I treated myself (and B) for my birthday this year. Yeah, it was nearly 2 months ago and I’m just now sharing my buys, but better late than never?
I love to stock up on gear when it’s out of season and on sale. Honestly, anything really! Candles, boots, everyday clothing. I try to buy winter/fall things in the summer, and summer things in the winter. ‘Cause it’s cheaper! I don’t care in the slightest if it’s last season’s version or model.
I obtained an REI credit card this summer (aka: the death of me?), an REI gift card from my parents, a gift card FROM REI for using the credit card, and a gift card for Bass Pro Shops from B’s parents.
You will notice a common theme. It’s called…I don’t wear a lot of color.
Women’s outdoor gear really should have more neutral and black options. I will buy myself men’s clothing if I cannot find what I’m looking for. I do not tend to wear pink, periwinkle, sea foam etc. I’m not knocking it, a lot of it really is pretty. I’m just a dark grey and black kinda gal!
This is my Columbia Mystic Pines 3-in-1, with removable fleece vest and hood. I can remove the vest and just use the shell, wear just the vest or layer up with everything. Super warm for the always cold me:
I ordered B and I each a Trail Pod mummy sleeping bag. He the “long” and mine the “regular”. They have a 30 degree temp rating which is appropriate for my limit on sleeping outside. Colder than that and I’ll be in the camper! If ever we plan to do multiple nights somewhere that has potential to be colder, we will cross that bridge when we get there.
Not ultralight at 3lbs 2oz, the weight isn’t really an issue for me as it was affordable and works for what we need. I used mine camping a few weeks ago and was of course very comfortable when it got down to a rare 60 degrees on an early August night. Synthetic and water repellent:
Ummm, the cutest lights. ENO Twilights in White LED. M got the purple ones and I think there are also red ones or blue ones? These are great in a tent for reading or for placing on a picnic table at night for nighttime snack making:
My big most awesome most excited about purchase!!! My new Osprey Kestrel 48! My parents chipped in on this as my gift from them. It has great reviews and fits like a damn glove. Absolutely cannot WAIT to use it this fall:
And lastly this adorable purple Osprey coozie I got from an Internet pal on one of my backpacking/hiking Facebook groups. I LOVE the outdoor community. I have “met” some great people through online forums:
That’s it! A few things we’ve stocked up on for fall and winter. I wanted to post this for fellow junkies, input and for anyone curious or looking for something similar. Looking very forward to putting the things to use I haven’t been able to yet.