Hello! Hiking and camping are true passions of mine. And to get the most enjoyment out of them, I take serious the equipment and gear that is required. I have taken the time to research and review all of the following for your benefit. I try to keep in mind both quality and budget when listing products. If you see something you like, please click on one of the links or images to continue to checkout. Every item purchased through this site allows us to get a small commission so that we can maintain the site and continue exploring new and exciting trails for your enjoyment. Cheers!
When I am looking for a good hiking boot, 2 things are most important to me: durability and water resistance. Obviously, if you’re going to invest in a good pair of boots, you want them to last through plenty of hiking trips. Being able to keep water out will make all the difference throughout the day in keeping your feet feeling great. The Salomon Quest 4D is the best boot out there if you are a serious hiker planning on covering a lot of ground – great support and stable. The options below are some of the best in both durability and water resistance.
Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof (Men’s)
Merrell Women’s Moab 2 Waterproof (Women’s)
Salomon Men’s X Ultra 2 (Men’s)
Salomon Women’s X Ultra 2 W (Women’s)
Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX (Men’s)
Salomon Women’s Quest 4D 2 GTX (Women’s)
Say hello to Darn Tough Socks, the last pair of hiking socks you’ll ever need. Right up there with your hiking boots, having the right pair of socks on your hikes makes all the difference between a good and a painful day. These socks have a lifetime guarantee, they’re comfortable, durable, and surprisingly thin. You’ll thank us later!
Darn Tough Hiker Full Cushion Socks (cold weather)
prAna Women’s Regular Inseam Halle Pant (Women’s)
Outdoor Research Women’s Ferrosi Convertible Pants (Women’s)
Nonwe Women’s Outdoor Quick Drying Hiking Pants with drawstring hem (Women’s)
Eddie Bauer Women’s Guide Pro Capris (Women’s)
If you’re ever planning to go on a camping trip, you never know when you might need a handy water filter! I personally own the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle and have gotten great use out of it. It’s simple to use (all you have to do is fill up the bottle and drink from the filtered straw), lightweight, and inexpensive. The Sawyer Mini is another highly reviewed water filter that is even smaller than the LifeStraw and around the same price. What drew me to the LifeStraw was the Follow the Liters program which provides an entire year of clean drinking water at school for a child in Africa.
Osprey Packs Talon 22 Backpack (day hiking)
Osprey Packs Volt 60 Backpack (backpacking)
**remember to always carry the essentials with you on any hike**
– map and compass/GPS
– extra food/snacks
– rain gear/extra clothing
– lighter/matches and flashlight
– first aid kit, bug spray
– knife or multi-purpose tool
Trekking Poles: Hiker Hunger 100% Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
Binoculars: Vortex Diamondback 8×28 Binocular, Green
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