THIS DIDN'T JUST HAPPEN
BORN INTO IT
I’ve been an Outdoors Guy my whole life. You could say that I was born into it. My dad was a Scout Master and when he wasn’t with the Boy Scouts he would be taking us on adventures and family weekend getaways. I’ve always enjoyed being outside whenever possible and my childhood growing up on a small farm was one of the happiest times of my life. As a boy I progressed through Cubs, then Scouts and soaked up everything I could from camping to hiking, canoeing, abseiling, you name it.
LOVE, TRAVEL, KIDS
Tania and I married in 2000 and a year later moved to the UK to explore the outdoors in Europe. When our kids were born we naturally slowed down but we still tried to get out there often. Those years with young kids are tough in so many ways. After our European Adventures chapter came to an end we moved back to our homeland (Australia) and set up a new life on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Our 3 kids were now at an age when camping was more workable. I remember those early trips where I would take just about everything we owned, or so it felt, to ensure we had an awesome experience and were comfortable. We loved camping twice a year for a week at a time but it was hard work, especially for me as the chief packer, set up guy, cook, medic, etc. It would take me over a day to get everything ready and another day to unpack and clean everything.
“WE LOVED CAMPING BUT DIDN’T LOVE THE WORK.
I BEGAN A QUEST TO SIMPLIFY THINGS AND STREAMLINE OUR GEAR SO WE COULD GO ON AS MANY TRIPS AS WE WANTED WITH MINIMUM WORK AND MAXIMUM COMFORT
THE BIRTH OF UNPLUG
So I took my camping checklist and analyzed everything. What did we actually need and what couldn’t justify being taken? Over time I refined this more and more. I couldn’t always find the products that I wanted and would get by with makeshift solutions. I was making progress but I knew it could be better. How could I make this easier? How could I create systems and processes that really simplified everything and created efficiency whilst maintaining comfort? Could I take less and have a better overall experience? That was the start of UNPLUG and my pursuit to help as many people as I could with what I believe is the best way forward.
TAKE LESS STUFF AND HAVE A BETTER EXPERIENCE
From our experience and observations, people tend to take way more than they actually need and it's often a mismatch of numerous items bought over time. It can end up feeling like a yard sale. We've dialed in things so you take everything you need and at UNPLUG we provide multi-functional and high quality essentials that actually enhance the outdoors experience.
TESTING TESTING TESTING
I’ve always taken pride in what I do. If I’m going to do something I’ll give it my best shot. So when we started developing products I knew we had to do some serious testing to make sure they were as good as we had planned. So we took our prototypes on a 7 week tour of the Western United States to test them in all conditions, from Rocky Mountain snow to Death Valley heat. It was a mega road trip through 9 states and 14 National Parks. Sounds horrible right but someone had to do it. Maybe I was just looking for an excuse but we did also get a lot of insight into what works and what doesn’t, which helped us to refine our systems even further.
HAPPY TO SERVE
So please allow me to share with you everything that I've learnt. I’m still on a journey and have room for improvement myself. I don’t think there has ever been a time when we all couldn’t benefit from taking a break from technology and went outdoors with the people we love. There’s so much I wish to share and I’m hoping to grow in the process. So please join us, meet the family, join the adventure and let’s help and inspire each other.
Founder of UNPLUG Easy Outdoor Adventure