25 Useful Things From REI You Can Get For Under $25
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vacuum water bottle with a classic design and painted in a muted sage – the vintage vibe of this 21 fl. oz. beaut is sure to up your Hydro Flask game.
This temperature controlled water bottle can fit inside any standard cupholder, including bike attachments.
Promising review: "This is a sturdy bottle. I boiled water and threw it in this in the freezer overnight. It was quite warm the next morning. On my backpacking trip, I stored some hot tea that I boiled at night in my hammock and the next morning it was still warm. The outside temp was roughly 17 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good, inexpensive solution for keeping your drink hot for a few hours. It will definitely keep your drink from freezing. It works for me." —The Winged Hiking Hussar
compressible pillow filled with up-cycled foam, for resting your weary head at night without lugging around a bulky, plush pillow throughout the day.
Promising review: "This is one of my favorite pieces of gear. I wanted a pillow that had some fluff to it and I found this. Most backpacking pillows are so thin that your head is resting on the ground. This pillow is thicker than my pillow at home yet it compresses to the size of a shoe! It will inflate pretty fast, especially if you help it out by hitting the sides. Putting it in the dryer after using it really fluffs it up too. I love this! I will never use another flat backpacking pillow again!" —born2camp
recycled sailcloth wallet so worrying about your cash and cards won't be a weight on your shoulders. Or a weight in your pockets...this thing is just that light!
The white color makes it easy to spot if it falls on the ground while on a hike.
Promising review: "I have had numerous other wallets but they just don't compare. The weight is incredible – there is almost nothing to it. And the durability is unmatched. I have had it for years now and I have had no problems." —ahad
Promising review: " This keeps me cool, covered, and comfortable – a divine top! It's yoga perfect (and I thought wearing any ol' tank top or t-shirt was sufficient)! I appreciate the high neck line and the vented back. It covers skin during inversion positions, but stays cool!" —Anonymous
A speckled red
pioneer frypan is gonna add the perfect titch of a rustic touch to your minimalist kitchen.
This is made out of heavy gauge aluminum for durability and designed with a stainless-steel base and rim.
sunbeam or abstract bandana – versatile tools you can use to protect your skin from the sun, soak up sweat, or simply show off when you want a special lil' accessory.
stadium seat that'll have your back (literally) when your posture prefers a little more support than the boulders around you are able to offer.
Promising review: "We use them in our canoe to provide back support on longer trips. Sitting around shore in comfort is a bonus! These are nice chairs at an unbeatable price." —Dall
A pack of
jet lag prevention tablets – take one of these and you're gonna stay alert and awake throughout your trip, no matter how brutal your red-eye schedule is.
Each pack contains 32 tablets.
Promising review: "I came across these on the REI website a number of years ago and read the almost universally positive reviews carefully and tried them out. I have no idea how they work, but they significantly reduce the effects of jet lag. I travel fairly regularly to China in what amounts to a 25 hour trip when all is said and done. The one time I mistakenly unpacked these on a return flight back to the US (always harder going east than west), it was like walking through molasses for several days. I am just back from Wuhan, used the pills, and I am fine. To me that says it all." —JHM57
LED necklace you can toss on your dog when they want to enjoy some nightlife and you want to...not lose them in the night.
Promising review: "This is a great product. I have a small black terrier who loves to run and hunt. Taking him out at night with this collar on is brilliant and entertaining. I love it and definitely recommend it. My dog looks cool and concert ready." —Carly
foam yoga block that'll help you bend and stretch with the best of them.
Promising review: "The yoga studio I go to uses this block so I thought I would buy a couple for my home practice. I love the height and width of it. It's comfortable to use whether I'm propping a hand, hip, or forehead." —Angie
bralette swimsuit top for minimalist swimmers who love a bright, sunny, and simple design.
Price: $23.73 (available in sizes S–XL)
And a pair of
water shorts so you can paddle board, surf, and stroll through the streets all day without feeling the need to bring a coverup.
Price: $21.73 (available in sizes XS–L)
soft flask and straw flask sure to add enough extra space for the "treasures" your kids find while you're on a family hike.
I wish I could love anything as much as a five-year-old loves pinecones.
Promising review (soft flask): "This is one of the most useful pieces of gear I have now. I've never need more than .5L while skiing/day hiking/cross-country skiing and once it's empty it rolls right up into any pocket and goes unnoticed." —TrashBear
Price: $17.43 (for both the soft flask and straw flask)
A pair of
sunglasses that'll keep the sun out of your eyes (and actually stay on your head) no matter how active your weekend plans are.
Promising review: "These are great for wearing with a hat or helmet; however, when worn alone, the sun shines directly in from above. They are small lenses on a born female, light, effective, and stay put. These are perfect with hats and for the price." —HPYTRLS
salt and pepper shaker – it's gonna add a little spice to your dutch oven dinners, without taking up space in your backpack.
Promising review: "I bought three of them. One for salt and pepper, one for cumin and seasoned salt, and one for hot pepper flakes. They are great for camping because they fit anywhere." —fisser
multitool thin enough to keep on your keychain or inside your wallet. With this spiffy tool you won't be shaking in your boots when you realize your beer bottles aren't twist off.
This can be used as a bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, butterfly wrench, 2- and 4-position hex wrenches, and a cord cutter.
storage net that'll give you some useful extra space underneath a camping chair, table, or hanging from your tent.
A set of four
enamel mugs to add a spec-tacular aesthetic to your kitchen or camp fire.
feeding toy your dog is sure to think rocks.
Promising review: "My dog loves this toy so much. We have tried so many different treat dispenser toys and this one is the best. He is at his happiest rolling this thing around and gobbling up treats. I just use his regular food and it comes out perfectly; it doesn't get stuck but is still hard enough to get out that it's fun. I love that it doesn't smell terrible and I love how easy it is to load. I bought several incase it stops being made and I never do that." —Ellie
Swiss army knife you can have on hand so *you* can be the sharpest tool in the shelf.
This has scissors, a nail file, a screwdriver, and a key ring.
Promising review: "This is thinner and a little more elegant than the usual small Victorinox little knife with scissors. I use the scissors all the time and the knife is useful for opening packages etc. Just remember to take it off your keychain before you fly. Classic is right!" —kootenay
camping towel that'll dry you off quickly and dry itself off just as fast, keeping you from having a wet towel be a wet blanket on your next trip.
Promising review: "This is an excellent towel. It's very soft and all you have to do is pat down your body and this absorbs all the water. It also dries quickly. I'm very please with this purchase! It's not bulky at all." —Junior
dry sack in a cheerful pattern so you can store your gear in a waterproof pack that looks as fun as it is functional.
overhead light ball you can break up into string lights to give your campsite some (rather useful) ambiance at night.
A pair of
Smartwool socks with a canoe pattern that'll keep your feet dry, warm, and cute all at the same time. Canoe believe it?!
And finally, a
fawn beanie for your own deer little outdoorsman. Throw this on your kid the next time you're hiking and everyone on the trail will be fawning all over it!
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