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10 Awesome Gift Ideas for Your Outdoorsy Friend

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When you select a gift for your outdoor enthusiast friend, consider something that is really useful and needed. Consider value for money as well as style. Going outdoors is very popular nowadays, so you probably know someone who loves hiking, backpacking, skiing, or some other outdoor activity. Here are few gift ideas that are useful for many outdoor lovers:

1. For coffee and tea lovers

Many outdoor lovers are also coffee or tea lovers also. Drinking great coffee or tea when backpacking or camping is a great experience. Your gift might be a new travel mug and some sachets of the best quality coffee or tea. Maybe it could be some new blend or new taste? Similarly, the Espresso maker or Aeropress may be an amazing gift for campers. Aeropress makes brewing the best coffee easier. Also, brewing coffee using Aeropress is as quick as making instant coffee. A beautiful coffee mug (with or without coffee or tea) is another great idea for the outdoor enthusiast. A stainless steel mug will keep their hot drink warm for hours.

2. Gift card

Are you thinking of choosing an awesome gift for your friend who is an outdoor enthusiast but he/she already has everything? An Airbnb, hotel, or favorite store gift card may be a wonderful choice. These traveling gift cards enable your friend to book their most favorite destination, as you may not know about his/her next plans. Outdoorsy people often like to try new things, so maybe it might be some new outdoor experience instead? Like a hot air balloon drive, or rafting? There are many gift cards available for these kinds of events as well. 

3. USB power bank

Nowadays, no one is traveling without a phone and camera. Those who are continuously on the move often come across with the problem of their device running out of battery. When they desperately want to use their device, it will be without charge. Carrying a power bank is handy and makes a life lot easier. And is there a better way to recharge than using solar energy? Solar energy banks are nowadays lightweight and sustainable, so why not consider that?

4. Camping multi-tool

One of the most essential items for outdoor lovers is a multi-tool, which you can use as a knife, scissor, screwdriver, and much more. Being prepared for everything may not be possible, but a high-quality multi-tool can even be a lifesaver and save you from a headache. Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool and Leatherman multi-tools are by far our favorites.

5. Outdoor cooking set or cooler

Cooking and eating is an essential part of life, especially when going outdoors. A high-quality cooking set is always needed when you stay longer outdoors. Or if your buddy just love going outdoors to the nearest park, a cooler or lunch box might be perfect for them? Choose durable materials and have a look at the reviews before making your decision and purchasing.

6. Blanket for extreme weather

The 100% waterproof and windproof hooded blanket for extreme weather is another awesome gift for the outdoor enthusiast. This kind of blanket is very soft, lightweight and fleecy. The sturdy stuff sack that is provided with the blanket enables the user to carry the blanket easily.

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7. Outdoorsy t-shirt

Maybe your gift could just be an outdoor-themed, sustainable T-shirt? If he or she loves outdoorsy style anytime, this might be an option for him or her. If you choose a sustainable, eco-friendly option, that might even be aligned with trendy and eco-conscious lifestyle? Usually sustainable T-shirts also last longer. 

8. Camping lantern

After sunset, a camping lantern is really needed when outdoors. Choose a rechargeable option that can also be charged with solar.

9. Laptop cases and wallets

When traveling or going for a longer trip, many people want to carry their laptop with them. If you gift such a person with a laptop-case, he/she can keep the device safe and prevent scratches and damage. Of course, this may be not a case for a day-trip traveler, but in many cases, a laptop sleeve is a useful gift.

Everyone, even outdoor enthusiasts, carry wallets. Travel wallets are often useful as it may be easier to keep only needed belongings in a small and lightweight travel wallet. The travel wallets provide sufficient space to store everything safely and separately, including tickets, cards, and even a passport.

10. Water bottles and personal water filters

No outdoor lover will be without a water bottle. The disposable water bottles will be thrown in landfills and they are not the best possible option for the environment. Therefore, maybe a new water bottle would be useful?

Wherever a person goes, he requires pure drinking water and, at some places, it may not be so easy to get clean drinking water. Therefore, a personal water filter might be needed as well when on the move. It is a very compact device, which can be stuffed in the backpack and pulled out whenever needed. The personal water filter makes the water free of harmful bacteria, such as salmonella and E.coli and also destroys the waterborne parasites. It will remove micro plastics of the smallest size from the drinking water. The microbiological filter of the water filter typically provides 1000 gallons of clean drinking water. When the traveler has no access to clean drinking water, the personal water filter enables him to stay hydrated.

