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December 2, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: 20 items under $25 for Hikers and Backpackers

Holiday gifts for hikers: 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
$9.95

An insulated mug that keeps drinks very hot, with a locking lid that limits spills.
weighs 3.5 oz

Purchase: REI / Amazon

Deuce of Spades Backcountry Trowel
Deuce of Spades Backcountry Trowel

$19.95

Digging a cathole has never been easier with this sharp trowel, and at only 0.6 ounces, it won’t weigh down your pack.
Purchase: REI  /  Amazon

PackTowel
PackTowl Personal Towel – Small
$9.95

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.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

Granite Gear stuff sacks
Granite Gear Stuff Sacks, set of 2
$18.00

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.

Purchase: Amazon

Gear Aid Tenacious Tape
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape
$4.95

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.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

tent stake
MSR Ground Hog Tent Stake
$2.95

Three-sided stakes provides extra holding power, with a notch at top for securing guylines; attached nylon pull-cord allows easy removal.

Purchase: REI / Amazon


Nikwax Tech Wash and TX.Direct
$20.75

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.

Purchase: REI / Amazon


Osprey 12L Stuff Sack
$20.00

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.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

Niteline cord
BlueWater 3mm NiteLine Utility Cord, 50 ft
$16.95

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.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

2nd Skin Blister Kit
Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Kit
$8.75

This kit helps to protect and prevent blisters, with 2nd skin moist pads, adhesive strips and pressure pads.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

Loksak OpsakLOKSAK OPSAK Odor-Proof Barrier Bags – 11″ x 9″ – Package of 2
$10.50

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.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

humangear GoTubb 0.9 cu. in. Container - Package of 3
humangear GoTubb Containers

$5.95

Set of three small containers, useful for lotions, gels and other items.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

Nalgene vial
Nalgene Polyethylene Bottle – 1 fl. oz.

$1.50

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.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

headband
Halo II Headband

$8.75

For those who sweat as much as I do, this headband keeps the sweat out of your eyes while hiking.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

REI Backpacker Pillow
REI Backpacker Pillow
$24.95

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.

Purchase: REI

Sawyer Permethrin
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent
$16.00

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.

Purchase: REI / Amazon

I Heart Oregon (& Washington) hiking book
Hiking book: I Heart Oregon (& Washington): 25 of the Portland Area’s Best Hikes
$24.99

Designed by yours truly, this highly visual full-color book includes 400+ photos and customized maps displayed throughout.

Purchase: Autographed copyAmazon

I Heart Oregon's Seven Wonders
Hiking book: I Heart Oregon’s Seven Wonders
$24.99

My second hiking book, this highly visual full-color book focuses on hikes in each of Oregon’s Seven Wonders.

Purchase: Autographed copyAmazon

Normally priced over $25, these items are currently on sale.

Camelbak Antidote 3L
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.

Purchase: REI

Anker Astro Battery Backup
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.

Purchase: Amazon

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