Essential Gear for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Categories:Backpacking | Camping | Guest Post | Hiking

You don’t leave for a walk in the woods without some essentials, right? You run through your mental checklist of first aid kit, raincoat, shoes, hat and sunscreen, then you’re off and running. Here are a few additional essentials that you should consider adding to your checklist.



The classic design of Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer sunglasses will ensure you look fashionable while enjoying the outdoors, no matter what you are doing. Ray-Ban has been making this style since 1952 and offers lens options that include classic, gradient and mirrored.

Consider purchasing your glasses from a certified retailer or directly from Ray-Ban, as knockoffs won’t provide the same level of protection that Ray-Ban lenses are known for.

Invest in a frame that allows you to replace the lenses, it’ll save you from having to buy a pair of new shades. Protective eye wear is essential to your eyes’ health and contributes to longer lasting eyesight as you grow older.

Hydration Pack

Every great adventure requires you to bring along the essentials. The Osprey Manta AG 28 hydration pack provides you with not only a supreme carrying system but also many accouterments that will be very useful for a number of activities. There are specially designed loops for stowing your helmet and your trekking poles plus a blinker light attachment. The front of the pack is designed for easy gear arrangement and organization. With a 2.5-liter hydration system, this is the trusty pack to have with you as you set off into the wilderness.

Approach Shoes

You never know what you are going to get into as you set off into the backcountry. Having the appropriate footwear will aid in keeping you comfortable and ready to take whatever the trail throws at you. For this, we recommended the Scarpa Crux approach shoes. A sticky Vibram sole will keep your feet planted on the ground in any weather. The soles are not as rigid as some approach shoes we tested, making them more comfortable for long-distance hikes.

The rubber-encased toe allows these shoes to serve as a climbing shoe so that you don’t have to pack along your crag shoes. This way, you can try out the appealing bouldering routes along the side of the trail and easily scramble up numerous rock faces with ease.

About the Author: An avid outdoor enthusiast, Whitney Chandler’s passion involves writing stories about our environment and nature. Her past experience of writing for a female athletic magazine and a green living publication has helped her to creative an adaptive audience to write for many different types of topics.


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