Next up on our Christmas shopping list: the friend who loves to be outside. These are some of our favorite hiking and camping essentials.
1- Stanley Thermos– We love this for short hikes on a cold day. It’s fun to drink some hot chocolate at the top of a viewpoint.
2- ENO Double Hammock– We packed this on our camping trip in the Grand Tetons, and on our hike to Green Lakes. And it lived on our balcony during the warm months in our last apartment. Sometimes you just need to hammock. And this one is built for two!
3- Columbia Women’s Back Beauty Straight Leg Pant– This was the solution to a hiking dilemma for me. I hate hiking in jeans, but I wanted something warm and water repellent (my running tights don’t cut it). These are great on their own for cool weather hikes, and in combination with a base layer for snowy weather. And they’ve passed my test of wearing them in the rain on a hike. Water repellent, indeed! Plus, the straight leg keeps them from looking really dorky, and they come in petite!
4- Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 8-Inch– We take this bad boy camping and use it for cooking eggs and bacon, or for toasting bagels or muffins.
5- Merrell Women’s Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe– After living in Oregon for two years, it became clear I needed some waterproof hiking shoes. These are comfortable, and keep my feet nice and dry.
6- Men’s Peakfreak Enduro Dry Hiking Shoe– Eric bought these when he faced the same wet sock dilemma. And now we both hike nice and dry!
7- Fiskars X7 14 Inch Hatchet– We use this on camping trips to chop wood for the absolutely necessary campfire.
8- Black Diamond Headlamp– For the hikes that start early or end late.
9- Camelbak Eddy Bottle– My go-to water bottle for the past 6 years. It has a lifetime warranty, so Camelbak will replace it if something goes wrong. My mouthpiece started leaking last year, and I was able to fill out a form and get a new one for free!
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