After a couple of summers with our current gear, I’m ready to make some recommendations. Backpacking gear is a great investment if you enjoy the outdoors. Once you have your gear, all you have to pay for is food and gas and you have a weekend getaway. We headed to a national park over the long weekend on pretty short notice. Since we had everything we needed it was easy to pack it all up in an evening and hit the road in the morning.
Here are some tried and true pieces and some good investment items…
- Kelty Women’s Coyote 75 Internal Frame Backpack // I love this pack. It’s lightweight, holds EVERYTHING and has padding in all the right places. Jared has the exact same one in the men’s version.
- Green 12-Ounce Camp Mug // If I could only take one piece of serving-ware (and often times that’s the case) it would be a good enameled mug. Mine is lime green, but this one is classic.
- Women’s Warmer Hat // If you have cold nights and mornings (like we did last weekend) you will be thankful to have a warm hat. This one is cute too!
- Teva Women’s Dozer III Sandal // I don’t love wearing boots. I like my feet to breath and since we usually have to deal with mud and water, I prefer a sandal style hiker. These are great. I have used these for a couple of years and the hold up great and are super comfortable.
- Clif Bar Energy Bars // I always pack a couple of these. They are tasty and packed with energy.
- Aluminum 20 Cup Percolator Coffee Pot // We have used and abused this pot. We usually fill it with food or other supplies on when we’re hiking and at camp we use this to sterilize water (after running it through a filtration pump) and to make our meals. This particular one is nice and big.
- Army Surplus Canteen & Cover – Major Dads Military Surplus // You can find tons of these at your local army surplus. They are cheap, rugged and should last forever. They also keep water nice and cool.
- Striped Tank // When we’re walking, I like to wear a nice long tank or tee with a a light jacket. This striped one from Smartwool is perfect for layering and built for the outdoors.
- Smartwool Jovian Socks // It’s a good idea to invest in a few pairs of good socks. Your feet will thank you after a few miles and a couple of chilly nights.
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