Editor's picks: Adventure-in-a-bag gift guide
Whether you need holiday ideas for that outdoorsy man of yours or you'd like to steal him away for a weekend with nature, pack it all in one simple bag and get to it! The whole world is out there!
Hug a tree, tame the trails, soak up the sun
Whether you need holiday ideas for that outdoorsy man of yours or you'd like to steal him away for a weekend with nature, pack it all in one simple bag and get to it!
The whole world is out there!
I've filtered this list down to a handful of items guaranteed to make your date with the world better than ever before... and it all fits in one bag!
- Grab your dude.
- Snag the bag.
- Ditch the car.
- Silence your phone.
- Hit the trail.
- Sip the wine.
- Watch the sunset.
It's better than movie night. And it's free, 24/7.
The Poler Rucksack — polerstuff.com
First things first: Let's make this as easy as possible and find an effective way to store and transport everything. For $75, you can score the perfect travel backpack. Nothing too extreme where you'll look like a sherpa or a total vagabond, this pack is made to store about 20 pounds of stuff and is made quite simple and practical. Plus, it comes in a whole array of colors so you can flaunt a bit of style. Beyond that, the pack features a padded laptop case, removable side pockets and straps perfect for holding down a small sleeping bag (but keep reading and I'll hook you up with something way sweeter than your traditional sleeping bag).
In case you don't know much about Poler, here's their super cool mission statement:
Poler Outdoor Stuff makes gear for people that are travelers, couch surfers, regular surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, bicyclists, parents, kids, car campers and anyone else looking for something that looks good, is a good value and is all about having fun on road trips and in the outdoors. It’s stuff that is made for people that have adventures all over the world while wearing jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers. It’s for people that wonder why everyone is trying to pretend they are going to do first ascents on alpine peaks instead of celebrating the fact that they are having adventures that are awesome in their own way.
The Poler Napsack — polerstuff.com
How much would you love me if I said that you no longer had to deal with the pains of leaving your obnoxiously-comfortable covers in the morning? Now, I know what you're thinking. This is not a dang Snuggie. For anyone who has ever had to wake up in the middle of the night on a camping trip to use the restroom or salvage the morning campfire embers, this is a godsend and nothing short of a modern miracle. The Poler Napsack is essentially a hands-free, walking sleeping bag. Look me in the eye and tell me you wouldn't cuddle up in one of these with Mr. Right and a cup of spiked hot cocoa. It even has a hoodie, a phone pocket and a port for your headphones. For $130, this thing is a steal. And it'll fit perfectly in your rucksack.
E.N.O DoubleNest 2-Person Hammock — REI
This outdoor date gets a whole lot better once you get off the ground. It's dirty and cold down there so pack one of these awesome, super lightweight/compact hammocks and boom, you've got yourself a lounge pad way better than the sticky leather sofa back home. Take a nice nap after the hike, or post up to watch the sun go down and the waves roll in. These hammocks run about $65 most places and usually come with all the necessities to strap them up. Plus, they fold down into a small pack about the size of your fist.
Jetboil Flash cooking system — REI
You're not always going to find yourself at a place that will allow a raging campfire. Don't sacrifice, though. You can still cook up amazing meals wherever you go. This camp stove is user-friendly with a self-ignition system (safety and practicality points) and brings water to a boil incredibly fast so you can have your coffee, tea or homemade soup. Everything tastes better after a day outdoors. I dare you to test my claim. Score this little guy and throw it in the pack for just under $100. Oh yeah, and it only weighs 15 ounces.
The Olloclip — Amazon
Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it." Wise words. But let's take it a step further and document those moments so they last forever. Meet the Olloclip, a 3-in-1 attachable iPhone lens that features a fisheye, wide-angle and macro lens. We all know the iPhone takes ridiculously solid snapshots, but switch it up and take in all the beauty from your adventures. Whether you are shooting a high-quality picture of that ladybug that landed nearby, or grasping the entirety of the coastline jetting its way into the distance, these lenses and the pictures they produce are sure to remember all the magic from your trip. The Olloclip costs around $65 and fits into its convenient, microfiber cinch sack.
There you have it.
Pack all this stuff into your bag, throw a nail on the wall and hang the bag somewhere you'll see it at the end of every long day. Its convenience will justify your wanderlust and make weekend getaways so very obtainable.
Sure, it's typically the guy that packs all the nature stuff, but with the style and options available in many of these products, who says you can't own the outdoors?
- Break the routine.
- Hit the road.
- Love your world.
- And, show your man what you're made of.