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20 Amazing Places to Go Outdoors in the US

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If you are an outdoor lover, you probably value unique and new experiences. There are amazing places where you can visit or stay for a longer and just enjoy stunning views and Mother Nature. Enjoy your hiking and grab your backpack to be ready for your new adventure. These 20 amazing places worth of visiting in the US:

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is one of the “must-have” places to visit. It’s one of the most visited national parks where you can definitely find stunning views and peaks to go to. Located in New England, it is the only national park you can find with astounding inland lakes, thick forests that transform into beautiful hues in the fall season, astonishing ocean, the craggy outcrops, and stunning mountain views. You can rent a bike and roam around the park and experience the great outdoor journey. This is also a budget-friendly option.

2. The Badlands and the Black Hills, South and North Dakota

Located in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, this monumental place can offer you enjoyment and a remarkable outdoor experience. You can take in various rock formations and, if you are fortunate enough, you can even see bison herds. The natural beauty can be found here with plenty of things to do, ranging from beautiful parks, monuments and landscapes to attractions, wildlife, and scenic driveways.

3. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Located in Kentucky, this Mammoth Cave National Park offers an amazing cave system below ground, but also campgrounds, trails, river experiences and much more. Check out your favorite places and sign up for a tour to get the full view of the beauty the caves offer.

4. Mount Rainier in Ashford, Washington

If you love wildflowers in full bloom and hiking in summer time, this may be your choice. This iconic place in Washington’s landscape is great for hiking, camping and climbing.

5. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Probably the most famous place to go, this US National Park is just magnificent. Enjoy the peak and timeless views in the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Reserve enough time, especially in the peak seasons, as you will not be the only one here. And if you are nearby, outside Grand Canyon National Park lies Havasu Falls, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls.

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6. Burlington, Vermont

In Burlington, you can enjoy amazing outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, or paddle your boat across the Winooski River. You can also enjoy the view of Adirondacks and Green Mountains that are close to Burlington.

7. Yosemite, California

Another famous place to visit is Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Falls. Walk around the waterfalls, hike, and enjoy the amazing nature.

8. Keystone, Colorado

If you want to unwind with an outdoor activity, you can go to Colorado and experience a remarkable outdoor experience. Keystone offers a lot of adventures during summertime, such as hiking, alpine tubing, and biking, and several water sports. In winter, you may want to ski in the resort. Centered around River Run Village, this mountain town sits well above the sea level at over 9200 feet.

9. Arches National Park, Utah

Find natural sandstones, red rocks, and amazing landforms. This amazing place is really special and unique. Catch a view, hike in a variety of trails, and enjoy the red rock wonderland in a guided tour or just by yourself.

10. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

You may be a beginner or and experienced hiker, but if you love to see beautiful greenery, Oneonta Gorge and Triple Falls nearby may be perfect for you. You can see a lot even in a short hike.

11. Seward, Alaska

Looking for something special? Visit the most beautiful fjords in breathtaking, icing nature, but hurry as climate change is melting the glaciers. In this case, Kenai Fjords National Park is the place to go.

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12. Zion National Park, Utah

As one of the recognized backpacking destinations in the US, Zion National Park offers rocky and mesmerizing views, amazing rivers and numerous viewpoints to be amazed of the breathable landscapes.

13. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S and known for its wildlife, forests, lakes, rivers and canyons. Also known of the famous old faithful, geysers and diverse wildlife like wild wolves, bears and wild buffalos. Plan your visit ahead as there are so many things to do.

14. Coastal Georgia’s Wildlife Refuges

If you love nature, you may want to witness wildlife, affordable campgrounds, and free beaches. This unique and peaceful place offers a possibility to calm down and see a piece of wildlife, birds, deer and other fauna in the nature.

15. Portland, Maine

You can have the chance to experience great land and water experiences in Portland. There are many outdoor recreations available, like kayaking, sailing, motor boating, surfing, and hiking in the nature trails. You can go to waterparks, enjoy wildlife, or just enjoy the stunning scenery of this place.

