Pack Weight Saving Tip: Sunscreen

I’m always looking for ways to reduce my overall pack weight, without losing comfort or impacting personal safety. Reason being, I really want to bushwalk long into my 70s (and hopefully 80s) and want to do everything possible to protect my knees and joints!

It’s surprising how lots of little reductions can end up making a big impact.

This week’s tip is a pertinent one, as I have just finished packing for my 6 day Jatbula Track (in the Northern Territory) adventure and found myself refilling my wee little sunscreen bottle to keep me going for the week.

Using a syringe to transfer sunscreen to a tiny travel bottle.

Sunscreen is one of the essentials to pack, however the containers they come in can be big and heavy, especially if you buy in bulk to save money. Several years ago I found these tiny 10cm x 1 cm plastic pump bottles at Howards Storage World and being so tiny, realised that I needed some smarts to get the sunscreen inside… hence a trip to the chemist to find the smallest syringe available. Voila! Tiny pocket pump bottle of sunscreen.




Writer, producer and content creator by trade, search and rescue volunteer by passion, Caro Ryan started to inspire, teach and encourage people to get into hiking and the outdoors safely.

It’s all about connecting people to wild places in meaningful ways, so they can look after themselves, their mates and these precious places we visit.

She teaches wilderness navigation, authored the book, ‘How to Navigate’ and hosts, ‘Rescued - an Outdoor Podcast for Hikers and Adventurers.

In the bottom of her pack you'll find coffee grounds, instant noodles past their used by date and an insatiable curiosity.

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