The Adventure Traveler: A Happy Camper Gift Guide

Posted by Salwa Jabado on December 9, 2008 at 1:59:41 PM EST | Post a Comment

Here are our favorite gift ideas for the outdoor-oriented traveler in your life, whether they love to birdwatch in Costa Rica or trek in the nearest national park. This is the first in a series of gift guides for every kind of traveler. Stay tuned.

Stocking Stuffers (under $25)


Never go hungry again, or at least always have a utensil handy. The Light My Fire Spork ($3 for one, $9.95 for pack of four) comes in six bright colors and has a spoon on one side and a fork-knife combination on the other.

Flatworld Orikaso makes camping origami. Cups, bowls, and mugs ($4.99–$5.99) start out flat and fold into shape. They're great space savers and extremely lightweight.

If you must give socks, grab the high-tech water wicking ones, like SmartWool Hiking Socks ($16.95).

Mid-Range (under $50)

Go hands-free with a headlamp. The PETZL Tikka XP ($49.94) is excellent, with 3 lighting settings and flood or spot beam. The less expensive PETZL Tikkina LED Headlamp ($23.95) also makes a good stocking stuffer and both make great reading lights for home use, too.

The GSI Dualist Cook System ($49.94) cooks up a perfect breakfast for two. It contains a lightweight 1.8 liter pot, 2 insulated cups with removable sip-through tops, and 2 bowls, and best of all they all fit inside the pot.

Pricey (under $100)

After a long hike, the ENO Doublenest Hammock ($64.95) is a wonderful place for a nap. It's unbelievably small, about the size of a grapefruit, and weighs a little over a pound. Make the gift complete with a pair of ENO SlapStraps ($19.95) for super easy set up between trees. This is also great for parks and beaches.

Keep them hydrated with room for snacks with the CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack ($85.00). This backpack carries a water reservoir with a hose for easy drinking on the trail.

Photo courtesy of Light My Fire

Salwa Jabado

Senior Editor, Countryside and Adventure

I’m originally from beautiful Miami, attended college and came to love the South in Atlanta, and am now officially a New Yorker with 10-plus years here. I am an absolute Brooklyn convert and yes, I do make my own pickles.

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