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29 Outdoorsy Gifts That Are So Practical They'll Thank You For Making Them A Master Camper

You know the type: goes hiking once and ~suddenly~ becomes outdoorsy by nature. And we are here for it!

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1. A lightweight water-resistant backpack that can carry all their outdoor essentials without weighing them down. Exterior pockets make it convenient to grab those typically hard-to-find items; and when they're not using it, they can store it away into a teeny, sandwich-sized carrier.,

Made of water- and tear-resistant nylon material, and reinforced in more than 28 places.

Promising review: "I took this on a hike today and it worked out great. Fit a water bottle on each side, carried a hiking book, reading glasses, cell phone, husband's extra shirt, my wallet, and keys. It was still comfortable and not heavy, and I am a petite person. The straps are comfortable and not too far apart. I was worried about that because of my size. I appreciate that there are tabs by the zippers so that you can pull the zippers while holding the bag taut." —neanderthalgirl

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in nine colors).

2. A camping hammock to make them the envy of every other hiker who didn't think to bring along such a useful (and fun) outdoor accessory. With super strong straps, they can hang out attached to a car or lay back while swaying beneath the trees.,

Includes two high-strength carabiners and ropes with unique strap design that have a breaking strength of 1,000 lbs!

Promising review: "I camp about once a month during the summer and putting up and taking down the eight-person tent for me and my dog is getting tedious. One of my buddies has one of these hammocks and brought it camping. So i decided, why not try it? It's amazing, didn't even set up my tent. Threw in the ole sleeping bag, no pillow needed. Dog between my legs. Slept GREAT, no aches. It's fantastic, wish i could give it 10 stars. Also make sure you purchase the XL Hammock Straps. They make setup super easy. I'm thinking about getting a stand so i can set it up at home." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (and available in 12 colors).

3. A lightweight, super-soft microfiber towel so they can dry off quickly and feel comfortable if they're out on their first multi-day excursion. Plus, its antimicrobial treatment repels any funky odors that may build up over time.

Multi-colored Packtowl towel

Promising review: "I wasn't sold on buying a travel/camping towel, but this was so so handy for Colorado hiking, swimming, and camping. Plus, it packs small and the zippered pouch is large enough to stash a few other gear items. (As a bonus, it's also great for drying wavy/curly hair without frizz.)" —Jennifer M.

Get it from Backcountry for $9.95+.

4. A veritably versatile Yeti insulated mug with over 40,000 reviews that boast its ability to keep coffee, soup, and even oatmeal so warm that they'll have to blow before taking a sip (or bite).

A black Yeti Rambler mug

It even comes with a lid and is dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "This is a high-quality rambler. It feels sturdy and made for the outdoors. I’m confident that if I drop it that it won’t get damaged. Keeps my coffee warm for a long time as well. The inside metal is basically non stick too so easy to wash." —Riyard

Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

5. A foldable campsite chair that's under $10 — and has a place for them to rest their arms and a bev after they're done building their first brag-worthy fire.

Blue foldable chair

Promising review: "Bought two of these chairs. They are much sturdier than I expected, for the price. They are perfect for camping!" —JSBJSB

Get it from Walmart for $9.88.

6. A water filtration straw to save them from lugging around a load of water for long periods of time. This will lighten their pack on remote trips and allow them to miraculously wet their whistle with clear, filtered water!

Reviewer bending over a creek using the straw in the water

This filters up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals and doesn't require batteries or any other moving parts! It removes a minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; plus, it surpasses EPA filter standards.

Promising review: "I frequently hike and camp in the backcountry all over the United States. Carrying the amount of water that I need to survive during these trips is just not feasible due to the weight. I recently took a LifeStraw out for a test on a backcountry hike in the Rocky Mountains. Every stream, lake, or other water source that I came across, I stopped for a drink. I was drinking fresh snow melt and also from lakes that are home to beavers and other wildlife. There was no added taste to the water and I didn't get sick during or after the trip. The one drawback to the LifeStraw is that it does take a bit of suction to start and keep the water flowing. When you're at high altitudes in the mountains this leads to longer 'drink breaks' because you can get winded pretty easy while trying to suck up water through the LifeStraw. However, its size and weight advantages when hiking mountainous terrain vastly outweigh this minor drawback." —Charlie

Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

7. A waterproof solar-powered lantern that's powered by sunlight to illuminate their campsite nights. It can charge their phone AND it floats, so they'll have ample light to guide them through the evening., Amazon

Promising review: "It was perfect for my son’s hiking through the Appalachian Trail. Lightweight enough to add to his limited weight for carrying supplies in his backpack. It provides a bright light and charges phones and it was the only light he needed. I bought several more for future camping trips. It is waterproof and floats." —Becky

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

8. A breathable cotton face mask with adjustable ear loops and a wire nose fixture. So they can stay safe and take the necessary precautions comfortably if they're out on an all-day hike.

