From the very first glimpse of summer, I could tell I’d be a hot one. And with temperatures gradually rising day-by-day, we are finally granted our favorite season after a long, cold winter. Camping trips with friends, hiking new terrain with your favorite pup by your side and lake days on a sunny, clear day make up summertime and we couldn’t be more excited. But what’s more exciting is all of the new products in the outdoor industry that make our experiences even better. I mean, honestly, what’s better than having an ice-cold beverage in hand after a long hike, or coming back to a hot meal at your campsite? Not much my friends, not much. While hiking at Yosemite, my saving grace after hiking Glacier Point was some good ol’ fashioned sautéed veggies and scrambled eggs. So before you start sprinting to your next vacation, remote campsite or local park, there are a few goodies that you should consider bringing with you.
First things first; you gotta stay hydrated and keep a tummy full of fresh veggies and nutrients. The YETI Tundra 45 can provide you with all of that and more. This is the cooler of your dreams that will last forever and ever. It’s made of roto-molded UV polyethylene that will withstand any adventure or weather condition. Want to ride camels in the desert? This cooler has your back for a cold beverage at the end of the day. Or is climbing mount Everest your thing? The YETI Tundra won’t let a blizzard get you down. And don’t worry; these puppies are a safeguard against wild animals trying to steal your grub. Constructed of food-grade material that is dry ice compatible with superior insulation, this cooler will be a friend for life. Pick from tan, white, ice blue or charcoal for a fit that’s perfect for you. And if you’re feeling flashy, the YETI Tundra 45 Limited Edition offers an olive green option – my personal favorite. What’s not to love?
Of course we had to include a hammock on this list. It’s this generation’s greatest outdoor accessory that you can take with you on any adventure. But the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock surely stands out from the rest. Ever get out in the woods, only to have your relaxation disturbed by annoying pests buzzing around your head and leaving you with a million mosquito bites? Yeah, me too. So this summer, invest in your peace and tranquility by purchasing a hammock with a mesh net that prevents bugs from troubling you. This hammock also features nautical grade carabiners so you’re secure and safe while suspended in the woods. It also includes an attached stuff sack for easy storage and cleanup, and a rope kit for set-up. At a price point of only $84.95, you’ll be happy you made an upgrade.
Another must-have for your next getaway is a proper stove. Who else gets tired of granola bars and peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches everyday? I know I do. The MSR WindBurner Duo Stove System is a lifesaver and one of the best outdoor stoves on the market. It’s perfect for two people and includes a 1.8 L hard-anodized aluminum pot and a BPA free drinking/straining lid. The windproof radiant burner and pressure regulator offer optimal cooking for a fast, delicious meal. You can even brew a fresh batch of coffee before you embark on your day’s hike. Luxury, am I right!? Trust me when I say a stove makes all the difference.
For those late nights at the campsite or adventure sport getaways, it’s always handy to have a headlamp by your side. The Petzl ACTIK Headlamp is perfect for mountaineering, running, hiking, backpacking, and anything in between. The red lighting helps with night vision without blinding others with a harsh light. It also has a reflective feature on the band for added visibility and an emergency whistle. The Petzl ACTIK Headlamp comes equipped with three batteries, but is also compatible with a CORE rechargeable battery (sold separately). Choose from blue, black or green at a price tag of $49.95. I never leave home without a headlamp when I know I’ll be doing some serious adventuring so it’s definitely worth the price.
5. Lightweight Jacket
The last necessity to never leave behind this summer is a lightweight jacket for those chilly nights or windy days. You should always bring a jacket to prepare for any conditions that may arise. A great option for men is the Patagonia Houdini Men’s Jacket. With a stylish and slim fit and lightly treated waterproofing, this jacket is a great windbreaker for the trail. It includes a zippered chest pocket that converts to a stuff sack, with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop. Made of 100% nylon with a DWR (durable water repellant) finish, this jacket can be yours for only $99! And for the ladies, the KUHL Parajax Women’s Jacket is a comparable option. With a regular fit and a water-resistant coating, this ultra-light windbreaker has a UPF 50+ sun protection and converts to a stuff sack as well. It’s time to get your hike on with one of these jackets!