Gear Kits

Everyday Essentials

Some pieces of gear should never be left behind.

Curated by The Outbound Collective

Every adventure is different and requires certain clothes and gear, but in our experience, there are a few things that we never regret throwing in the back of the car before heading out. You never know what kind of unexpected detours or impromptu stops you'll make along the way. Whether we're going for long road trip or just out for a quick hike, here are some of the products we never leave home without. 

Cover photo: Jason Hatfield

We've been fans of Sawyer for a while and this series of filters and purifiers is another shining example of their high quality, minimally designed products. They're dead simple to use and can filter out chemicals, pesticides, viruses, heavy metals and more. We hope this comes in handy for a last minute adventure on the trail, but it's also a great product to keep in your car for emergencies.

Do you toss and turn whenever you're camping? Or are you a dedicated side-sleeper (fun fact: 70% of people are)? If so, the Rave is a mummy bag designed with you in mind. It's spoon shape adds extra room at the elbows and knees and it's loaded with other features like heat regulation tech and a waterproof/breathable footbox to fight condensation. You can even zip it up with your favorite tent mate to make a double bag. This three-season bag is ready for everything from backpacking to car camping to beach bonfires.

When it comes to versatility in footwear, Chaco takes the cake. No other shoe can so comfortably navigate from water to trail to camp to the city (yes, we're the ones at the coffee shop wearing Chacos with socks during the shoulder season). We're especially stoked on this particular product, though. Updated with the super soft Chaco Cloud cushioning, our favorite shoe just got even more comfortable. Guess we'll have to invest in some warmer socks for winter.

There are only a few things that can turn what should be an amazing experience into a pretty miserable one. Getting eaten alive by insects is certainly one of them, if not the worst of them all. This stuff goes on your gear and clothing rather than your skin, lasts for six weeks or six washes, and repels or kills insects upon contact. And don't worry, it's non-toxic and approved by the U.S. EPA.

Your phone takes decent photos, but this takes WAY better photos and is just as convenient. Plus, bringing this along on your adventure means you can leave your phone behind and truly unplug without sacrificing capturing the moment.

A go-to day pack is an obvious choice for our Everyday Essentials. Go from the car to the trail with everything you need for the day packed into this lightweight pack from Marmot.

ENO Double Nest Hammock

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You never know when you'll find the perfect set of trees to set up a hammock and chill out for a while. The Double Nest is big enough to share with a friend (or not share and have more hammock to cocoon yourself with).

You'll NEVER regret having a cooler in the car. This classic stainless steel look from Igloo is perfect for ice cold tailgate beers or keeping all the fruit you picked up from the roadside stand fresh and cool.