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Accessories June, 5 2013

Buyer’s Guide: 10 Backpacking Accessories

Vacation season is coming up and most of us are already forging out plans on what to do and where to go. Some may prefer an all-inclusive trip, chilling by the pool and doing nothing at all, besides sipping piña coladas and mojitos and getting gradually wasted. While others seek the thrill of hiking and backpacking and feeling at one with Mother Nature… and getting wasted. If you belong to the latter group, check out our latest Buyers Guide on backpacking accessories after the jump.

 

Leatherman Multi Tool

Depending on your handyman skills, this pitch-black Leatherman multi-tool features all the tools needed for you to build an entire cozy forest cabin from scratch if the situation calls for it. You can purchase yours here.

 

Stanley – Classic Vacuum Bottle 2.0 Qt.

Stanley has been a steady provider of high-grade insulated products for quite some time now. So if you’re looking for a rugged no-bullshit flask that easily withstands a beating, this might be the perfect choice for you. Get it directly from the source.

 

Ultralight/Watertight Medical Kit

Roaming the great outdoors with no doctor around for miles, a petty scratch left untreated can easily turn into a rotten bloody stump, which will eventually attract all kinds of critters that will munch on whatever delicious parts of your body are left. Better have that Ultralight/Watertight Medical Kit around. You can get it here.

 

Snowpeak – Starter Kit

You can keep munching on those trail mix bars, or you can whip out this stove kit by Snowpeak and prepare a Michelin star-worthy three-course outdoor meal. Or just heat a can of spaghetti. You can get yours here.

 

Poler Stuff – The One Man Tent

Yeah sure, we all heard about camo being played out. But if there is one place that calls for it, it is the great outdoors. Get this one-man tent over at Poler Stuff.

 

Best Made Co. – The Lensatic Cruiser Compass

Thanks to Google Maps, that sense of orientation given to us by evolution over the course of thousands of years has virtually been eradicated. Some people can’t even walk straight without consulting their smartphone for directions. Unfortunately that kind of modern gadgetry is worthless once you are lost somewhere between… where the fuck are we again? Oh yeah… there’s GPS. But what screams more “skilled outdoorsman” than navigating with a good ol’ compass? Exactly. Get it now from Best Made Co.

 

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

Living under a natural disaster called the ozone hole, Aussies know two or three things about keeping that precious imported European skin from turning into A-grade jerky. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen might be a bit on the pricey side, but it’s totally worth the money. You can purchase it here.

 

Julbo -Vermont Classic Glacier Glasses

Outdoor outfitters tend to overdo it with colors and shapes, turning unsuspecting sunglasses into alien spaceships. However, besides its contemporary range of shades, Julbo offers the Vermont Classic Glacier Sunglasses, which were launched back in the 1950s and since then have not lost any of their initial appeal. You can pick them up here.

 

Outgo – Microfiber Quick-Dry Travel Towel

As this list features only a fraction of what is considered essential to a backpacking trip, you might want to save some space for all that junk you’re going to carry through the wilderness. Instead of a huge-ass terrycloth towel, we recommend going for the Outgo Mircrofiber Quick Dry travel towel. It’s lightweight, compact and absorbs five times its weight in water. You can get it here.

 

Moleskine – Book Light

If you will ever find yourself wide awake at a shabby Colombian hostel at 5 a.m., because of… reasons that really don’t need any further explanation, this book light by Moleskine may come in handy when trying to come down by reading a Spanish language edition of Moby Dick. Get it here.

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