Whether he’s always down for a casual day hike and a bag of GORP, is often setting off on week-long backwoods expedition that involves him whittling down his toothbrush to conserve space, or falls somewhere in between, outdoor-loving dads always need something to outfit their adventures. From an extra large hammock and a child carrying backpack to a foldable fire pit and classic camp knife here are 12 gifts sure to satisfy any dad who loves the outdoors and wants nothing more than to “not waste this beautiful day”.
Icemule Pro Cooler XL
Whether you want to carry daily rations, keep beer cold on the way to the beach or, haul back your catch of the day from the local creek, this is the roll-top bag for the job. The Pro Cooler XL weighs 3.5 pounds but can pack 24 cans inside of its odor-proof interior. Padded, ventilated straps make it easier to carry than similar models.
Bear Butt Camping Hammock
This two-person hammock folds down to the size of a water bottle, yet fits two people and can support up to 500lbs. The attached rope and carabiners make setup quick and simple.
Primus Kamoto Open Firepit
This 13-pound foldable steel wood-burning fire pit comes with a cooking grate that holds up to 10 medium-sized burgers. It’s more than a mere meat-searer, however: remove the cooking grate, and you can toast as many marshmallows as your crew can manage. The whole thing folds flat for back-of-the-car storage
Camp Chef Everest Stove
Most ultralight stoves can barely contain a can of baked beans, let alone a feast for four. The Everest, however, has two high-pressure burners that will take large pots, pans, and skillets. It also features a matchless ignition (your eyebrows will thank you), and pumps out 20,000 BTUs.
Getting a gut-withering river disease probably isn’t on your outdoors bucket list. Screwed onto nearly any water bottle, this two-stage water filtration system removes up to 99.9 percent of all bacteria and protozoa from natural water sources.
Trailblazer Mosquito Repellent Camp Lantern
This camp lantern does double-duty: not only does it light up your campsite with up to 300 lumens of brightness, but it also creates a 15-foot mosquito-free zone with a scentless, DEET-free repellant integrated into the lid.
This 26-liter child-carrying backpack is all about the smart details. Its five-point suspension system adjusts to fit both mom and dad; there’s a locking aluminum roll cage to protect children in case a carrier stumbles; easy-access pockets make it simple to grab packed items without having to stop.
CampGoods Happy Camper Enamel Mug
Enamel mugs are on-the-trail classics: as able to be placed over open flames to heat up everything from the morning coffee to a mound of campfire baked beans. We dig this bright mug, which is made of enamel-dipped cast-iron and adds some personality to the camp ground.
Opinel No 8 Black Oak Knife
French knife-maker Joseph Opinel fashioned his first single blade knife in 1890. Since then, his eponymous knives have only undergone minor changes — and become campground classics. This folding knife is made from Sandvik stainless steel and has an oak handle.
Danner South Rim 600
Proper footwear makes or breaks days on the trail. The South Rim 600 treats feet right on everything from casual day hikes to week-long backcountry adventures. Made for warm-weather, the boot features lightweight suede uppers as well as mesh lining for extra breathability. Vibram’s SPE midsole and a removable orthotic footbed add to comfort.
Top Designs Klettersack
For the casual outdoor lover who needs a quality pack for trail hikes that also works well for around-town activities, look no further than the Klettersack. The exterior is made of super-tough 1000 denier ripstop codura while its two-pocket, cinch-sack compartment can hold everything trail essentials to every day tech (one pocket is padded to protect laptops). Lash straps let you tie down everything from water bottles to bike lights.
Anker PowerCore 20100
In the regular world, a dead phone equals a missed call from the babysitter or a podcast-less commute home. On the trail, it could me no GPS or campground music. Resuscitate hardworking electronics with this portable battery. Slim enough to slip into a pocket, it packs a 20,100 mAh battery is good to refuel a dead iPhone seven times.