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The 10 Best Gifts for Adventurers of 2019

Months go into planning for big adventures, and the way you pack for remote destinations makes a big difference. Make sure their next trip goes off without a hitch with these 10 gifts.

Your loved ones have big plans for 2020, whether its traveling abroad, exploring their home states, or hitting the trail for a long, long hike. Support them with these 10 perfect pieces of gear, which are designed to make adventures better, easier, and more fun.

Uncharted Supply Co Rapid Raft — $399 (on sale for $240)

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At roughly the size of a large water bottle, this pack raft actually fits under a tree. This durable nylon boat weighs only 3 pounds and inflates/deflates in less than 60 seconds, yet still holds a load up to 400 pounds, so you and your gear can explore the most remote rivers. Buy Uncharted Supply Co Rapid Raft Now

Black Diamond Solution Merino Hoody — $229

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While this layer weighs less than 15 ounces, the fabric packs in some nifty tech: Wrapping merino around a nylon core translates to superior thermoregulation and moisture management and keeps the odor away from mountains to sea. Buy Black Diamond Solution Merino Hoody Now

Lumin Aid PackLite Titan 2-in-1 Phone Charger — $70

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This travel lantern packs flat, but then inflates to a 6 x 6 x 6-inch box. With five settings up to 300 lumens, its utility fits so many different excursions. But it’s more than a light with the USB port for charging devices. The lantern/charger is rechargeable via USB in 4 hours or the solar panel in 20 hours of sunlight. Buy Lumin Aid PackLite Titan 2-in-1 Phone Charger Now

Breckenridge Distillery Backcountry Cocktail Kit — $30

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You can’t take the whole bar with you, but this kit is packed full of ingredients—like honey, cinnamon sticks and bitters—to create favorite hot or cold apres cocktails—like Old Fashioneds—on the go. All of the goods are packed in a reuseable water bottle for a fun stocking stuffer. Alcohol is not included. Buy Breckenridge Distillery Backcountry Cocktail Kit Now

SOG Sync 1 Traveler — $47

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Your typical multitool would be flagged going through security, but this one is TSA compliant. Wear this multitool as your belt buckle (you’ll still need to remove it through security), or strap it to your bag. With tools like pliers, scissors and screwdrivers (no knife), this is ready for multiple adventures. Buy SOG Sync 1 Traveler Now

Cordova Soft Sided Backpack Cooler — $210 (on sale for $158)

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Nothing ties up the end of an adventure like a cold one for everyone. Load this backpack cooler with up to 36 cans and 15 pounds of ice. Thanks to the four external pockets and molly clips, you can stash other essentials like shades, sun lotion and snacks. The waterproof zippers and liner can battle the elements, whether on the trail or river. Buy Cordova Soft Sided Backpack Cooler Now

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech Cube Set — $47 (on sale for $33)

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The trip is planned, now comes the packing. Keep your clothing and gear separated with three sizes of cubes that are made from tent-like ripstop nylon and add only ounces to your load. The translucent water- and stain-repellent material will keep you organized for every adventure. Buy Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech Cube Set Now

Massdrop Allied Pine Down Blanket — $100 (on sale for $80)

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When traveling, it’s hard not to miss wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket. This down quilt weighs 10.5 ounces and packs to the size of a melon, so it’s easy to pull out while on the plane, hostel hopping, or taking a nap in a hammock at camp. It even can substitute for a pillow and converts to a sleeping bag for more travel options. Buy Massdrop Allied Pine Down Blanket Now

VSSL First Aid Kit — $125

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No more stuffing your boxy medical kit and separate light into to your bag. This 9×2-inch aluminum tube boasts a waterproof 200 lumen, four-way light, compass and necessary first aid supplies, like bandages, wipes, medications and tools. The all-in-one package tips the scale at 14 ounces. Buy VSSL First Aid Kit Now

Tapplock One+ — $99

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No more keys or remembering that combo on your bike lock; all you that you need is your fingerprint. Storing up to 500 prints means easy sharing. Or unlock via Bluetooth. Know morse code? Open it by pressing long and short combos. Buy Tapplock One+ Now