If you haven’t already heard of Equip’s LifeStraw then this blog is for you! This amazing product is an essential for every outdoor enthusiast and will easily fit inside your travel pack or day pack when you are on the move.


What is a LifeStraw?

The LifeStraw is simply a water purifier that is portable and easy to use and will fit inside a hiking backpack or even the kids backpacks.

The great thing about this product is that it needs no electricity, it is gravity fed so you don’t need a piped water supply and is an internationally recognised water purification system that can be used anywhere.

LifeStraw can supply up to 1000 litres of clean water removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan cysts (making it effective against Giardia, a common problem in Australia and New Zealand!) Impressively, LifeStraw achieves these results without the use of any chemicals such as iodine! Cleaning of the filter can be easily done by simply blowing out. The LifeStraw will work with only with fresh water; salt is one of the few things that the LifeStraw doesn’t filter out.

Where can it be used?

  •   In addition to a hydration pack. It can be difficult to carry all of the water that you need so being able to purify water that you find is a huge plus. 
  •  Add it to your home emergency kit. With natural disasters taking a huge toll on the Australian landscape in times of fire and flood access to clean water can be restricted.
  •   When camping in tents or a caravan this product is ideal for supplying all of the clean water that you need for drinking and cooking while you are away.



LifeStraw Personal and LifeStraw Family is available at leisuregear, luggagegear & equipmentgear

Beginners Guide To Packing A Rucksack

Rucksacks provide a great way of carrying your gear especially when you are venturing off the beaten track but if it’s your first time packing one you may be wondering how to do it. So, we here at leisureGear decided to list some handy rucksack packing tips which should help you when you’re out and about and need to access your things effortlessly.


There are some things that absolutely must stay dry in case you encounter some wet weather or fall in a stream. Things like your clothes, sleeping mat and sleeping bag need to be kept dry for your comfort. There are various waterproof packs on the market. We like  Blackwolf’s Aqua Himal Dry Pack. It’s made from heavy duty, waterproof nylon and features a spacious 28 litre watertight main compartment.

Sleeping Gear

Put your sleeping gear into the pack first and push it down to the bottom, if you have a larger sleeping mat you might want to think about attaching it to the outside of the rucksack.

Clothes As Space Fillers

Fill the spaces around the mat and sleeping bag with your clothes. Push them into the spaces and just keep something warm at the top of the rucksack in case you get cold.

Cooking Items

The rule is generally to pack the heavier items against your back to make the rucksack easier to carry because of the positioning of the weight.

Always Have Access To Water

Keep a hydro bladder or better still a LifeStraw in your rucksack. The bladder is easier than a bottle because they don’t take up much space when they are empty. LifeStraws enable you to filtrate water wherever you go ensuring access to safe drinking water.

Place most of your water at your back and close to the top of the rucksack.


Everything Else

Pack this around the water but away from your back except for any items such as tins.

Put your tent on top because this is the first thing that you are going to need when you get to camp and start to set up for the night. It is also simple to remove during the day if you need to access the food or water.

Rucksack Compartments

This is where you pack things like:

-          First aid kit

-          Raincoat

-          Toiletries

-          Tools

-          Electronics

-          Accessories

-          and anything else!