I am a Midwest based outdoor enthusiast and blogger, as well as an avid backpacker! Hiking, camping, road tripping...I love our parks and public lands. I strive to inspire others to get outside and educating myself further and helping others understand Leave No Trace. I both work and volunteer for many outdoor programs that includes trail building, maintenance and trash clean up. You can find me on Instagram at @jennythetrailhead!
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Spray
I am a believer in Sawyer Products and their Permethrin is a game changer. Treat your clothing before a trip, and it stays effective for up to 6 washes. Please note that it is toxic to felines until it is 100% dry. Treat outdoors or in a well ventilated area where it’s out of the way of pets and kids until it’s completely dry! Pair this with Picaridin lotion or spray for your skin and you’re golden for tick season.
Katadyn Hiker Pro Filter
I love this filter! I have my water bladder rigged so I can plug this straight into my backpack and filter clean water right into my hydration vestibule without having to remove anything. Quick to use, easy to keep clean. I’ve had the same model for 3 years and it’s been great.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket
Splurge. Take the jump. Bite the bullet. This puffy is one of my favorite pieces of gear hands down! I hang around camp in it, I sleep in it, I use it as a pillow...it’s the best. I have the black hooded version. Warmest, coziest coat in all the land! No issues with feather loss, tears, etc. Stows in its own pocket. Weighs nothing. Great investment.
Osprey Kestrel 48 Backpack
This pack has been a perfect fit and trail companion for about 3 years. From short weekend trips to week long section hikes it has proven to be just the right size for my gear (all seasons) and needs. My base weight before food and water hovers between 17-21 lbs depending on the weather. I am a 34 year old woman, 5’7” and fluctuate occasionally between 178-190lbs. I wear a size M/L pack. I’ve never had an issue with the fit. In fact, it’s sincerely very comfortable. The rain cover works great. I like the many roomy pockets and internal storage in the brain.
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
Perfect Camp Kitchen
I have been using my Flash for a few years now and it’s been fantastic. While it is one of the larger in size out of the other Jetboil systems, it’s been perfect for solo and even more so if I am camping with a partner. Boils super fast! I’m a fan of Jetboil’s customer service as well.