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    35 Products For Anyone Who Loves To Hike

    Finding the right hiking gear can feel like an uphill climb, so we've done the hard work for you.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A leather-bound hiking journal so you can record inspiration gained from the great outdoors.

    San Tan Leather

    Artist Ty Bowman creates these quality leather goods in San Tan Valley, Arizona. You can find purses, wallets, trinket trays, and more in the shop.

    Get it from San Tan Leather on Etsy for $29.99+ (available in six colors, ten designs, and with or without a name).

    2. A river knife with a 3-inch, stainless-steel blade that's sure to be a ~cut~ above the kitchen knife you were thinking of using in a bind.

    This includes a nylon sheath that'll lock the knife into place. To release it, just squeeze on both sides. P.S., this really is designed to be as safe as possible when you need it out as fast as possible. It has a blunt safety tip with both smooth and serrated cutting edges and a molded thermoplastic rubber for a solid grip, even when your hands are wet. There's a square hole that can be used as a valve wrench for an oxygen tank and a bottle opener on the handle (for slightly more fun reasons).

    Promising review: "This is a great value for the money! Mine is permanently mounted to my kayak. The stainless-steel will corrode much slower than carbon steel. It is a pain to sharpen but for an emergency knife – I love it...and I'm picky with cutlery. It's very easy to release – a slight pain to put back in the sheath, but that's only a concern if you are using it regularly. I will probably buy another when this one wears out!" —Vince

    Get it from REI for $59.95 (available in two colors).

    3. A pair of adjustable hiking poles – they're gonna make you the most agile four-legged creature on the forest floor.,

    These are made with lightweight aluminum. They have anti-shock features and padded wrist straps for comfort. BTW, each pole comes with two rubber tips, two spares, a carbide tip (built into each pole) and two mud baskets — you're gonna be covered no matter the terrain!

    Promising review: "I am so glad I bought these. I'm fairly new to hiking and now understand why so many people use these. I did a hard hike before buying these and overworked my knees climbing up/down and over rocks on the mountain. I then went on a hike after buying these and I'm so glad I did. These were very helpful in taking the pressure off my knees. The spring function they have is nice. I also like the different attachments for different types of ground that come with it." —Cathleen

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99 (available in two styles).

    4. A carabiner mug that's as functional as it is fun! Just clip this to your bag and you're g2g! Go ahead and ~drink in~ the views around you without worrying about how to pack a clunky cup.

    Hand holding up cup with carabiner handle
    Only After Rain

    Owner Jenna runs this small biz in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The shop has puzzles, decor, home goods, and even flip flops in all kinds of fun prints.

    Promising review: "Amazing quality and absolutely beautiful. Outdoors lovers will be so pleased!" —Stephanie Walterscheid

    Get it from Only After Rain on Etsy for $20.

    5. A UPF 50+ sun protection cap that'll keep your neck and noggin from getting sunburnt — making sure you have a doggone good time, sans sun poisoning.,

    Promising review: "I’ve worn through a lot of hats and glad to have finally landed on this one. A mesh area lets air circulate to give the hat a cooler feel than others I’ve owned. A drawstring can be pulled under the chin if the wind picks up — happens all the time where I live. The brim is a little wider than most of the hats I’ve worn, definitely a plus. With this hat and a few dabs of sunscreen, I feel I’m pretty well protected from the damaging rays of the sun." —Rick and Carolyn

    Get it from Amazon for $20.81+ (available in five colors).

    6. A water filter so you can avoid getting dehydrated even when you've finished your water bottle and the river water around you seems *gulp*...questionable.

    A person drinking from murky water through the LifeStraw

    The straw's microfiltration membrane eliminates bacteria and parasites so you can safely drink from any available water source...seriously. Psst, immunocompromised users or others with special concerns should check with their doctors before using.

    Promising review: "I used this on a hike recently; tried different configurations as shown, with the drinking straight out of the river, and out of a wide-mouth bottle. The flow-rate through the LifeStraw is a little reminiscent of drinking a really thick milkshake, which is understandable considering the filter basically gets everything. When I filled up my Nalgene with water from the stream, I could see the sediment start to settle; I even made sure to get some with the straw just to see. Worked like a charm. You just need to remember to blow into it afterwards to clear out the straw." —Kingston

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (also available in packs of two, three, and five).

