19 Perfect Gifts for Traveling Backpackers

February 22, 2024 by Tobey Bajda

Exploring the world with nothing but a pack on their backs, backpackers embody the spirit of adventure and wanderlust. If you're seeking the perfect gift for the intrepid explorer in your life, you've come to the right place.

Whether it's a cozy sleeping bag to keep them warm on chilly nights or a durable pair of Darn Tough socks to keep their feet blister-free, these gifts are guaranteed to be a hit. Not only are they practical, but they also won't take up too much precious backpack space. 

So, if you want to surprise your loved one with an awesome gift for their next backpacking trip, keep reading to discover some great options that will make their outdoor excursions even more unforgettable.

1. G.I. Bro Pack

G.I. Bro Pack

One of the good gifts for your backpacking friend is the G.I. Bro Pack. This super lightweight bag, measuring 17" x 10" x 9", comes with adjustable padded shoulder straps and a breathable mesh back for comfort. 

Available in various colors, you can customize the bag and thread color, adding your name or initials for a personal touch. Its ability to convert into stuff sacks makes it one of the unique gifts in the outdoor gear category.

Related: Carry your uniqueness with our Custom Backpacks, functional, stylish, and tailored to match your individuality on every adventure.

2. Custom Carbon Knife

Custom Carbon Knife

Custom Carbon Knife is one of the most practical backpacking gift ideas. This sleek tool, equipped with a seat belt cutter and window breaker, is an indispensable item for any camping trip. 

Not only is it perfect for various outdoor adventures, but its compact size makes it an ideal fit for any backpack. With its multipurpose functions, it ensures your loved one is prepared for any eventuality during their backpacking trips.

Related: Unleash precision and craftsmanship with our curated collection of Knives, where form meets function for every cutting-edge need.

3. LifeStraw


A must-have for most backpackers, especially those venturing into bear country, is the LifeStraw

This Personal Water Filter, made from plastic, effectively protects against 99.999999% of bacteria and 99.999% of parasites. This includes common contaminants like E.coli, Salmonella, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Not only that, it filters out 99.999% of microplastics, dirt, sand, and cloudiness. 

With a purification method that uses a membrane microfilter and a 2 cubic inch capacity, the LifeStraw is a great gift that ensures safe, clean drinking water on the trail.

4. Custom Engraved Multi Tool

Custom Engraved Multi Tool

The ultimate gift for any backpacker, a Custom Engraved Multi-Tool is an incredibly lightweight, yet indispensable addition to their gear. Ideal for day hikes or extended backpacking trips, this personalized gift idea features various tools needed for a successful outdoor adventure. 

With their name or a special message engraved on it, this multi-tool becomes a cherished part of every backpacking trip they embark on.

5. Money Belt

Money Belt

For the backpacker who prioritizes security and convenience, a Money Belt is among the best backpacking gifts. 

Available in various colors, this discreet accessory securely stores cash, cards, and IDs while hiking or exploring. Its slim design ensures it's hardly noticeable, making it a must-have for worry-free travel adventures.

6. Custom Campfire Mug

Custom Campfire Mug

The perfect gift for dog-loving backpackers is this 13oz Custom Campfire Mug! Made from sturdy stoneware, it can feature their favorite dog breed and their name, making it a fun gift they'll absolutely love. 

Ideal for sipping hot cocoa or coffee on chilly camping trips, this custom mug is sure to be an appreciated gift.

7. Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag

The best gift for spending time in nature, no matter the season, is a mummy-shaped, all-season Sleeping Bag. Its 100% polyester material offers warmth and comfort, while the orange color adds a fun touch. Designed for one person, its pack weight is ideal for backpacking. 

With options to choose size and color, these sleeping bags make a great gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.

8. Survival Set

Survival Set

Consider gifting a Survival Set, one of the best gifts for a backpacking family member or friend. 

This compact, quality gear includes essentials like a knife, multi-tool, tactical pen, flashlight, emergency blanket, wire saw, cord, flintstone, whistle, survival bracelet, multi-use spoon, and a personalized waterproof box. The box can be customized by color, making it a unique and affordable gift.

Related: Gear up for excitement with our Tactical Gifts, precision-crafted surprises for those who appreciate both practicality and adventure.

9. Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles

For the backpacker tackling challenging terrains, these durable 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles make great gifts. With an extended length of 54 inches and a black cork color, they are as stylish as they are practical. 

These affordable gifts are perfect for making those uphill climbs a little easier and can even serve as a makeshift bear canister holder.

10. Leather Dopp

Leather Dopp

For the outdoor enthusiast planning their next adventure, a 100% Genuine Cowhide Leather Dopp is one of the best gifts. 

Available in various colors, you can add their initial for a personalized touch. Its compact size allows for easy packing, perfect for longer trips to national parks.

11. All-In-One Boil

All-In-One Boil

For backpackers who are coffee lovers, the All-In-One Boil is a great gift. With a French Press coffee maker feature, it can brew instant coffee anywhere, anytime. Made from durable stainless steel, it's lightweight, weighing only 0.93 pounds. 

