Stocking Stuffers for the Outdoor Adventurer
The holidays are right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about your shopping. There may be some of you out there that are really on top of your game and are done shopping, but for the rest of us here are some of my top picks for stocking stuffers. All of the items on the list are under $25 and should be able to fit in a standard stocking.
Nikwax – Keep your outdoor adventurer’s gear in top shape with Nikwax products. Think Green is Clean and Purple is Proof. Products with green caps are for cleaning and purple caps are (water)proofing. My two favorite cleaning products are Base Wash and Footwear Cleaning Gel. Base Wash gets the stink out of your synthetic fabrics and increases the wicking. This stuff is so good it gets the stink out of hockey gear. Fabric & Leather Proof is my top pick for adding water repellency to your boots and TX Direct Wash-In revitalizes your raincoats.
Socks – Not just any socks, wool socks. Cotton is rotten when it comes to socks and outdoor adventures, and wool regulates your body temperature better than synthetics. ALL of my socks are wool now and I am slowly getting the rest of my family there also. They don’t have to be boring either, take a look at the fun colors and designs from Darn Tough.
Mpowerd Luci Lantern – Fun and useful the Luci Lanterns are solar powered, lightweight, and inflatable so they pack small. The Luci Aura is a fan favorite because it has 8 different colors that you can change to depending on your mood or the setting.
Adventure Medical Kits First Aid – Being prepared on a hike and having first aid supplies is one of the Ten Essential “Systems.” Adventure Medical Kits make different size kits depending on the length of your hike and the amount of people in the group. I’m a huge fan of their Blister Medic Kit too and pack it in my bag drops for ultra races. Adventure Medical Kits is also the supplier of Ben’s Bug Spray that I swear by when the black flies and mosquitoes are out.
Water Bottle – Another of the Ten Essential “Systems” is hydration. Hydrating before an activity can be just as important as hydrating during the activity. CamelBak Eddy Bottles are pretty popular for staying hydrated both before and during workouts. If space is an issue than go for the Platypus Soft Bottle. Once it is empty the bottle can roll up and be shoved into a pocket. For those that don’t like plastic water bottles, Klean Kanteen’s food grade stainless steel would be the way to go.
Nite Ize – Just about anything Nite Ize is great. Gear ties to tie things up and keep them neat, Slaplit LED for nighttime adventures, DoohicKey Steel, and the beer lovers favorite S-Biner Ahhh. Yes, that’s right, a carabiner that is also a bottle opener. For the record, last Christmas my family almost got into a brawl trying to steal the Slaplit LED I gave my brother. At least I know what to get everyone else this year.
Dry Sack – Just like the name says a Dry Sack will keep your stuff inside dry. These are good to have if you are hiking in the snow or rain. I also use mine when I am kayaking or paddleboarding. It doesn’t have to be wet to use them either. I like to have different colors for organizing things in my pack.
Snacks – Nutrition makes the list of Ten Essential “Systems” and who wouldn’t love some Sport Beans in their stocking this holiday season. Or ProBars, or GU, or Honey Stinger Chews, or ClifBars, or… okay, I think you get the point.
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