35 of the Best Gifts for Backpackers (2021 Gift Guide)
While we also have an epic list of best gifts for hikers, I thought it was worth having a separate list of best gifts for backpackers as well. Sure, many of the gifts for hikers are similar to the gifts that backpackers would like, but there are some additional items that the backpacker in your life may love even more.
This list could be a beast, since backpacking is one of my favorite activities – I am a backpacking coach, after all. :) (Want to learn more? Join my waitlist for my one-of-a-kind Backpacking Program) But I decided to keep this list a bit shorter for now to really hone in on those extra special gift items.
You’ll be pleased to know, that it is actually really easy to shop for the outdoor adventurer in your life. We are pretty rough on our gear, taking it out into the elements and pushing it to the limits, so eventually we need new gear. Plus, we are never sad about testing out things we haven’t tried before - perhaps it might be our next favorite item in our backpack!
So let me help you out. If you’ve got a friend, relative, or partner who really loves backpacking and you are feeling stumped on what to get them, I’m going to break out my backpacking gift ideas into 4 different sections:
- Gifts for Backpackers Under $25 (for those of you on a budget)
- Best Gifts for Backpackers to Keep Them Safe
- Best Backpacking Essential Gifts
- Best Unique Backpacking Gift Ideas
In the end, don’t stress out too much. If your backpacking friend or family member is anything like me, we are easily pleased and enjoy the simple things in life.
We only want this kind of stuff to help our journey be a little bit more comfortable, and in the end, we just want to spend more time outside. Heck, buy us a new set of wool socks and some Lara Bars. We will still love you.
Better yet, come backpacking with us. Let’s go on an adventure together…
That would be MY ultimate gift. :)
May 6, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
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).