Glow sticks have a wide range of uses in the great outdoors and we’re Australia’s HQ for inspiration and ideas when it comes to fun and (dare we say it) educational activities at night! Here’s just a few:
Use thicker glow sticks (also called ‘Chemlights’) for: – Map reading at night (orientation) – As a backup tent torch for when those batteries die. – Drop one glow stick into a bottle of water to create very bright path-markers. – A great addition to your first aid kit in the event of a night-time accident. – A potential distress signal to keep in your bag or take with you when bush-walking away from well-marked paths (every Aussie Scout should always carry one in their back pack). – Put 6 glow sticks in 6 bottles of water to play night tenpin bowling. – One or two glow sticks in an esky not only makes the ice look amazing – you can also see what you’re grabbing! – Great for night fishing as a lure or to see in your tackle box. – Glow sticks are a great option when you just need a bit of light and don’t want to ruin your ‘night vision’. * Our thicker glow sticks are very versatile, as they take quite a bit of force to snap and activate, so will remain viable in your bag. 🙂
Use thinner glow sticks (the ones usually used as bracelets) for: – Markers to place around your tent’s guy-ropes to prevent those bashed toes and tripping over! – Bracelets or necklaces to easily keep track of your group or allocate colours for team activities. – Take the bracelets off and use them for a game of ‘night-hookie’. – Use them on the ground to play night Noughts & Crosses (tick-tac-toe). – One glow bracelet makes a great hoop marker for your drink bottle or around the rim of your cup. – One glow stick makes a nice gentle night-light for Cub Scout tents. – Put one glow stick around your dog’s collar if he’s going camping with you too! Also see our epic LED dog collars if you really want your dog to own the night, every night…
The above ideas are just a few of the ways that glow sticks can come in very handy for Aussie Scouts, Cubs, Girl Guides, heavily-bearded hikers, woodland fugitives and anyone else who enjoys the great outdoors!
The sports scene in Australia has always been diverse, but it’s the addition of night races and night sports such as ‘glow runs’, that has participants running to join the race.
When it comes to sports, the night has never been bright – it’s a hindrance to training times and competitive events. But fun events like colour runs saw Australian sports organisers reviewing existing events and looking for more fun ways to grow participation numbers and community fitness levels. And then there was light.
Hot on the heels of glow-wear becoming popular for night jogger safety, ‘glow runs’ became a ‘thing’ – as did night-time obstacle courses marked-out with LED & Thunder Stick poles, glowing assault course challenges and competitors decked-out with glow bracelets, glow sticks and other various glow-wear. These events have become a visual feast and therefore also a spectator sport, as runners in glowing body paint burst into vibrant colours as they pass under UV lights! Needless to say, Aussie kids absolutely love it!
The New York Times recently published this article about night-surfing, which sounds like a truly existential experience. But one that we can’t see taking-off here in Australia due to the prevalence of sharks here!
A fantastic resource to keep on top of the various night running events and glow runs around Australia is this events calendar. If you’re promoting or know of a night-time sports event in Australia that you’d like us to share the details of, do feel free to get in touch! 🙂
Australian event trends are always fun to watch, though the real excitement comes when a market gap can be identified and exploited by event managers or party planners.
One exceptionally under-utilised approach to event planning is maximising a beautiful ambiance at night time. Evening events all too often have venues and table styling that underwhelm once the sun sets, when this should be the time to extract one more ‘wow’ from your event attendees or party guests!
Glow-in-the-dark product options for your events are widely varied – and not what they once were. Our products are now also used as subtle, tasteful touches to add some enchantment to an event. Yes, more intense glows are still used for kids and performers (such as finger lights and glow-wear), but now so are delicately glowing ice buckets, tables and walkways lined with EL wire, glowstick-filled balloons that magically glide atop swimming pools, and mason jars filled with glitter particles suspended in glowstick fluid – like fairy dust!
Yet so few events are taking advantage of such an easy visual win. Let’s change that!
You can follow us on social media for lots of inspirational ideas (Instagram (@GlowsticksLtd), Facebook or Twitter), or check out our site’s product range. Our products are all exceptionally low-cost, so adding some glow magic to your events also attracts a considerable mark-up for you if you’re an event planner (like you needed one more reason to add some allure to the evening)! 😉
Enjoy these other ideas to help plan your event or party:
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We are often approached by businesses both in Australia and New Zealand for branded, promotional glow products. In the past we have supplied glow products to numerous clubs and events, including the Summadayze festivals in which we supplied V Energy with promotional Super Thunder Sticks, Glow Bracelets and Necklaces.
Recently we worked with Commonwealth Bank to supply 6″ Glow Sticks printed with the Com Bank logo for a promotional event. They really liked what we provided and have since worked with us again on other promotional ventures.
If you’re looking for promotional glow sticks or other promotional glow-in-the-dark products in Australia or New Zealand, please be sure to get in contact with us! firstname.lastname@example.org / NZ: email@example.com
We’ve just received a few photos from the excellent Christmas glow event at Vector Arena in Auckland. The event was a huge success with over 9,000 attendees and raised over $30,000 for the KidsCan charity.
Owen from Sydney is the first winner of our pack of free glow products for placing reviews to help other customers see what products work like and reviewing the quality of them. For simply placing a review following his purchase, he’s now won an over $20.00 pack of glow products!
We hope you enjoy Owen and thanks to all the other helpful reviews that were placed too. Your turn could be next month!