    7. A lumbar pack for using if a backpack while hiking seems like too much of a weight on your shoulders.,

    Promising review: "This is a great pack. It has decent support and fits the essential items you need when exercising. You can tighten it so that it doesn't move around too much when you are running/walking. It also comfortably fits a water bottle." —N Rubes

    Get it from Amazon for $22.89+ (available in five colors).

    8. An ultra-lightweight first aid kit in waterproof packaging to keep you safe from all the bumps, bruises, nicks, and cuts that can occur while adventuring.

    a first aid kit being pulled out of the water

    Promising review: "Great lightweight kit to throw in your backpack on day or overnight trips. It is always a good idea to be prepared and this kit makes it easy to do that. Thank you!" —dulphynn-68

    Get it from Cabela's for $39.99.

    9. An Osprey Daylite pack so you can enjoy a day hike knowing you have all the essentials. This 13-liter bag is comfortable, convenient, and juuust the right size for water, first aid supplies, and a whole pack o' snacks.

    Promising review: "I was looking for a lightweight day hike backpack and read so many reviews before purchasing this one. And I must say I am in love. It is perfect. The seams are very well made. No extra threads on them. It’s also very roomy. We pack two large thermoses in it and a blanket along with some snacks. Love that it buckles at the waistline, giving it a nice balance when hiking on longer trails. Had this for a year and went on many hikes. So far so good, no wear, no tear. Can’t wait to try their overnight packs and purchase a second day backpack for my son." —Olena B

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in 15 colors).

    10. A pair of Vasque Breeze LT boots — a sneaker/boot hybrid that'll give your tootsies ample support without feeling heavy or bulky while you hike.

    plum and black thick-soled mid-height hiking boots

    Promising review: "Wonderful shoe for everything, hiking on even terrain, uneven terrain or hours-long walks on hard pavement. I injured my ankle last winter, and it's been a slow mend. When I wear these, nothing hurts either during or after. I have not found a single other shoe I can say that about, despite buying and returning over a dozen. I get to forget my feet and focus on the beauty or adventure of the moment. Even long periods standing have been fine, and that has been my biggest challenge in healing. Cannot recommend highly enough." —VDG37

    Get them from REI for $179.95+ (available in sizes 6–11 and three colors).

    11. A Garmin Forerunner 245 GPS Watch — the minute this shows up at your door you're gonna know it's ~time~ to leave the house and get hiking! This magic band has a built-in tracking safety feature (that connects via Bluetooth to your smart phone) and can alert emergency contacts in the event of a bike crash on a trail, a collapse during a hike, etc.


    This nifty gadget evaluates your training to see if you're under/over doing it. It monitors your heart rate, has all-day stress tracking, a Body Battery™ energy monitor, sleep analysis, and more. The connected features include: smart notifications for calls and texts, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, LiveTrack, and the ability to control and play music on your phone. It has several other pre-loaded sports apps. You can even customize the watch faces! The battery lasts seven days in smartwatch mode and up to 24 hours in GPS mode.

    Promising review: "This is a great watch! It does everything I wanted; from tracking my fitness to tracking my daily health. I have tried many fitness watches and this is by far the best one. Highly recommend." —Dru M.

    Get it on sale from REI for $249.99 (originally $300; available in two colors).

    12. A pair of binoculars for scoping out some fun feathered friends way up high, or for getting a glimpse of the view ahead if you get too tired to finish the hike. TBH, clever.

    hands holding small black binoculars

    Promising review: "I use these for hiking, exploration, and just overall when I am camping or walking around somewhere and want to see things far away. I really think the compact size, and the quality of the image is unparalleled. Definitely worth the price for me." —Kyle Giffin

    Get them from Amazon for $18.64.

    13. A water-gel SPF 35 — a daily formula that's hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, and works great under makeup. Is your skin gonna be the envy of all your sunburnt besties? Why yes, yes it is.


    To learn more, be sure to check out "Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love."

    Promising review: "I've been searching for the longest time for a sunscreen that doesn't feel greasy, make me oily, or cause me to breakout. I was hesitant to purchase this because of the higher price point and small size, but it is totally worth it. This is the only sunscreen I've tried that feels nice on my skin! I use it daily and haven't experienced any breakouts or sunburn." —mckenna

    Get it from Glossier for $25.

    14. Or an avocado oil SPF 30 specifically designed to blend in with dark skin, helping you avoid chalky buildup while still protecting your skin from the sun. Plus, this stuff is super moisturizing!

