Here is a list of my all-time favorite hiking and camping gear that I have been using for the past few years. I only recommend the brands and products I love and trust, and you will also be able to read specific product reviews by following links below.
Osprey Sirrus 24 Pack: This is the perfect pack for a day trip. Its really supportive, has lots of pockets and comes with a rain cover for unexpected weather. You can make it fit to your body exactly how you want it so there’s no moving around while you’re hiking.
Chaco Z1 Classic: My favorite sandals by far because you can both hike in them and wear them everyday and they’re super comfortable! I’ve had three pairs and they all are so different. Read my review here.
Sorel Winter Boots: These are a must have winter boot. Sorel provides warm, waterproof boots that are both cute and functional. Read my Sorel review here.
Salomon Hiking Boots: I discovered these boots right before my road trip to Canada from Kansas City and I am so glad I did. I never once had an issue with pain or blistering, and they’re supportive and waterproof.
REI Merino Wool Socks: The best socks and they last for so long. Great for wearing with hiking boots or wearing inside your sleeping bag because they’re so warm.
Tent and Sleeping Gear:
REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent: This has to be my favorite REI product. I slept in this tent every night on our trip up to Alaska and it was easy to set up, had a bunch of storage spaces inside, and weighs maybe 5 pounds so its easy to carry. Its fairly inexpensive also compared to other tents you could buy.
Thermarest Sleeping Bag: I purchased and started using this sleeping bag while living and camping in Washington in Olympic National Park. The mummy style has since become my favorite style and definitely keeps me warmer than the others I’ve had.
Thermarest Sleeping Pad: I use to use a yoga mat until my friend let me use this sleeping pad for a trip and it changed the way I sleep. It’s so lightweight, rolls up and doesn’t take up a lot of space, and it self inflates! Its great for both camping and backpacking.
Thermolite Mummy Bag Liner: As a person who seems to always be cold while camping, this liner helps me stay warm all night no matter the temperature. Although its a little pricey, it is definitely worth the money to invest.
Eno Hammock: Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy putting up a hammock in nature? There’s even a double nest option so you can snuggle up comfortably with two people.
Black Diamond Headlamp: I have been using this headlamp for a few years now and its lasted from nights camping to power outages at home. Its truly the headlamp of choice.
Coleman Stove: On a recent roadtrip to Arkansas for the weekend, my boyfriend and I purchased this stove and made all sorts of meals with it! Its easy set up and is great for camping.
MSR 2-Person Mess Kit: This kit has all the dishes you need for you and someone else! The dishes are all sturdy and easy to clean and when it comes to packing up, all of it fits nicely in a mesh bag.
Titanium Spork: Instead of needing three separate utensils to eat, you can have it all in one with this camping spork knife! Makes for easy cleaning and is lightweight and stronger than the original plastic ones.
Water and Containers:
Nalgene Water Bottle: I’ve used these water bottles for a long time and have personalized mine with stickers from all my favorite places! Bonus, it holds 32 ounces of water.
CamelBak: This is my favorite backpack and water container in one for day hikes! I use this for both day hikes and music festivals.
LifeStraw: I bought this before a long hike and it was one of my best investments. You never know when you can run out of water and this lifestrpaw gives you the ability to drink out of streams and purifies it through the straw so its safe for you to drink. I also have the water bottle version and you can find that here.
Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler: This cooler is the perfect size for me and whoever I am traveling with at the time. Its relatively small but works great for packing some food and drinks for a road trip or an all day outing.