posted 2019 Dec by


Winter is coming… and with winter comes the holidays. Wondering what to give the adventurer(s) in your life this holiday season? Let our Adventure Leaders guide you. 




We’re not exaggerating when we say we’ve tested and tried almost every type of gear out there. Here are some of our top recommendations to make your travels as easy as possible.

Osprey Packs Daylite Plus Daypack, $65

What we love about the Osprey Daypack is that it’s light, compact, AND has all the pockets to keep your items organized. It also has a compartment inside to hold your hydration pack. While traveling, staying hydrated is key. Another reason we love this daypack is back of its back panel, which helps avoid sweaty backs. 

Picked by Adventure Leaders Amara Risa and Jamie Coughlin Traylor


Lululemon On the Beat Belt Bag, $58

Our adventure owner, Amara, never travels without her Lulu fanny pack strung crossbody under her arm. It holds all the essentials safely close by with easy access. A great addition to your backpack!

Picked by Adventure Leader Amara Risa


Earth Pack Waterproof Dry Bag, $18.99

We love this bag to keep our electronics in while camping, biking, kayaking, canyoneering, etc. We never know what adventures we will encounter while traveling and we know we want to capture it all with our camera. We pack this with us to keep all our camera gear dry even when we throw it overboard to swim to shore in tow (true story!).

Picked by Adventure Leader Amara Risa


Sea to Summit Ultra-SIL Dry Sack, $13.95

This ultra lightweight packable/water-resistant/odor-resistant dry sack can contain your adventure clothes separate from your clean clothes and SO #BudgetBen friendly right under $25.

Picked by Adventure Leader Ben Nguyen


The Bigger Carry-On from Away, $245

This piece of luggage (and a backpack) was all Jamie Lim took on a 2-week trip to Europe. During this trip, the Bigger Carry-On was able to hold clothes for two seasons: winter, or a Texas winter, for Ireland and Scotland; and summer for Portugal. Another reason she loves this luggage is because its battery is removable and you can use it as a portable charger. 

Picked by Adventure Leader Jamie Lim


We got gizmos and gadgets aplenty to recommend. 


Wireless Earbuds and Headphones (AirPods, Beats Studio3, Bose SoundSport)

Wireless earbuds are great for when you want music to enhance any adventure you’re on. Another perk is that you get to listen to your music or podcasts hands-free while carrying all of your luggage.

Apple air pods

Beats by Dre

Bose Sound Sports

Picked by Adventure Leaders Nancy Perry, Laura Rust, Sarah Montross, Hailley Wollak, and Kiley Motley


Miir Camp Cup

Picked by Adventure Leader Laura Rust


Enamel Camp Cup - coming soon to LIVE ALIVE! 

First we coffee, then we adventure. 


Built to last for generations. Can go straight on a fire, and into a dishwasher.

Picked by Adventure Leader Amara Risa

Pack-It Specter™ Compression Cube Set, $27.97 

Bring organization (and sanity) to your suitcase with compression cubes. The nice thing about compression cubes is that it compresses your clothes, which means you can pack more. 

Picked by Adventure Leader Mallory Littell

Portable Charger, $31.99

Always have “back up juice” because you never know where an adventure can take you.

Picked by Adventure Leader Mallory Littell


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, $11.99

You never want to run out of water. Ever. 

Picked by Adventure Leader Ben Nguyen


Arc'teryx Incendo Hoody, $139

A minimalist jacket with a highly functional hood, the Incendo is created for mountain training and running in marginal weather.

Picked by Rock Climber Jason Torres


Patagonia Nano Puff, $199

When you need warmth, this is our go to. At camp, for a morning walk, or under a soft shell on a very cold day. This is our favorite lightweight and compact puff jacket. 

Picked by Adventure Leader Amara Risa


Fjallraven Parka, $350 - $850

For extreme temps and snowy days, the Fjallraven Parka will keep you warm and cozy. 

Picked by Adventure Leader Laura Rust


Patagonia Men's Lightweight Synchilla® Snap-T® Fleece Pullover, $119

So soft. So warm. So graphic. So not #BudgetBen but so worth it. 

Picked by Adventure Leader Ben Nguyen

Topo Designs Ragg Cap, $34

The Topo Designs Ragg Cap is made from wool and is perfect for keeping your head and ears warm in cold temperatures.

Picked by Adventure Leader Kiley Motley


Eva Birkenstocks, $39.95 


EVA stands for ethylene vinyl acetate aka water-friendly. These sandals will be your go-to sandal for anything beach and water related. 

Picked by Adventure Leaders Amara Risa and Hailley Wollak

All Weather Vans, $105

The All Weather Vans are great for everyday use to light hikes. 

Picked by Adventure Leader Laura Rust

Blundstone Chelsea Boots, $194.95


The Blundstone Active Boots are sturdy and durable. You can wear these for hiking, camping, and most outdoor actives. They even get better with age!

Picked by Adventure Leader Amara Risa


Buff, $20

The most multi-use accessory: the Buff. It has SO MANY FEATURES: holds your hair up, warms your neck, covers your mouth from dust, wipes your sweat, and overall- makes you look like a legit adventurer. 

Picked by Every Adventure Leader on Earth

Native CABLE Sunglasses, $65 

The Native Sunglasses are sturdy, strong and don’t dig into your head, which means you can wear them all day long.

Picked by Adventure Leader Amara Risa

Eyewear Retainer, $7.99

Buy a retainer, you and your sunglasses will thank us later. 

Picked by Adventure Leaders Amara Risa and Jamie Lim


Milk & Honey Lip Butter, $12


We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to stay hydrated while traveling. AND, we also can’t emphasize enough how important it is to keep your lips moisturized. 

Picked by Adventure Leader Sarah Montross 


Carabiners, $5-$20

Keep carabiners attached to your bags at all time. You never know when you will need to hook something to your bag or make sure something doesn't fly off while adventuring!

Picked by Adventure Leader Amara Risa and Rock Climber Jason Torres