5 Gifts for the Hiker Who Falls Down A Lot

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5 Gifts for the Hiker Who Falls Down A Lot

Perhaps you have someone in your life that likes to hike but always ends up with bumps and bruises. Or maybe your accident prone friend wants to get into hiking. If you are in need of a gift for them we have some ideas for you.

Adventure Medical First Aid 1.0

First Aid Kit

First and foremost, if you have someone you care about who is accident prone you don’t want them to go out on the trail without a first aid kit. Adventure Medical Kits offers a variety of options for the individual hiker. The kits include bandages, antiseptic wound wipes, Moleskin blister relief, splinter/tick removers, and medications. The kits are small, lightweight, and easy to throw in your rucksack. If your hiker is one who tends to sprain their ankle easily you might want to pick a first aid kit that includes an elastic bandage for wrapping up that ankle.

MSR Surelock TR-3

Trekking Poles

If your friend or loved one has trouble walking on the sidewalk without tripping you might want to get them some trekking poles. Instead of just their own two feet, your stumbling friend has two more points of contact with the ground. Trekking poles help to give you extra balance which can be very helpful on the uneven terrain of a trail. For some of us, trekking poles are an absolute essential.

Spot Connect

Personal Locator Beacon

OK, I realize I’m being somewhat flip about clumsiness on the trail. While the risk of serious injury is minimal on most hikes, serious accidents can and do happen and even the most experienced hikers can get lost. That’s why a tracker or locator is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to someone who loves hiking or backpacking. With a device like the Spot Connect your hiker can use their smartphone to send out short text messages about how they are doing even if they aren’t in cell phone range. These messages can also be posted to Facebook so all their friends can follow their journey.

RAW Ice

Medicinal Stocking Stuffers

You’ve tried your hardest to keep your hiker safe but inevitability they come home sore. Once again, Eastern Mountain Sports has you covered with rubs, creams, dressings and washes that take the sting out of minor trail injuries. One of my personal favorite first aid items is RAW Ice. Stuff this in your hiker’s stocking and give them instant relief for their tired, aching muscles. Speaking from experience, this all natural cooling pain relief really hits the spot.

Moji 360 Hand Held Massager

Stretching and massage tools

Sometimes, after a long hike involving multiple falls, your hiker might need some more TLC. This is when you get them some massage tools. For doing self massage you can get your hiker such tools as The Stick or a Trigger Point Foam Roller. This way they can work out the knots on their own. If you’ve got the kind of relationship with your favorite hiker where you can help them out, there are even more options such as the Jacknobber II or the Moji 360 to get out those stubborn knots.

That’s my top five gift ideas for the clumsy hiker on your list. What do YOU recommend? Post a comment and help make someone a little safer and happier on the trail!

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Amy Parulis


A former Strength and Conditioning Specialist and captain of the University of North Carolina track team, Amy now looks for her next mountain to climb or mud run to take part in to keep in shape. Her favorite hike was to the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens where she witnessed a steaming lava dome and she some day hopes to summit Mt. Rainier. In the meantime she can be found helping customers at the Waterford EMS. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @amyparulis

3 Comments

  1. C2
    November 8, 2012, 8:57 pm

    Hilarious and soooooo true! Another tip – don’t lend your poles to your klutzy friends. They will find a way to break them. I won’t go anywhere without my Moji. Great choice!

  2. Hiker Dude
    November 8, 2012, 3:17 pm

    That RAW stuff is awesome!! They have a RAW Heat also that works great!!

  3. Joe
    November 5, 2012, 6:35 pm

    Better yet: Take salt tabs and stop falling down!

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