Cotopaxi, Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

These fetching face coverings are made from repurposed dual-layered fabric. Plus, for each mask you purchase, they give another high-quality mask to someone who needs it through their nonprofit partner, Mercy Corps. We love to see it!

Type Of Fit: Adjustable ear loops and accordion pleats that adjust to your face shape

Pocket For Filter: No

Fabric Type: 100% tightly woven cotton, and includes two layers of fabric (its lightweight material is similar to the weight of a dress shirt)

Shipping Time: Expected to ship within 10 days if selecting "economy"

Promising review: "Masks are the norm now, and these masks provide great coverage and are comfortable for long-term use. I highly recommend for comfort and ability to talk while wearing." —Jlynn

Get it from Cotopaxi for $13.

9. A sleeping pad to give ~sleeping under the stars~ a whole new comfortable meaning. This is made of thick, heavy duty material they can pitch up just about anywhere to catch some restorative Z's.,

Promising review: "I’ve now gone on four camping trips since I’ve purchased this pad and have enjoyed it each time. I use it on my cot and didn’t want to lug around one of the big bulky cot pads. I also wanted something small and lightweight for backpacking trips. This pad is easy to use and bonus is the bag it comes with is big enough to easily put the pad back in. But still small enough to not take up much room in a pack. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a light weight and comfortable sleeping pad." —Tom M.

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

10. A thick-knit Patagonia beanie so they can get a-head of the imminent temperature drop at higher altitudes.

Blue beanie

Promising review: "I recently bought the Fisherman Beanie from Patagonia. It is fairly inexpensive for a great quality hat. I bought it primarily for hiking and it keeps my head and ears nice and cozy. Overall great quality hat. 10 out of 10 would buy again." —Hikerguy

Get it from Nordstrom for $35.

11. Collapsible cooking essentials with 10(!) cookware pieces for the most convenient way to whip up breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the go.


This cookware mess kit includes: an aluminum nonstick pot, pot cover, nonstick pan, two bowls, a folding stainless steel spork, soup spoon, wooden spoon spatula, a cleaning sponge, and a drawstring travel pouch, oh my!

Promising review: "Amazingly cheap camping cookware set! I found this set to be great for one to two people when camping or backpacking. It has everything you need to boil water and cook meals in a pot and also it was perfect for cooking up to three eggs with veggies in the frying pan. No stick and the spatula worked great as well. Still can't believe how cheap it was compared to most GSI cook sets that are close to $100." —D

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

12. A Camelbak hydration pack so they can ensure they never go thirsty while they're trailing up a mountain for five hours.

Teal blue pack

Promising review: "GREAT pack!!!! The perfect size, amount of water, and design that's appealing to all! Got one for my friend because I loved mine so much. I like this size better than the smaller version because I can pack my phone/wallet/keys comfortably in there!"—Jessica Fuller

Get it from Backcountry for $69.95.

13. A camping cookbook filled with easy-to-follow recipes — because they shouldn't have to forego eating a delicious tasting meal, even if they're out in the wilderness.

the book

Get it from Target for $17.45 or Bookshop for $20.24 (to support local bookstores).

14. A pocket-size travel blanket with built-in ground stakes(!) so they can securely take a seat wherever, whenever they want to breathe in their ~alluring~ surroundings.

This is made of water-, puncture-, and tear-resistant fabric with a satin fabric finish on top to prevent sticking to skin. Comfortable and protects from twigs, rocks, dirt, water, sand and insects. Folds open to 63"x44".

Promising review: "This is my second pocket blanket from Matador. I upgraded to this one because of the stakes, and it is a game changer. The older blanket was great, but between the high winds and my crazy pups, the blanket would never stay laid out for very long. I took this blanket out to Zilker Park for the first time this weekend. We were there all day and the blanket stayed flat the whole time. AND two strangers commented on the uniqueness of the blanket/stake design. Will definitely be recommending this blanket to all my outdoors friends." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

15. A portable espresso maker if they're a fan of the ~finer~ things and absolutely have to have a mini shot of caffeine to get their day going.


