Mommy Hiker’s 2017 Essential Hiking Gear List

hiking gear lists

Before you hit the trails, you want to make sure you have the gear necessary to make the most of your trip. Whether you’re going on a quick walk around your local state park or you’re going on a longer overnight hike, these picks are sure to make your trip all the better.

Carhartt Hiking Shoes & Backpack

carhartt backpack

carhartt hiking boots

The bare bones of any hiker’s arsenal is a good pack and some durable shoes. Carhartt’s been at it 127 years, so they know a thing or two about rugged gear. These pieces of gear are made with durable waterproof material, so you can keep going all day.

Garmin Waterproof GPS

garmin GPS

With this Garmin, you can keep track of the routes you take, mark waypoints, and it also features a trip computer, sunrise and sunset times, information about hunting and fishing, a compass and a barometric altimeter. It’s powered by AAA batteries. This particular GPS is configured to handle tracking through deep tree cover or inside canyons and has a feature that allows you to retrace your steps.

Coleman Camping Stove

coleman camping stove

This Coleman stove is small enough to fit inside an 8-inch pan. It’s also easy to store: the burner and base separate making it even more portable. The large base makes stirring easy. The burner is adjustable and is optimized for fuel efficiency and performance under harsh conditions. One 16.4 ounce propane cylinder is good for up to 2.5 hours of cook time on high.

Sierra Designs Tent

sierra designs camping tent

Sierra has a reputation for crafting products that last decades.  This tent by Sierra Designs is a lightweight nylon and polyester three-season tent. This tent sleeps two people. Pitching is pretty easy, and there are only three poles. Storage and the rainfly are built in, so that’s a bonus.

Leatherman Multi-Tool

leatherman pocket knife tool

The Leatherman is a great way to have almost every tool you’ll need in one small space. Weighing in at 6.9 ounces, this little guy is home to 18 different tools. When you’re watching the weight of your pack increase, you can thank your Leatherman for being so petite.

Ray Ban Polarized Sunglasses

ray ban sunglasses

Nobody wants to walk all day long squinting. It’s important to keep your eyes from UV rays. In addition to your safety, these glasses will keep the path clear for you, and the polarized lenses are great for cutting down the glare. If you’re going to do any fishing, they’ll also help you see the fish in the water. A good pair of sunglasses can make the difference between a mediocre trip and a great one.

MSR Cookset

MSR camping cookware set

You’ve got to eat, and if you need to cook, it’s better to have something lighter than a cast iron skillet. This MSR cookset takes saving space to the next level. Everything in the set nests together and the whole thing is under 2 lbs.


Photive Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

photive waterproof bluetooth speaker

Sometimes you want to have an impromptu trail dance party, or you just like singing in the shower. These speakers are nearly indestructible and can sustain eight hours of play on one charge.

Black Diamond Trekking Poles

black diamond trekking poles

If you’re distance hiking or you’re hiking treacherous terrain, you’ll need trekking poles. These trekking poles are ergonomic and collapse down, making them rather portable. If you need good hiking poles, Black Diamond offers a great lightweight product that’s made of carbon, so you know they’ll last.

Yeti Gear

yeti water bottle

Whether you need a good water bottle or something to keep your pot of coffee hot, Yeti’s 64-ounce Rambler is a great option. It has a wide mouth, and the cap is great for clipping to your pack. The bottle is made of stainless steel, it’s got double-walled vacuum insulation, so your beverage will stay really cold or hot all day long.

Kelty Sleeping Bag

kelty sleeping bag

If you’re camping overnight, you need a good sleeping bag. This bag from Kelty is rated for temperatures as low as 20°F. Available in regular and long sizes, this polyester bag featuring two blankets will keep you comfortable all night. It’s easy to store and it comes with a stuff sack. The total weight comes to 5 lbs 1 oz, so it won’t kill your back on a long day.

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The Outdoor Gear Lover’s Gift Guide – 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and with all the Black Friday noise, it’s getting harder and harder to find the perfect gift for our outdoor-loving friends and family. That’s why we have curated our favorite outdoor gear picks, all in one place, to make your life easier, so you can get outside and enjoy!

Browse our Guide’s Sections:
Outdoor Tech
Camp Comforts
Outdoor Attire
Food and Wellness


1. Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera with AF-P DX 18-55mm (Get $150 OFF here!)

