All of these gift ideas are from my own personal gear kit: items that I use regularly and highly recommend. Have a question about any of this gear? Leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer it.
GSI Outdoors Infinity Backpacker Mug
An insulated mug that keeps drinks very hot, with a locking lid that limits spills.
weighs 3.5 oz
Deuce of Spades Backcountry Trowel
PackTowl Personal Towel – Small
These microbial towels have many uses: I keep one in my bathroom kit for drying off after using a portable bidet, one in my kitchen kit for washing and drying dishes, and one for sponge baths.
Granite Gear Stuff Sacks, set of 2
I like to stay organized when hiking and backpacking, so I use stuff sacks in various colors. I use the smaller size for kitchen essentials and toiletry items, and the larger size for essentials.
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape
The only tape you need in a repair kit, Tenacious Tape can be used to repair tent fabric, air mattresses, hiking shoes or boots, rain gear, and more. I like the clear version.
MSR Ground Hog Tent Stake
Three-sided stakes provides extra holding power, with a notch at top for securing guylines; attached nylon pull-cord allows easy removal.
Nikwax Tech Wash and TX.Direct
Tech Wash is a safe, soap-based cleaner for synthetic waterproof clothing, equipment, insulated garments and sleeping bags. TX.Direct Wash-In restores durable water repellency to waterproof breathable clothing.
Osprey 12L Stuff Sack
I use this waterproof stuff sack for storing and hanging food when backpacking. This bag has withstood several heavy rains and kept everything inside dry.
BlueWater 3mm NiteLine Utility Cord, 50 ft
Shine your headlamp in the direction of this cord and it lights up like a string of lights. I cut the cord in half to hang food from trees when backpacking, and have extra that I can use for tent guylines.
Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Kit
This kit helps to protect and prevent blisters, with 2nd skin moist pads, adhesive strips and pressure pads.
LOKSAK OPSAK Odor-Proof Barrier Bags – 11″ x 9″ – Package of 2
These odor-proof bags have multiple uses for hiking and backpacking: use one to store food and keep the smells from attracting critters; use another to carry out pet waste and/or toilet paper.
humangear GoTubb Containers
Set of three small containers, useful for lotions, gels and other items.
Nalgene Polyethylene Bottle – 1 fl. oz.
Part of my camp kitchen, I use these vials to take small amounts of soy sauce, olive oil, and other liquids to enhance backpacking food.
Halo II Headband
For those who sweat as much as I do, this headband keeps the sweat out of your eyes while hiking.
REI Backpacker Pillow
The shape of this pillow fits inside a sleeping bag hood, and with a mix of poly and down fill, it’s super comfy. Weighs 6 oz.
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent
This summer, I backpacked to many mosquito-filled alpine areas, but I sprayed my clothes with Sawyer’s Permethrin insect repellent and didn’t get bit.
Hiking book: I Heart Oregon (& Washington): 25 of the Portland Area’s Best Hikes
Designed by yours truly, this highly visual full-color book includes 400+ photos and customized maps displayed throughout.
Hiking book: I Heart Oregon’s Seven Wonders
My second hiking book, this highly visual full-color book focuses on hikes in each of Oregon’s Seven Wonders.
Normally priced over $25, these items are currently on sale.
CamelBak Antidote Reservoir – 3 Liters
Normally $35.00, currently on sale at REI for $24.93
Stay hydrated on the trail with this easy-to-fill reservoir, and use it to store water at camp.
Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Portable Charger
Normally $49.99, currently on sale for $15.99
I use this portable charger to recharge my iPhone 6 and DeLorme InReach SE. Includes a mini-USB cord. iPhone cord not included.