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Lucky Bums Kids Tracker 20L Backpack

Finally an all-around pack designed and engineered for kids. The Lucky Bums Tracker 20L Backpack for Kids is the ideal all-around pack for travel, hiking, camping and school. The pack has all the bells and whistles you would expect from a rugged pack designed specifically for kids. The pack includes 4 exterior loops, 4 storage compartments, 2 side water bottle holders, padded back for airflow, moisture wicking shoulder strap, removable hip straps, fully adjustable sternum strap with integrated safety whistle in the sternum buckle, durable kid friendly buckles and proven YKK zippers. Its a solid pack, so don't be surprised to see it on some adults too! The Lucky Bums Tracker 20L Backpack for Kids has a lifetime warranty covering material defects and workmanship.

Price: $63.95

Timberland Womens White Ledge Waterproof Mid Hiking Boot

Whether you're looking for a lightweight, highly water resistant day hiking boot for the trail or just something rugged and dependable that you can wear around the backyard for general utility work and play, Timberland's White Ledge Waterproof Mid Hiking Boot for women is a step up from ordinary sneakers and boots–with the benefits associated with both types of footwear. Beneath the Women's White Ledge Waterproof Mid Hiking Boot is Timberland's B.S.F.P. active lug outsole. This acronym stands for “Braking, Supporting, Flexing and Propelling.” What it all means is that Timberland aligned the sole lugs to optimize support, traction and ergonomic flex, so you enjoy increased comfort and agility compared to most general boot designs. One more important note: If you read Timberland's customer reviews, you might find a few people taking issue with the word waterproof in the White Ledge product name. While the boot's seam-sealed construction is ideal for hiking through dew-kissed meadows or camping in the rain, like the waterproof light hiking boots made by other companies, Timberland's White Ledge not a perfect choice for sloshing around in water deep enough to seep into the tongue gussets. If you prefer wet outdoor weather in moderation, you'll be satisfied with the comfort, traction and stability offered by the White Ledge Waterproof Mid Hiking Boot for women.

Price: $99.95

Sorel Mens Conquest Snow Boot

Whether it's the comfort or the longevity, guys wear rugged Sorel snow and mud boots like they dote on their decades-old pick-up trucks. This unusual sentimentality evolved from Sorel's reputation for creating tough, waterproof boots with classic styling that sidesteps the trendy trappings offered by other footwear manufacturers. The Sorel Men's Conquest Snow Boot features a durable seam-sealed construction using a combination of tough full grain leather and flexible synthetic textile. Sorel uses a proven molded waterproof shell made from thermal rubber to effectively lock out water and snow. The Conquest Snow Boot comfortably wraps your feet in dependable weather protection that's perfect for working in winter conditions, camping in the high alpine or navigating the slushy day lodge parking lot at your favorite family ski resort. Other guys might brag about their snow or utility boots lasting for years, but many Sorel boot owners already know that aside from replacing frayed laces, durable designs like this Conquest Snow Boot will keep their feet warm and dry for a decade or even two.

Price: $134.95

First Aid

The farther from the beaten path you venture, the more prepared you should be for a medical emergency. Always carry a first-aid kit designed for the type of trek and the number of people in your group.

A variety of first-aid kits are available for day hikes, family camping trips or backpacking treks. Kits should be tailored to your trekking terrain, weather, the ages of hikers and your group’s special medical needs.

It is important to know how to use everything in your first-aid kit beforehand. You won’t have time in the middle of an emergency to read an instruction manual.

Before you go, learn about any possible hazards at your destination, such as poisonous plants, snakes and insects. Ask local officials or park rangers if you need any special gear or clothing. Locate the road and public phone closest to your campsite or trail, so you know where to summon help if it is needed.

Some organizations offer wilderness first-aid courses targeted to outdoors enthusiasts. Be sure to practice what you learn and share it with others in your party.

Good first-aid kits are available in a wide range of prices and specialty kits are available for mountain bikers, canoeists and others.

The following items should be considered when outfitting a basic first-aid kit:

  • 1 elastic-roll bandage
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Adhesive tape
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Adhesive bandages, assorted sizes
  • Bulb irrigating syringe
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Chemical heat and cold packs
  • Dry-wash pads or wipes
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Gauze pads
  • Hydrocortisone cream (soothes allergic skin)
  • Insect repellent
  • Mirror, small and unbreakable
  • Moleskin, 1 or 2 packets
  • Cotton swab, sterile, packaged in pairs
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors (Swiss Army Pen Knife has scissors, small blade and nail file)
  • Sunscreen
  • Triangular bandage
  • Tweezers

Inspect the contents before every trip and make sure the tools are clean and supplies in good condition. Replace expired medicines and add items you wish you had brought on the last trip. Make sure the container is durable and waterproof, and stow it in an accessible compartment of your backpack.