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Useful Gifts For Hikers – Get Them A Gift To Remember

The problem with buying hiking gifts if you’re not a hiker is that you never know what will actually be useful. Items like a solar charger sound great in practice but unless you’re hiking in the desert, they barely trickle charge your phone. Likewise, hiking trousers might be great for some hikers but others will only ever hike in shorts, meaning a perfectly good pair of trousers goes to waste.

So what should I buy for a hiker?

Here at South America Backpacker, we’ve taken the hard work out of choosing presents for people who like walking by compiling this list of actually useful gifts for hikers!

Best Gifts for Hikers: Quick Answers!

  • Best Budget Gift for Hikers: Pack Cover
  • Best Midrange Gift for Hikers: Darn Tough Socks
  • Best High-End Gift for Hikers: Garmin Inreach Explorer Plus
  • Best Gift for New Hikers: Anti Chafe Balm
  • Best Gift for Cold Weather Hikers: SealSkinz Socks
  • Best Gift for Summer Hikers: Suncream
  • Best Gift for Long Distance Hikers: Water Filter
The 43 Best Gifts for Hikers 2022

To save you time, money and effort, we have arranged this list in ascending price order. If you already have a budget in mind, just swing on over to that section and you will find the most useful hiking gifts within your price range. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone how much you spent! 😉

Find the complete list put together by Tim Ashdown here


May 8, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

Kevin Brouillard
Travel & Leisure


The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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Media Mentions from Halfway Anywhere


SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

Bikepacking Team