Last year’s gift guide for microadventurers was a lot of fun to put together and I wanted to put together another one for 2016.
2016 Gift Guide for Microadventurers
Start 2017 off with some new gear for your microadventures! This year, I realized I’m all about comfort over having the brightest and shiniest things. I want to be warm during long nights in the desert, I want to be able to relax at the end of a long day, and I want to be able to spend a long time on the trail without being uncomfortable. Maybe you’re thinking the same thing?
Add these items to your microadventure kit:
- For you lovebirds out there, the Teton sports tracker double wide 5 degree ultralight sleeping bag is what you’ll want for cozy nights camping. Instead of sleeping in separate bags or needing to buy bags with complementary zippers, this two person bag will keep you together on cold nights.
- Not all campers want to sit in the very low lightweight chairs on the market right now, so the Linger high back Kelty camp chair is a good option. The chair comes with a carry bag that is actually easy to get the chair back into…a miracle. I haven’t tested this chair with larger adventurers, but I feel like it may be a snug fit for my dad so test out the chair if you get a chance.
- Let’s talk about a stocking stuffer only an adventurer would understand: the outdoors body glide stick. I use body glide when I go hiking because my strong thighs light to rub together and there are few things more uncomfortable than chaffing thighs. In high school, I used body glide on long run days during the summer in case my sports bra rubbed against my inner arm. Nobody likes chaffing. What’s nice about the outdoors version of this essential is that there is no scent to it!
- For those of us with family members/friends who insist on having a solid roof over their heads in order to have fun, give them KOA gift card! I used one on my trip this last June through 3 national parks. KOA kamprounds can be found throughout the United States and come with a variety of accommodations including cabins and yurts. We were really impressed with the holiday versions of KOA and would stay at the West Glacier KOA again in a heartbeat.
- Another great stocking stuffer idea: Ritual Energy bites. I was sent a sample of these mini bars and I was really surprised by the simple ingredient list! I’m a big fan of Lara bars for the same reason: I know what the ingredients are and can spell them without needing autocorrect. What makes these little bars different is they have the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee and they are small enough to slip into a small pocket (like on the outside of some chalk bags!
- I was really surprised by the Teton Sports Journey 40 degree bag. The Teton guys handed it to me when I asked for a bag liner and I was pretty confused because it is so little I thought they were giving me an inflatable camp pad or maybe an inflatable pillow. This bag is very thin and can be used as a bag liner to up the warmth of your favorite bag, as a barrier when you’re staying in a motel your mom might raise an eyebrow at, or on its own on warm nights. Alex and I opened it up to use as a light blanket as we relaxed in the van.
- Pull up assistant bands (I bought these MummyStrength ones which come with a warm up and exercise guide via email) are easy to store and easy to carry equipment for those of us on that quest to do a pull-up. I use one of these at the gym but I prefer to use my own bands to customize my workout and so I don’t have to wait for somebody else to finish using the gym band. I have the red and purple bands, but you’ll want to consult the buying guide to see which band(s) is best for you.
BONUS: What you want in your stocking this year
This is the first year I missed catching REEL ROCK on tour but Santa delivered screeners in my inbox of REEL ROCK 11. You can buy the REEL ROCK 11 DVD/Blu-Ray and stream it on Vimeo. This year’s collection includes FIVE awesome climbing and outdoor films and if you’ve even watched a REEL ROCK before, you know they are all going to be top notch. I recently rewatched the Valley Uprising film from last year’s REEL ROCK because the history of climbing in Yosemite is so interesting and the style of the film was very unique. If you have a mountaineer, rock climber, or aspiring adventurer on your list this year, order the Blu-Ray asap and get it in their stocking! Watch the trailer for REEL ROCK 11 here.
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