Alaina P.

Alaina P.

If I'm not exploring a national park, I'm planning my next trip to one. Hiking is my main outdoor activity but I've dabbled in rafting, kayaking, SUP, bouldering, skiing, and snowshoeing. I'm an advocate that the outdoors is for everyone, no matter your experience-level.

I do a lot of traveling, much of which involves bringing my gear with me. Between getting everything on a carry-on, making sure it survives being checked, or stuffing it in the trunk of a car, I've got a few tricks I've picked up for choosing what can work.


Los Alamos, NM

Products I Love

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp My Review

Great Multi-Use Headlamp

This lamp is incredibly versatile ! I've taken it caving and also used it to set up camp in the middle of the night. Easy to use and has several modes (bright, dim, three colors, etc.) It can angle to avoid blinding others.

Recommended if you're looking for an upgrade from a standard headlamp.

Cotopaxi Capitan Fleece Pullover

Cotopaxi Capitan Fleece Pullover My Review

Pricey but Worth It!

I grabbed this pullover on a holiday sale from Cotopaxi after eyeing it for literal months. My goodness was the investment worth it. It's the perfect fleece for a moderate or downright cold day. Travels well and has a repair/replacement guarantee!

Camelbak Arete 18 Hydration Pack

Camelbak Arete 18 Hydration Pack My Review

My Go-To Daypack

This pack is one of my favorite pieces of gear. I've used on summit hikes and city explorations. The water bladder is 1.5 liters and removable, making it a good start to keeping hydrated on trail. It also has a water bottle pocket for making sure you have plenty of water.

When not on trail, I usually forgo the. bladder for extra space. The side pocket is perfect for holding keys, passports, and other important items securely.

Highly recommended if you need a versatile daypack.

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