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The perfect gear for explorers
Wherever your adventures take you, whether into the national parks of North America or remote villages on the far side of the globe, good gear can make or break a trip. To curate a gift guide for adventurers, 10Best's team of travel experts hand-picked 20 pieces of travel gear for our 2019 Readers' Choice Awards.
Those were then whittled down to 10 amazing items by popular vote over 28 days. Scroll to browse these standout products deserving of a place on any adventurer's wish list.
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No. 10: Kokopelli Packrafts Rogue-Lite
The Rogue-Lite is the lightest packraft from Kokopelli, weighing in at under five pounds. “It packs down into the size of a paper towel roll,” says 10Best Travel Expert Marla Cimini, making it a convenient option for backpacking, compact car camping or other backcountry paddling adventures.
To buy: kokopellipackraft.com, $825
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No. 9: Interstellar Goggle Limited Edition
These freeride goggles from Sweet Protection feature proprietary RIG lens technology, providing better contrast in low light conditions. “You can swap between the eight available lens options without touching the field of vision, so this means no fingerprints,” explains 10Best Travel Expert Marla Cimini.
To buy: sweetprotection.com, $219.95
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No. 8: LARQ Bottle
The LARQ Bottle is the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle and purification system. UV-C LED light eliminates up to 99.9999 percent of biocontaminants with the touch of a button. The bottle comes in 17- or 25-ounce sizes and five colors.
To buy: livelarq.com, $95
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No. 7: NEMO Stargaze Recliner Chair
The NEMO Stargaze Recliner Chair is the first swinging and reclining camp chair on the market, and it works on any surface with no hanging required. The chair’s aircraft-grade aluminum poles are tough and lightweight, and the fabric seat features pockets for beverages and media.
To buy: nemoequipment.com, $219.95
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No. 6: Joovv Go
The Joovv Go puts the power of light therapy in the palm of your hand with this portable device. The wireless and rechargeable Joovv Go uses professional grade LED lights for quick results. “I use it on my feet after a long day of walking,” says 10Best Local Expert Jacky Runice.
To buy: joovv.com, $295
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No. 5: Smart Travel
This first aid kit was designed with travel in mind to include blister supplies, wound care supplies and medication to treat stomach illness, dehydration, pain and fever. A Visual Communication Tool helps you get the care you need even in far-flung destinations.
To buy: adventuremedicalkits.com, $49.99
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No. 4: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield
The line of suncare options from MyChelle Dermaceuticals are reef-safe and mineral-based. Options include a non-tinted SPF 50 liquid sunscreen, tinted sticks, a clear spray with SPF 30 and a SPF 50 body lotion.
To buy: mychelle.com, $20-$24
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No. 3: BioLite HeadLamp 330
This no-bounce rechargeable headlight is light and sleek with moisture-wicking fabric on the band to keep you cool and dry. “The HeadLamp 330 is great for all adventures, or even an early morning run,” says 10Best Local Expert Corinne Whiting.
To buy: bioliteenergy.com, $49.95
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No. 2: Fireside Outdoor Pop-Up Fire Pit
This portable fire pit packs smaller than a camping chair but sets up in 60 seconds to create a fire large enough to keep your whole camp warm. It also cools down enough in 90 seconds to pack up and continue on your adventures.
To buy: firesideoutdoor.com, $99.95
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No. 1: Good To-Go Weekender Pack
These meal packs from Good To-Go include one breakfast and two entrées, perfect for a weekend camping trip. Meals are handmade in Maine with gluten-free ingredients. Choose from meals like pad thai, New England corn chowder, chicken gumbo or Korean bibimbap – just add water!
To buy: goodto-go.com, $21.50