27 Essential Gift Ideas for Hikers & Backpackers

A couple of days ago, I put out a quick guide out of 10 Gift Ideas Under $25 for Hikers & Backpackers.  If you are on a budget be sure to take a look at that article.

If you have ever been hiking or backpacking, you know there is always a list out there of the 10 Essentials.  These are the 10 must haves (essentials) to take with you on any outing to be safe.  The top 10 essentials needed are:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun Protection
  3. Insulation
  4. Illumination
  5. First Aid Supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair Kit & Tools
  8. Nutrition
  9. Hydration
  10.  Emergency Shelter

Take your time below, maybe even put together a stocking stuffer with some of the Under $25 Gift Ideas and some of the suggestions below.  Make it personal and meaningful!  Help your hiker or backpacker friend be safe out!

Have fun choosing and let’s go adventure together!

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Garmin inReach Explorer +

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Ever since we bought this version, we have taken it on all our trips whether be it camping, backpacking, hunting, etc.  I would highly recommend this product for a hiker’s staying safe out on the trails.

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Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire GPS Watch

I have wanted to have a gps watch for a long time.  I find it perfect if you are a trail runner or even a day hiker and it’s lighter than the Garmin inReach Explorer + like above.  I have heard nothing but good reviews on the watch.

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Garmin inReach Mini

This product is very similar to the Garmin inReach Explorer +, just a bit smaller.  If your hiker backpacker friend is all about weight, this is the way to go.  Keep them safe out there with this.

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A2S Protection Paracord Bracelet

An all-in-one bracelet: compass, fire starter, emergency knife and emergency whistle.

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Regular Compass: Reliable Outdoor Gear

One should always take not only a map, but a compass with them.  Let’s say your electronic device that you use as a gps goes bad, the best things you can have around is a map and compass.

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Topographic Maps: Tom Harrison Maps

If you want to get something more personal for your hiker or backpacker friend, go ahead and buy a topo map of an area you may think they want to hike in.  Especially if they are map people.

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Sunglasses: Pepper’s Breakers

100% UV protection in style.  Great for the outdoor adventurer spending sunny days outside.

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Sunscreen with Carabiner: Sol Sunguard 

A sunscreen with a carabiner is the way to go for the hiker or backpacker for easy access while on the trail.

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Patagonia Trucker Hat

A hat is always needed on the trail!  Find your hiker or backpackers friend favorite color or style.

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Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Hikers and backpackers both alike love down jackets.  Check out some more of Patagonia’s Down Jackets.

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Sherpa Adventure Gear Khunga Hat

This beanie is actually make of wool, keeps you insulated and warm.  Along with that, it is lined with PolarFleece for an extra level of warmth.  Something to not is that Sherpa employs people in Nepal and each hat bought supports those who need it.

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Microfleece Gloves – The North Face

Gloves are very important for insulation.

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Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket

If your hiker or backpacker friend likes to hike in weather as well, Gore-Tex is the way to go.

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Baselayer Bottoms – SmartWool Merino 150

Baselayers are very important for a hiker and especially for a backpacker.  Merino wool is one of the best materials out there making it an ideal choice for those who go out on adventures.

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Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

A must have for any hiker and backpacker for any adventure they go on.

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MPOWERD Luci Lux Pro Solar Inflatable Lantern

I’ve had the MPOWERD Luci Color Inflatable Lantern for years now and take it on every hiking/backpacking trip.  Now they have a newer version with the ability to charge your smartphone.  I’d say this is a pretty good idea as a gift.

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Goal Zero Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack

Something that is very important for the backpacker and even hiker is to keep extra batteries lying around for their headlamp/flashlight.

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Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight First Aid Kit

Great stocking stuffer or gift for your hiker or backpacker friend.  We are always in need of emergency safety gear.

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UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

The case includes 12 matches, 3 replaceable strikers, waterproof case and cord.  Perfect basic gift or stocking stuffer for any hiker and backpacker.

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Make an at Home Repair Kit or a Gentlemen’s Survival Kit

What’s important in a survival kit?  Items that the adventurer can use in any wilderness adventure.  This kit includes a compass, fire-starter, penknife tool, tweezers, rope, safety pins and wire saw.  I would add some duct tape to this mix.  Make your own or buy the Gentlemen’s Survival Kit.

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Mountain House Meals

If you are putting together a fun bag of goodies, this is a great add on for your friend.  My favorite of the Mountain House Meals is the Chicken & Mashed Potatoes.  I could literally eat it as a meal at home any day!  Second favorite is Breakfast Skillet, especially if your friend is a breakfast person.

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Check out some Grub Ideas for the Trail!


Honey Stinger Waffles

Have a friend who is a sweet tooth?  They’ll love this one as a gift.

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PROBAR – BOLT Engergy Chews

Great source of energy for those long distance hikers/backpackers.

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Lifestraw Gravity Water Filter

outdoor gearBest water filter we’ve ever had.  We can set up camp while waiting for the water to filter.

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Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir

outdoor gearAnother must if you are a hiker backpacker!

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Nuun Hydration Tablets

These are great for hikers, backpackers and trail runners.  Great energy source with electrolytes to keep them moving.

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SOL Emergency Bivvy

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I hope that this gift guide can either assist you in putting together a stocking stuffer gift or giving you an idea of what your hiking friends or family members might want.  OR if you want anything from this list!  If you guys have any questions or ideas as well, comment below.  I’d love to hear from you.  Check out some of Beyond Limits on Foot gear and food ideas!

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Happy Adventuring,

Annette – Beyond Limits on Foot

I hope you guys enjoyed this post.  If you are interested in seeing some of the trips that I took this year and perhaps doing them yourself, check them out here.  I haven’t gotten around to writing about every single one, but will over time.

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