Don’t know what to get your adventurous friend who seems to need nothing but a ticket to Mt. Kilimanjaro and time off? Our adventure gift guide covers everything: From water purification straws to inspiring pocket notebooks, our gift ideas are infused with adventure and practicality. Here are the best things to buy for your friend with the most wanderlust.
Water Purification Straw
All that adventuring is bound to make a person thirsty. A water purification straw, like this one from LifeStraw, will ensure dehydration never hits your gallivanting friend. It filters 99.999999% of bacteria (including E. coli), 99.999% of parasites (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc.) and 99.999% of microplastics, so they can drink water from streams and lakes to their heart’s content.
First Aid Kit
Whether your friend gets a graze on a zipline or a papercut from a Parisian map, you can never go wrong with a compact first aid kit. This one from Tripworthy comes in a tough, water-resistant nylon case ideal for camping, road trips, hunting, fishing and hiking.
Sunscreen is ideal everywhere, from the sun-kissed beaches of Thailand to the heady highlands of Scotland. Make sure your friend slathers up well so a sunburn doesn’t get in the way of their bucket list. We recommend those from Butterbean and La Roche-Posay.
Wool Compression Socks
If your friend is the type of person who won’t skip their CrossFit routine in the dead of winter, wool compression socks will help them keep comfortable while getting fit—even when it’s freezing. Wool socks, like those from Darn Tough, are even ideal for air travel as they reduce leg swelling.
With a reliable multi-tool, your friend can open cans in the woods, remove splinters from skin, and cut their freshly caught fish. Even when they’re not adventuring, there are multiple uses for a multi-tool around the house. We particularly like the multi-tools offered by Leatherman.
Adventure often leads to inspiration. After spending time gazing upon mountaintops, soaring over distant lands and tasting exotic flavors, your friend may need a way to capture it all in words. A classic pocket notebook from Moleskine or the aptly named Adventure Log are small enough to slide into their pocket or the side pocket of their backpack.
The sunrise trek to Hawaii’s Haleakala is simply more enjoyable with hot coffee in hand. This 40oz, vacuum-insulated container from Thermos keeps hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold for 24 hours. It’s perfect for any type of adventure your friend prefers, and the portable container can clip onto their bag for easy access.
Sure, they have their phone for photos, but the GoPro was built for adventurers. This tiny, wearable camera makes it simple for your friend to capture their adventures and upload them for everyone to watch in awe.
Nothing ruins a good adventure like losing your stuff. Cube Tracker makes sure that doesn’t happen. This Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use-app can help your friend locate a lost item quickly or allows your friend to enlist an entire Cube network to help. You can already hear the story when they come home: “If it weren’t for my Cube Tracker, the trip would have been a disaster.” They may be the one with adventurous tales, but you’re the one who saved the day.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health and VICE.