The Ultimate Backpackers Gift Guide

The Ultimate Backpackers Gift Guide

Essential Gifts for the Backpacker in your Life!

As we grow older we tend to find a deeper appreciation for the great outdoors. And living in Southern California, how could you not? 

There are ample trails available for our use, the weather is almost always perfect, and the sights along the way tend to be fantastic. If you disagree, check out our blog post: 16 Best Hikes in Southern California.

We find hiking to be one of the most beneficial means of exercising. Both in terms of physical and mental health. And while we love a long trek in the backcountry, we've never actually stayed the night out there! 

That's why we called on our friend Christina (@hiking.honey) to help write our backpacking gift guide! 

Keep reading to learn more about Christina's recommended backpacking gifts! 

Let’s talk hiking/backpacking! I often get asked what I take. This is a general idea of must haves:

Katadyn Befree Water Filtration System 3.0L

Katadyn Befree Water Filtration System 3.0L


Water Filter. You can never go wrong with a water filtering system. Great for replenishing your water along your hike!

Katadyn Befree Water Filtration System 1.0L

Katadyn Befree Water Filtration System 1.0L 

Collapsible water bottle.I prefer these over hydro flasks to cut weight when backpacking. Easy to fill, lighter to carry. 

NEMO disco™ women’s down sleeping bag

disco™ women’s down sleeping bag

Sleeping bag. I personally love the Rave 15° bag. I’m a side sleeper so the room in this is great. 

ProLite™ Sleeping Pad

ProLite™ Sleeping Pad

Used underneath your sleeping bag. A higher R Value is great for lower temps. 

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 Tent

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 Tent


I camp with my dog all the time. This gives me room for myself, her and our gear. Tiger Wall 3 person tent is the backpacking tent I swear by.  

Mountain House: Freeze Dried Food

Mountain House: Freeze Dried Food 
Dehydrated meals by great options to choose from for all meals throughout the day. 

Jetboil Micromo 

Jetboil Micromo


Backpacking stove -  Cooking System most lightweight system

Garmin inReach Explorer+

Garmin inReach Explorer+ 
Perfect for navigating. Also you cannot and should not fully rely on your gps system which brings me to the next items. 

National Geographic Maps

National Geographic Maps 
I find them more detailed than any other maps.

Suunto MCB Amphibian Compass

Suunto MCB Amphibian Compass 
Kula Cloth
 Kula Cloth

No need for TP when you have a Kula Cloth! Perfect way to not have to pack out so much waste. These cut my waste in half almost! Very eco friendly! 

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Kula Cloth

I always carry a puffy and a torrentshell rain jacket both by Patagonia. You have to keep your core warm during the colder months. Plus backcountry hiking can be tricky! The weather seems to change instantly when in higher elevation. 

Scrubba wash bag MINI
 Scrubba wash bag MINI

Packable washing machine doubles as a dry sack. I use this to wash my clothes when I’m out on a backpacking trip. 

Smartwool Socks

Smartwool Socks 
You can never fail on getting or giving socks as a gift. They’re very durable and dry quickly. 

People's Choice Beef Jerky
 People's Choice Beef Jerky Health Nut Box