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. Here are 10 ideas for the adventurer on your gift list, hand-picked by 10Best's team of travel experts and voted on by 10Best readers.
1. JBL Flip 4
JBL Flip 4 is waterproof — Photo courtesy of JBL Audio
Every adventure needs a soundtrack, and this wireless Bluetooth streaming speaker offers 12 hours of playtime wherever your adventure takes you. Its waterproof design will hold up in a downpour and it can even be submerged in water.
To buy: jbl.com, $99.95
2. The Pocket Strongbox
The Pocket Strongbox can keep your tiny essentials safe — Photo courtesy of Best Made Co.
The Pocket Strongbox is designed to keep all of life’s important little bits and bobs – the keys, coins, SIM cards and other small items that are easy to misplace – safe and sound in a purse or coat pocket.
To buy: bestmadeco.com, $22
3. Speakeasy Secret Pocket Travel Scarf
Speakeasy Secret Pocket Travel Scarf has a hidden compartment — Photo courtesy of Speakeasy Travel Supply Co.
Handmade in the USA, each Speakeasy travel scarf features a self-locking zippered pocket perfect for stowing a passport, credit cards, cash or even a flask. Scarves come in different weights to suit the season, including cooling options for spring and summer.
To buy: speakeasytravelsupply.com, $39.99-$64.99
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4. Tortuga Setout Packable Daypack
Tortuga Setout Packable Daypack can carry all of your essentials — Photo courtesy of Tortuga
Designed for a day of sightseeing or hiking, the Setout Packable Daypack lets you drop the suitcase and head out for a day of adventure with all your essentials. The breathable back panel keeps you cool even on a hot day, and the bag tucks into its own front pocket for easy stowing inside a larger pack or carry-on.
To buy: tortugabackpacks.com, $39
5. Oru Kayak Beach LT
Oru Kayak Beach LT collapses for easy transportation — Photo courtesy of Oru Kayak
The Beach LT from Oru Kayak was designed to make the outdoors more accessible. This collapsible kayak takes just three minutes to assemble with a stable width and cockpit size to accommodate adventurers of all shapes and sizes.
To buy: orukayak.com, $1,299
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6. Ralix Survival Spark
Ralix Survival Spark lasts for more than 15,000 strikes — Photo courtesy of iStock / visualspace
Show off your fire starting skills with the help of the Survival Spark. This budget-friendly device includes a magnesium fire starter for lighting a blaze in any weather or condition, as well as a whistle and compass. The fire starter rod will last for more than 15,000 strikes, and in a pinch, the lanyard can be used as tinder.
To buy: ralix.com, $9.95
7. Craghoppers Insect Shield Collection
Craghoppers Insect Shield Collection will keep you safe from biting insects — Photo courtesy of Craghoppers
Craghoppers vests, pants, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies and hats with built-in Insect Shield protect the wearer from bites with an odorless repellent bound tightly to the fabric fibers themselves. Insect Shield clothing offers protection from mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies and midges for the expected lifetime of the garment.
To buy: craghoppers.com, $24.50-$91
8. LUMO MSL200 Smart Lantern
LUMO MSL200 Smart Lantern can last as long as 30 nights — Photo courtesy of Trekr Technology
Not only does this Bluetooth smart lantern offer illumination in virtually any color combination, it lets the user access weather forecasts on a phone and charge devices with a USB outlet. The lantern offers dimmable brightness up to 200 lumens for up to 30 nights on low or eight nights on high on the same batteries.
To buy: trekrtech.com, $99.99
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9. Kammok Roo
Kammok Roo will get you off the ground — Photo courtesy of Kammok
Inspired by the kangaroo, the Roo Camping Hammock offers a quick and snug way to get off the ground in the wild. Made from lightweight, tear-resistant fabric, which folds easily into a roughly 8-inch waterproof pouch, the Roo is simple to set up and is great for sleeping, sitting or just hanging out. It’s even big enough to cozily hold two people weighing up to a combined 500 pounds.
To buy: kammok.com, $49-$109
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ECOlunchbox gives you a sustainable way to take your lunch with you — Photo courtesy of ECOlunchbox
ECOlunchbox offers a plastic-free solution for taking food on the go, from a train through China to the backcountry trails of the Rocky Mountains. Each stainless steel lunchbox has three separate compartments, with options to add stainless steel sporks, snack cups and environmentally friendly bamboo straws.
To buy: ecolunchboxes.com, $8.50-$60
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