9 Adventure-Ready Gifts For Your Daypack
Daypacks just love to get replenished every once in a while, provided they don’t get overstuffed and have too much to schlepp around. That won’t be so good for your back, knees, and ankles, either. Not to mention your mood after a long day’s hike.
So here are 9 gifts for your daypack going into the holidays (and after)….
Ummm what’s with the camel?
#1 Water bladder
Not for you or the camel, silly: for your pack! It holds your water (hard to discuss this without getting hung up in double entendres), so you can drink conveniently and luxuriously—”camel up”, as it were—while you’re out adventuring.
Water is heavy, too (2 lbs per quart plus the weight of the bottle). A water bladder hangs against your back, its weight over your core.
Never had one or considered one? Have a more prolonged encounter with the camel at Get Hosed: 1 Great Reason To Use A Camelbak.
#2 Water treatment straw
Lean over a stream and slurp up. Leaning over a cow trough, maybe not so much, but no doubt it’s been done….
#3 First aid kit
‘Nuf said. Don’t forget to include 3 extra AAA batteries for your headlamp, your name and address, phone number for emergency contact.
An important item in your “ten essentials”, a whistle belongs attached to the pack in reach of your mouth.
Before you add one to your wish list, however, look carefully at your daypack. The more technical models now include a whistle on the buckle of the sternum strap. Give it a few blasts to confirm it still works.
Onwards with gifts for your daypack…
Summer or winter, your pack demands some kind of hat: a lightweight, compact, beanie style in cool or wet weather or a brimmed hat in the sunshine.
#6 Pack cover
Yes, an old-fashioned shower cap for your pack. Look carefully at your pack, though before you put “pack cover” in a prominent place on your list. These days some packs come with covers: yours may already have one secreted in a pocket. Also, specify size. If you’d like someone to gift you a cover, they’ll need to know how many liters the pack holds; there’s usually a number (such as 20) on the outside of the pack that will tell you. Otherwise, it might go airborne in a gust of wind, get snagged on a low branch, or generally bug the heck out of you.
Indulge your pack with a spare set of wool or synthetic socks. Your feet will love you if you step in a puddle or a cactus by mistake, and you can corral the twosome to cushion against chafing from straps.
#8 Doggie bowl
This will do double duty: a) for water and b) for the dog food you brought along. Otherwise, your pup might feel obliged to munch on your priceless stuff-hauler and leave you packless in the wilderness. Not good.
The yours-truly-cheapskate method involves a plastic Ziploc freezer bowl vintage 1996, short in stature, widish in diameter. It weighs little and doesn’t take up much space.
Alternatives? The dogster (RIP) wouldn’t deign to stick his nose in the fabric Ruff Wear variety, which looks oh-so-lovely if you’re human. Thus the antique Ziploc.
There’s a newish possibility out there, though: the genius collapsible silicon models generally meet the approval of doggie and parent.
Caution: the bowl needs to be wide enough for your pupster’s snout to open and slurp.
Colorful is good. You won’t accidentally leave it behind.
More pooch gifts at: 6 Practical Gifts For An Outdoor Doggie.
Otherwise, neither you nor your pack will be stepping along in any direction when dusk falls or you’ve tagged along on a star-gazing ranger talk. Besides, your pack requires the “10 essentials”, so it’ll require a headlamp or flashlight. You read the part about adding 3 AAA’s to your first aid kit, correct?
That’s it! 9 gifts for your daypack.
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Photo credits for “gifts for your daypack”. Featured image and top… 4 Hikers at Keswick, Lake District, UK: Public Domain via Unsplash. Camel: CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay. Frontier Straw: screen shot, Amazon. Hikers break, At the SOSAT site: CC BY 2.0 by Peter Stevens via Flickr. Snowshoe Hike at night 02-15-14: CC BY 2.0 by BLM Nevada via Flickr.