We test tons of gear on our many outdoor adventures throughout the South, and we’ve wrapped our hand-selected, trail-tested favorites into our 2018 Outdoor Gift Guide. This is a list of some of our favorite, low-cost hiking, backpacking and camping gear and goods, to help you find the perfect outdoor gift – or find some new gear for your own outdoor adventures.
STUCK ON YOU
Atlanta Trails Stickers
Show your love for great Georgia adventures with our Atlanta Trails stickers! These durable, weatherproof, vinyl stickers make the perfect addition to your car, water bottle, enamel mug, or binder.
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POWER UP, POWER THROUGH, RECOVER
GU Energy Snacks & Drinks
We’ve been longtime fans of GU and their line of energy, hydration, and recovery products. From pre-workout energy chews to post-workout hydration, GU keeps us moving and feeling great. Each product satisfies specific energy and nutrients needs for sustained activity and performance. And the products not only work great, but they taste great, too! Among our favorites are the Carmel Stroopwafels, Watermelon Energy Chews, and Lemon Lime Hydration Drink Tabs.
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Morning coffee is a must-have around our campsite, and we’ve tried just about every gadget and press trying to get the best tasting cup. Kuju eliminates the need for fancy equipment. Simply open the individually wrapped packet, hang the filter over the cup, secure with the cardboard tabs, and pour hot water over the grounds. Simple, quick, delicious, and devine.
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DEPENDABLE FIRE STARTER
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
The UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit provides peace of mind when stormy weather catches up to us on the trail. The kit includes 12 windproof and waterproof matches that each burning for up to 25 seconds. The kit also includes 3 replaceable strike pads and a waterproof case that floats. With the Titan Stormproof Match Kit, we’re able to able to light a fire at the campsite, in pretty much whatever weather Mother Nature chooses to toss our way.
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STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT
BioLite SiteLight Mini
We’ve been big fans of the BioLite SiteLights, and love the homey feel they bring to the campsite. The newest addition to the line, SiteLight Mini, provides even more options for illuminating tents, cooking areas, and other spots where task lighting is needed. The SiteLight Mini features four lights on a 10 foot cord and can be daisy-chained with other members of the SiteLight family. Powering up is easy with the ability to use the BioLite PowerLight, BaseLantern XL, or any USB port using the included adapter.
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SOLAR POWERED ILLUMINATION
LuminAID PackLite Spectra & Nova
Lightweight, portable, and solar powered: the inflatable LuminAid PackLite Spectra and PackLite Nova provide hours of illumination for lighting up the campsite, pool party or backyard BBQ. The larger PackLite Spectra comes with a USB connection for faster recharging, and both the Spectra and the Nova feature a strap for hanging from tent hooks and trees. When not in use, both models deflate and pack down for easy storage and travel.
Canvas & Wood Artwork by Art4Trails
They’re handmade in Georgia with a whole lot of personality and rustic charm. These canvas and wooden artwork pieces add outdoorsy vibes to an interior space. They’re colorful, mountain-inspired, and perfect for bringing the outdoors inside on those days when the schedule (or weather) won’t allow for a trip to the mountains.
Green Goo Outdoor Travel Pack
We’ve been longtime fans of the Green Goo First Aid salve. All of Green Goo’s products are made without artificial ingredients – only all-natural botanicals, herbs, and essential oils. One of our favorite products is the Outdoor Travel Pack which features lip balm, first aid salve, pain relief salve, and insect repellant. It’s the perfect Green Goo starter kit and has become a staple in our camping and hiking bags.
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WARM AND WIRED
GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Microlite 500
Hot coffee for 8 hours! We’re sold. There’s nothing like an early morning drive to the mountains with a mug of coffee that stays hot for the whole trip. The new GSI Outdoors Microlite 500 provides unbelievable insulation while weighing ⅓ less and being 60% thinner than traditional vacuum bottles.
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BASIC BUT INDESTRUCTIBLE
Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottles
MADE IN THE USA + GUARANTEED FOR LIFE
Darn Tough Socks
Darn Tough socks are nearly indestructible and darn comfortable – and they’re unconditionally guaranteed, for life! Fast drying and wicking merino wool keeps our feet comfy and dry, even on the longest adventures. Sizes, thicknesses and heights are available for just about any type of outdoor activity.
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LIGHT IT UP
Adventure Medical Fire Lite Kit
Sometimes nature just doesn’t cooperate and building a fire can be nearly impossible. With the Adventure Medical Fire Lite Kit starting a fire is easy in any weather. The kit includes a firestarter and 20 pieces of Tinder Quick waterproof tinder.
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Keep It DRY
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
Our adventures take us through a range of terrain and weather, so we never leave home without a dry bag or two. The Seat to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack comes in a range of sizes to keep our electronics and gear safe and dry, whether we’re fording rivers, caught in an unexpected downpour or soaking up some sun on our paddleboards.
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Yum on the run
Good To-Go Meals
Mealtime on the trail just got one heck of an upgrade! Good To-Go’s gourmet backpacking meals have changed the way we think about trail food. They’re made by a former Iron Chef (for real!), and they’re super delicious and easy to prepare. Just add boiling water, wait 20 minutes, and you’ll be set for a meal more suited for a sit-down restaurant than a mountain summit. After a full day of backpacking, the Thai Curry is simply incredible.
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Ultralight Water Filtration
Sawyer Mini Filter
The Sawyer Mini is the easiest-to-use, lightest and most effective water filter we’ve tested. It lasts longer and outperforms most other backpacking water filters available, and has replaced the heavier pump-style filters in our gear closet.
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Thanks for your support! - the Atlanta Trails crew
Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.
Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.