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Best Backpacking Gear at Walmart

When you think of Walmart, I bet you wouldn’t think of good quality backpacking gear. While the majority of this is true, here are some great items for backpacking that are sold at Walmart. They are so good that I use these items on almost all of my trips.

2. Sawyer Water Filters
This is probably the most important and best piece of gear you could buy at Walmart. These Sawyer Water Filters are a lifesaver and so easy to use. Sawyer is one of the most reputable water filter brands on the market. Being used from simple weekend trips to thru hikes on the Appalachian Trail. Walmart stores usually have the Sawyer Mini, Sawyer Squeeze and Sawyer Gravity versions in stock at the stores.

I always carry a small Sawyer water filter with me. Anything can happen. You could get a leak in your bladder or drop your bottle and lose all your water. Doing so could drain your spirits and your water. If you have a filter you can feel confident that you will be able to collect water on the next water source you approach.

Another reason I like Sawyer Filters is because I carry Smart Water bottles and they fit the threads perfectly.

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May 6, 2022

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This Blog is based off of my own experiences and opinion. Mark Berry

The hardest hikes are always the most memorable.

Hiking should be fun and cheap. Most times you can cut corners, but you always get what you pay for. For the most part. I don’t know it all nor do I try to sound like I do. The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences and opinions and to keep learning.

Since I can remember I’ve been athletic and always fishing.

Some of my fondest memories growing up was fishing with my brother, dad, and grandpa. Getting up at 4 am during the summer at the age of 13 just so my brother and I can get our poles in the water before sunrise will be a memory ill never forget.

Hiking however came at a later time in my life. Never actively went searching for trails, but went here and there with friends.

However I do remember very vividly going to the Smoky Mountains with my grandma and grandpa in my early teens. Fast forward 15years and I got to take my daughter twice in 2017 to embed that memory in her just like it did with me. I wanted to share that experience with  my wife and daughter.

It took that one trip for my wife to get bit by the nature bug. We have been searching for different trails in our home state of Indiana to hike as much as we can ever since.


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.

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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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