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10 holiday gifts for an Oregon outdoors lover, from essentials to emergency supplies

Between the coronavirus pandemic and devastating wildfires, this year has made us rethink what items we need to carry with us when we set off outdoors, from face masks to emergency supplies.

If you or the outdoors lover in your life isn’t already prepared, the gift-giving season is a perfect time to pick up a few items that we now need to have on hand.

Newly important items like face masks and toilet supplies make handy gifts, and you can never go wrong with the 10 essentials and other basic items you need to carry in a day pack. Emergency supplies are a safe bet, too, good to keep in your car or at home just in case.

If you’re looking for gifts for an outdoors lover in your life this holiday season, consider some of these new essentials or the evergreen necessities. And throw in a few fun stocking stuffers for good measure – this year has been far too serious already.

Water filter

Small water filters are essential for backpackers, smart additions to any day pack, and great to keep on hand in your emergency supply kit at home. We like the Sawyer Mini water filter, which is light, compact and easy to use. Prices range from $21.95 to $24.99 at REI or Next Adventure.

Enjoy the rest of the 10 holiday gift ideas written by Jamie Hale here.


May 6, 2022

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