Here’s to all the mothers who inspire us, enable us, and empower us to get outside and do what we love! This Mother’s Day we want to help you give the gift of the outdoors. Whether the mum in your life is an avid jet setter, a fitness fanatic, a peak bagger, a backcountry connoisseur, someone who never misses out on a night under the stars or a woman who puts people and the planet first, Paddy Pallin has the perfect gifts to keep her doing what she loves.

For the mum who loves camping:

If the mum in your life is a weekend warrior, believes that “home is where you pitch it” and is always on the hunt for the best campsite, we’ve got the perfect gift ideas for you. In Australia, and many fairweather camping destinations worldwide, we’re lucky enough to enjoy sunshine for most of the year. Don’t let anything stop her from enjoying the outdoors with a Power Traveller Adventurer 3500 MHA Solar Panel and Battery that charges smartphones, GPS, iPads, headlamps, e-readers, cameras and much more! This empowering device can make camping more feasible for busy mums who might need to stay connected with work, family or other affairs when going off the grid, or make longer camping trips and thru hikes more comfortable with the ability to charge up when needed!


You know what they say, tonight’s sleep will determine tomorrow’s adventure. Who said camping couldn’t be comfy? Raise the bar and boost your mum’s camping kit with a Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow. A good night’s sleep doesn’t have to weigh you down or bulk out your gear bag, weighing in at less than 80 grams, this packable pillow is a steal of a deal in terms of a comfort to bulk ratio. If your mum is a gram counter, we suggest going for the Ultralight Aeros Pillow.

However, if ultimate comfort and “wow factor” of your gift is the end goal, check out the Aeros Deluxe Pillow, which is a result of the Sea to Summit Design Team taking the adage of ‘bigger is better’ to heart. The outcome of the project is a full sized pillow that is still light and compact enough to accompany you into the backcountry. The pillow case construction uses a super soft 50D quilted polyester for consumer comfort, while still being supported by a high strength TPU bladder. Whether in transit or the back country, the Aeros range of lightweight and compact inflatable pillows will award the busy mum in your life a comfortable sleep.

Tired of arguing about who is shining a head torch in everyone’s eyes? Does the mum in your life enjoy wine under the stars after dinner?  If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, the Luci LUXE Inflatable Solar Light could be your ideal gift! It’s a solar powered soft frosted, ambient light that deflates to pack up extremely compact.

Mums work hard in every day life to make the lives of those around her a little easier, so why not lighten her load? Think 2-in-1 biodegradable, TSA approved, compact shampoo and conditioner brought to you by Sea to Summit, wilderness wipes for keeping clean when making the tent a home, or a Reactor Thermolite Sleeping Bag Liner to increase warmth in her sleeping bag when approaching winter months!

For the mum who loves travel:

If the mum in your life is always up to date on flight deals, checking things off her bucket list and forever inspired by the world around her, we’ve got some essentials to enhance her packing list.

Mums have a million things on their mind, having to juggle all sorts of responsibility, all hours of the day. Give her piece of mind with the Pacsafe Slingsafe Anti-Theft LX250 Tote. This roomy tote bag has a padded laptop sleeve, plenty of space for personal belongings and boasts security features such as eXomesh® slashguards, smart zippers and an RFIDsafe™ pocket (blocks frequencies 10MHz – 3GHz). With this, she can travel through a new city, hit the beach or use it for in transit travel with total peace of mind.

We want to help the mum in your life make the most out of every travel day! With quick drying, odour combatting technology, Exofficio’s Sport Mesh Bralette and Travel Bikini are ideal garments for long travel days. The quick-drying bralette keeps you cool and odour-free, with patented SILVADUR™ technology that delivers silver ions to the fabric surface and activates them in the presence of undesirable bacteria, helping eliminate odour and keeping you fresh for the life of the garment. The Travel Underwear comes in a variety of styles and features moisture-wicking/evaporating HeiQ technology with Fresh Tech thar resists odours and adjusts to your body heat while remaining cool to the touch.

It’s important to keep comfortable, but also to take care of your body when travelling. Long days of walking, sightseeing, beach combing, and exploring can be strenuous on your body and call for proper footwear, such as the Teva Verra Sandal. With water-ready polyester, the webbing it is extremely durable and dries quickly after getting wet and the contoured EVA footbed supports your arch. The sandal is treated with Microban®, a zinc-based antimicrobial technology that helps prevent stink!

If the mum in your life has a strict style guide, consider some practical gifts that enhance any packing list. Avoid the hassle of shampoo and other toiletry spills with Gear Go Toobs or slim down a day pack and avoid carrying a wet towel with a Sea To Summit Dry Lite Towel.


For the mum who loves adventure:

When taking on the trails, conquering thru hikes or setting out on two wheels, on foot or on skis, help your mum be prepared for braving the elements!

Water is a necessity when completing physically challenging adventures, and isn’t always easily accessible. Ensure that your mum always has access to clean drinking water with the SteriPEN Pure+ UV Water Purifier, a compact, USB rechargeable water purifier.


Stay warm on all occasions with this compact Patagonia Down Sweater. This garment is lightweight and windproof with a 100% recycled polyester ripstop shell and 800-fill-power Traceable Down. It also packs up nicely into its zippered pocket!

