10 Products to Bring on Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Make your next trek into the wilderness more fun with these essentials.
Make your next trek into the wilderness more fun with these essentials. / Fitbit/JBL/Kootek/Amazon
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With warmer weather right around the corner, many folks are beginning to plan hikes, camping trips, and relaxing afternoons by the lake. And to make those outdoor activities even better, we’ve scoured Amazon to find 10 products you need on your next adventure.

1. Kootek Camping Portable Hammocks; From $18

Kootek Camping Portable Hammock with accessories underneath.
Kootek Camping Portable Hammocks / Kootek/Amazon

These 4.7-star-rated portable hammocks make the perfect addition to any camping trip or backyard space—depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, of course. Each is 10 feet long and completely adjustable. They’re made of durable parachute fabric, which, according to the manufacturer, is designed to resist dirt, tearing, and fraying. When not in use, simply roll them back up to fit into the attached bag. Choose from 27 color combinations.

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2. TOURIT Cooler Backpack; $37

TOURIT Cooler Backpack against white background.
TOURIT Cooler Backpack / TOURIT/Amazon

This cooler backpack is made of waterproof, durable fabric, making it ideal for picnics, hikes, and other outdoor get-togethers. It’s also large enough to hold 30 beverage cans. Despite its ample storage capacity, it weighs just over a pound. It’s also packed with powerful insulation properties that will keep food and drinks cold—or hot—for up to 16 hours at a time.

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3. JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; From $115

JBL Charge 4 portable Bluetooth speaker on ground by water.
JBL Charge 4 / JBL/Amazon

Not only is this portable Bluetooth speaker waterproof, but it also offers up to 20 hours of playing time from whatever music service your heart desires. It’s powered by a built-in battery that’s easily chargeable via a USB port. And as an added bonus, you can use it to charge your smartphone—so no need to worry about your battery running out on your next camping endeavor.

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4. Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle; $32

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle against a white background.
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle / Nomander/Amazon

This collapsible, leakproof water bottle is incredibly convenient if you’re short on packing space. When not in use, simply roll it up in your bag or loop it around your wrist for easy access. Its durable design features shatter-proof silicone that won’t break if you drop it—because, let’s face it, accidents happen. Bonus: The bottle is dishwasher-safe and is suitable for both hot and cold beverages. Available in seven colors.

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5. Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch; From $120

Fitbit Versa 2 worn by woman.
Fitbit Versa 2 / Fitbit/Amazon

The Fitbit Versa 2 currently has nearly 130,000 Amazon customer reviews, averaging out to a 4.6-star rating—and it’s easy to see why. The fan-favorite smartwatch offers voice-control capabilities that allow you to set timers and alarms, check the weather, receive information, and control your devices. It also tracks your calories, steps, heart rate, and sleep quality. Those with the corresponding smartphone app can receive calls, texts, and notifications, as well. With a six-day battery life, this watch is more than capable of keeping up during any hikes or camping trips you put it through.

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6. Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet, Pack of 2; $13

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Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet, Pack of 2 / The Atomic Bear/Amazon

These handy bracelets will act as your own personal security system throughout your camping trips and hikes. It can be used as a fire starter, compass, emergency whistle, rod striker, and paracord (up to 12 feet). “Nice one-size-fits-all paracord bracelets,” one reviewer wrote.

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7. Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Balm; $12

Murphy's Naturals balm against white background.
Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Balm / Murphy's Naturals/Amazon

This plant-based mosquito repellent is made with a blend of castor oil, lemongrass oil, rosemary oil, cedarwood oil, and peppermint oil to shoo away the pests you'll encounter outside. It also won’t leave you with that greasy feeling afterward; instead, this balm applies smoothly to the skin, according to the manufacturer. It’s also free of dyes, synthetic fragrances, and harsh chemicals.

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8. Merrell Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoes; From $60

Merrell Moab 2 hiking boots against white background.
Merrell Moab 2 hiking boots / Merrell/Amazon

Most of the items on this list are for more casual outdoor outings, but if you're going on a more rigorous hike, you'll need to take care of your feet (your toes, arches, ankles, and calves will thank you later). These hiking shoes from Merrell are built sturdy and feature a leather and mesh upper for ventilation, along with a heel cushion to absorb impacts. They also sport a rubber sole to help prevent slips and provide stability.

Buy it: Men's; Women's

9. Coppertone Sport Continuous Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Pack of 3; $20

Coppertone Sunscreen, Pack of 3 against a white background.
Coppertone Sunscreen, Pack of 3 / Coppertone/Amazon

You (likely) already know the importance of applying sunscreen, and this Coppertone SPF 50 spray sunscreen, which comes in packs of three, is water-resistant and offers maximum coverage from harmful rays. It’s also infused with moisturizing vitamin E and is designed to stay on as you sweat, making it especially ideal for hikers, bikers, swimmers, and boaters.

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10. Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler; From $48

Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler being used by three people.
Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler / Stanley/Amazon

This 64-ounce growler helps keep your beer fresh, fizzy, and ice-cold for up to 24 hours, thanks to its double-wall vacuum insulation. It also doubles as a thermos, which can store coffee, tea, and soup for up to 18 hours. Its ergonomic, heavy-duty handle allows for easy carrying with one hand, while its leak-proof lid prevents accidental spills. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Available in four colors.

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This article originally ran in 2021; it has been updated for 2022.