The Ultimate Adventure Mom Gift Guide

Adventure Mom Gift Guide: For the Photographer

Olympus OMD – I can’t say enough good things about this camera. The image quality is that of a DSLR but without the bulk. The invaluable addition of weatherproofing means that she’ll capture all those memories no matter if she’s shooting in the rain, sitting by the sea, or battling the dirt and dust of a camp site. The unique 5-axis image stabilization makes soccer games and active pets easy targets and a variety of compatible lens means she can keep growing as a photographer. When traveling I stick with the kit lens which has a great macro feature, and the M.Zukio 12-40mm f2.8 lens for beautiful portraits and low-light photography. Buy her the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

LifeProof iPhone Case – No matter if she’s summiting a mountain solo or keeping the kids entertained with the camera app, this “Lifeproof” case delivers on its promise to make your phone “waterproof, snowproof, dirtproof, and shockproof” I’ve taken my phone on shallow dives, dropped it from a horses back, and even had it chewed on by a puppy for an undetermined amount of time – not only is my phone still in excellent condition, but the freedom to take quality photos and video underwater is priceless! An added bonus is that customer support is gold-standard. After an older case began to leak (no phone damage), I contacted customer service via email and they had a new case on its way to Costa Rica within 24 hours! Buy her the Lifeproof case for iPhones

Adventure Mom Gift Guide: For the Traveler

Moleskine Journal – From grocery lists to travel notes, these notebooks are invaluable for their durability, their nifty built in pocket (for post cards, museum passes and family pics in my case), and their variety of options – from blank “sketch” books, to lined paper and even full agendas. Buy her a Moleskine journal

Travel Scarf – This unique and fashionable scarf by Canadian company SHOLDIT might just encourage her to ditch her purse. It’s equipped with pockets made to hold all the necessities – passport, lotion, lip gloss, credit cards and more – while looking like an ordinary scarf. It’s a safe and virtually undetectable place to store her valuables, plus it folds into itself to become a handheld clutch! Buy her the SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap Purse

Super-Absorbent Travel Towel – A necessity. It saves space in her bags, saves time due to quick-dry material, and works like a charm. If the kids are with her, the ultra-absorbent material means that more than one can use it. Do the family a favor a get a couple different sizes (I keep one for the shower and another for adventure activities like scuba diving and whitewater rafting.) Buy her the Sea to Summit DryLite Towel

Passport cover and luggage tags – A ruined passport means ruined plans (believe me!). Help her avoid any unfortunate circumstances while protecting her valuables and expressing a little style. Matching luggage tags means she won’t be standing by baggage claim trying to figure out which bag is hers. Buy her a passport cover and luggage tags

Travel Yoga Mat – Yoga lovers can delight with this super-compact and durable mat that is 100% easier to carry around than the rolled-up mat she uses at home. Small enough to be thrown in her purse, this mat makes it possible to practice her downward dog no matter where her yoga travels take her. Get her the Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat

TOMS Shoes – The perfect shoes for lounging or casual outings. She’ll feel good knowing the company gives a pair of shoes away to children in need for every pair purchased, and she’ll look good in a variety of fun colors and patterns. While there’s no substitute for a good pair of walking shoes with foot support, these are my go-to shoes for visits to beach-towns. around the campsite, and they pack flat so they barely take up any space in the suitcase.

But her a pair of TOMS Canvas Slip-On

Adventure Mom Gift Guide: For the Mountain Mama

Woodwick candle – Even if she can’t get out to the slopes, the real wood wick burns and crackles like a cozy fire in a ski lodge, and comforting scents like “redwood” and “evening bonfire” are sure to put her in a great mood – no matter the conditions. Buy her a Woodwick candle

Aeropress Coffee Maker – Heralded as the king of all camping coffee-makers, the Aeropress claims to provide the perfect cup of joe with minimal effort due to immersing the coffee ground fully in water before pressing. It was even featured in Tim Ferris’s book: The 4-Hour Chef, both for the coffee that comes out and the easy clean-up! Buy her the aeropress and give the gift of delicious coffee on the road

Hydroflask Thermos and Waterbottle – A life-changing, no-frills thermos for women on the go. This small Oregon-based company has a cult following, and for a good reason. I’ve sipped hot coffee after an 8-hour road trip, and put icy lemonade in it before hiking through the jungle just to be rewarded with a still-icy drink hours later. Available in an assortment of vibrant colors for every personality. Buy her a hydroflask (and maybe another for you!)

Eno hammock – Whether it’s to string up at the campsite, chill out at the beach or backyard, or as a lightweight option to tent camping, ENO’s double hammock is as rewarding for you as it is for her. Mine has traveled around the world from jungles to desserts to friends living rooms, mostly due to the incredibly easy setup using the same companies “slap-straps.” Buy her an Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock

Patagonia down vest – Not only is Patagonia a socially and environmentally friendly company she’ll be proud to wear, but their down vests are some of the lightest, warmest, and most fashionable options on the market. Mine has kept me warm in everything from the frigid Chilean winds to the crisp autumns of Kentucky. Buy her the Patagonia Down Sweater Vest

Buff Headwear – Finally, a headband that doesn’t fall off! Though this headwear claims to be wearable 16 different ways, this lightweight piece is worth every penny just for its fantastic selection of colors and prints. Buy the full length for more wearable options or a half-buff if she’s just looking for a headband. Buy her a Buff

Gregory DEVA backpack – A great backpack for women serious about getting outdoors. Built by a reputable company specifically for women, the Gregory Deva has been my trusted companion for 12 countries and counting! It’s variety of pockets (including handy hip-belt pockets), room for a water bladder, and large compartments make it the ideal bag for backpacking trips and international travel. The rotating hip belt built for women is incredibly comfortable and effective at distributing weight. Buy her a Gregory DEVA backpack


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Chelsey is a mid-20's traveler who is passionate about ditching routines, getting off the beaten path, and finding a way to make travel sustainable not only for herself - but everyone! She's a big believer in learning something new every day and never saying "no" to chocolate.

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