For those of you who are like me and prefer to do their Christmas shopping away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, I've created a great list for you travelers and adventurers to peruse from the comfort of your couch, hot cocoa in hand.
Chacos | $80 - $100
If you know me even a little, you know Chacos are my favorite shoes. They are comfortable, provide excellent arch support, and are always adventure ready.
Gregory Jade Backpack | $185
This is the perfect pack for an extended weekend backpacking trip. Lots of room and lots of pockets. I've had mine for years and it is still going strong.
Black Diamond Voyager Lantern | $25
Oh this lantern is my favorite!! I used it in my tent during the summer I worked at camp in Colorado, and now it sits on my nightstand to be used at my flashlight when/if the power goes out! I like to be prepared. ;) The lantern has great battery life and has dimming capabilities.
Vests | Prices vary
I am obsessed with vests, and I wear them all the time. They are like a security blanket for me...a constant hug. I'm currently eyeing vests from Patagonia, REI, and Athleta.
Outdoor Research UltraLight Compression Bag | $18 - $26
This compression bag is a miracle worker and fantastic for travel when you are looking to save more room. And who isn't looking to save room when traveling, amiright? I throw my sleeping bag in this sucker, and can synch it down to about half the size of a standard stuff sack.
Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack | $120
I bought this bag about three years ago, so the design has been updated a bit since then, but the functionality has not. This is a fantastic pack for travel and long day hikes. It provides excellent support and sits off your back to allow for air flow.
Patagonia Atom Sling | $49
I bought the Atom Sling this year to take the place of my purse when I travel. I absolutely love wearing it on my back and being able to also wear it in front when I'm in a crowded place. It allows both of my arms to stay free, which is awesome. It is the perfect size for my travel knick-knacks, and I can even fit my iPad in there. This is the perfect on-the-go bag for travel and the every day.
Outdoor Research Aspire Rain Jacket | $199
The rain jacket I bought in high school died this summer, and I replaced it with this Gortex jacket from Outdoor Research. I love it! It it long in the front and back, which I love. The hood is extra spacious in order to fit over a helmet if you wanted, which means plenty of coverage for your hair and face.
Petzl e+LITE Headlamp | $30
This headlamp is light and compact and does the job nicely. I've used mine backpacking, caving, and in my house late at night...because I'm scared of the dark. ;)
Travex Expedition Rolling Duffel Bag | $140
This bag was a Christmas present last year, and I have used it on every trip I've taken since. It falls under carry-on bag restrictions and is the best luggage bag I have ever owned. This bag has great grab handles on the front and top of the bag that are helpful to grab and go quickly. It is very lightweight, rolls easily, and is extremely spacious!
Don't forget! There are tons of outdoor sites that sell the same items and they all have sales at different points in time. Some sites I recommend: Moosejaw, Altrec, Backcountry, REI, and Rock Creek. Happy shopping!
WHAT ITEMS ARE ON YOUR ADVENTURE LIST?