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11 Affordable Gift Ideas for Backpackers

It can be hard to find a good gift for a backpacker. We worked hard to find affordable gifts that any backpacker would like to get.

Blaze Orange Pro-Tec Powder Paint – $8

Pro-Tec powder paint is a great durable paint that makes things super visible. The most common application is to apply the paint to tent stakes.

Pro-Tec paint is commonly available at fish and tackle stores and can be purchased online.

Bic Mini Lighter – $4

The Bic Mini lighter is one of the lightest lighters available. One lighter can easily last an entire 6-month thru hike.

A three pack of the lighters retails for around $4.


Sawyer Squeeze – $30

The Sawyer Squeeze is one of the most used water filters for backpackers and thru-hikers. It is easy to use and maintain under the most extreme conditions.

Learn more about the Sawyer Squeeze here.


NYMO Thread – $9

Nylon Monochord or NYMO thread is a single bonded strand type of thread, not several strands twisted together. NYMO thread is much stronger than the thread found in travel sewing kits. Size D NYMO thread is 0.008 inches (0.203 mm) thick and is great for repairs. Commonly provided in a pack of three 64-yard bobbins.

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May 19, 2022

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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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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

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