My Outdoor Gear


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Osprey Women’s Skimmer 30 Day Pack

I love my Skimmer on day hikes.  There is plenty of room and plenty of pockets, both big and small.  The small pockets are perfect for storing things you need quickly.  They are right on top and shallow, so important items don’t get lost in the bottom of your bag.  The pocket on the waist belt is where I store my keys and small Swiss Army knife.  It also comes with a hydration reservoir, but I have yet to use it.


Keen Hiking Boots

I love my Keen boots!  I go for a mid-height boot like this one.  They are super comfortable, and the toe protection is exactly what I need as I trip over just about everything.  I end up wearing these all winter long too.  So these are not just for the trail for me!


Convertible Hiking Pants

I cannot recommend convertible hiking pants like these enough.  Pants for when it’s chilly out in the morning and evening, zip off the legs to make shorts as it warms up in the afternoons.  I’ve already convinced three people to buy them.


Jetboil Flash Java Kit Stove

This little stove is great for backpacking or even car camping.  I have used it for both.  It’s easy to set up and start.  It boils water fast, and makes a great cup of coffee, which is mainly what I use it for when we car camp.  You can purchase additional pots and pans that hook on to it, if you so desire.



I don’t have these Keen sandals, but I do have a different brand.  These Keens are on my wish list.  These are great for playing in the river or the lake.  I also use mine as a camp shoe so my feet can breathe after being in my hiking shoes all day.  They still have the toe guard, which I still need around camp.  Wearing flip flops usually meant I poked my toe on a branch, protruding rock, or cactus needles.  My son had a pair that he wore all summer long.  We will all be getting a pair this coming summer!


Therm-a-rest Air Mattress

This might not be the best air mattress for backpacking, but it works for me.  I use it all the time.  It’s not bulky like the ones you have to blow up with an air pump, that you have to re-pump up when you go to sleep at 11 pm because all the air seeped out, and you annoy everyone around you with your compressor noise.  This one is small enough you won’t pass out when you blow it up.  And it fits nicely under my mummy bag.


Nalgene Water Bottle

I have four of these.  I love that they are dishwasher safe.  I seriously hate hand washing bottles.  And these have a handy measuring chart on the side to keep track of your water intake.  They fit nicely in the side pocket of my pack.