My favorite thing about hiking is that it is free. With that being said, there are a few gear items that can make the experience just a little bit better, especially for moms hiking with their babies and kids. If you are looking for gift ideas for the hiker mom, friend, daughter, girlfriend, sister, that you are shopping for this year then keep reading for some great gift ideas for that rad outdoorsy hiker chick you love so much.
My favorite shower gift, hands down! My bestie backpacking friend and her soon-to-be husband gifted us this knowing it would be put to good use. I had to wait until my daughter was about 7.5 months old before she fit in it properly but it really changed our hiking game when that time came. She loves the view from up there. She’s comfortable, she has her own little space. It comes with a built in sunshade so she’s protected from the sun. It has a good amount of storage so you can pack all of the necessities (snacks, diapers, water, clothes, you name it). With adjustable sizing both mom and dad can wear it. The stand feature makes it easy to get baby in and out. The “chew pad” is removable so you can wash it after baby drooled all over it. Our plan is to take it backpacking next spring but for now I just use it as my regular day pack and I absolutely love it.
Note: I have the 2015 version, not the AG Poco Premium. When looking for the link to the product for this article I came across some complaints about the hip belt on the newer AG version. I don’t have any complaints about the 2015 version. It looks like you can still get the 2015 version on Amazon but REI is now only selling the AG.
I have to admit that the only other brand of hiking boot I’ve ever owned was a cheap pair I bought at Big 5 before my first failed attempt at backpacking. So, I don’t have much to compare the Keens to (aside from running shoes) but I love them nonetheless. I’ve never once had a blister. They really are waterproof. I’ve stood in water with the toe box fully submerged and never felt a drop of water. They are comfortable as hell and provide great stability on the trail. I don’t see any reason I would ever try another brand!
I know some avid hikers are all anti-hiking boot but speaking from my own experience I am so happy I bought mine. They do provide good ankle support and traction. You can tromp through water crossings and mud like it’s no big deal. They also keep your feet clean and free of dust. I’ve hiked 13 mile day trips with and without these hiking boots and my feet feel 100x better when I wear my Keens.
Another great shower gift, this was my main hiking carrier until my daughter was old enough to fit in the Osprey pack. In those early days she would look around at the scenery and then eventually fall asleep against my chest. I still occasionally use this carrier when we arrive at the trailhead and she has fallen asleep in the car. She will continue to nap against my chest in the Ergo. You can also discreetly breastfeed on the move in in this carrier, it just takes a little bit of practice. My only complaints about hiking with this carrier is that (1), you have to wear a backpack with it because it has NO pockets to store anything and (2) it can start to weigh on your shoulders once you start getting into 4-5 mile hikes with it. Also, it is difficult to connect the back strap by yourself but with a little practice, doable. Just be prepared to swear a few times at the person who designed “this stupid thing” the first time you try to put it on by yourself in the Costco parking lot with a squirmy baby.
I’m late to the game on this one. Water bladders are great for longer hikes, duh! You don’t have to stop, grab your bottle out, and take a sip. You can just keep walking and stay hydrated at the same time. I’m all for things that make drinking water and staying hydrated easier. Plus, the Osprey pack has a place for your bladder. It’s meant to be.
Ever heard of Ranger chic? Yeah, me neither but that’s what this hat says. I don’t have this hat but I wish I did so hopefully my lovely husband is reading this. Every hiker needs a good hat. Sun protection, style, for those days you don’t want to wear sunglasses, or when your crazy hair is out of control (which is everyday for a curly girl like me). I personally love hats and can never have too many.
Since I have a little one hiking with me these days, I’ve started pointing out the various native plants we see on the trail. I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know a lot of the plants so I ordered myself a trusty Pocket Naturalist Guide and now baby and I are learning together, how cute. Maybe I’m just a nature nerd but I’m having lots of fun identifying plants along the trail.
I am a big fan of my Columbia jacket that I got for a great price at the Columbia outlet store. It’s lightweight and keeps me warm. While no complaints there, I do have my eye on the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody. It is ultra lightweight and compresses down to a tiny sack. Perfect for backpacking or travelling.