Despite the relative simplicity of backpacking, there are lots of items you can give as gifts to backpackers. Here are a few that will be a big hit.
1. Trekking Poles Backpackers tend to go in two directions forward and up. Regardless of the direction, they are going to be hoofing a heavy backpack from here to there. Trekking poles are very popular with backpackers because they let them use their arms to support part of the weight. Think of Gandolf in Lord of the Rings, but with a backpack on and a smaller beard! Black Diamond and Leki are good brands, but you can expect to pay a little over $100 for them.
2. Digital Handheld GPS Yep, even backpacking has gone digital. Who would’ve thunk it? Digital handheld GPS units are a recent phenomenon and popular with backpackers. Regardless, backpackers use the units to make sure they know where they are at all times and not get lost. The Garmin brand is solid and you can expect to pay $120 to as much as you can spend.
3. Hydration Waist Packs Backpackers consistently face the threat of getting dehydrated while hoofing it around Gods green earth. Hydration packs help prevent this by letting the backpacker carry water comfortably. Youll have a choice of waist, shoulder and full on backpack systems. The waist packs are the best. You can expect to spend in the £30 to £45 range and Amphipod is a good brand.
If you’re looking for gifts for backpackers, consider yourself lucky. The equipment tends to be inexpensive and last a very long time.