Backpacking Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for $50 or Less
It can be difficult to pick good backpacking gifts if you’re not an expert backpacker or hiker. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of great backpacking gifts for $50 or less to help you get your backpacking friends gifts that they’ll appreciate. If you want to spend more, we suggest giving them a gift card so they can pick out the gear they want.
Backpacking Gifts for $50 or less
Optimus Crux Canister Stove: ($50) Powerful but efficient canister stove which folds down and packs into the unused space under a gas canister. Weighs 2.9 oz. Top-rated!Ratsack Food Storage Bag: ($50) Lightweight, flexible stainless-steel mesh bag seals at the top with a sturdy hook-and-loop closure and is perfect for keeping rodents out of your food back when it’s stored in a lean-to or a campsite bear box.Zpacks Dyneema Bear Bagging Kit: ($50) Ultralight 3.4 oz waterproof bear bag, line, and rock sack. A thru-hiker favorite!NEMO Switchback Foam Sleeping Pad: ($50) Ultracompact and ultralight foam sleeping pad.REI Minimalist 2.0 GTX Mittens: ($50) Waterproof, seam-taped rain mitten shells.LEDLenser MH5 Rechargeable Headlamp: ($50) Fully featured, USB rechargeable lamp head lets you use it as a headlamp or handheld light; metal clip allows numerous fastening options when used as a handheld light.Hammock Gear Bottom Entry Bug Net: ($50) Turns any netless (ENO, Kammock, Grand Trunk, etc.) hammock into an insect-proof haven. If you don’t have a structural ridgeline (required), which is often the case, add one for just $8 more. Zpacks Titanium Flask: ($49) Weighing just 3 oz, it holds 8.8 oz of liquid. Includes a titanium funnel for refills.Toaks Titanium 900ml Cookpot: ($49) Pure titanium construction resists corrosion, withstands high temperatures, and eliminates metallic aftertaste. Folding wire handle. Weighs just 4 oz and fits a 220-gram gas canister for packing.Saalt Menstrual Cup Duo Pack: ($47) Reusable medical-grade silicone construction that replaces wasteful tampons and offers up to 12 hours of protection at a time.Outdoor Herbivore Vegan Backpacking Meal Combo: ($46) A complete one-day menu of dried meals and trail mix, perfect for a weekend night on the trail. Consist of 3 meals, 1 snack, and 1 dessert for a total of over 2,800 calories.Soto Amicus Stove and Cook Set: ($45) Very powerful and well-made canister stove with a cook set that will hold a fuel canister.MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Canister Stove: ($45) Durable and lightweight folding canister stove. Lasts forever.Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 Mug: ($45) Ultralight cook pot which doubles as a bowl and mug.Suunto M3-D Leader Compass: ($44) The finest declination adjustable base plate compass made. An amazing tool if you really learn how to use it.Ragged Mountain Equipment Mitten Shells: ($42) Hardwearing winter hiking and mountaineering mitten shells for use over insulated gloves or mittens. Waterproof breathable with long gauntlets. A real steal at this price and handmade in New Hampshire.Two Nalgene Insulated Water Bottle Sleeves: ($42) Prevents water from freezing in winter. A winter day hiking and backpacking must-have.Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema WP Backpack Shoulder Pocket: ($40) Holds a smartphone, w/ wallet compartment. Waterproof. A backpacker favorite.NEMO Fillo Pillow: ($40) Thick luxury foam pillow that provides soft, flexible comfort with a comfortable and comforting microfleece cover. Only weighs 9 oz and packs down to the size of a potato.Hammock Gear Underquilt Protector: ($40) Provides wind and splash protection for hammock underquilts in cooler weather while adding a few degrees of warmth. Very useful for the hammocker in your family.Toaks Titanium Alcohol Stove: ($40) Ultralight alcohol siphon-style backpacking stove. Super easy to use.Osprey Daylight Sling Pack: ($40) Casual over-the-shoulder sling pack perfect for urban use or travel. Available in multiple colors including purple!REI Insulated Waterproof Hat with Ear Flaps: ($40) Cold weather brimmed hat that’s crushable and stretchy with fold-down fleece ear flaps. Unisex fit.Nitecore NU32 Rechargeable Headlamp: ($40) A very bright, fully-featured, 550-lumen rechargeable headlamp with a larger-than-average 6.6Whr (1800 mAh) lithium-ion battery for long-lasting power.Gossamer Gear Lighttrek (Chrome) Hiking Umbrella: ($39) Classic ultralight trekking umbrella for sun and rain protection. Weighs just 6.6 oz making it the lightest full-size trekking umbrella available. Add on a hands-free umbrella clamp ($6) to attach it to a backpack.Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon Hat: ($38) Super warm, windproof, Polartec Hat. A classic!Ripstop By the Roll Rain Skirt: ($36) Do it Yourself Kit for making an Ultralight Rain Skirt.QiWiz Big Dig Titanium Trowel: ($36) Handmade ultralight poo trowel that can dig through tough soil.Jetboil Coffee Press. ($36) Turns a Jetboil stove into a French press.Reversible Polar Buff: ($35) With 8 different wearable variations, it can be worn as a bandana, scarf, headband, hat, hairband, helmet liner, and more.Six Moon Designs Ultralight Packing Pods: ($35) 3-pack of kidney-shaped packing organizers used to maximize backpack space.Titanium Wood Stove: ($35) Small wood stove that folds flat for easy packing. Use it to cook using sticks and small pieces of wood or to enjoy leave no trace fire. Only weighs 4 oz.Matador NanoDry Towel ($35): Ultralight 47″ x 24″ and packable travel towel that dries really fast. It’s even big enough that you can cut it in half and still dry yourself off with it!Gaia GPS Premium Subscription: ($32) One-year license to the leading Smartphone navigation app. Priceless.AeroPress Travel Coffee Press ($32) Portable coffee press which makes excellent delicious American, espresso, and cold-brew style coffee. Makes superb coffee in 1 minute. Perfect for the backpacking coffee snob!Enlightened Equipment Rain Mitts: ($30) 3-layer waterproof breathable rain mittens.Joby GorillaPod Kit ($30): Portable, flexible, and lightweight tripod compatible with cameras and smartphones.Dutchware Gear Pack Back: ($29) Handy external mesh pocket that fits any backpack and can be used to carry extra or wet gear.Darn Tough Hiker Boot Cushion Hiking Socks: ($26) Backpackers favorite. Super durable and comfortable.Alpine Luddites Pooh and Piglet Mug: ($25) The perfect coffee mug for people who like Type II Fun! Unique. We have a few of these at home.HydraPak 3L Seeker ($25) 3L soft bottle that’s the perfect size for camp use and long water carries. This is a hard size to find in soft bottles. Also compatible with the BeFree water filter.Possum Down Gloves: ($25) Super warm, lightweight wool gloves from New Zealand. A cult favorite.Luci Lantern: ($25) Solar-powered inflatable lantern. Super lightweight. Good for emergencies too.Good To-Go Weekender Variety Pack: ($23) Two dinners and one breakfast from Good To-Go Backpacking Meals. Gourmet quality food that you’d swear was take-out. Just add boiling water.The Deuce #3 Heavy-Duty Backcountry Trowel: ($22) Colorful trowel for digging catholes.NEMO Chipper Foam Trail Seat: ($20) Unique folding foam seat made from recycled foam scraps. It is really nice to sit on a warm dry surface.Kula Cloth Reusable Antimicrobial Pee Cloth: ($20) Many female hikers have switched away from using TP or the drip-dry method to using a pee cloth because it’s easier and more environmentally sound. Give it to a friend or relative.Gerber Ultralight LST Knife: ($19) The Ultralight LST is a locking folder that’s a perfect choice for everyday tasks. It weighs just 0.6 oz (17g) making it perfect for backpacking.Opinel No. 8 beechwood Handle Knife: ($17) Beautiful, folding French pocket knife.Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set: ($15) 24 oz stainless steel pot with folding handle and 2 stackable mugs that’s super convenient for making hot drinks in camp. A real pleasure to use. Editor’s note: If you’re thinking about buying gear that we’ve reviewed or recommend on SectionHiker, you can help support us in the process. 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