Often overlooked, eye protection is extremely important when adventuring sunny places like Australia. A pair of adventure-ready sunnies could be the perfect gift for an outdoorsy woman! The Julbo® MonteRosa Spectrum 4 Lens Sunglasses are an easy-to-live-with, high-performance model for women in love with the great outdoors. Suited for both the high mountains and extreme conditions or daily life in the urban jungle, with its removable side shields, the highest quality lenses and ergonomic shape, the MonteRosa provides total protection and perfect adaptation

Dirty Girl Gaiters have been adding style and sass to the trails since 2004. These fun coloured gaiters are perfect for Coastrek, Oxfam Trailwalker & keeping sand or dirt from getting into your shoes.


For the mum who loves to get active:

Make it easier for your mum to stay hydrated when she stays active. Whether it’s running, biking, or long distance hiking, a hydration pack allows you to keep your fluid intake up without having to stop! Ideal for cycling, the Osprey Verve 9 Hydration Pack hosts a BioStretch™ shoulder harness providing a contoured fit and the webbing hip belt is removable to shave ounces. It is the ultimate hydration pack thanks to its bike-friendly features including a Hydraulics™ LT 2.5 liter reservoir with magnetic bite valve retention, internal bike pump storage loops, and Osprey’s innovative LidLock™ helmet attachment system.

Go faster, smoother, and further with the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX® Women’s Shoe. It is specially designed to accommodate women. Salomon’s best selling boot has evolved into an even more effective hiking shoe. Thanks to Descent Control technology, this shoe efficiently tackles technical hikes and really shines during tough descents. Wear this pair and head downhill. Put the spring in your mum’s step, even in wet conditions!

As we approach winter, help your mum adopt a “no excuses” policy to keep her outside and doing what she loves! The Icebreaker Winter Zone Long Sleeve Half Zip is a great technical top for skiing, winter climbing and other highly active days in cold conditions. The body features Icebreaker’s BodyfitZONE™ merino wool fabric with a touch of LYCRA® for stretch and a deep front zip for easy heat dumping. Flatlock seams throughout eliminate chafing during fast-paced days, and the protective hood fits comfortably under any helmet.

For the socially conscious mum:

Klean Kanteen is a brand putting their most sustainable foot forward. The California based reusable-bottle maker uses 100% renewable energy and 75% recycled material. Say goodbye to flimsy, singe use food storage solutions. Give your mum an easy way to bring her favourite foods with her when she’s getting out there! The Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Food Canister makes it easy to bring hot meals or keep food cold. You can even help her save time: let oats cook or boil an egg on her commute to work!



Make an impact with your purchasing decisions and please the socially conscious mum in your life knowing that her top-of-the-line garments are Fair Trade Certified. Help pave the way in industry standards by supporting initiatives such as Patagonia’s Fair Trade Certification. The Patagonia Classic Synchilla Jacket is among the line of Fair Trade Certified Fleece. What does this mean?

A factory is fair trade certified when complies with the following items:

  • Rigorous standards for health and safety
  • Respect for the environment
  • No child or forced labor
  • Maternity and paid leave
  • Community empowerment
  • Additional money back to workers

How does it work? The program is simple: For every Fair Trade Certified™ item sewn, Patagonia pays a premium. The money goes into an account controlled by the workers. This is not a top-down program but one run in each case by a democratically elected Fair Trade worker committee that decides how the funds will be used, whether designated for social, economic and environmental community projects like private health care or a child care center, or as a cash bonus that gets workers directly closer to a living wage. More than 15,700 workers have benefited from the premiums Patagonia has paid through the Fair Trade Certified™ program.



Icebreaker was founded with a purpose: to offer consumers a natural alternative to synthetics and to disrupt the outdoor industry towards sustainable solutions. Icebreaker merino is a naturally biodegradable fiber. Under the right conditions it will readily biodegrade if buried.

Icebreaker pioneered the use of merino in high performance outdoor clothing, being the first company to develop deep, long term relationships with merino farmers. This ultimately leads to partnerships that guarantee the highest standards of animal welfare. Icebreaker’s animal welfare policy ensures a healthy, low stress quality of life for the sheep.

Read more about Icebreaker’s sustainability efforts in their Transparency Report. Shop NEW Icebreaker products here!

If you’re looking for a unique gift to help your mum get outside, consider getting her a parks pass in the state you live, or a state she might travel to in the near future. If you’re not sure where she will go, we suggest researching a few places and making an “I Owe You” card explaining that you will purchase a parks pass for your mum when she has planned her next adventure!

Is your mum a busy woman? Does she have tried and true gear that she holds close to her heart? For most of us, the parents in our lives have trusted pieces of gear that they couldn’t bear parting with. As a Mother’s Day gift, surprise her by having her old gear repaired and ready to use for her next challenge. If it’s Patagonia gear – check out their Worn Wear program. Reach out and contact the suppliers or brands of the gear that needs repairing to see if they might be able to point you in the right direction!

Although we’re firm believers that the mothers and women in our lives should be celebrated on more accounts than one day a year, we want to help you make this Mother’s Day extra special and take some weight off their shoulders. Thank them for enabling you to get outside, inspiring you with their own adventurous spirit and enhance their outdoor experience!


About The Author


Some 80 years ago, a young bushwalker's dissatisfaction with the limited and heavy bushwalking equipment available prompted him to design and make his own. Before long, word spread, and Paddy Pallin's lightweight, functional designs were soon in demand among fellow bushwalkers. From its early days the company has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, travellers and adventurers with the highest quality and most advanced products and knowledge. Since 1930 the company has grown to become Australia's leading supplier of specialist outdoor and travel gear. The company, still owned by the Pallin family, now has thirteen stores throughout Australia as well as online, mail order and corporate sales divisions. We are using our vast wealth of knowledge, and experience, to build an online community where we can share our stories, reviews and tech tips to help you research and plan your next adventure.

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