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.
Camelbak Arete 18 Hydration Pack
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.
Cotopaxi Capitan Fleece Pullover
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!
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
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.