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Gifts For the Backpacking & Camping Manly Man

Updated on May 16, 2014

Camping & Backpacking Gift Guide for the Rest of Us

For those of you who have brothers, boyfriends, or a husband who enjoy backpacking, and camping manly man activities the prospect of the perfect gift is normally tinged with fear. How do you purchase a gift when you don't do any of the activities yourself?! Calm down. This is a gift guide to achieving the perfect gift for for such a manly man.

Kelty Salida 2 BackPacking 2 Person Tent - The Perfect Backpacking Tent for Him

The Kelty Salida 2 is perfect for the man in need of a lightweight yet sturdy backpacking tent. Perfect for your budget and a camper's every need without the back-breaking budget.

Kelty Salida 2 Backpacking 2 Person Tent
Kelty Salida 2 Backpacking 2 Person Tent

My brother and I put up this tent in under three minutes. The construction was ridiculously simple for such an award winning tent. Salida designed it for two and the rectangular shape ensures optimal space. The accompanying rain cover also allows for an extra space so you can keep dirty gear protected outside of the tent.


The Cabela's Gift Card for When You Just Don't Know What to Get Him - The Right Gift Occasionally Has to be Chosen by Him

Let's face it. When looking at an entire aisle of fishing poles followed by about 1500 different lures is enough to send you into a panic attack over what to get him. In these cases it may be best to go with the gift card option which does show 1) you know the store perfect for him 2) you understand how awkward the wrong gift can be.

Need an example? He says, "I would like a new tent for Christmas." That's great until you really consider what the word tent means. Is he picturing a backpacking lightweight tent? Does he want one which has space for lots of people? Should it be able to withstand negative temperatures and be tethered to a mountain? In this case let the man pick for himself. My mother did and my brother was left completely content when he was able to get exactly what he personally needed.

Light-Weight Backpacking Supplies for the BackPacking & Camping Manly Man - Inspired by the Christmas Spork

My brother asked me one Christmas for a spork. Yes, a spork. I spent four hours researching the best and most-lightweight spork on the market. Evidently, it just weighs you down carrying both a fork and spoon while on the trail or hiking in the mountains. You don't need to buy him a spork but do get him a gift which will make every experience a little easier. Plus, then he will think of you every time he uses it.

Kaito BT409 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole with 9-LED Flashlight with Battery Included and Compass & Thermometer Included .
Kaito BT409 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole with 9-LED Flashlight with Battery Included and Compass & Thermometer Included .

You may think a hiking pole is for someone of an advanced age but it really can be a valuable tool while out on the trail. Plus this comes with an LED flashlight which may just come in handy.

Suisse Sport Adventurer Sleeping Bag - Right Zip
Suisse Sport Adventurer Sleeping Bag - Right Zip

Sleeping bags have saved lives but if if they are overly bulky he will end up with a serious backache. Ensure it is easy to carry with a compactable sleeping bag.

Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork
Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork

Hikers do not want unnecessary weight on board when climbing up steep terrain. Every pound counts so get a spork and eliminate those other heavy utensils with this light-weight version.

Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS
Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS

We love our men but they often prefer to be lost over simply asking for directions. This GPS is waterproof which is great for rainy conditions and helps him find his way without having to compromise his pride for directions.

Icetek Sports Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition, Butane/Butane Propane Canister Compatible
Icetek Sports Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition, Butane/Butane Propane Canister Compatible

After a long day in the freezing cold it can be such a relief to finally get a warm meal. Ensure he does with this ultralight backpacking canister camp stove!


HIking Frame Backpacks for Him - Backpacking Requires Just the Right Backpack

If he is serious about hitting the trail then it's crucial he find the right backpack. If a backpack is to heavy it will slow a climber down or even cause pain from stress on the body. If a backpack is light but solely because it is not large enough to carry the gear required then he could be traveling at risk. Thus why a backpack of the right weight, size, and fit for his body is key.

Gear to Keep Him Warm While Camping or on the Trail - Cold can be deadly. Keep him warm and safe

My brother doesn't blink an eye at camping amidst snow drifts in negative temperatures. I, however, prefer not to have to worry about freezing in my sleep. If you understand what I mean then purchase him some gear to ensure his winter camping experience does not end up costing him a few fingers and toes!