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16. Monongahela, Jefferson, and George Washington National Forests

In Virginia and West Virginia, you can find U.S National Forests. This wilderness area is an opposite to the busy life. If you love hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventures, you can check these places and enjoy the majestic view of forests and state parks. This place definitely offers a great variety of plant life. Be prepared to face the black bear as well, as they are relatively common.

17. Hawaii

Hawaii is a great choice for hiking due to a variety of landscapes making the visit memorable. Trek to Makalawena beach in Kekaha Kai State Park and see the Mount Kilauea. Located in the southern part of Hawai, Mount Kilauea is a young and active Hawaiian volcano worth seeing. The volcano rises above 4100 feet above the sea level. Remember to stay in designated areas to stay safe.

18. Canyon Trail, New Mexico

If you love hiking, head over to New Mexico and enjoy a loop trail hiking. Find beautiful wild flowers, amazing slots, geological formations and rocks. It offers moderate hike with beautiful views and you don’t need to be an expert to survive.

19. The Ozark and Ouachita Mountains – Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma

If you want a full outdoor experience, the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma are nice places to visit. Enjoy excellent driving roads, hiking trails, high mountain peaks, and interesting rivers.

20. Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada

This blue, clear lake is tucked into the Sierra Nevada mountain. At an affordable price, you can be accommodated and experience a high-class vacation in Lake Tahoe, located in California and Nevada. There are plenty of options to do around the year, from hiking the mountains and renting an affordable kayak to experiencing a complete festival schedule.

There are definitely other beautiful destinations as well in the US. What’s your favorite one?

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10 Tips to Successful Camping

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Camping is an enjoyable activity and there are numerous health benefits to going outdoors as well. It is a great way to explore the world, spend quality time with friends and family, and gain new memorable experiences. That’s also why it is imperative to prepare things adequately to have successful camping experience. Here are some tips that will help you to take care of everything you need for your next camping trip.

1. List all the things you need for the camp, pack and update your list regularly

Camping, as many other things in life, is a learning experience. You can find great packing lists online to be prepared for your trip. However, it’s also a learning experience. One you find out that something was missing, update your list and have a more enjoyable experience next time. It is great idea to prepare a list and make sure that you won’t forget any of it. However, if that happens, update your list for the next time. By making a list, you’ll be able to prepare your things effectively and head to the campsite with fewer worries. What you need to pack will depend on your trip. It matters where you go, how long you will stay, what your level of experience is, and who your travel companions will be. Therefore, even if you use ready-made checklists, try to adjust it to your case. Make sure that, before leaving your home and heading to your campsite, you have prepared all the essential things that you will use in the activity. On the other hand, avoid taking too many extra items with you.

2. Choose easy and lightweight products

For a hassle-free camping activity, make sure to pick things that won’t be a burden to you. You will be able to enjoy going to your campsite without feeling much lethargy carrying your items. There are so many products available for camping that you may be overwhelmed. However, high-quality, lightweight and compact products will make your life easier.

3. Test your gear before you go

It may happen to the beginner: you buy something for your next camping trip, take it with you and don’t really find out first if the product is really suitable for you. Check your tent, gear, sleep bags etc. before you go. Most importantly, test your shoes and clothes before you go. It may ruin your camping experience if you only have your new shoes that rub your toes uncomfortably.

 

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4. Prefer easy but nutritious food

Preferring easy and ready-to-eat foods is convenient, but make sure that your food is nutritious enough. If you hike for a longer time, your body needs a lot of energy. You need enough proteins, carbohydrates, and fat. Great backpacking foods are, for instance, nuts, dried fruits, protein bars, powdered milk, instant oatmeal, and dehydrated meals. Additionally, remember to drink enough as well!

5. Avoid common pitfalls

Preventing common pitfalls is beneficial. Take into account where are you going, the weather, and if there may be also other people in the same destination. Leave early enough to the campground that you will have enough time to set up your camp during the daylight and be prepared for the nighttime. Remember to protect your skin from the sun and wind and use a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen when needed. By having enough knowledge or experience, you can avoid many pitfalls.

