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One of my favorite things about the summer — besides the sunshine and warmer temps — has to be the longer days. With the sun setting later than normal every evening, there’s no better time than the summer and early fall to spend some extra time outdoors.
Whether you have an upcoming road trip planned, an annual camping trip on the calendar or have recently taken up hiking, it’s important to prepare in advance for your next adventure with some outdoor essentials. But no matter if you’re heading out for a day or for a week, there are a few things (beyond the obvious SPF and water bottles) that you’re going to want to pack. Keep scrolling to find 10 must-have outdoor essentials that we’re bringing with us this summer.
Investing in a quality pair of hiking boots should be a requirement for hikers and campers alike. These waterproof boots from Colombia are a No. 1 best seller on Amazon, and have a rubber sole to give you extra traction.
2. DeftGet First Aid Kit, $18.95
You never know what’s going to happen when you set off into outdoors, so it’s important to have a few emergency supplies with you at all times. This compact 163-piece first aid kit includes metal scissors, tweezers and a small flashlight along with the standard essentials.
3. Marmot Crane Creek Backpacking And Camping Tent, $177.99
If you’re not just going on a day trip, you’ll want to pack a tent that will keep you comfortable all night long. This two-person tent from Marmot is lightweight and includes a full coverage waterproof rain fly. [Editor’s note: My brother used this exact tent when he hiked the Appalachian trail and can’t say enough good things about.]
4. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, $19.95
The Lifestraw is an essential for any outdoor lover, as it filters out over 99 percent of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites. With over 22,000 ratings on Amazon, this little tool can filter up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water without the use of chemicals.
5. HikeGoo Blister Prevention Cream, $10.99
If you haven’t broken in your hiking boots just yet, HikeGoo can help to protect your feet. This non-staining blister prevention cream works in both wet and dry conditions, and a single application lasts all day.
6. Scrubba Portable Wash Bag, $55
Don’t want to go home with a backpack full of dirty clothes? This hand wash bag from Scrubba will let you pack less clothes since you’ll have a place to clean them. Pro tip: This product is also great if you travel often and frequently find yourself in hotels without laundry services.
7. PowerLix Sleeping Pad, $39.95
Leave your bulky sleeping pad at home and instead opt for an inflatable one that packs up small. This sleek offering from PowerLix is waterproof, durable and ergonomic. Plus, its “revolutionary hexagon design is made special with body mapping technology.”
Keep your feet warm and dry with a good pair of waterproof socks. These breathable socks from Randy Sun have an ultra-light cushion sole and are ideal for practically every outdoor activity from hiking to biking.
9. APlusTE LED Camping Lantern, $21.99
Every camper needs a reliable lantern and flashlight — and this camping lantern from APlusTE happens to be both. Rechargeable, waterproof and drop-resistant, this lantern also has a strobe light option that can be useful in emergency situations.
10. Wacaco Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine, $48.90
While a mini espresso machine isn’t technically an outdoor essential, if you can’t start your day until you’ve had a cup of coffee, then it might feel like one. This tiny machine doesn’t require batteries or electricity — just add boiling water.
If you liked this story, check out our road trip essentials packing list.
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