Getaway Gear


29 Summer Travel Favorites

Whether camping in Zion or crisscrossing the globe, the right gear makes the journey easier. Check out these apparel, footwear, and accessory picks for your next summer adventure.

Apparel and Footwear

1. Icebreaker Crush Dress

Pack this lightweight 100% Merino wool dress for your next vacay. The elliptical hem keeps your backside covered, and it’s odor resistant so you can wash it less often. $130

2. Sierra Designs Women’s Long-sleeve Cowl Neck

Designed to perform on the trail and look great in the city, this top’s convertible cowl neck can be worn open to ventilate or closed for warmth. Pill proof fabric prevents backpack strap rubbing to keep it looking new! $79

3. Ogio Brooklyn Tablet Purse

Keep essentials organized with this purse’s plethora of pockets and a padded interior tablet sleeve to protect your gadgets. $40

4. Patagonia Women’s Ballet Perf

Breathable leather fabrication makes this ultralight flat the perfect travel shoe. Comfortable even after miles of walking. $90

5. Ahnu Women’s Sugarpine Boot

Despite the pretty aesthetic, the Sugarpine is one tough boot. Totally waterproof with Vibram® rubber outsoles, they’re surprisingly light and built to withstand long trail treks. $140

6. Guideline Tidal Sunglasses

Available with a prescription or without, Guideline’s polarized frames are customizable with your choice of lens, tint, and mirror finish. This style best fits larger faces. $169

7. Outdoor Research Women’s FlyAway Tank

Whether you’re hiking, climbing, or vacationing, this cotton/poly tank made of odor-neutralizing fabric is a perfect partner. With adjustable straps and a built-in bra for support. $49

8. Proof Scout Eco Sunglasses

Proof’s handmade ECO Collection shades blur the line between function and fashion. Crafted from sustainable cotton-based acetate and wood with high-quality polarized lenses in a unisex wayfarer style. $125

9. Patagonia Nano Puff® Pullover

Even in the middle of summer, mountain nights can get chilly. When temperatures drop, pull on this light, PrimaLoft® ONE insulated half-zip for added warmth. For men and women. $170

10. RibbedTee CoolWear Undershirt

Often overlooked, a great-fitting undershirt is a men’s travel staple. Constructed from softer, stronger Supima cotton, this tee stays tucked, won’t stretch out, and actually keeps you cooler. $18

11. Outdoor Research Men’s Ignitor Tee

Wicks and breathes like a technical baselayer, but looks and feels like your favorite tee. A discrete hip pocket stashes cards or energy gels, and the fabric’s silver-treatment keeps it fresh for days. $49

12. Patagonia Men’s Cienga Shorts

Styled like a casual short, but built from technical fabric, the modern-fitting Cienga performs in the water or on the trail. Made of quick-dry poly-nylon. $79

13. Ecco Men’s BIOM Ultra Quest

Built for trail running, this breathable shoe is also stellar for hiking and backpacking. A bit too sturdy on easy terrain, they’re best for rough, rooty, rocky treks. $160

14. Merrell Men’s Moab Rover Waterproof Shoe

When packing space is limited, bring along just this waterproof shoe with a Vibram hiking sole and urban styling. A cushioned fit and anti-microbial liner keeps your feet feeling fresh from town to trail. $120

Other Items

15. Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Starter Set

These little packs are a Type A’s dream. They’re great for keeping goods organized and weigh almost nothing. Use them to pack lunches for a day hike, separate laundry, or stuff them with clothing for a makeshift pillow. $56

16. Starbucks VIA Lattes

Make your camping trip instantly better with these just-add-hot-water lattes and mochas made with natural dairy. Five-count box $8

17. Thermacell Outdoor Lantern

Keep mosquitos at bay and light your campsite with a lantern that uses an artificial version of the insecticide in chrysanthemum flowers to create a 12-hour, 15×15 foot bug barrier. $32

18. Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair

Ahh, now that’s relaxing. This fully-featured camping chair is made with a steel frame and includes three recline positions, adjustable arms, and dual, yes dual, beverage holders. $74

19. REI Kingdom 4 Tent with Connect Tech Garage

A veritable outdoor palace, the Kingdom 4 comfortably sleeps four adults with a center divider to create two spacious rooms. Use the Connect Tech zipper attachment to add on a garage with 50 feet of space for your gear. Tent $389, Garage $100

20. World Travel Adventure Medical Kit

Travel to remote areas prepared with this well-thought medical kit. Includes pain medication, hospital-quality tools, fracture wraps, and guide to providing care when help is hours—or even days—away. $70

21. Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed

Get cozy in a zipper-free bag that sleeps more like a bed than a sarcophagus. Tuck the oversized comforter in or leave it out when you overheat. A pad sleeve ensures you won’t roll off. 600-fill hydrophobic down, three-season comfort. $340

22. Lolë Abia Backpack

There are so many reasons we love Lolë travel gear—and this two-in-one backpack is one of them. It’s a mid-sized backpack that converts into a fanny pack, a very cool and stylish fanny pack, that is. $90 lolë

23. Osprey Tempest 9 Pack

Whether hiking or mountain biking, this pack excels. A ridged foam backpanel promotes airflow, and pockets on the shoulders and hipbelt put a camera and snacks within reach. $90

24. Kelty TrailLogic Backpack

Finally, a better backpack! Designed with a removable front pocket so you can leave your clothes at the campsite and other smart features like dedicated spots for a Kelty tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag. Hydration compatible with pull-out raincover. 50-liter pack $200

25. Grand Trunk Bamboo Sleep Sack

Made from organic bamboo, this sleep sack is machine washable and weighs 16 ounces. Use it as an extra layer between you and hostel bedding, or sweeten your sleep with this luxurious liner on a camping trip. $69

26. Travelchair SleepRite Cot

Weighing under five pounds, this compact cot is a cinch to set up. Plus, the shock-corded poles offer better support for a good night’s rest. $198

27. iLandFly Solar Charger

Charge your USB device with this folding solar charger that works even when cloudy. Just strap it to your pack or hang from your tent to power up in 4–6 hours. $140

28. Mophie Juice Pack Helium

Give your smartphone an extra 80% battery life with this ultra-thin protective battery case. It’s perfect for wilderness trips when you don’t access to a charging outlet for extended periods of time. $79

29. Otterbox Preserver Phone Case

Drop or dunk your smartphone without worry in a Preserver. Interior foam cushions while the tough polycarbonate shell protects from impact. $90


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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