$10 from Uncommon Goods
This book is fantastic. It doesn’t have all of the US’s national parks, but it has the big ones you’ve definately heard of – like Crater Lake and Sequoia – and some smaller ones you may not have. Did you know that there is a national park in the Virgin Islands? I know I didn’t, and now I’m totally looking for a job there.
$16.50 from Amazon
Nuclear disaster? Zombie attack? Hear all the latest apocalypse news with this crank- or battery-powered radio. It also has LED lights and a cell phone charger. Actually, I’m tempted to buy it just to crank it up and charge my phone. It’s also only 1.5 lb with its built-in battery, so it would be good for camping too.
$60 from The NPR Shop
This is a great idea for backpacking/traveling/hopping trains/whatever. Maybe it will even help you avoid those horrid hostel restrooms that have graffiti in all sorts of languages you can’t read but you’re fairly sure all of it says something along the lines of “I had sex in this shower.” Anyway, this shampoo apparently even suds up with salt water, so take a trip to the beach.
$12.50 for 60 sheets from The Spoon Sisters
$55 from Eagle’s Nest Outfitters
I own these boots, and I love them. They lasted me two seasons of trail building and they’re still going strong. They’re also really comfy and basically waterproof – I’ve gone wading in 3 or 4 inch deep water and had dry feet after.
$144.99 from Campmor
Ok, so it’s not really an item of clothing, although I suppose it could be an accessory. It’s so useful, though, that I couldn’t leave it out. I loved my titanium spork until it managed to disappear somewhere in the depths of my car, never to be seen again by mortal eyes. Every time I eat a cup-o-noodles, though, I miss it.
$8.95 from REI
Is this knife not gorgeous? I don’t hunt, and it has things like a gut hook that I really wouldn’t ever use (and its big sister has a bone saw – ack!). But it’s so pretty. And it comes with a little diamond-coated sharpening thing. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? When attached to a knife at least.
$85.99 from Overstock.com
Ok, so it’s out of my price range by about a million percent, but I’ve been drooling over it for the past hour anyway. This, my friends, is the ultimate RV – luxury camper body on a Jeep. Basically, you can take it anywhere that you can take any vehicle ever. Just imagine showing up at some GLBT festival in this – how many women would want to share your sweet ride?
Eleventy billion dollars from EarthRoamer