10 awesome gifts sure to put a smile on any adventurer’s face
The holidays are only a few weeks off and if your friends and family are anything like mine, finding the right gift can be a huge challenge.
But never fear, Niecie and I have compiled a list of 10 fantastic gifts that are sure to put a smile on any adventurer’s face. Whether they’re into hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, climbing or overlanding we’ve got something for everyone.
Plus you won’t have to worry about shipping since every item on our list is eligible for Amazon Prime’s free two-day delivery.
Sorry in advance to those of you who can’t get Prime where you live. You’ve probably got something even better like a mountain range in your backyard or a functional government.
1. Socks, you know, the good ones
Once worse than finding a chunk of coal in your stocking, a pair of socks is something the adventurer in your life is sure to get excited about.
There is just no replacement for a good pair of socks. Nothing will ruin a day of snowshoeing like a pair of frozen feet.
When shopping for socks, look for wool, polyester or acrylic blends. These offer superior comfort and insulation wet or dry. No matter what you do, avoid the ubiquitous white cotton sock at all cost. When wet, cotton loses all its insulating qualities. Say no to frozen toes, say no to cotton socks!
Merino wool socks are a favorite among outdoors people of all kinds and can be had in a variety of sizes and colors. If you’re looking for something that can be worn year round, I recommend Smartwool socks, which combine the warmth of Merino wool with the flexibility and breath ability of nylon.
No matter what brand you choose, rest assured a good pair of socks make a better gift than you might think.
2. Portable Weather Radio, always one step ahead of mother nature
Cellphones are great. They offer us a wealth of information at our fingertips, but what happens when you venture outside of cellphone coverage or your battery dies? How will you get the vital information you need? That’s where a weather radio can come in handy.
It might not seem like a necessity, but a radio tuned to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather station can be a lifesaver, especially on a multi-day backpacking expedition far beyond the reach of cell service.
Is bad weather moving in? Maybe a cold front? Rain? Outside of cellphone coverage, a weather radio is your best bet wherever your adventure takes you.
3. Rain Jacket, staying dry is half the battle
When the rain does start to come down, don’t let it put a damper on your adventure. A good rain jacket will keep you warm, dry and comfortable even in the most extreme downpour.
For the best experience, ensure you’re buying a jacket that’s waterproof and not water resistant. While a water-resistant jacket or windbreaker can stave off a light drizzle, it will quickly become saturated and so will you.
4. Flashlight, lighting the way to adventure
We’ve all been there, stuck on a trail as the sun dips below the horizon and the light starts to fade. So, save your hiking buddy the headache of finding their way back to camp by the light of the moon and pick them up a good flashlight.
Anker’s LC130 tactical flashlight features three bright LEDs producing a claimed 1,300 lumens, more than enough to light the way even in the darkest forests. The flashlight’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it an ideal choice for long trips, since it can be recharged multiple times, eliminating the need for bulky alkaline batteries.
A good flashlight is an indispensable gift that the adventurer in your life will appreciate for years to come.
5. Portable power means more selfies
Whether you need a little extra juice to power your MP3 player during an evening hike, or you’re on a week long cross country backpacking trip, keeping your gear running can be a challenge. So why not carry a little reserve power with you?
But, if you find yourself paddling down a stream more often than trekking through the forest, you might appreciate the added security of waterproof power supply like EasyAcc’s 20,000 mAh power bank.
6. Waterproof Storage Bags, because a dry sleeping bag is a good sleeping bag
For the friend who’s more at home steering a canoe, you can’t go wrong with a set of waterproof storage bags. That last power bank might be waterproof, but how about your buddy’s phone or sleeping bag?
A good set of dry bags can turn what would be a ruinous capsizing into a story you’ll be telling around the campfire for years to come. Earth Pak offers bags ranging from 10-55 liters starting at less than $20. What more do I have to say?
7. A Camelbak day pack — staying hydrated was never so easy
A good day pack to carry your gear for a long hike or a short backpacking trip is great, but a day pack with a built-in water reservoir is even better right? No need to carry bulky water bottles, you’ve got one on your back.
CamelBak offers several day packs with reservoirs ranging from 50-100 fluid ounces in capacity to keep you and the adventurer in your life hydrated miles into your next hike.
8. Life Straw — turn parasite infested waters into clean drinking water
When your water supplies do run dry, finding clean water isn’t always easy. Sure, iodine pills will do the trick, but then you’ve got to deal with that awful aftertaste.
With Life Straw’s compact water filter, every puddle, stream, river or swamp becomes a source of clean drinking water. It certainly beats stopping to boil water.
Life Straw claims its signature product is capable of turning 1,000 liters of contaminated water into crystal clear drinking water. The company even offers filtered water bottles so you can fill up anywhere and keep on moving..
9. Portable Camp Stove, because hot food beats cold food any day
A warm meal can really make a big difference for morale after a long day on the trail.
When we get to camp, the first thing out of the Jeep is our mess kit and the camp stove. Food makes everything better, so give that aspiring camp chef in your life the right tools for the job.
JetBoil’s Personal Cooking System is a backpacking favorite, but if you’re traveling with the family, you might consider a twin burner stove, like the Camp Chef Everest High Output or the Coleman Triton 2-Burner Stove. Just don’t forget to pick up fuel or you’ll be eating cold oatmeal in the morning.
10. Trekking Poles
For those extra long hikes over rough terrain, there is nothing like a good walking stick. Trekking Poles help take the strain off your legs and allow you to use your arms to help propel you down the trail. They can also come in handy in those steep climbs or descents.
Trekking poles come a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Many even collapse for easy storage when they’re not needed or can be used to support a small backpacking tent.
Black Diamond’s light weight Ergo Trekking Poles come in at less than a pound are are well regarded for everything from casual hiking to extreme mountaineering.
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