Bambinoz Bonus pack bottle warmer
Bambinoz Bonus pack bottle warmer

In an emergency a moment may make all the difference meaning you do not have the luxury of waiting for a fire to heat your water bottle. Take away the worry with this instant heat bottle.

Coleman SportCat PerfecTemp Catalytic Heater
Coleman SportCat PerfecTemp Catalytic Heater

This Catalytic heater will help keep him warm while you wait for his safe return.


Hammocks: How Siblings Relax in Simultaneous Style!

Hammocks: How Siblings Relax in Simultaneous Style!
Hammocks: How Siblings Relax in Simultaneous Style!

Hydration Packs for Him - Dehydration Can Be Deadly!

Hydration packs are a simple and easy way to stave off dehydration on the trail. My brother has one and uses it for biking as well. This way he does not have to stop for a water bottle because access is easy. I strongly suggest getting him one so he can experience the easy way to stay hydrated.

Perks for Setting Up Camp in Style for the Camping Man - *Note: These are perks and would weight him down if he is backpacking so ask his plans first.

My brother spent most of the last two summers traveling from site to site for research. There were no five-star or actually, any hotels to stay at. Most people would be surprised but I also enjoy camping...just not the whole summer. Sometimes a girl just needs room service, hot showers, and freshly made hotel breakfasts. However, if your guy loves camping then get him these fun extras which he can set up and enjoy after a long day.

Guide Gear Portable Folding Hammock
Guide Gear Portable Folding Hammock

This is an awesome gift because it makes relaxing by the campside so much more enjoyable. You can easily enjoy yourself in tropical-style comfort.

Coleman Camping Coffee Maker
Coleman Camping Coffee Maker

Some men need their caffeine in order to start out the morning right so get him his own coffee maker and make every camp morning a great one.

Coleman Pack-Away Portable Kitchen
Coleman Pack-Away Portable Kitchen

Some men are just not complete without a kitchen to cook in. Ensure he has one with this pack-away kitchen and cutdown on his hotdog-over-the-fire all week long camping diet.

Coleman Freestanding Tent Fan
Coleman Freestanding Tent Fan

Summer camping can be a very very hot experience. I know because we used to camp all the time in my childhood and the tent would get unbearably stuffy. Solve the problem with a free-standing tent fan so he can relax all night in a cool tent.

Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower
Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower

I have been to campsites with no showers or ones which cost you for a few precious moments of water. Give him a shower for camping so he can enjoy it.


Bear Grylls Survival Series Camping Knives & Hatchet - *Handle Responsibly. Knives & Hatchets are dangerous and caution should be used

If you have not seen the Bear Grylls Survival Series then you may not understand how important a knife can be in a survival situation. Having a knife may mean the difference between certain death and finding a way to safety. Since Bear Grylls does it best, these are a variety of knives based upon his survival series.

The Gift of National Geographic - A Gift For the Whole Year

National Geographic
National Geographic

My brother loves National Geographic. He actually saves them and rereads them again later. They are filled with articles ranging from travel to world events to science and of course, wildlife. I decided last year to begin giving him a one-year subscription to the magazine. Buy your subscription online through Amazon or Doing that saves you nearly 70 dollars than if you buy him them off a newsstand. Thanks to National Geographic, he can look forward to a new gift from you every month!


The Only Thing It Can't Do Is Make Breakfast

My brother isn't the type to outright ask for something he wants. So when he vaguely hinted several times about an ipod nano, we took the hint and got him one for Christmas. Why ipod nano? Lightweight and tiny, you can use it as a pedometer, listen to 24 hours of non-stop music, and tap into your FM radio. Perfect for light transport so it won't slow you down. Everything you need and much cooler than a spork.

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    • audrey07 profile image


      5 years ago

      Saw one of those camping beds that are off the ground. That makes a good gift too for those who like the outdoors.

    • Arod17 profile image


      5 years ago

      great lens that portable Hammett is pretty cool

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      6 years ago

      Anything new in electronics and I melt hahah

    • bgassociate profile image


      6 years ago

      Geniuinely great lens. I like the Nikon rifle scope.


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