Adventure Travel Gift Guide for the Active Explorer

Adventure Travel Gift Guide for the Active Explorer

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This holiday season, equip and empower the adrenalin junky in your life with this adventure travel gift guide for the active explorer. Not everyone dreams of daily massages, mud baths, facials, and green detox smoothies by the pool. For some, the idea of a wellness retreat is hitting the road and putting as many miles on their body as possible. Think sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, hitting one of the many Caminos with like-minded pilgrims, or throwing a leg over a bike and riding the Continental Divide.

The most critical piece of gear for off-the-track adventures is a handheld GPS unit. Not only will this tell your gift recipient where they are, but they can pre-program their route and it will tell them where to go. Garmin has been an industry leader in GPS devices for many years and offers a wide variety of units in different price ranges. If you are looking for the best overall, check out the Garmin GPSMAP 67i. The peace of mind it provides is priceless. $499.99, $599.99 with inReach® Technology

Garmin GPSMAP 67i

All smartphones come equipped with a Google Maps-type application, but for those who want to get off the street and onto a trail, the Gaia GPS app is a great option. It will keep your loved one on the right track even when they don’t have cell service, and it offers many features of more expensive handheld GPS units. Free version with no offline capabilities, Premium GPS Subscription - $39.99/year

Versatile, comfortable, and perfectly stretchy, the Women's and Men's Viento Travel Jacket are born to explore. In addition to offering lightweight protection and easily packing into one of its pockets, this layer feels great next to skin, with a soft and athletic fabric blend. Cotopaxi is a certified B Corp, so you know that all its gear is sustainably and ethically produced. $120

Viento Travel  Jacket

Bike-packing has been growing in popularity, especially since the pandemic. Getting off the beaten track and being completely self-contained tests the mettle of even the most hard-core active traveler. Although they require a little more planning to recharge, popular E-bikes can allow even more people to experience grand adventures.

Ortlieb Lifestyle

The perfect adventure travel gift for both bike-packing and bike-commuting is a rear rack and set of waterproof paniers. The Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic is considered the best overall bike pannier. But if you want something more versatile, the Ortlieb Vario PS doubles as a backpack and comes in two sizes, 20l and 26l capacity, and three colorways. For an additional fee you can include a high visibility flap, to keep your loved one safe as they search for that off-the-beaten-path campground after an especially long day. $195.00 - $270.00

Ortlieb Vario PS

If you're looking for a backpack for the daily adventure of bike commuting, the Mobile Edge Commuter Backpack is the perfect product. Made of scratch resistant, water-repellent Oxford cloth, this bag comes with anti-theft zippers, a built-in USB charging port, a 16” computer sleeve, a small-item organizer, and enough space for office-appropriate clothing and shoes. $79.99

Mobile Edge Commuter Backpack

Trekking poles are wildly popular, and with good reason. They provide more stability, lessen excess force and impact on joints, and increase balance on rocky, uneven terrain. As with all gear, fit and durability are critical considerations when choosing poles. Black Diamond is an industry leader with a large array of poles. The Black Diamond Pursuit is an excellent option, consistently appearing on top-five lists. $169.95

Black Diamond Pursuit

Water is the essence of life, critically important when embarking on epic active adventures. Many backpacks come equipped with a hydration bladder, but you can easily purchase a stand-alone bladder and tuck it into your backpack. CamelBak was the first to introduce the hydration pack back in 1989 and remains the industry leader. The CamelBak Crux® 3L Reservoir offers stellar performance at a reasonable price. $39.00

CamelBak Crux® 3L Reservoir

The Flyypod® Sleep Pod is the perfect gift for the friend who is passionate about sleep. This lightweight traveling sleeping bag, made with Silvadur™ 900 Antibacterial Shield, is great for people who like to sleep in comfort on planes, trains, or automobiles. It is also great for those traveling from hostel to hostel who want a comfortable, personal bedliner. The Sleep Pod is lightweight and comes complete with an attached stuff-bag and traveling strap. $175

Flyypod Sleep Pod

A comfortable backpack is the most critical piece of gear for any two-footed adventure. Osprey consistently rises to the top in quality, functionality, and durability. The Osprey Farpoint for men and Osprey Fairview for women feature zippered access to the main compartment, offering easier access than top-stuff backpacks. The 40L is carry-on size. As an added bonus, the complementing 15L Day Pack can easily attach to the front or back of any Farpoint/Fairview pack for extra storage or as a stand-alone day pack. Sizes: Day Pack, 40L, 50L, 55L, 70L, 80L $65.00 – $270.00

Osprey FarpointFairview

When adventuring off the beaten track, space and weight are critical considerations. One can’t always travel with a clean pair of undies for every day of the trip. Enter the Urban Undercover Underwearables Amsterdam Briefs! The perfect gift for the minimalist adventure traveler in your life, the Amsterdam Brief has a bamboo top layer and is anti-bacterial, breathable, and has a leak-resistant liner. They are also quick dry. Best of all, they have a small pocket sewn into the back waistline and fold neatly away, so your gift recipient can remember which pair are clean and which pair need to be rinsed out. $89.00/three pack

Urban Undercover underwearables Amsterdam Brief

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