An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.
The Columbia Slopeside Village Omni-Heat High boots are fun faux fur-lined winter boots that may look fashion forward, but they also perform well in the cold
Danner Arctic 600 are hardy boots that deliver big on both style and performance in icy conditions
The Dare2B Zeno boot is a smart and affordable neoprene-lined snow boot aimed at more casual winter use
If you’re a consumer, you’re an influencer. Selecting gear from a brand that prioritizes environmentally sustainable and ethical practices is a power move
Female-specific kit has come a long way since the days of the ‘shrink it and pink it’ approach – but does it stand up to scrutiny when compared with outdoor gear for men?
The Decathlon Forclaz Trek 100s are pocket-friendly, fuss-free walking boots for more casual use
The Kelty Dirt Motel tent is light, backpacker-friendly and ready to get off the beaten track
The Outwell Nevada tent is beautifully designed, comfortably sleeping four – it's our top pick for families
The simple, functional Vango Carron 400 tent is ideal if you’re after a one-bedroom tent and you’re on a budget
The Danner Jag women's walking boot is a good compromise between leather and fabric walking boots
The Robens Vista 400 tent is beautifully made, roomy and breathable, ideal for car-camping family holidays
Sierra Designs Nomad 4 tent is a roomy, lightweight three-season tent, ideal if you’re moving between camping spots
Incognito is a natural, DEET-free, vegan-friendly spray, with a pleasant scent, which offers a lower level of protection
Life Systems Expedition Sensitive is a hardworking DEET-free spray ideal for using on children
You only need to use this effective but pricey Ben's Max spray sparingly to ward off insects – great for hiking
Neal’s Yard Citronella formula is an all-organic citronella-based spray that will still fend off most British bugs – ideal if you have sensitive skin
Pyramid Trek is a thick, long-lasting but strong-smelling DEET spray that can combat tropical insects
Smidge That Midge is a delicious-smelling spray that’s especially effective against its arch nemesis, the Scottish midge
Jungle Formula Dry Protect Pump Spray offers maximum all-day protection for tropical travels thanks to 50% DEET
The Coleman Galiano is a simple, popular pop-up tunnel tent design in two sizes, one ideal for couples and one aimed at families
Hardy campers need to learn to kick back, relax – and learn to love the luxury of glamping. It’s not such a sin to sleep outside in comfort sometimes...