We’ve all heard the call … the siren songs of epic forests, big mountains, rushing streams, and the vast ocean. Whether gifting to yourself or others, here’s to equipping your adventures with functional favorites, specifically catered to those who crave the wild. Note: this article contains affiliate links; your purchases support our daily content 🙌 Also, be sure to check out our guide to the 20 Best Gifts for Rock Climbers.
Kuju Drip Coffee
Making a cup of coffee in the backwoods isn’t always an easy task and too often, the process gets complicated by bulky contraptions that necessitate and arduous clean-up. Kuju, on the other hand, has introduced a no-mess method for making a steamy morning brew. Just pour how water and enjoy!
Hydro Flask Food Flask
Wherever you go, there’s no reason that a tasteful cup of soup or curry ought not to go, too. Using TempShield insulation, this flask will keep your food warm throughout the day, even in the coldest of environments. And worry not: using professional grade stainless steel, flavors won’t be retained and transmitted from one meal to the next.
Luci Outdoor Inflatable Solar Lantern
Gone are the days of searching for batteries to bring life back to lanterns. This waterproof, solar-powered lantern compresses down to fit in a pack and is easily inflatable to deliver beautiful, renewable illumination for a full 12 hours.
Thera Cane Massager
The outdoors can be rough on the body. Climbing, hiking, biking, and backpacking leave muscles sore and knotted. The Thera Cane Massager helps to relieve those aches and pains through the beauty of self-massage. While a full body massage can be a nice treat, the ability to have a massage at any time is irreplaceable.
Petzl ACTIK CORE Headlamp
While rechargeable headlamps have been on the market for years, they generally carry a risk: what happens if it needs a charge when you’re without supplementary power? The new hybrid concept alleviates such a fear by allowing two modes of power: a USB-rechargeable battery and as a back-up, you can simply load three AAA batteries. Whether you’re running, mountaineering, or rock climbing, the ACTIK CORE’s 350 lumens of light will reliably guide your way.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle and/or Growler
Hydro Flask has set a new standard in drink insulation. Using double-wall vacuum insulation, these stainless steel bottles can keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for an unbelievable 24. They are perfectly suited to storing the true outdoor essentials: water and beer.
Trigger Point GRID Foam Roller
The GRID Foam Roller is perfectly suited for runners, hikers, backpackers, and climbers. A long, strenuous day is hard on the muscles, but the GRID Foam Roller will soothe those aches and pains through myofascial release. This patterned foam roller works out knots and kinks with ease, and leaves the muscles refreshed and ready for a new day. Consider this the gift that keeps on giving!
Kammok Roo Double Camping Hammok
Whether backpacking through the mountains or relaxing in the backyard, the Kammok Roo will never disappoint. It is lightweight enough to take on extended trips and durable enough to stand up to seasons of use. The hammock is also spacious enough to relax and sprawl out in, even with some extra company.
NEMO Equipment Helio Pressure Shower
Just because you’re climbing in Joshua Tree or family camping in Yellowstone doesn’t mean that your hygiene has to falter. With NEMO’s Helio Pressure Shower, you can have a powerful water stream wherever the road takes you. Lightweight, the reservoir compacts down when not filled, and a 2.9-gallon capacity provides a 5-7 minute steady shower.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
Windproof, waterproof, and highly compressible, Patagonia’s Nano Puff provides exceptional warmth for any outdoor activitiy. An Editors’ Choice by Climbing Magazine, this jacket is produced using industry-leading sustainable practices, wherein 55% of the insulation is derived from post-consumer recycled content.
Amazon Kindle Oasis (Waterproof)
Books are heavy, but carrying 1,000 of them into the woods is a breeze with the Kindle Oasis. Unlike traditional tablets, the Oasis can be used in sunlight with no screen glare, and the battery lasts weeks instead of hours. The built-in light allows reading to continue late into the night and waterproof capabilities protect the device from an expected storm, splash, or spill. Whether it’s Thoreau in the woods or Kerouac on the road, the Oasis will come in for any adventurer.
MSR Windburner Stove
When the winds pick up and the temperature drops, a hot meal becomes essential. Most stoves fall short in this hour of need, but the MSR Windburner is designed to withstand the toughest conditions. The integrated pot makes set up a breeze, and the enclosed radiant heating system both renders it windproof and makes warming food a breeze. Once the meal is done, the entire system packs into itself for easy storage.
Braven BRV-X Shockproof Bluetooth Speaker
When the occasion calls for music, look no further than the Braven BRV-X. Weather-proof, crystal clear sound quality, and a 12-hour battery life make this a standout in the category. In addition to its beat output, a built-in power bank provides power output to charge your other devices (phone, camera, etc.).
Rumpl High-Performance Down Blanket
Embracing the beauty of the outdoors is best done in comfort, and the Rumpl Down Blanket will keep your loved one warm and cozy when the temperatures drop. Perfect for stargazing, reading, or simply relaxing in cooler temperatures, the Rumpl blends both comfort and style. It is lightweight, packs easily, and comes in a wide range of sizes and colors. Read more about our love affair with the Rumpl here.
REI Co-op Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
What more could you ask for? This sleeping pad delivers uncompromising comfort for any car camping adventure. After a night on this pad, your loved one will be ready to take on the day unencumbered by a poor night on the ground. For a sleeping pad that rivals the comfort of the bed back home, look no further.
YETI High Country Tundra 45L ($350)
YETI has gained a reputation for manufacturing the best coolers on the market due to their impressive ability to maintain solid ice for several days at a time. This limited-edition Tundra (YETI’s classic cooler line) comes in a distinct, high country color pattern while delivering the same functionality and performance that campers have come to love.
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