutritious and delicious. Sometimes those special little touches just add to that spectacular view! Do remember zero waste and safety when you plan what to pack. 


Blueberry and Chia Seeds Fruit Roll-ups

With only four ingredients and four simple steps, you can delight your bushwalking companions with your culinary skills! 


No-bake Energy Bites

With chocolate, peanut butter, honey and coconut mixed with oats, flax seeds and chia seeds, what can possibly go wrong?!


Salted Caramel Bliss Balls

These delicious morsels are vegan, paleo and gluten-free. 


Meals in a Jar

How easy, delicious and transportable is this! Whether you are planning for breakfast, lunch or snacks, these ideas will have you covered!


Now what about something celebratory to drink, I hear you say ... Water is a must of course, but if you want to add some sparkle, below are some options:



Now here you have the opportunity to show off some skill! Mix up some of these, add ice, pour into flask and pack. Once you reach your beautiful view, you can show off your knowledge of the local flora and garnish your drinks with wild herbs ... but only if you know what you are doing! 


Have fun and let us know what your go-to recipes for a bushwalk with a gourmet touch.  



Blueberry Cornmeal Pancake recipe here.  



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