Features include:

  • SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting
  • MSRP $646.95

Get the package deal which includes an additional lens (70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED) and save $350!

2. Secur Sp‑6000 Ultimate Solar Charger

Features Include:

  • High Efficiency 12 Watt Solar Panel
  • 10,000 mAh Lithium Battery
  • Dual USB Ports with Smart Chip for Fast Charging
  • Waterproof Pouch for Smart Phone Charging
  • MSRP: $125

3. MeFOTO BackPacker Air Tripod (Get $59 OFF here!) 

Features Include:

  • HyperLock leg locks – Each tripod and monopod uses our new HyperLock leg lock design, which is much faster than traditional tripods and monopods that have 9 to 15 leg locks.
  • Selfie Stick/Telescoping center column – You can take selfies with the included Bluetooth remote and smartphone adapter. When used as a center column it telescopes for additional height when needed.
  • Lightweight – Way less to carry around. MeFOTO Air combines strong and lightweight materials making it possible to create a 2 lb. tripod and a 0.9 lb. monopod.
  • Compact size – Fits inside small and medium sized bags. This is due to the unique HyperLock leg system where each leg section is nested into one group.
  • Rigidity – Don’t be fooled by the size and lightweight design. MeFOTO Air is as sturdy as they come. The HyperLock leg lock design is actually superior to some traditional tripod leg locks.
  • MSRP $184

4. House of Marley EM-JA007-GR Chant Mini BT Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Get $37 OFF here!)

Features Include:

  • Bluetooth 4.1 + EDR, A2DP mono audio
  • 1 x 3W -1.5″ driver + passive radiator
  • Built-in microphone allows for use as speakerphone
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with up to 6 hours of wireless play
  • Blended bio-plastic, silicone and recyclable aluminum housings, bamboo trim ring, exclusive REWIND cloth wrap, carabineer clip
  • MSRP $69.99

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1. TETON Sports ComfortLite Self Inflating Pillow

Features Include:

  • Packs down to 13x3x3 inches
  • Self-inflates to 18x10x4 inches
  • Weighs only 12 ounces
  • Microfiber top feels soft against your face; Grey non-slip bottom keeps pillow in place
  • High-Quality Construction
  • Easy to clean
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • MSRP $19.99

2. Matador Pocket Blanket (Get $5 OFF here!)

Features Include:

  • Ultra-compact pocket blanket folds out to large 63″ x 44″ blanket
  • Water repellent back side to keep you clean and dry
  • Puncture resistant to keep you comfortable. Protects you from twigs, rocks, dirt, sand and insects
  • Weighted corners for improved performance on breezy days
  • Attached storage pouch and “easy-pack pattern” to make folding and storing the blanket quick and easy
  • MSRP $29.99

3. Cotopaxi Inti2 Tent + Alcove (Tent sleeps 2, with Alcove sleeps 4)

Tent Features Include:

  • Recommended use: backpacking/camping
  • 3-season, double-wall construction
  • Sleeping capacity: 2 people
  • Weight: 4lb 9oz (2070g)
  • Packed size: 19 x 6in (48 x 15cm)
  • Weight (w/o rainfly): 3lb 5oz (1500g)
  • Packed size: 19 x 5in (48 x 13cm)
  • Weight (rainfly): 1lb 4oz (570g)
  • Floor dimensions: 88in x 52in (224 x 132cm)
  • Floor area: 31.8sq ft (3sq m)
  • Vestibule area: 11.9sq ft (1.1sq m)
  • Peak height: 45.3in (115cm)
  • 2 doors, 2 vestibules
  • Water-resistant, PU-backed rainfly
  • Ultra-tough, all-aluminum poles
  • Lightweight aluminum stakes
  • Alcove and Footprint sold separately

Alcove Features Include:

  • Recommended use: ultralight backpacking/camping
  • Sleeping capacity: 2 people
  • Weight: 2lb 8oz (1130g)
  • Packed size: 19 x 5in (48 x 13cm)
  • Floor area: 35.5sq ft (3.3sq m)
  • 2 setup configurations
  • Water-resistant, PU-backed ripstop nylon
  • Single-pole setup
  • Built-in floor

4. Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag (Get $5 OFF here!)

