What are the essentials in the backpack of someone who loves being outdoors? And is it even possible to find eco-friendly gifts for nature and adventure lovers? Waste no more time searching, here the coolest accessories ranging all prices and needs!
When outdoorsmen pack their gear for a hike or a day out in nature, there are a few things that need to check the list: reusables – for convenience and avoid carrying unnecessary waste, nor creating rubbish in their loved environment; light-weighted items to enjoy their time and fulfill their needs without feeling 30 extra kilos of luggage; and adaptable gear for any weather condition without freezing, overheating or just dying while trying!
The best thing is that now there are enough good brands out there that cater for people seeking an adventure outdoors while enjoying what they love the most: nature. And it could not be otherwise, here is all you need to design an eco-survival kit. If you have been looking for the right present Christmas or birthdays, here’s a guide with the perfect eco-friendly gift ideas for outdoorsmen. Find from affordable accessory items to stylish clothing that will last a lifetime.
Note: the prices are used as a reference and have been marked with the currency available on the brands’ website. All these brands ship internationally, therefore you will be able to convert the final price depending on the country you live in.
1. Lunch Wraps by ONYA
The zero waste revolutionary lifestyle could not be easier with a brand like ONYA. From reusable shopping, bread or bulk food bags, to water bottles or coffee cups… all are ethically made from recycled materials. Probably one of the most useful eco-friendly items for outdoorsmen is Onya’s Lunch Wrap for takeaway sandwiches and snacks. What’s better than stopping at the peak of a mountain to have a quick meal and enjoy the views? If you love adventures, you already know this is a must have if you are going for a hike!
Price: $12.95 AUD
2. Bamboo or stainless reusable straw
A must-have for travellers and sustainable lifestyle goers. Bamboo straws won’t leach toxins into our drinks. They are light and can become the perfect complement for those adventurers who still love to bring their green smoothie and enjoy the drink with the beautiful views. It is a simple yet a very personal gift that will make someone smile outdoors, knowing that they can get the luxury without the single-use plastic that is killing the planet.
Price: from $13.95 AUD
3. Reusable cutlery set
Traveling or adventuring, you will never skip a meal. Sometimes you head over the supermarket for a quick cheap self made salad or sandwich, others you invest in a takeaway restaurant or just pop-up on a corner to get some delicious street food. What you cannot skip is cutlery, and it is usually plastic. What if your favourite outdoorsman/woman has their own set? Believe me, plastic is not convenient. Saying no to extra waste is, especially for those who love spending time in nature and are overwhelmed what other travelers leave behind. Help them to reduce their forkprint!
Price: from $7.95 AUD
4. Reusable water bottle
Water bottles are an essential especially for outdoors people and adventurers. Find an extensive range of insulated water bottles suitable to use with hot, iced and carbonated beverages. Make sure they are leak proof and look up for features such as handles and vacuum insulated.
Price: from $19.95 AUD
5. Water bottle + filter by Lifestraw
This is much more than a water bottle. Lifestraw is a water filter straw redefining the safe drinking water space through technology. The perfect travel gear for those who know eventually may run out of water, a truly life-saving straw that can filter any water in nature safely. This brand developed the first filter to remove worm Guinea larvae from the water it was contaminating. Today, LifeStraw is used in water products and projects in more than 64 countries around the world… For each water bottle you contribute to one year of safe drinking water to one child. If you are willing to invest a little more in your water bottle, this gift will blow away any outdoorsmen and traveler!
Price: $39.95 USD
6. Light notebook by Write the World
A notebook is a perfect companion for those outdoors people and travelers who like to spend the end of their day writing some memories about their expeditions. Write the World notebooks showcases 12 beautiful designs, printed on FSC certified paper, and are manufactured carbon-neutral, acid-free or Elemental Chlorine Free. Most importantly, for each notebook you donate 100% to an effective charity. So if you’re giving them as a gift, the lucky one will be aware of the impact they are making by “Writing the World” through their adventures.
Price: $10.00 AUD
7. Ergonomic lunch pod by Swivlit
This brand is revolutionising food on-the-go. To Heat. Keep. Eat. Swivlit is not just a lunch box. It is an ergonomic-fancy-trendy simple but innovative multifunctional cooking and eating pod. With a striking aesthetic and impressive functionality, Swivlit saves you from leaking food in your backpack, keeps it warm for longer, easy to hold in your hands and even allows you to cook directly in the pod!
8. Non-leaking reusable coffee-cup by Frank Green
Frank Green coffee cups can be personalised with the colors of your choice. These cups are smartly designed to not leak, with a double-walled thermoplastic outer layer that keeps drinks hotter for longer. They are safe for dishwashers and better cleaning. They are stylish and functional for easy-drinking, as the push-button operation opens and closes the spill-resistant lid. For those who love to give back with their purchases, for every Frank Green a portion of the profits is donated to Earthwatch to support world-class research for environmental conservation projects. Another feature that makes Frank Green even cooler is that they have partnered with CaféPay, an app that will allow you to pay for your food and beverage using your SmartCup. This is the coffee cup on-the-go, where no more chas is needed and your loyalty will be rewarded with free coffees and special offers.
