Backpacking is one of the best ways to stretch your legs and explore remote areas of the country and the world. Even if you use your RV as a basecamp, backpacking is a great way to unplug and tune into the natural world.
If you’re shopping for a friend or family member who loves backpacking, you’ll love the collection of gear in Camping World’s holiday gift guide for the backpacker in your life!
Triton Tactical G10 Folding Pocket Knife
The Triton Tactical Folding Pocket Knife has a rugged and tough construction with a stonewashed stainless steel blade, a milled G10 handle, and a lock-back design. The blade length measures 3.5 inches and it comes with its own protective sheath.
Leatherman Wave Plus Multi-Tool
The Leatherman Wave Plus Miti-Tool gives you 18 useful tools at your instant disposal. All of the tools lock into place, which makes them easier and safer to use. From knives to pliers to a can opener, it has everything you’ll need in a backcountry setting, and then some.
Perma Chill Screw Top Water Bottle
Every backpacker needs a quality, lightweight water bottle. While some swear by reusing plastic water bottles. stainless steel provides a much more durable option. This Perma Chill Screw Top Water Bottle is exactly what I’m talking about. It has a capacity of 17 ounces, which is pretty darn good.
MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter
If your backpacking friend or family member is the kind of person who goes way off the beaten path, then having a way to get clean water anywhere is a must. This MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter lets them use the water that’s around them. It filters out bacteria, particulates, and protozoa from water sources and makes it safe to drink.
Guide Series Men’s Cascade Waterproof Hiking Boot
Hiking is kind of a prerequisite for backpacking, even if you’re not going too far. Taking care of your feet is essential when you’re relying on them as your primary mode of transportation. These Guide Series Men’s Cascade Hiking Boots are a great option. They’re rugged and tough, they feature a waterproof design, and they offer a comfortable cushioned sole. The Vibram rummer outsole offers fantastic traction as well.
Smith & Wesson Delta Force MS LED Flashlight
Any backpacker will tell you that a reliable, rugged flashlight is a lifesaver. This Smith & Wesson M&P Delta Force CS 490 lumen flashlight is exactly that. It has four settings: high, low, strobe, and momentary. It’s made of anodized aerospace aluminum, which makes it durable while keeping the weight down so you’re not lugging a heavy flashlight around.
Erehwon Trailhead 2-Person Tent
There are tons of tents out there and there are also a lot of opinions about tents versus shelters in the backpacking community. The Erehwon Trailhead Tent has a simple two-pole design, which makes it easy to set up and tear down. It also offers enough room for two people so you can backpack with a friend or significant other.
Kelty Coyote Backpack
Just like tents, backpacks are something that seasoned aficionados have pretty strong preferences on. Still, if the backpacker in your life is still carrying around a 30-year-old external frame pack, simply providing an alternative can be a nice holiday gift.
This Kelty Coyote Backpack comes in 80 or 65-liter capacities and is perfect for someone who likes to disappear into the wilderness for a little while. It has a top-loading design with additional panels and pockets and is designed to be comfortable even when you load it up.
Garmin GPSMAP 64st Handheld GPS
A reliable navigation system is a must-have for any backpacker. This Garmin GPSMAP 64st Handheld GPS is a great option for those that don’t want to rely solely on a map and compass.
It features a 2.6-inch sunlight-readable screen, a high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS receiver, a three-axis compass with barometric altimeter, wireless Bluetooth and ANT+ technology, and a healthy collection of preloaded TOPO US 100K maps with the ability to add more.
Silva Guide 2.0 Compass
You can’t (and arguably shouldn’t) always rely on GPS. As much as GPS systems and their features can help you navigate in the backcountry, any backpacker knows the value of a backup navigation system.
That’s where this Silva Guide 2.0 Compass comes in. Its traditional mirror sighting system allows the user to determine cardinal directions over long distances. It’s a fantastic addition to any backpacker’s arsenal.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Seasoned backpackers know that relying on a single water treatment solution is foolish. That’s why many people pack iodine tablets as a backup, but you can do better than that. Help the backpacker in your life avoid that funky iodine taste (never mind the waiting time) by giving the gift of a Lifestraw this holiday season.
UST ParaTinder Utility Cord
A reliable length of paracord is a backpacking essential that could go years in your pack without being used. But it only takes one emergency to make carrying it around completely worth it.
Luckily, Ultimate Survival Technologies (UST) has made more than just rope. Inside, there is a fire tinder integrated into the entire 30-foot length of 550 paracord. Any firestarter will light the tinder once the red core thread is exposed. Or you can use this cord to make bracelets, repair zippers, create lanyards, and more!
Kelty Mistral 20 Degree Sleeping Bag
If the backpacker in your life has been complaining about getting cold overnight, maybe it’s time for a sleeping bag upgrade. While a 20-degree bag might be overkill for summer camping, it provides the kind of insulation all backpackers love in the spring and fall hiking seasons.
This Kelty Mistral 20 degree sleeping bag is filled with 48-ounce polyester fibers. It’s a mummy-style bag, which means it’s wider at the shoulders (64 inches) and then tapers down to the hips (59 inches) and feet. That eliminates empty space inside, which keeps you warmer on cold nights.
If you have a backpacker in your life, you’re sure to make them smile this holiday season with one of these gifts. If you don’t see what you want here, check out all that Camping World has to offer.