    A model putting a drop of the sunscreen on their finger

    Promising review: "This is the only sunscreen that hasn’t given me a white cast! It absorbs and clears with no ashy look! I’ve already been through two tubes. I love this product!" —Anon

    Get it from Target for $15.99.

    15. A multifunctional headware (made from recycled plastic bottles!) that can protect your skin from the sun, keep you cool, and be an eco-friendly fashion statement all at the same time!


    Promising review: "This product is not only super comfortable, it is also a wonderful example of recycling. It is made from recycled plastic bottles.

    I ordered this as protection for my neck, but as their packaging shows, it can be used for a multitude of things. Being seamless, it does not irritate my neck. The stretch factor makes it easy to slip over my head. It is 90% polyester and 10% spandex. I learned about this type of product from my daughter and a different brand. This does the same thing for a great price. There are many different colors, patterns, or scenes to choose from, so there is something for everyone." —Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90 (available in 14 colors).

    16. A compact camp chair for giving yourself a soft place to land after a particularly hard hike.

    Collapsable canvas camping chair
    Bespoke Post

    I own this! I'm originally from Utah, where I used to live on a mountain and hike (literally) every day. After spending most of my life outdoors, I'm really picky about the products I use. This camp chair is easily something I'd recommend. If you're doing a short backpacking trip and plan on having something to sit on at your site, this is a solid choice! It's also my go-to when hanging out at a park or spending long stays at a campsite.

    Get it from Bespoke Post for $75 (available in three colors).

    17. A lightweight puffer that'll keep you warm and dry when you and your buds decide to skip the summer sun and enjoy some chilly night hikes instead.,

    Promising review: "This jacket is awesome!!! I can't believe I was going to buy a similar one for $200. I wore it hiking in 50-degree weather and I was burning up. Not because of the activity but because this jacket makes you so warm! I was so surprised at how well this jacket keeps me warm. The navy does have a purple tint to it, but one could tell that it's a navy jacket. This is a must-have!" —Adiana Udoh

    Get it from Amazon for $48.42+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 16 colors).

    18. A two-way satellite communicator — it can help you stay in constant communication with others, even during solo hikes far out of cell range. Would it be cool to have a movie made about you? Yes. Do you want that movie to be about how you got lost for days in the wilderness? I like to think not.

    Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator

    Promising review: "I have owned this device for over three months now and its performance is excellent. I've gone over 120 miles with this, hiking through slot canyons in Zion, Utah. Never once has a message failed to send. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to deliver the message but the point is it works. I did an 18-mile solo hike and checked in with my girlfriend every night and got her replies back within minutes. After playing with the default settings I still got around 30 hours on this device on a full charge. I would prefer the buttons to be glow-in-the-dark or come with a backlight because using this device at night can get tricky." —GoneHiking

    Get it on sale from REI for $299.99 (originally $350, available in two colors).

    19. An unreasonably lovely collapsible water bottle sure to add enough extra space in your backpack for the "treasures" your kids find while you're on a family hike.


    ...I wish I loved anything as much as five year olds love pinecones.

    Promising review: "This water bottle is exactly what I was looking for — it rolls up easy, holds a good amount (I think about a pint), and the sleek design slips nicely into the side pocket of a backpack. I like it! Just one tip: when full of water, hold the hard plastic top as you unscrew the lid, otherwise you'll be wearing the water. :)" —Tobin E.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in five colors).

    20. A lightweight parachute hammock for hikers who would gladly spend all morning huffing and puffing uphill to snag a nature nap in the most peaceful spot possible.

    Legit Camping hammock attached to two trees

    Promising review: "This is super comfy and light. It's very easy to put up and wide enough that I was able to have a sleeping bag, two blankets, and my pillow in it. I had room to actually roll around a little; I laid on my back and side very comfortably. I would purchase this item again and from this seller. The hammock arrived on time and in great condition!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97 (available in 14 colors).

