5 Must Have Hiking Gadgets for Your Next Backpacking Trip – 2016 Edition

Categories:Featured | Gear

Record temperatures are hitting most of the country and many of are choosing to play it safe and stay off the trails until it cools down a little bit. This has given me time to do a little research and look over some of my favorite gear gadgets I have been using on my hikes and camping trips lately. Here is a list to help lighten your load, keep you safe, and capture your adventures.

1. Sawyer Squeeze Mini


Incredibly light weight, easy to use, and will purify enough water to keep you going on even the longest adventures. I never leave home without mine and always have a backup at home just in case.

  • Filter Material: Hollow Fiber
  • Removes: Bacteria, Protozoa, E. Coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerea, Salmonella Typhi.
  • Cartridge Life: up to 100,000 gallons
  • Weight: 2 oz
  • Cost: $20.00

Read my full review of the Sawyer Squeeze Mini!

Buy one today!

2. YKS Adjustable Headlamp


Having a quality and reliable headlamp or flashlight is a must. Having one that is light weight has multiple features and does not break the bank is event better. I take this light weight headlamp with me on every hike and campout.

  • Bright  Zoomable beam.
  • Weight: 2.6 ounces.
  • Comfortable to wear.
  • Has 4 features and a bonus red light feature.
  • Lasts a long time 100,000 hours of LED life.
  • Cost: $20.00

Read my full review of the YKS Adjustable Headlamp!

Buy one today!

3. Tribe Provisions Adventure Chair

tribechairHaving a place to sit down at camp is something that will help you relax after a long hike. Sure you can use a rock or a stump but why not take a little comfort with you. The Tribe Provisions Adventure chair is light weight, packs down small, and is comfortable to sit in.


  • Easy set up with a strong, lightweight aluminum frame and breathable seat
  • Seat material: rip-stip nylon and nylon mesh which is durable and comfortable
  • The adventure chair folds up and stores into a small tote bag, at 1.5lbs it’s easy to throw over your shoulder and hit the road
  • The 7075 alumnium legs support up to 250lbs
  • Mesh side pocket is great for your phone, flashlight or some snacks
  • Cost: $59.99

Learn more about the Tribe Provisions Adventure Chair

Buy one today!

4. Toaks Titanuum V-Shaped Tent Stakes

takosstakesAn easy way to help lighten your pack weight is to replace the heavy tent states that the tent manufacturer provides with a stronger and lighter option. I have used these stakes on several trips now and they hold up very well and have no trouble digging into the hard Arizona desert ground.


  • Material: Titanium
  • Weight: 0.4oz (12g) per stake
  • Length: 6 1/2″ (165mm)
  • Width of each side: 9mm
  • Cost: $18.00 (pack of six)

Learn more about the Toaks Titanium  V-Shaped Tent Stakes!

Buy a set today!


5. Olympus TG-870 Tough Waterproof Digital Camera

olympus_v104200eu000_stylus_tough_tg_870_digital_1452048669000_1210739If you are looking for a camera that is as adventurous as you are this is the one. Waterproof, dust proof, shock proof, almost bomb proof. It has a LCD screen that you can flip up for the perfect selfie.

  • 16 Megapixel BSI-CMOS 1/2.3
  • Waterproof to 50 feet (15 meters), Shockproof to 7 feet (2.1 meters), Crushproof to 220 pounds force, Freeze proof to 14 degrees F (-10C)
  • 21mm Ultra-Wide Angle Lens, 5X optical zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi & GPS (oI Share & OI Track)
  • Super Macro mode
  • 13 Art filters plus Live Composite
  • Cost: $279.00

Learn more about the Olympus TG-870!

Upgrade your camera today!


Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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