Does your gift list include hikers? From water bottles designed to keep you hydrated on shorter hikes to packs designed for traversing serious miles, this gear guide includes our go-to hiking equipment. We’ve got something for all skill levels - day, backcountry, overnight, and ultralight hikers! Regardless of length, type or location, hiking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and this list has something at every price point.
Best for: Casual hiking and everyday use. Transitions from car cup holders to backpack pockets.
Best for: Backpackers and hikers that require more than a liter of water and want hands free hydration.
Our time-tested hydration reservoir series, Shape-Shift, is known for versatility and reversibility. Backpackers are drawn to this reservoir for its performance features. The easy-to-use slider top opens wide and is fully reversible for cleaning and drying. A center baffle helps the reservoir maintain a low-profile shape when filled and increases stabilization during high impact activities. The reservoir is designed to fit most packs and weighs less than 5 ounces.Available in both 2L and 3L options. Looking for a bit more? Try the Ultimate Hiking Bundle.
Best for: A range of activities from day hikes on local trails to festivals, farmers markets and global travel.
Short hikes don’t require big, bulky, and, oftentimes expensive, packs. For day hikes, we love Osprey’s Daylight® Series of packs. Lightweight, simple, durable and comfortable, the Daylite Plus is well-loved for a reason. It’s super versatile, but technical enough for the trail. This pack has all the storage space and organization options you need for gear, snacks and, of course, hydration. Plus, the padded straps make it comfortable to carry all day.
Available in multiple colors ($75)
First Aid Kit
Best for: Minor aches and injuries on hikes.
Let’s face it, accidents happen when out on the trail. That’s why we recommend all hikers carry a first-aid kit no matter the length of the trip. This First Aid Only soft sided kit features all the essential first aid items for minor aches and injuries. Plus, it’s compact. Perfect to stash in packs so the hiker in your life doesn’t have to worry about keeping band-aids or other essentials on hand in the event of a slip or fall!Available on Amazon for under $21.
Collapsible Water Filter
Best for: Remote trekking.
Stay hydrated while hiking, no matter the distance. This bottle includes the Katadyn BeFree Microfilter so hikers no longer have to worry about where your next drink will come from. Just fill up the 1.0L flask and let the EZ-Clean membrane do the work. Smash, stash and go! This is the gift everyone wants, but never buys themselves.Available in 1L for $49.95.