I really feel like kids these days do not know enough about the outdoors. I imagine that there are lots of them that just do not even come close to realizing how much the quality of life of the average citizen of a modern country has improved in the last 50 years. Or how much it has improved since the start of the industrial revolution. It is mind boggling and I want to look up UK campsites right now to take my kid for a camping trip. I want him to learn to appreciate what it is like to live outside of a modern home, outside of a modern city, and in the real wilderness.
I plan to take him fishing, and we can cut and cook the fish for dinner. It should be a good lesson to help him learn how lucky he is to live in the modern world. Continue reading
Backpacking, not to be confused with day-hiking and camping, is often misunderstood by friends and family. A backpacker carries all their supplies on their back, and most do not carry more than 40 pounds unless they are going on an extreme expedition. For this reason, gear must be useful and as light as possible. Here are some gift ideas most backpackers will appreciate.
Most backpackers use stuff sacks to keep their pack organized. Cook kits, dirty clothes and liquids are often kept in separate bags. A good stuff sack can also be used as a bear bag or to squash down a puffy jacket or quilt. Stuff sacks also wear out, so receiving some good quality replacements is always welcome.
A Folding Knife
In the middle of the Appalachian Trail is no time to snap the blade off the cheap knife they picked up as a discount store. Folding knives are used for shaving kindling, cutting cords and even preparing food. If your backpacker is on a budget, a quality knife is an investment that will be appreciated and it will last for years.
If you don’t know the difference between an internal frame and an external or why trail runners are not sneakers, it might be best if you just gave a gift certificate to an outdoor store. Backpackers usually have a list of items they want, and they can use the money to get the gear they need.
Backpacking is often confused with day-hiking or camping, so buying gifts for a backpacker can be a challenge. These gift ideas will save you from buying something expensive and utterly worthless for your backpacking loved one.