    21. An LED headlamp — it's gonna a be a ~bright~ idea to bring this along, even if you aren't planning on hiking after dusk. If things take longer than you planned, you're gonna feel way safer using this than using your cell's flashlight (save that battery!).,

    Promising review: "I really enjoyed this headlamp. It was nice and bright. I have started exercising to get back into shape and at 4:30 in the morning the trail I walk is very dark. I was using my phone to illuminate the path but with the headlamp I can just focus on the trail. It did not leave a headlamp impression on my head after use. So that is a plus. It has different light features that are convenient if I were to get in trouble on the path. I am looking to purchase more for the rest of the get in shape crew." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    22. A 10-liter dry sack so you can store your gear in a waterproof pack that looks as fun as it is functional.

    reviewer's bag floating on the water. everything inside is dry.

    Promising review: "I travel a lot but I didn't get the idea for this bag until I went on a four-day hike in Colombia to the Lost City and my backpack got drenched by the sudden rain that happens in the afternoons there. After getting frustrated and MacGyver-ing it by covering it with a black trash bag, I got the idea to get this dry bag from another hiker. Since then, it's gone with me while water rafting, kayaking, and on boats around the Galapagos Islands. When I was on a speed boat tour around an island in Brazil, I had other tourists asking me where I got my dry bag, because their knapsacks were getting splashed with their cell phones inside. My stuff was securely dry. I've dragged this bag around on many trips and I have complete confidence in this bag. I love the bright yellow color with the see through window. The one shoulder strap makes it easy to carry. I'd recommend it." —T. Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three sizes and eight styles).

    23. An insect repellent for hikers-at-heart who are too ~bugged~ by insects to actually enjoy the great outdoors. This has you covered!

    Repel 100 pump spray insect repellent

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best repellent on the market. If there is a mosquito within a mile of me, it will find me. Same goes for tics, spiders, horseflies or any other pesky bug. Unless I have this on. I have a bottle in each of my cars, bottles in my shop building out back, and in the house. IT'S A MUST-HAVE FOR ME IN GEORGIA!" —Lori D

    Get it from Amazon for $8.02+ (available in five sizes).

    24. A pair of insoles so you can treat your heart and your ~sole~ to a surprisingly comfortable hike whenever you need a break from the chaos.

    A review image of an insole being taken out of a worn hiking boot, the insole is new and already clearly formed to the owner's foot

    Promising review: "I'm a bartender at a high volume waterfront restaurant. I'm on my feet for eight to 10 hours a day on average. I previously used different gel work insoles until I bought these. There is no comparison. For someone with high arches the support level of these is unmatched, even after hours of standing. I highly recommend these to all my fellow service industry workers." —Fabio

    Get them from Amazon for $37.46 (available in sizes 4.5–17).

    25. A bug bite suction tool that'll help remove the venom from any stings and help reduce itchiness, pain, and swollen skin.


    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. It arrived on Monday and on Tuesday morning I woke up with a bug bite on my arm. I used this little tool (three times, per the instructions) and documented with photos. Immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite was gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    26. A cheeky banner for 1) decorating your bedroom with outdoor-inspired decor and 2) putting on your front door when you treat yourself to an anti-social day.

    Small banner that says Take A Hike with illustration of the Grand Canyon
    Be Good Design Co.

    This sweet small business has a sprinkling of fun stickers and decor. It's owned by Sami Jones and located in Joplin, Missouri.

    Get it from Be Good Design Co. on Etsy for $16.

    27. A beeswax food wrap that's antibacterial, reusable, and gonna be your go-to when you wanna pack some snacks without wasting plastic. You love nature, after all.

    A lifestyle shot of three pieces of wax wrap being used to store a sandwich, carrots, and apple slices

    Made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, this wrap can last up to a year even when used several times a week. It's washable and will form to whatever you cocoon inside. Check out a BuzzFeed writer's review.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product. This pack comes in a variety of sizes: the sandwich wrap is pretty large and the medium wraps will definitely fit around a large onion-sized item. It's easy to rinse off and keep clean, plus sticky enough to cling to itself and other items. It feels great to eliminate some of the plastic chemicals and waste from my life." —Lena C.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    28. A canvas backpack you can put on your pooch if you decide it's *their* turn to hold their own poop bags for once. TBH this thing has so many pockets they can carry just about anything they'd need! They'd probably suggest treats. Lots of treats.

    gabsthegolden, Cora

    Promising review: "This is an awesome pack! It looks fantastic and it's good quality — the zippers aren't weak and it has wide pockets. Our foster boy was happy to have this on. The straps were a little long but once adjusted we just tucked them in and...voila! I've had both strangers and friends constantly ask where we got it because it looks so great!" —DelgadoATX

    Get it from Chewy for $35.98.