Despite its low wattage of 4.25 watts, it efficiently boils water for hot drinks. With a generous capacity of 2 pounds, this versatile tool is an essential addition to their backpacking gear.

12. Hiking Socks

Hiking Socks

Discover the ultimate comfort on your hiking adventures with our premium Hiking Socks, expertly crafted from a blend of 80% merino wool, 14% Nylon, 5% Poly, and 1% Spandex. These socks are designed to provide unparalleled warmth, moisture-wicking, and breathability, ensuring your feet stay dry and comfortable throughout your journey. 

Available in a range of sizes to ensure a perfect fit, our hiking socks are essential for any backpacker looking to tackle trails with ease.

13. Backpacking T-shirt

Backpacking T-shirt

For the fashion-conscious backpacker, a "Backpack More" T-shirt is a fantastic gift. Its cool mountain design captures the essence of their passion, making it a comfortable, everyday wearable symbol of their love for backpacking. 

With options to choose the perfect color and size, this T-shirt is an essential piece of gear that adds a dash of style to their outdoor adventures.

14. Monogrammed Combat Cooler

Monogrammed Combat Cooler

Elevate your outdoor adventures with a Monogrammed Combat Cooler, the perfect companion for any backpacker looking to keep their drinks and snacks chilled while on the move. This rugged cooler combines functionality with style, featuring a durable design, zipper closure for secure storage, and sleek faux leather accents that add a touch of sophistication. An attached bottle opener ensures you're always ready to enjoy a refreshing beverage. 

Customize it to your liking by selecting from a variety of colors, thread colors for monogramming, and adding a personal touch with your initials or name, making it uniquely yours.

15. Sleeping Pad

Sleeping Pad

For outdoor lovers who value comfort and lightness, this Sleeping Pad is an excellent addition to their backpacking gear. Crafted from waterproof 40D Nylon TPU, it's extremely lightweight at just 1.32 pounds. 

Its size (74.8"L x 22.83"W x 1.97"Th) provides a comfortable resting surface, while the orange and black colors add a sporty touch.

16. Multi Tool Spork

Multi Tool Spork

Ideal for the ultralight backpacker who loves backpacking but dislikes unnecessary weight, the Stainless Steel Multi Tool Spork is an all-in-one essential. Not only does it function as a spoon and fork, but it also features a carabiner and bottle opener. 

With regular and XL sizes available, this multi-use tool is an optimal gift, promising to streamline their backpacking gear and make meals on the trail simpler and more enjoyable.

17. Recycled Climbing Rope Can Cozy

Recycled Climbing Rope Can Cozy

For the environmentally-conscious backpacker, a Recycled Climbing Rope Can Cozy is a thoughtful gift. Available in various colors, these can coozies offer excellent insulation and sun protection for drinks. 

Lightweight and sustainable, many backpackers will appreciate this eco-friendly, practical gift.

18. Backpacking Pillow

Backpacking Pillow

Elevate your rest under the stars with our Gray Rectangular Backpacking Pillow, a compact and lightweight solution designed for the avid explorer. This 1 Count (Pack of 1) pillow is crafted from 100% fleece, providing softness and warmth for a comfortable night's sleep. 

Its portable, folding, and foldable qualities ensure it fits effortlessly into any backpack, while the lightweight design makes it an easy addition to your camping essentials.

19. Portable Camping Stove

Portable Camping Stove

Transform your wilderness meals with our Alloy Steel Portable Camping Stove, an essential gadget for any backpacker desiring a hot meal or drink. Crafted from durable alloy steel and metal, this stove is designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor use. 

With dimensions of 13.5"L x 11"W x 4.45"H and weighing just 3.1 pounds, it's both compact and lightweight, ensuring it won't weigh down your pack. Powered by liquefied petroleum gas and also featuring a corded electric option, it provides versatile cooking solutions in any setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What do backpackers pack?

A1: Backpackers typically pack essentials like a durable backpack, weather-appropriate clothing, a sleeping bag, a lightweight tent or shelter, a cooking system, a first aid kit, and other necessary gear for their outdoor adventures. The specific items may vary based on the destination and personal preferences.

Q2: What food to bring backpacking?

A2: When it comes to food for backpacking, it's essential to focus on lightweight, non-perishable, and energy-dense options. Common choices include dehydrated meals, trail mix, energy bars, instant oatmeal, dried fruits, and nuts. Portable, easy-to-cook items like instant noodles or couscous are also popular among backpackers.

Q3: What to do as a backpacker?

A3: Backpackers engage in a variety of activities depending on their interests and the location they're exploring. Hiking is a primary activity, but backpackers often participate in camping, rock climbing, wildlife watching, and photography. Connecting with local cultures, meeting fellow travelers, and immersing oneself in the natural surroundings are also integral aspects of the backpacking experience.

Q4: How much do backpackers carry?

A4: The amount backpackers carry depends on factors like the length of the trip, the chosen activities, and personal preferences. As a general guideline, backpackers aim to keep their pack weight manageable, typically ranging from 20% to 30% of their body weight. The focus is on efficiency and versatility, carrying only the essentials to ensure a more enjoyable and comfortable backpacking experience.


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