Price: from $41.95 AUD
9. Soft & Scrub reusable face wipes by Atlas & Ortus
Being green is truly not an easy task, especially if you have to travel or spend many hours out of your home. Atlas & Ortus has put together a brand that offers all the range of products you can possibly need in your daily life. And while doing so, you would also be contributing to “do good” with every purchase. Our picks for this brand are the soft & scrub reusable face wipes – the perfect accessory on the go for exfoliating and cleansing your skin. The front of the wipe is 100% cotton toweling, perfect for scrubbing your face clean, whilst the other side is 100% hemp & organic cotton fleece, gentle and smooth for wiping your eyes after a long day outdoors! Unlike traditional cotton wool pads or disposable make-up wipes, these can be used over and over again. The wipes come in a pack of 5, the perfect amount to throw in the washing machine at the end of the week!
10. Flex Canvas pants by LIVSN
This brand is sustainable outdoors clothing for comfort, function and durability. LIVSN designs so that you get versatile clothing so you can own less and live more and keep what matters. LIVSN pair of trousers will also become your favourite one in your closet as they fit in great and have a beautiful design. The versatile range of sustainable outdoors clothing pieces will also become your favourite ones. Every single feature is designed to perform in sports, go to the wild, travel and wear it in casual or dressy occasions. LIVSN is implementing a repairing culture and circular business model with continuous improvement of the designs so they last longer.
Price: $99 USD
11. Waterproof backpack by Deriva Sailmakers
Deriva Sailmakers is a story of love for the ocean that still remains after generations. These backpacks are the most innovative UNISEX outdoors gear you can get, as they are manufactured using 3D technology. These sail recycled backpacks carrying stories of the Spanish sailors using the leftover sailboat cover, which makes it highly resistant. As soon as you have it in your hands, you will see that it is not a common fabric. The backpack is also 100% waterproof, ideal for those who spend time in the wild.
Price: from 78,00€
12. Comfortable outdoors jacket by EcoALF
EcoALF is turning plastic bottle trash from the ocean into high-quality fashion. It’s made out of 100% recycled plastic materials collected from the oceans to produce a range of clothing. For those people spending time in nature, a light jacket that can be comfortable, warm and fresh, and adapting to different temperatures is an absolute essential. Ecoalf jackets are water repellent, waterproof, breathable and odour control; with a zip closure, adjustable hood and side pockets also with zip closure. Definitely a little more expensive gift, but also the perfect outdoors gear that will last a lifetime.
Price: from 235,00€
13. Insulated sleeping bag by Patagonia
Patagonia is the outdoors brand by excellence and. has a range for each style and sport: snowboarding, surfing, mountain, running, fishing, climbing… you name it! Everyone who loves spending time in nature loves Patagonia, because of the values they stand for when it comes to protect the environment, produce under fair trade standards but also because of their reliable clothes and outdoors gear. Our pick for this gift guide is a weight-saving “elephant’s foot” sleeping bag with 850-fill-power Advanced Global Traceable Down insulation, which fits those up to 5 feet 6 inches tall. Staying outdoors at night-time will now be exciting and warm!
Price: from $170,00 AUD
14. Reusable razor by Rockwell Razors
Wondering why most of the outdoorsmen grow a beard? Well I know of women who would also stop grooming (even when they should be picking up waxes and balms) just for the inconvenience of buying a 10-pack of single use razors to carry them everywhere for just one shave. We can all stop the inconvenience right now, whether you are on-the-go or not, and get a reusable razor that will last you a lifetime. One of our favourite brands is Rockwell Razor, but there are all sorts of designs and types, for both men and women, depending on your type of skin or beard. Find your perfect match of zero waste razor brands in this extensive guide.
Price: from $50 USD
15. HUNU, the Pocket-sized cup
Coffee on the go? Day out in the city? Camping? Hiking? Cycling? HUNU is a collapsible, most convenient, and leak-proof cup you’ve been looking for! The cup is made with the world’s safest food-grade materials and slim enough to fit in the smallest pockets or bag.
The cup itself is BPA-free, Phthalates, and all other nasty chemicals, made from FDA and LFGB certified food grade silicone. The lid is made from bamboo fiber and resin. Besides the cup being incredibly easy to clean it is also dishwasher safe and HUNU cups can go in the microwave and freezer (not the lid or band).
The brand was designed in London and only took a month to become one of the most successful crowdfunding projects in history. It can now be found in over 70 countries around the world.
Price: from $50 USD