7 Cheap(ish) Things to Bring Leaf Peeping
Halloween candy lines supermarket shelves, Starbucks brought back the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Disney dropped the trailer for Hocus Pocus 2—it’s officially fall, y’all. And that means it’s time to step into your boots, pull on your flannels, and head outdoors to admire the changing colors. Whether you’re planning to take in the foliage on a long, scenic drive, a rigorous hike, or just a casual stroll, the right gear ensures that your outing isn’t spoiled by bugs, fluctuating temperatures, or a phone that’s running on empty. Here are seven not-too-expensive things that’ll make your leaf-peeping experience one to remember.
1. Mud-proof Boots
Even if you don’t plan to venture deep into the woods, you may come across muddy patches of earth and trails slick with fallen leaves. A pair of waterproof rain boots with good traction keeps you upright and dry while you crunch your way along the forest floor—and they also clean off easily once you’re home. For a more strenuous hike, swap the rain boots for a pair of affordable, waterproof hiking boots like the Merrell Moab 2.
October 3, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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.
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).
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