5 Favorite Outdoor Adventure Items (Sept 2017)
The gear that takes you on your adventures can play a huge role in your experience. Going hiking with awful shoes will make you uncomfortable. Bringing along terrible snacks will leave you with a wandering mind dreaming of something satisfying and delicious. Sometimes just a little bit of comfort can go a long way! Maybe you’re out on a long backpacking trip away from home. Maybe you’re traveling across the country. Whatever your adventure may be, the gear you bring can change your overall enjoyment. Here are a few of my favorites lately!
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5 Favorite Items
I love my Hydroflask. I do also have a Swell bottle but I have been using my Hydroflask longer and it holds more water so it’s still my go-to. My Hydroflask became my best friend last year when I was doing an 8-week Bikram Yoga challenge in the middle of an Arizona summer. There’s nothing better than reaching for water that still has ice after sitting in a 105 degree room full of humidity after an hour. It comes in various sizes (I have the 32oz), colors, and lid styles. I prefer the screw on/off lid for easier cleaning than the one with the built-in straw.
Some people can just drink water all day, no problem. As a former soda-junkie, it’s not as easy and natural for me. Mio is a little bottle of flavor enhancer for water. Having Mio on hand really helps me get a lot more hydration throughout my day. It especially helps when I’m in the backcountry; it makes lake and river water a lot easy to gulp down. I love that there are a ton of flavor options! You can also select your Mio based on other components such as vitamins, energy (caffeine), or electrolytes. Most times when I go out hiking I opt for electrolytes in my Mio to keep my body going strong and flavor-wise I love the black cherry!
I wear my slip-on canvas Toms pretty much every day. They’re my primary footwear to get around NYC and to head off to most of my adventures. No, they’re not my hiking boot nor the shoe I’d wear for anything water-related. But, for most of my day-to-day wanderings they’re the perfect choice. Toms are super comfortable and they come in a lot of different patterns so you can incorporate an element of style if you so wish.
These are my latest obsession. Perhaps because I found some that are “hot & spicy” at my local grocery store (Fairway Market) and they’re addicting and delicious. Regardless, if you can get your hands on some plantain chips, I think they make a great hiking (or workout) snack. Did I say they were the healthiest thing to eat? No. But if you’re a potato chip person, this is a better alternative. Carbohydrates are important for energy!
I recently needed a headlamp for one of my adventures and couldn’t seem to find my regular Black Diamond headlamp. I didn’t feel like spending much money, figuring my regular headlamp would show up eventually. So, I bought this cheap headlamp ($11 but normally $35!) from Amazon so I could get it in time (thank you Prime!) and I actually like it better than my regular headlamp! It has a lot more light power and has 5 lighting modes including the option to turn on red light for less nighttime illumination. The red light makes it perfect for reading in your tent without waking up your fellow campers.
What gear are you digging right now?