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.
You can read Elissa Sanci's complete list of things to bring while leaf peeping here.
October 3, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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.
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.
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.