6. Do not forget your mini survival and emergency kit

Remember to think of any surprises you may face and be prepared for them. Don’t forget your mini survival and emergency kit. In case of unexpected situations, you’ll be able to amend things with this kit. You can use it not only for yourself but also to assist other camp members in need. The unexpected may be mosquito bite, facing a bear, or anything between.

7. Proper clothing

Depending where you go, weather conditions may vary a lot. Clothing is often underestimated by beginners. Not having enough clothing for different weather conditions is pretty common. It may be rainy, windy, sunny or cold, especially at nigh,, so remember to have sufficient clothing with you.

8. Warm sleeping bag

When you stay outside at night, the temperature may be colder than you think. Therefore, it’s essential to have a warm enough sleeping bag with you. Cold temperatures may be something beginners underestimate, so be prepared. 

9. Light and fire

After sunset, it may be dark and, therefore, remember to have camping lanterns with you. They are often lightweight and easy to carry. Remember to have enough light, as after sunset there may still be many hours before you go to sleep.

Remember to pack also campfire items like fire starters and matches. Be careful when making a fire, especially when it’s dry. Keeping water and sand nearby is always a good idea in case the fire needs to be put out.

10. Take few plastic or dry bags with you

It’s a good idea to keep few plastic or dry bags with you when you’re camping. There will be garbage, and you should carry everything back – anything you cannot burn at camp. Or it may be rainy suddenly so you may want to pack your valuables into the plastic bag to keep them dry. It is highly recommendable to invest in water- and windproof clothes and bags, so this shouldn’t be your first worry, but there may be surprises on the way.

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Enjoy nature with biking and hiking

Autumn is a great time for outdoors activities. When returning back to the office or school, outdoors and sports activities are a great way to relax, reduce stress and take off from the busy weekdays.

While it’s probably easier to stay at home and take it easy, it’s worth of taking some distance from every-day activities and spend some time in the nature. There are numerous hiking and biking trails available -surely, it depends a lot where you are located – but still, there are options going further from the backyard. If you’re living in a big city, you need to take more effort on going to the nature – but still, even 5 minutes a day in a park may be worth considering.

Even a small amount of fresh air or “green activity” like walking, biking or hiking improves your health – both mental and physical health. People going outdoors tended to have higher self-esteem and better mood. Physical exercise also improves to lower blood cholesterol, reduce risk of cardiovascular and other diseases and help you to manage weight. There are numerous studies also on the topic.

Going outdoors is a great way to spend some time with friends and family. So when are you going?

 

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Easy picnic food ideas – are you ready to go?

There’s still great time to enjoy sunny days and go for a picnic (surely, depending on your location). Going for a picnic is a great way to spend some time with your family or friends. However, it doesn’t need to be too hard to prepare everything for a picnic. Here are few tips to keep it easy:

  1. Picnic sandwiches

The easiest way to go for a picnic is just to crab sandwiches (or something else) from the nearest store and go. If you’re making it by yourself, there are plenty of options to choose from. Try different breads like focaccia, muffuletta and ciabatta and fill it with chicken, pork, salad, red peppers, mozzarella, salami or your favourite filling. This is an easy choice and still delicious! 

  1. Wraps and burritos

Wraps and burritos are easy to make. Fill with tomatoes, black beans, sweetcorn, avocado, red chili, chicken, beef or choose your favourites. Wrap in foil and go! 

  1. Pies

If you have more time for the preparations, how about a pie? Cute pork pie, tomato-mozzarella pie, chicken and pesto pie or maybe gorgonzola-walnuts pie? The choice is yours. 

  1. Picnic salads

Salad is definitely an easy choice. You can just buy fresh ingredients from the local store and make a large salad to share out. Or easier choice is just a takeaway -options directly from the store or a restaurant. 

  1. Picnic dessert

Some sweet treats may belong to your picnic. How about some brownies, cupcakes, or a cheesecake? You can buy it from the nearest bakery if you don’t have time or energy to do it yourself. 

  1. Picnic drinks

There are several options available directly from the store. If you have some extra time, how about some refreshing summer drink? Cranberry juice, sparkling water and some mint with ice cubes or maybe an iced mind tea? Or a cocktail of your choice? 

There are also plenty of other options if you want to keep it easy. Maybe just a pizza, sushi or Vietnamese rolls? The choice is yours – going for a picnic may be really easy. Probably it’s more demanding to agree on a time to meet…

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