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40 Best Gifts For Backpackers

Backpacking is one of my favorite activities to do in the summer! There is no other better feeling in the world than waking up surrounded by beautiful tall mountains on a lovely crisp summer day. I know how expensive backpacking gear can be, though, so I usually ask for gear every Christmas from my family. Backpacking gear is a great gift for outdoorsy people, and if you get high-quality gear, they will use it for years to come. So below, I list the best gifts for backpackers! These are things I have used myself for years, and I promise you that your loved one will love them!

Find Michelle's complete list of the best holiday gifts for backpackers here.


May 9, 2022

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Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.

Allen Foster


Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.

Alan Dixon


But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.

Shauna Farnell