Best Gift for Adventurers (2015)


Whether your adventures take you into the national parks of North America or exotic villages on the far side of the globe, good gear can make or break a trip. For the past four weeks, USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting for the items they think are most deserving of a place on any adventurer's wish list.

  • Clever Travel Companion Clothes

    Clever Travel Companion Clothes

    Pickpockets are an unfortunate reality in many parts of the world, but adventurers wearing the pickpocket-proof line of clothing by Clever Travel Companion can spend less time worrying about their valuables and more time enjoying their travels. Clever Travel Companion's boxers, underwear, t-shirts, long johns and tank tops have zippered hidden pockets sewn in – perfect for stashing your passport and credit card worry-free.
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  • ExOfficio Give-N-Go Underwear

    ExOfficio Give-N-Go Underwear

    Perpetual travelers know an important secret to happy living on the road: Clean underwear. Laundry on the go has never been easier with these award-winning garments that prove breathable, lightweight and long-wearing. ExOfficio’s Give-N-Go products can simply be tossed into the washing machine or laundered in the sink, and they’ll be clean and dry within hours. (Added bonus: Many global wanderers admit to wearing these items faithfully, even once they’ve settled back into home sweet home.)
    Photo courtesy of ExOfficio

  • SteriPEN


    Forget pumps and filters and purify water in just 48 seconds with the SteriPEN, which uses ultraviolet light to destroy bacteria and viruses. To use, simply activate the lamp and stir it in any water to destroy microbes, such as e-coli, shigella, legionella and hepatitis. Various models of the durable and water-resistant pen are powered by lithium, alkaline or rechargeable batteries and can treat loads of water before needing a new set.
    Photo courtesy of SteriPEN

  • LUSH Shampoo Bars

    LUSH Shampoo Bars

    Traveling with liquids can be a drag. Enter LUSH Shampoo Bars. These small, circular bars of scented goodness can travel in your carry-on and will last for 80 washes – the equivalent of two to three bottles of liquid shampoo. They're also 100 percent vegetarian, never tested on animals and handmade with minimal packaging to limit their environmental impact.
    Photo courtesy of LUSH Cosmetics

  • Wallaroo Packable Hats

    Wallaroo Packable Hats

    Wallaroo hats protect travelers from the sun while simultaneously keeping them stylish during global walkabouts. Hats prove perfect for toting along since they’re lightweight, packable and many are UPF 50+, too, meaning the fabrics have been tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and block 97.5% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. Alluring options for women range from the “Aqua Visor” and the “Casual Traveler” to the “Petite Scrunchie (in colors like pale pink and turquoise) and the “Sydney Diva.”
    Photo courtesy of Wallaroo Hat Company

  • GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Nesting Wine Glass

    GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Nesting Wine Glass

    Say Cheers in the most remote of places with ease with GSI Outdoors’ Glacier Nesting Wine Glass. Its design allows the stem to be unscrewed from the glass and packed inside the bowl for carrying on the go. Made from durable stainless steel, the glass holds 15.2 ounces with a non-slip base to grip uneven surfaces. The only thing needed is a favorite bottle of wine!
    Photo courtesy of GSI Outdoors

  • LifeProof Case

    LifeProof Case

    Keep smartphones safe and damage free in the roughest conditions with the Lifeproof Fre phone case. Drop it from more than 6 feet, plunge it in the river for up to an hour or drag it over sand and snow, and smartphones should emerge as good as new. Available for iPhones 5c and newer, iPad Mini and Air, Galaxies S4 and newer, and the DROID Turbo, the case comes with a scratch protector for touch screens and allows access to all buttons and controls.
    Photo courtesy of LifeProof

  • Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes

    Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes

    Those who dislike packing will never experience pre-trip prep dread again. Travel pros swear by these zip-up containers that help compress and organize clothing and accessories, while also keeping them wrinkle-free. Perks of the cubes range from them being washable, breathable and see-through (thanks to mesh tops) to having quick-grab handles. Based on individual travel needs, jet setters choose between a variety of sets and carrier sizes, featuring options like the Pack-It Tube Cube and Pack-It Clean Dirty Half Cube.
    Photo courtesy of Eagle Creek

  • prAna Stretch Zion Pant

    prAna Stretch Zion Pant

    This pair of travel-friendly pants are at once tough, comfortable and stylish enough to make the transition from trail to town at the end of the day. praNa's four-way stretch fabric is water repellent, abrasion resistant and quick-drying, and roll-up leg snaps make them a versatile choice for a variety of adventures.
    Photo courtesy of Prana

  • Polar Bottle

    Polar Bottle

    Carry, clip to a backpack or fit the super-insulated, made-in-the-USA Polar Bottle water bottle on a bike. Choose from 12-, 20- or 24-ounce BPA and phthalate-free sports bottles, which come in numerous styles and patterns. Bottles are dishwasher safe and come with a removable drinking valve for ease of cleaning. If a Polar Bottle breaks or is faulty, the company offers a lifetime guarantee and free cap replacement.
    Photo courtesy of Polar Bottle

Best Gift for Adventurers

The top 10 winners in the category Best Gift for Adventurers are as follows:

  1. Clever Travel Companion Clothes
  2. ExOfficio Give-N-Go Underwear
  3. SteriPEN
  4. LUSH Shampoo Bars
  5. Wallaroo Packable Hats
  6. Glacier Stainless Nesting Wine Glass
  7. LifeProof Case
  8. Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes
  9. prAna Stretch Zion Pant
  10. Polar Bottle

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl (Trans-Americas Journey), Lyn Mettler (10Best Local Editor), Biju Sukumaran, Lydia Schrandt (10Best Editor) and Corinne Whiting (@travelcorx) were chosen based on their extensive adventure travel experience.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.

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Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl

Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl

Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl

Lyn Mettler

Lyn Mettler

Lyn Mettler

Lydia Schrandt

Lydia Schrandt

Lydia Schrandt

Biju Sukumaran

Biju Sukumaran

Biju Sukumaran

Corinne Whiting

Corinne Whiting

Corinne Whiting