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Looking to get a new hiker or backpacker a fun yet useful gift? You’re in the right place! Getting serious about hiking can be confusing and expensive. Most of my suggestions are much-needed items but I’ve thrown in a couple of fun ones. Plus everything is under $40!
Everyone needs a compass and more importantly, how to use it. Compasses are inexpensive but can literally be a lifesaver.
This kit is inexpensive but has MANY of the items that are necessary to staying safe while in the wilds. Water straw, knife, spork, and a whistle are essentials. Pretty sure I’m ordering one of these soon!
Having to go to the bathroom while outside is necessary but takes a while to perfect. The following items will help and keep you clean. Make sure to bring a ziploc bag to pack out your waste.
Pstyle– Peeing in the woods isn’t exactly fun for women. The pStyle is amazing! It doesn’t require you to completely pull down your pants and the spout gets the stream past your feet. I keep mine in a drawstring bag attached to the outside of my backpack.
Poop digger – does a bear shit in the woods? Yep and so do humans! Unlike bears, humans must bury their poop. This utensil helps you easily dig your hole big and deep enough.
Wipes – you must pack out toilet paper so why not just use a wipe instead!
Hand sanitizer – easier and faster than trying to wash your hands.
First aid kit
This kit has many similar items as the survival kit along with bandages, gloves, wipes, and tweezers.
Now, I always thought this was a silly item, especially if you have a flashlight. I was wrong. I got one about 3 years ago and have found many uses while at home. This one’s better than the one I have because it’s rechargeable. Ours requires batteries rather frequently. Having a headlamp while camping or hiking makes it easy to keep your hands free while in the dark.
Being able to filter water while outdoors is a must. This filters water pretty quickly and is really light.
Leave no trace
Essential to all outdoor activities, leave no trace allows you to make as minimal and impact on nature as possible. The leave no trace principles is a must-know knowledge for all!
America’s great hiking trails
You don’t have to through hike the Appalachian trail to experience amazing hiking advenures. This book is a great source of inspiration.
Have a little fun and stick bears all over everything. Better than seeing an angry one while hiking. These would be great on your water bottle!
Obviously, only Christmas worthy. But who wouldn’t love for friends or family to acknowledge their new hobby.
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