Features Include:

      • Machine quality wash whenever and wherever you want
      • A modern take on the old fashioned washboard: hundreds of internal Scrubba nodules efficiently clean clothes in minutes
      • Durable microbial- and hydrolysis-resistant polyether TPU; doubles as a dry-bag
      • Lightest and smallest washing machine in the world at only 5 oz.
      • Great for holidays, backpacking, business trips, camping, outdoor adventures, boats, emergency power outages, and small apartments
      • MSRP $54.95

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1. Cotopaxi Insulated Water Resistant Mens Kusa Bomber Jacket (Check out the Women’s version, too!)

Features Include:

      • Llama-poly insulation from the Altiplano of South America & 20D ripstop nylon w/ DWR finish.
      • Reversible. For versatility and style enjoy flipping the jacket inside out for a new color scheme.
      • Front zippered pockets for storage.
      • Ribbed details at the collar, cuffs, and hem round out the bomber for classic look.
      • Lifetime Warranty/Guaranteed for Good.
      • MSRP $198.95

2. Merrell Men’s Capra Venture Mid Gore-Tex Surround Boot (There’s a Women’s & a Child’s version, too!)

Features Include:

      • Lug Sole
      • Mesh and synthetic upper
      • Traditional lace closure
      • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
      • Breathable mesh lining
      • Single-density removable footbed
      • MSRP $230

3. Dorfman Pacific Men’s Rush Straw Lightweight Outback Hat (Get $8 OFF here!)

Features Include:

      • Straw
      • Imported
      • 100% natural fiber
      • Light weight
      • Exceptional breathing for cool wear on hot days
      • Attractive trim
      • Spot clean
      • MSRP $30

4. Jambu Dusk 2 Sandal (Get over 50% OFF here!)

Features Include:

      • Upper is textile/synthetic/rubber
      • Molded EVA footbed for maximum comfort and fit
      • Non-marking rubber outsole provides ultimate grip on all surfaces
      • Adjustable strap closure
      • Signature bump toe for added protection
      • MSRP $55

5. MyMayu Explorer Outdoor Boots

Features Include:

        • Constructed of 100% Waterproof Materials and sewing seams are sealed
        • Four-season suited when layered up or down with Helios fleece Liners
        • Upper made of durable, 100% waterproof, breathable coated polyester
        • Flexible, lightweight, TPR recyclable rubber sole
        • Dual toggle system: enclosed elastic at top with toggle to prevent water ingress and enclosed elastic with toggle closure at ankle for a customizable fit
        • Designed to fit just below the knee for maximum coverage of the lower leg
        • Quick drying
        • Collapsible – folds up easily to fit in your backpack or bag
        • BPA free sole
        • Brush clean when dry or hand wash- do not put in dryer
        • Made in North America
        • Vegan
        • MSRP $59.95

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1. Bare Snacks (Choose from Apple, Coconut, or Banana)

Features Include:

        • Real food, baked ’til they’re crave-ably crunchy. Snacks gone simple.
        • Just one or two simple ingredients
        • New look, same great crunch! (Packaging may vary)
        • Gluten free, fat free, no added sugar, Non-GMO, good source of dietary fiber

2. Melitta Single Cup Pour-Over Brewer with Travel Mug (Get $5 OFF here!)

Features Include:

        • Includes BPA Free red plastic cone drip brewer – red 16oz travel mug and 5 filters
        • Coffee aficionados agree that pour-over brewing makes the best coffee
        • Cone drip brewer window allows you to see how much coffee you are brewing
        • Screw on lid with easy close tab
        • Uses Number 2 size Melitta cone shaped filters
        • MSRP $15.20 (2-Pack)

3. Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm

Features Include:

        • Organic plant-based soil (can grow multiple crops!)
        • Oyster mushroom spawn
        • Spray mister
        • BONUS: organic heirloom tomato seeds to grow with your composted mushroom kit

4. All Good Lavender Lover’s Set

Features Include:

        • All Good Lavender Body Lotion (6 oz)
        • All Good Lavender Coconut Oil (9 oz)
        • All Good Goop (2 oz)
        • Made with Organic Ingredients
        • Each product has deep moisturizing benefits

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Still craving more outdoor gear suggestions? Check out these awesome gift guides from my fellow #OutdoorFamilies Network friends!