Promising review: "I wanted something small to travel with and to take along on camping trips. After shopping around for a while I found the Nanopresso and I have to say this thing fits the bill. I have had this for almost a month now and love it! The ease of use, size and flavor you get out of this small gizmo is absolutely amazing. Yes, it is not an actual full fledged espresso machine that you can have in your kitchen, or from a coffee shop; but to have something this small produce what it does is fantastic. If you are an outdoors/traveling type of person and love having some espresso in the morning and don't want to go somewhere to pay for it, this will not disappoint!" —Anubis

Get it from Amazon for $64.90.

16. An 11-piece cooking utensil organizer for the foodie who wouldn't DARE to go on a trip without their kitchenware.


This is equipped with a nonslip chopping board, knives (with covers), scissors, a spatula, steak fork, ladle, tongs, and even spice shakers — all bundled in a super cute travel case!

Promising review: "I love this set. I attend a lot of camping fests and I cook most meals and this is the perfect set to have. The knife was sharp and all the utensils were perfect. It's not too large so it doesn't take up a lot of space but the utensils are a comfortable size for actual use (no awkward mini spatula or knife) the bottle opener was a bonus we didn't even realize we needed." —N. Testa

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

17. A set of playing cards so they can keep themselves occupied in the evenings and fuel their inspiration for their next National Park adventure.

The pack of playing cards with one card showing an illustrated image of the Grand Canyon National Park

These printed playing cards are available in virtually every National Park!

Get it from LanternPressArtwork on Etsy for $11.99.

18. A pack of moisture-wicking hiking socks with added cushion, so they can step out and standout comfortably while climbing to the outlook. Sayonara, boring-colored footwear!, Amazon

Promising review: "Bought these socks with some trepidation due to the pricing...but, as the saying go, you get what you pay for. STOP BUYING CHEAP SOCKS. GET THESE!!! Hiked through rainforests, cliffs, sandy beaches, rocky beaches, manicured boardwalks, and even came home and worked in them (I cook for a living), and these are the best socks ever! The fit is perfect, the material is supportive, comfortable, and warm enough. I have inserts in my hiking shoes that make my feet slip slightly when using nylon socks. I had no slippage with these on. Seriously, one of the best. I do wish they came in more than three colors BUT I am just being picky. Will definitely buy again." —Timothy R Mercado

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.99+.

19. An "Everything But The Tent" kit that even Bear Grylls might be impressed by. This five-piece set will prepare them with all the tools to set up camp like a seasoned pro — even if this is their first time stepping into the woods.

Flatlay image of the kit with the five tools

This includes: a basic knife with a blade sharp enough to cut rope, dice meat and fish, or strip bark from firewood; a portable tri-fold shovel; a Helix solar lantern; a sturdy compass; and an old-school striking stone which will quickly get a spark going to start a fire.

Get it from Bespoke for $55 (or $45 if you sign up for the monthly subscription box membership).

20. A rechargeable clip-on fan because it can get *real* stuffy in those tents — they'll be thanking you for the gift of good air circulation. It even emits light, so they can read a few pages of their book before heading off to dreamtown.

A olive colored fan hanging from a hook

Promising review: "This is the perfect product to cool you off when you don't have access to electricity. In my case I used this on my camping trip at Burlingame campground in Rhode Island. The mechanical design aloud me to easily hang it off the inside top of my tent and the dual swivel construction made it easy to direct the airflow. The compact lightweight size makes it easy to transport and store in a camping bin while taking up minimal space. It has a noticeable humming noise when on but I see that as a white noise positive to help drown out loud neighbors in the campground." —Marc Ouellette

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors).

21. A paracord bracelet to set them up for survival if they're ready to take casual camping trips to the next level. In one handy accessory they'll have a fire starter, reliable compass, loud emergency whistle, emergency knife, AND 12 feet of military-grade paracord(!!).,

Promising review: "Bought these as gifts for my son in law and two grandsons. They like to go deep woods backpacking. I think they're going to like them. Someone is always forgetting matches when they go. Am hoping this helps them, especially the fire starter. Will know after Christmas morning. I think they're going to get a lot of use out of them." —Cindy Schrader

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.99.

