Sometimes it really is the little things in life that make it all worth it, and outdoor gear is no exception. While a daypack carrying a few necessities is always a good idea when headed into the outdoors, there are some handy items that you can fit in your pocket to utilize along the trail. It’s surprising what little things you wish you had when you find yourself without them. Things like…
If you have access to shower facilities or a hand washing station at your campground, you’re probably pretty jazzed about having the opportunity to clean up during your camping trip. But that means bringing along soap, either in bar or liquid form. Liquid containers carry the risk of leakage, whereas the bar is just bound to pick up all manner of debris, so a single-use option would really be ideal. The guys at Grand Trunk think so too, which is why they put out this handy, pocket-sized package of soap leaves for the outdoor hygienic. The little plastic pop-open container holds 40 individual leaves, one or two of which are enough to soap up your entire body, including your hair if you’re not particular about what washes it. No mess to bag up, no excessive waste, and biodegradable to boot!
Multi-tools and gadgets are great to have around, but a multi-tool is only as useful as the environment it’s in. A multi-tool with various screwdriver heads is a great thing to bring to a construction project, not so much a hike out in the woods. Instead, you’ll want something like the Adventure Tool from High Gear, which is loaded with features that can be utilized in the outdoors. In one pocket-sized tool you’ll get a super bright LED light, a dry compartment, a liquid-filled compass, a magnifier (great for taking out slivers!), digital thermometer, and a safety whistle and mirror. It would serve a variety of purposes in the outdoors, which makes it a great piece of pocket gear.
Unexpected weather and area conditions are a part of outdoor adventuring, but you don’t want to risk damaging your valuables. A sudden cloudburst or raised water level can put your electronics and other personal items right in the path of one of Earth’s most destructive forces: water. This 3-piece set of waterproof pouches from Coughlan’s are the perfect item to throw in your back pocket just in case of such a circumstance. At 3 different sizes, you’ve got plenty of room for MP3 players, cell phones, car keys, and anything else you want to protect from the elements. Guaranteed to keep water out and your valuables in, this may be one of the most handy pieces of pocket-sized gear of all.
What do you throw in your pockets for your outdoor adventures?