My Favorite Outdoor Gear

Below you'll find my all-time favorite gear. This is the stuff that's really stood out over the years and the gear I don't leave home without. You'll likely recognize a lot of this gear from my photos across the website. These products are functional, durable, comfortable, and be able to withstand the elements and test of time.

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Favorite Hiking and Backpacking Products

Kula Cloth Pee Rag

No more dripping dry! The Kula Cloth is a pee rag that you use to wipe after going to the bathroom for better hygiene in the backcountry. Attach it to the outside of your pack and rinse.

Eureka Ignite Plus 2-Burner Camp Stove

This is the stove we carry in our van. It’s a basic 2-burner camp stove that is very efficient and durable.
Enlightened Equipment Accomplice 2-person backpacking quilt

Enlightened Equipment 2-Person Accomplice Quilt

Want to snuggle with your honey? This ultralight 2-person quilt is warm, allows freedom of movement, and packs down much smaller than two separate sleeping bags.

Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles

Lightweight, adjustable, and collapsible, these trekking poles take pressure off your knees and allow you to use your upper body on the uphills

TentLab The Deuce Poop Shovel

This trowel makes it easy to quickly dig a hole and Leave No Trace when you have to poop in the woods. An essential piece of your backcountry kit!
Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator

Garmin InReach Mini

An emergency communication device that allows you to call for search and rescue, as well as to send custom text messages to family and friends. A must for backcountry safety!

Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter System

A gravity fed water filter that does all of the hard work for you. Just hang it from a tree and let the water flow through the filter into your water bottle.
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Sleeping Pad

This isn’t the lightest or most compact sleeping pad, but to me, it’s the most comfortable (I prefer a flat mat vs one with baffles). It’s quiet, easy to blow up, and provides insulation on colder nights.

Western Mountaineering Versalite 10 degree Sleeping Bag

The last mummy bag I will ever buy. It’s so warm, only weighs 2 pounds, and is made using ethically sourced down.

Zpacks Triplex Tent

This 3p ultralight backpacking tent only weighs 21 oz and utilizes your trekking poles. It’s super roomy, very durable and waterproof (I’ve used it in multiple thunderstorms)

Jetboil Stash Cooking System

The lightest and most efficient Jetboil backpacking stove that only weighs 7.1 ounces

Deuter Aircontact Lite 60 + 10 SL Pack

The pack I took on the John Muir Trail. Comfortable, durable, and budget-friendly backpacking pack with ample room for a multi-day hike.

BioLite Head Lamp

A rechargeable, powerful headlamp that is easy to adjust to your head for the perfect fit

Favorite Car Camping and Van Life Products

Helinox Sunset Camp Chair

A high-back, supportive camp chair that packs down small and weighs just over 3 pounds.
Embarking on Vanlife? This blog post has a list of the most useful vanlife gear and necessities for the long-term road trip.

Cleanwaste GO Anywhere Portable Toilet

A foldable toilet for #2 when you can’t go outside or in sensitive environments where you are required to pack out your poo. Just go in the bag and throw it in the trash afterwards.

Yeti Ramber 20 oz Tumbler

My go-to mug that keeps coffee and tea hot for hours.
Embarking on Vanlife? This blog post has a list of the most useful vanlife gear and necessities for the long-term road trip.

REI Co-op Quick Dry Towel

We have several of these that we use to dry dishes, wipe up messes, and dry off after swimming. They are great for international travel too!

Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

We have a 2-person Rumpl blanket on our van bed, and it’s also a nice addition to a tent. It’s machine washable and shakes clean, making it perfect for dog owners

RTIC Original Hard Cooler

Keeps ice cold for days and cheaper than a YETI

CGI Slimfold Cook Station

I love how easy this cooking table is to setup and put away. We store it behind the drivers seat in our Sprinter Van and it fits perfectly.

Favorite Hiking and Outdoor Apparel

Teva Hurricane XL2 Sandals

My favorite camp sandals. They have a sturdy, grippy sole and are oh so comfy!

Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket

A bomb-proof Gortex rain jacket with pit zips (an essential feature)

REI Co-op Active Pursuits 4.5″ Shorts

A comfy pair of hiking shorts with an elastic waistband and pockets

Patagonia Women’s Houdini Jacket

A ultralight windbreaker great for sun, wind, and bug protection


A great accessory for protecting your face and neck against sun, dust, or wind.
PataWallaroo Sedona Hat // One of the best sun hats for sun protection while hiking

Wallaroo Sedona Hat

My favorite crushable sun hat that offers full coverage

Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Hiking Boots

A fantastic waterproof hiking boot for tougher trails and backpacking trips

Oboz Sawtooth II Low BDry Hiking Shoes

A sturdy, waterproof low-ankle boot good for everyday hiking

Darn Tough Hiking Socks

The best hiking socks ever with a lifetime guarantee!

Arc’teryx Atom LT Insulated Hoodie

A warm, yet breathable hiking layer for those colder days

Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Long-Sleeve Shirt

The long-sleeved version of my favorite hiking shirt for additional sun protection