The Thru-Hiker Gift Guide: Under $50
It’s that time of year again. If you’re looking for the perfect budget-friendly gift for the thru-hiker in your life, never fear: we’re here to help. From the hiker just starting out to the one who already seems to own everything, there’s something fun and useful in this guide for every type of thru-hiker. And the best part? Everything on this list is under $50.
Socks and Underwear
Trail Comfort Items
Books and At-Home Necessities
- MSRP: $38.95
- Weight: 3 oz
Sawyer Squeeze is ubiquitous on any long-distance trail, as it is the most popular water filter. Tried, trusted, and true, this 3 oz water filter is a handy gift to anyone planning a backcountry trip. The thread fits on a Smartwater bottle, so you can ditch the pouch it comes with and save some extra weight. Just be sure to keep the filter above freezing—if it freezes, you’ll need to replace it.
A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)
Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.
And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.