I got this cute little thing for Christmas this year and was probably most excited about it out of everything else. We normally hike with our JBL Charge Bluetooth Speaker, which is awesome quality, but the weight is just insane when we did long distance hikes. After a long day of hiking we turn on our BeeFree and Chill Spotify playlist which helps set the mood and fully relax. This wearable speaker is quite powerful for its size. It’s Bluetooth capable so it easily connects to any device smoothly. The speaker also acts as a remote for your camera making the perfect self photo when solo hiking or epic group shots. Apparently it also connects to your phone which could be cool for many purposes too..but not really camping purposes. It’s rechargeable, so as long as you have a battery it’s pretty painless to charge. The speaker can also detach from the lanyard making it easy to carabiner onto your pack. The Shaba Wearable Speaker is lightweight, produces quality sound, and overall the best under $20 gift I’ve received in a long time.
#2 – Selfie Stick
This item is obviously not a necessity, but relatively lightweight and easy to store when backpacking so you can’t really dispute it. The Selfie Stick allows for gnarly videos while your hiking, capturing action shots effortlessly. When taking a selfie, it allows a wider shot and captures more of the beautiful surrounding scenery. Not only that, but I found simply having my phone on the Selfie Stick enables steadier photos. I don’t know, to each is their own.
This piece of gear has turned out to be such a convenience in multiple ways. Allow me to tell you why you need this Bigfoot Lantern on your next backpacking trip. It’s LED, solar powered, and acts as a charging station when you’ve forgotten your rechargeable battery. It weighs 6.4 ounces and folds up to the size of my palm. We use this strictly as a lantern for our camp light. Most trips we tie a string from our roof rack on the Xterra to a tree and clip the lantern on the string with our extra carabiners..allowing you to move the lantern freely wherever the light is needed. We actually plan on purchasing a few more and having the lights all throughout our camp site. With three lighting modes and over 10 hours on a single charge, the Bigfoot Outdoors Lantern is sure to bring some convenience on your next camping adventure.
If you’re anything like us, you try to buy backpacking items that aren’t battery powered, but solar or rechargeable. Carrying the weight of batteries can add up when you’re counting every ounce. Since there’s two of us, my other half carries the rechargeable batteries, and I carry the solar powered battery. My solar powered battery included a carabiner which I can attach on my pack and it will charge while I’m hiking. We charge our phones, lantern, headlamps, and a few other gadgets after we’ve set up camp. The solar powered battery is pretty lightweight and fits right in my fanny pack, when charged, for easy storage and quick access when needed. Don’t forget yours when preparing for a hiking trip.
There’s not much to say about this product but having a good mug for a good cup of joe in the morning isn’t a bad thing. We each have an 8 oz mug making the perfect size cup of coffee. The mugs are double insulated allowing your warm drink to last longer. The carabiner is really durable and attaches easily on to your pack or belt loop. Under $10, the Outdoor RX Carabiner Mug is a must have on your next camping adventure.
#6 – Fanny Pack
After two or three backpacking trips, I found pretty quickly that the two pockets on the waist of my pack weren’t going to cut it for “easy access” items. The fanny pack, in my opinion, and my grandma’s, is one of the most genius inventions and has literally been around since the Medieval Times..it’s designed perfectly for hiking or backpacking. I’m normally hiking in shorts or tights, so pant pocket options are pretty slim..even when backpacking, I’m very organized and everything has its own place. I mainly keep chapstick, a rechargeable battery, knife, and maybe a map in my fanny pack. Allowing my hip pockets of my Deuter pack to hold my snacks, whistle, hand sanitizer, and water purification pills. I’m a pretty extra backpacker, I like to have everything I need in a quickly manner. If you’re anything like me, a fanny pack on the check list is a must.
Good sleep is vital when hiking..a good sleeping bag, a good sleeping pad, and a good pillow. The Alps Mountaineering Pillow is made out of microfiber. It folds up into a sack for easy packing and can attach right onto your pack if needed. After setting up camp, the next step is hammock time..this pillow fits perfectly in a hammock This ensures you won’t have a sore neck from reading and also aids in a comfy power nap. Weighing just under 8 ounces, this item is something we’ve even taken on long trips; like our 26-mile adventure in Arkansas. The Alps Mountaineering Pillow has accompanied me on many hiking trips and will continue to do so, unless we buy an RV. The extra weight is worth it for a sound(ish) night sleep.
#8 – Bahco Foldable Saw
-This tool is amazing during campfire months. We’ve cut branches that were 3-4 inches in diameter without any problem, which we gathered from the ground. The teeth on this saw are crazy sharp and allow cutting through sticks, branches, even plastic to be effortless. It weighs 14 ounces and folds right up to fit on the side of your pack. The handle is nicely designed for a good, comfy grip. The saw is equipped with a safety lock for both locking and unlocking. We’ve had the Bahco Foldable Saw for almost 6 months and hoping it lasts for much longer; apparently the blade is coated for rust protection so that should help in the life expectancy. Bring one along on your next winter adventure, you won’t regret it.
-I know you have carabiners on your hiking check list, but extras never hurt. Black Diamond carabiners are super lightweight so clipping extra to your pack goes basically unnoticed. You can use the extra carabiners in countless ways..I’ve actually listed a few methods throughout this article. When car camping, we like to use paracord as our paper towel holder with a carabiner on the end for easy replacement. I’ve also been on camping trips with friends have gone to hang their hammock only to discover they’ve forgotten their carabiners..and guess who gets to be the hero. Black Diamond Carabiners are incredibly strong for their size and are a backpackers best friend. Don’t forget these extra fellas on your next adventure.
#10 – Rothco Paracord 550
The purpose for this article is to inform you of products that can assist in making your hiking trip a little more convenient. Rothco Paracord 550 is yet another item that can make your life easier when camping or hiking. First and foremost, it has the potential to save a life. Braiding the paracord produces a much stronger rope if you find yourself in a rescue situation . The inner threads of the paracord can actually be used as sutures. We use paracord when securing our food in a tree..the rock sling is used with the cord. It can be used as a fishing line or extra shoe lace. You can even get creative and use your paracord as a trail marker. There are 100s of scenarios when your Rothco Paracord 550 can make your adventure more convenient, or even life saving. Make sure to bring at least 50ft on your next trip for extra safety assurance.
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