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If your dad is the outdoorsy type, chances are you have more than a few fond memories of childhood camping trips and backpacking adventures. I know I do. Those adventures were part of what made us who we are. And now that we’re grown up, we have an opportunity to return the favor. With father’s day coming right up, that’s something to think about and we have put together this list of Camping and Hiking Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day
If you want to know what to do for your dad on Father’s Day—what he really wants—the answer is simple. Take him camping. Go on a hiking trip together. It’s an experience you’ll both be grateful for. And if you want to get him a little something extra, this Father’s Day gift guide is full of good ideas.
Gerber Armbar Drive Multi-Tool
Multi-tools are some of the greatest, can’t-miss dad gifts in existence. They’re always a Father’s Day hit. But finding a good one isn’t always easy. There are a lot of flimsy, cheaply-made multi-tools out there, but the Gerber Armbar Drive is not one of them. This is one multi-tool that really stands apart from the crowd.
What makes it unique is that it doesn’t try to cram too many tools into too small a space. This multi-tool includes a 3-inch blade that’s actually big enough and sharp enough for real cutting, and a screwdriver with interchangeable flat and phillips-head bits that really work. It also has a usable bottle opener, and a pair of scissors that are much bigger than what you typically see on a multi-tool. It’s an all-around solid piece of equipment.
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
I don’t want to broadly stereotype all dads here, but if there’s one thing they all seem to have in common it’s that they love a good nap. I’ve never met a dad who didn’t enjoy some solid hammock time, and the Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock is a great gift option if your dad likes to zonk out in the great outdoors.
This is a hammock that easily transitions from the backyard to the campsite or hiking trail. It packs down to about the size of a softball in the included stuff sack, and weighs just 12 ounces. It’s great for backpacking. One thing to keep in mind is that the maximum weight capacity is 200 pounds, so if your pop is on the huskier side you might want to invest in a more heavy-duty hammock.
Keep hot drinks hot. Keep cold drinks cold. What more could anyone ask for? There are a lot of solid insulated water bottles on the market, but the Hydro Flask does the job better than most. It’s also BPA-free, phthalate-free, and made of rugged 18-8 pro-grade stainless steel that won’t be hurt when dad accidentally bangs it off a rock or drops it in the driveway.
The Hydro Flask comes in 20, 32 and 40-oz. Sizes, and a whole range of colors. The 20-oz. Model fits in most vehicles’ cup holders, and is great for travel of any kind, including family camping trips. It’s also dishwasher safe, and has a slip-resistant powder coating.
America the Beautiful Pass
Some of the best gifts aren’t really about the gift. They’re about the experience. When you give your dad the America the Beautiful Pass, you’re giving him access to over 2,000 federal recreation sites, including all of America’s National Parks.
That includes Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and thousands of America’s most spectacular and iconic landscapes. Quite an experience indeed. An annual America the Beautiful pass costs just $20 for seniors ($80 for the rest of us) and there’s also a lifetime pass for seniors that goes for $80.
RedHead Sherpa-Lined Canvas Vest
Perfect for chilly nights around the campfire, the RedHead Sherpa-Lined Canvas Vest is a great addition to your father’s collection of dadwear. The shell is 100% cotton canvas, and the lining is 100% polyester Sherpa fleece. It’s rugged on the outside, warm and soft on the inside.
The RedHead vest has two well-positioned handwarmer pockets, plus a hook-and-loop interior pocket and zippered left chest pocket. It’s sure to be a mainstay of camping trips, hunting and fishing adventures and outdoor workdays for years to come.
Camping and Hiking Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day – Stanley Camp Pour-Over Set
Those of us who have spent a lot of time camping have suffered through many a cup of miserable camp coffee. It’s either the unmistakable burnt taste of “cowboy coffee” boiled over the fire or—heaven forbid—instant coffee. Well, not with the Stanley Camp Pour-Over Set. For the father who appreciates a fine cup of Joe, this is a gift that will make mornings a little brighter.
The Camp Pour-Over Set makes fresh coffee every time, and works with the ground coffee of your choice. The steel construction makes it easy to clean and just about unbreakable. It won’t impart any flavors into your coffee, and doesn’t require disposable coffee filters.
Streamlight MicroStream Flashlight
It has a 20-Lumen LED bulb and runs on a single AAA battery. The push-button tail switch has a handy momentary-on feature, and the clip easily attaches to the brim of a baseball cap to become a makeshift headlamp in an emergency. The MicroStream is a great gift for dads who like to be prepared.
Camping and Hiking Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day – The Bushcraft Boxed Set
From wilderness expert and New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury, this boxed set brings together four of the most famous bushcraft and survival guides of all time. For dads who want to learn more about survival in the great outdoors, it’s an indispensable collection.
Included are Bushcraft 101; Advanced Bushcraft; Bushcraft First Aid; and The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, & Cooking in the Wild. Each volume is well written and beautifully illustrated, with diagrams that make clear the ins and outs of finding food, starting a fire, building a shelter and countless other skills. Keep in mind that these volumes are geared toward the beginner, so if your dad already knows a lot about bushcraft, he might find these redundant.
Cairn Box Subscription
When you sign your dad up for a subscription with Cairn, he’ll get a new box every month packed with a surprise assortment of outdoor gear and supplies. For dads who love to fiddle with new outdoor toys, it’s a gift that brings a whole new supply of fun with each month’s arrival.
Six-month and one-year subscriptions are available, along with the option of purchasing a single Cairn Box. You never know just what will be included in each box (that can be both a pro and a con) but it’s always a unique assortment of useful gear, ranging from camp cookware and clothing to first-aid supplies and skin care.
Camping and Hiking Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day – Camp Chef Lumberjack Grill
Equally useful for outdoor cooking at home and at camp, the Camp Chef Lumberjack Grill is the perfect way to cook over an open fire. It’s ready to use right out of the box, with foldable legs that you can position directly over the campfire or hot coals. Sturdy stainless steel construction makes it tough, easy to clean and resistant to rust. It’s heavy, but it stores compactly.The Camp Chef Lumberjack Grill provides a 18″ x 36″ cooking area, with plenty of room to grill multiple dishes at once. Chicken steak, seafood, veggies—you can pretty much do it all. It’s a great surface for cooking with cast iron pots and pans as well.
Richard CorriganRichard Corrigan has been writing about outdoor adventures, gear and travel for more than 10 years. His work has been featured by USA Today, 10Best.com, Next Luxury, and Gone Outdoors. He lives in Upstate New York, and If he isn't at his writing desk, you can probably find him out in the woods somewhere.
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