Holiday Gifts for Travelers and Outdoor Explorers

The holidays are just around the corner, so we’ve compiled gift ideas for travelers and outdoor lovers on your shopping list. We hope you find the perfect things for friends and family – and drop us a comment if you discover other great gift ideas that we can share!


MSR — Hubba Hubba NX

MSR1MSR has launched updated versions of its best-selling Hubba tents, including the 2-person Hubba Hubba NX. Weighing 3 pounds, 7 ounces, it’s 15 percent lighter than the previous version, and a new pole system has made it roomier. The Hubba Hubba NX still has two doors, so you don’t’ have to crawl over your partner, and there are two large vestibules for stowing gear. We like that they moved the zipper on the vestibule to the side, rather than placing it in the middle of the door, so you can roll up the bottom the fly and guy it out to ventilate the tent. We also like that the tent now packs into a sack that’s similar to a climbing rope bag with compression straps, so you can fold it into a square bundle that’s compact and occupies less room in a backpack. Retail price: $389

Thomas Bates — Web Money Belt

Thomas BatesIt’s a good idea to stash extra cash in a few places when traveling, and during a recent trip to Africa we carried a few bills in the zippered pocket of the Thomas Bates Web Money Belt. We found that the belt was comfortable, and you won’t even notice the zippered compartment that runs along the inner surface of the belt. Also, the belt isn’t made with metal, so you don’t have to remove it in the airport security line. Plus, the belt isn’t flashy, so it won’t draw attention, and it’s made of tough nylon webbing that wont’ wear down easily and can be trimmed for your waist size. Retail price: $16.95

Adventure Medical Kits — SOL Hybrid 3

AMKOn a recent trip, we were lamenting the fact that we hadn’t brought any duct tape, which we needed to repair some shoes. The beauty of AMK’s SOL Hybrid 3 is that it combines typical first-aid supplies with tools for gear repair and survival. Plus, this kit is compact and has separate medical and repair compartments, so you can keep things organized. Along with the usual items to address ailments and injuries, the kit includes duct tape, nylon cord, fire-starting supplies, a survival blanket and a slew of other helpful supplies. (Click here for the full rundown). Retail price: $60.00

The North Face — Women’s Thermoball

A7ZL_A0M_heroThe women’s Thermoball jacket from The North Face has a new type of synthetic insulation that mimics natural down. As a result, the Thermoball offers the warmth of a 600-fill down jacket, plus it’s more compressible than many synthetic jackets, and weighs only about 10 ounces. Thanks to its hi-tech insulation, this jacket will provide some warmth if it gets wet, unlike a traditional down coat, which would lose its ability to insulate when soaked. Retail price: $199


Petzl – Tikka RXP Headlamp

tikka-rxpLike it’s big brother, the Nao, the Tikka RXP headlamp from Petzl features multi-beam Reactive Lighting technology, but in a more compact design. Reactive Lighting automatically adjusts brightness and beam type to suit the surrounding environment. It has two LEDs for a wide, mixed or focused beam, and an integrated USB-rechargeable lithium battery. The wider headband is meant for comfort and stability, and doesn’t have a battery pack attached at the back like the Nau. Retail price: $89


Vapur — MicroFilter

VapurWe love to carry collapsible water bottles because they’re lightweight, and we can fold them up and tuck them into a pack or bag when we’re not using them. Weighing just 2.7 ounces, Vapur’s new 1-liter MicroFilter not only collapses, but also includes a filter that removes removes bacteria, cryptosporidium and giardia from liquid. With this bottle, there’s no need to pump water—just scoop and go. Able to filter hundreds of gallons, the Vapur bottle filter shuts off automatically and prevents water from flowing when it’s no longer effective, so you don’t’ have to guess whether you’re being protected. The filter also pops out so you can replace it easily, or use it as a straw filter. Retail price: $69.99

Farm to Feet — Merino Wool Socks

FTFDoes someone on your gift list prefer products that are made in the USA? They’ll love Farm to Feet merino wool socks, which are 100-percent made in the USA. To make its high-quality (and extremely comfortable) socks, Farm to Feet uses only merino wool from the United States, and the company’s packaging and display materials for retail stores are also made in the U.S. To reduce its impact on the environment, Farm to Feet also ensures that all of its manufacturing processes — coloring, spinning, etc. — take place within 300 miles of its facility in Mount Airy, N.C. Retail prices: $18-$23

Gift Works Plus – Laser-etched Picture Frames

Gift_WorksLaser-etched wooden frames from Gift Works Plus have a high-quality appearance due to their precision details. You can pick from a large selection of in-stock frames with hundreds of themes including various outdoor and travel motifs – like national parks and hiking – or personalize a picture frame with messages, names, dates and photos. Available sizing: 4×6, 5×7, 8×10. Retail prices: $17-$45/in-stock frames; $60-$80/custom frames

Osprey — Ozone Convertible Luggage

Osprey OzoneOsprey makes exceptional packs (it’s our go-to brand for backpacking), and they’ve brought their design expertise to new lightweight, durable Ozone Convertible travel packs. Available in 22-inch and and 28-inch styles, Ozone models have integrated zip-off daypacks, plus shoulder harnesses and hipbelts that can be stowed or removed. We like that the main bag harness is adjustable to fit different torso sizes. Also, Osprey didn’t load the main bag with unnecessary bells and whistles, but focused on organization and convenience. For example, there’s a zippered top pocket for toiletries and liquids, so you can remove them quickly while going through airport security. Also, the 15-liter zip-off daypack has plenty of internal organization pocket, plus laptop and tablet sleeves. 
Retail price: 22-inch, $299; 28-inch $329


Steri Pen — Ultra Water Purifier

SteriPenUsing ultraviolet light, the SteriPen, kills bacteria and protozoan in 32 ounces of untreated water in 90 seconds. This device has been refined over the years, and the Ultra is the most user-friendly version we’ve seen. It’s lightweight at 5 ounces, and measures about 7 inches long. We really like that you no longer have to interpret a series of lights to know when water is treated, because a smiley face appears on the LED display to let you know the water is good to go. Also, it has a rechargeable battery with a USB port, so you can charge it with a laptop, solar charger, wall outlet or car charging port. SteriPen has also made this unit extra durable for rough travel, and the UV lamp lasts up to 8,000 treatments, which is about 3 liters a day for seven years. Retail price: $99.95.


Rand McNally — Foris 850 GPS

RM-ForisRand McNally outfitted the Foris with millions of miles of street maps and trail maps, so you can use it for hiking, biking or geocaching without purchasing or downloading additional materials. The device provides visual and spoken turn-by-turn directions, and it even helps you design a loop route based on your preferred time and distance. Plus, it has an altimeter to aid in your navigation. For those who love geocaching, the Foris integrates with so you can access cache descriptions hits and other info. The unit comes with 8 GB internal memory, a bike mount and batteries. Foris users also get access to a Rand McNally web portal to download, view and store hike data. Retail price: $399.

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