    29. A pair of period-proof underwear so you can be out all day without worrying about changing your tampon. These won't feel wet and won't chafe, so you can truly enjoy a comfortable hike any time of the month!


    This pair of underwear can be worn all day. It has enough absorption to hold up to two tampons worth of blood. They look and feel like regular underwear. Just hand wash them in cold water and use them again and again!

    Promising review: "Even though I’ve read about how the technology works many times, I’m still convinced these things are magic. They don’t leak, they don’t smell, and they don’t feel wet. I’m absolutely delighted — I’ve been uncomfortable for the past 12 years (yay periods!) but these have made it more bearable." —Julia R.

    Get them on sale from Thinx for $23.80 (originally $34; available in six colors and sizes XXS–3XL).

    30. A pStyle — a non-sitting urination tool that'll be so useful the next time you need to pee in the wilderness you'll wanna give it a ~standing~ ovation.

    A thin plastic tube with curves and a tapered end standing upright beside its packaging

    Promising review: "This is perfect for urinal use as an FTM trans guy who doesn't care about realistic STP use. I love it, it's way better than other 'female' stand-to-pee devices. I can easily use this one through my jeans' zipper and my boxer briefs — no spillage, small place to aim, or having to pee slowly. I am very happy with it, plus it fits in my men's jeans pocket just fine." —Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in six colors).

    31. A small charger sure to give you peace of mind when you spend the entire day taking photos on your hike...despite the fact that you took a hike to get yourself off your phone.

    Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger

    Promising review: "I've had this power cell for almost a year. I left it on my car for a few months in variant weather and never charged it or used it. This morning I plugged it in for maybe 45 minutes and after it was one-half charged. My phone went down to 3% and I got terribly lost in an unfamiliar place and needed to use Google Maps and I knew that would kill my phone. I plugged in my phone to the charger and walked for over twenty minutes, using my phone, and got to where I was going. I then left my phone to charge more and it charged up to 80% before running out of juice. I am very impressed that even after sitting without use in a hot car for so long, this thing still worked great. I feel like it was definitely worth the money and I am so glad I bought it." —Holly P

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors).

    32. A dog water bottle for keeping your adventure buddy happy and hydrated all day.,

    Promising review: "I have tried at least five water bottles and this is by far the best! The design is ingenious. It is compact because the top folds up to become the bowl. There is a valve that allows the water to fill the bowl when you squeeze the bottle. Simply close the valve to allow your dog to drink, and then release the valve so any water left can go back into the bottle. I love this feature because I frequently hike with my dog and need to conserve her water. When my dog is in the dog park, her friends always want to drink from her bottle even though the park has a water station. I simply added a clip so I can attach it to my backpack or belt loop. I highly recommend this product!" —Maryann A.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97 (available in three colors).

    33. An anti-blister balm that'll help you hike up Machu Picchu without a blister in sight.

    An action shot of a model rubbing the balm on their bare feet

    Promising review: "I have incredibly sensitive skin and I have always gotten blisters when we go to theme parks, unless I use moleskin. I just discovered this this year and I used it every day on our Disney trip and I had NO blisters! It was so nice just having my sandals on without having moleskin all over my feet. It is not slippery and it doesn't irritate my skin. It's just great! I will definitely have this with me every time I hit the parks!" —Angelia MGC

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    34. And a pair of smartwool hiking socks that are super durable. The fabric is extra cushioned to help absorb impact, without making your boots feel tight.

    dark purple crew hiking socks

    Promising review: "These are hands down the best socks ever made. I wear them for my hiking boots, as well as with my regular leather fashion boots when it's cold, and they're so cushy and cozy! They also last forever. I can keep these socks for years and they hold up very well. They are 100% worth the investment." —Jane M

    Get them from Amazon for $15.16+ (available in three sizes and seven colors).

    35. And finally, a hiking scratch-off poster that just might encourage homebodies to tell their couch-potato lifestyle to take a hike...and start sight-seeing in every state.

    Color poster with gold scratch off material hiding images of one hike from each state
    Scratch Off Works

    This small biz is based in Cleveland, Ohio and has scratch off posters for all kinds of experiences! Browse their Etsy site and find posters related to food, fishing, drinking, date nights, and more!

    Get it from Scratch Off Works on Etsy for $29.95.

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    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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