22. A sun-shielding corduroy hat to commemorate their newfound love for National Parks (plus, it's the perfect conversation starter toward making equally outdoorsy friends). So how about those rock formations?

Model wearing red cord hat with "South Dakota Badlands National Park" embroidered onto it
Parks Project

And by buying this you'll actually be supporting the preservation of National Parks!

Get it from Parks Project for $38 (and available in three other parks).

23. A waterproof phone pouch for built in reassurance the next time they find themselves hiking through a creek and want to take that Insta-worthy shot.,

Promising review: "We go water skiing, fishing, boating, camping on fresh water lake every summer. Used this to keep my phone, wallet, keys dry when I'm boarding our ski boat or Jet-Ski, works nearly perfectly." —Ryan Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

24. A Coleman big and tall sleeping bag that has a 30-degree-Fahrenheit rating so if they're desperate for the great outdoors come the winter months, they'll feel comfortable and insulated from head-to-toe.

Grey and black sleeping bag

Promising review: "I’m a picky person. For one, it’s definitely not as compact, but the price comparison is fantastic. I was car camping and it got to below 35 degrees and this sleeping bag saved my life. So warm and so comfy. I am 5’6” and I was able to completely cover my entire body for warmth. I always read reviews before purchasing and felt this “less-fancy” sleeping bag was perfect for what I needed it for."—Abby

Get it from Target for $39.99.

25. Rechargeable handwarmers which double up as a charging bank for their phone, so they can save their body temp and battery from dropping.,

Promising review: "Some great things to know about this handwarmer: 1) It heats up fast. This is super important because you don't want to be waiting around with cold hands. 2) The different heat settings are exactly as described and switching between them is easy. 3) It really can charge your phone, and it charges fast. 4) The weight is not that heavy, yet the materials seem durable and of good quality. Honestly can't say enough good things about this. It has single-handedly replaced my old battery bank and become an essential part of both my EDC and even something I always take with me when camping in winter months." —John

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

26. Salomon hiking boots for a supportive pair of shoes that will securely take them through rocky terrain, no sweat. And these are less clunky than the regular outdoorsy shoe so they won't have to worry about carrying extra weight on their walk., Amazon

Promising review: "I am super happy with these hiking shoes! I was afraid to buy shoes online like this but I did some researching and reviewed many brands. Pros- fit perfect and I have a flat foot and these are sized in width correctly. Toe box is perfect and does not rub on the toes. I bought these for ankle support and they do the trick. They are lightweight and while on my first hike with these I went on a short hike but a very rocky one and they stood up well. NO blisters or rubbing to report and I usually always get blisters with new shoes. They are super cute too and do not make my feet look huge for a hiking shoe which is an added bonus when you wear a size 10. I highly recommend . No cons to report at this time. Well worth the money spent." —

Get them from Amazon for $112.50+ (available in women's sizes 5–12 and in three colors. These also come in a men's style with over 2,000 reviews!).

27. A water- and tear-resistant wallet that will keep their valuables safe while they're out exploring the great outdoors.


It even has RFID-blocking capabilities so their info will be *ultra* safe from hackers and just any kind of adventure they find themselves on.

Get it from Macy's for $6.99 (originally $14).

28. A Coleman butane camping stove so they won't have to worry about foraging for food outside of the campsite. This cute little portable cooker comes with adjustable heat settings and packs away in its own carrying case., Amazon

Promising review: "Bought this for a camping trip to the mountains. Never used a camp stove before and this was easy to set up and use. Very light, comes in its own case so that's helpful. The stove itself is very light, could be used for backpacking. It uses small butane cans that last a long time. Super easy to connect the cans, just push them in and then flick a switch to lock them in and you're good to go. Boiled water quickly for coffee. Used cast iron pan to cook steak and it was just like being at home with a gas range. Great little grill for the price." —R.L. Stine

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

29. Bendable Luminoodle LED lights that will illuminate and adapt to any outdoor activity. It even has magnets so it can attach to their vehicle if car camping is more their style., Amazon

Promising review: "These lights provide a ton of light for nighttime camping. I strung them outside of our tent and they provided plenty of light for several hours, for two nights, without needing to be recharged. They may last longer, I just didn't need to use them another night. If you keep them rolled up in the bag, they work as a bright lantern. The bulbs are in a thick plastic tube so you don't have to worry about breaking them as easily as regular small bulbs would break. I've bought three of them because they work great." —Reg

Get it from Amazon for $27.49.

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