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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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Effective against a wide range of insects: Sawyer Permethrin is known to be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects.

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Sawyer Products SP5432 Picaridin insect repellent spray is also very small and compact. You can easily take this insect repellent anywhere you want. This makes it an ideal option for any traveler and adventurer who wants to have a safe journey.

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Depending on where you travel, you may want to pack bug spray, too. In places like Florida and North Carolina, summers get buggy, and you’ll be happy to have packed a spray on nights when you want to sit on the porch or dine outdoors.

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