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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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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!

Anna Hamrick


Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz


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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