The best gifts and gear for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life

Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertaining

Not everyone on your list wants sun gloves or a handlebar bike bag, but those who do will treasure your gift all year long.

Here are items to make life outdoors a little more comfy.

Keymaster Games’ Trails board game

There are good reasons to take a hike on the new board game Trails from Keymaster Games. First, it’s visually stunning. The art for the board (seven double-sided panels) and game cards are from Fifty-Nine Parks artist portraits of national parks. Second, it’s engaging. As the sun moves across the board, day turns into night (you flip the panels) as your hiker token gathers acorns, leaves and rocks along the way. The game, 4 ¾ by 6 ¾ inches, fits nicely in a backpack. Good for two to four players, ages 10 and older.


Wild Zora camping meals


Looking for backpacking meals that suit your diet and taste good? Colorado-based Wild Zora makes meals to go that are gluten free, paleo friendly, grain free, dairy free, soy free and have no added sugars. Mountain Beef Stew and Summit Savory Chicken follow the strict autoimmune protocol diet, which may help people with allergies and eating restrictions.

$10.95 and up | wildzora.com

LuminAid Packlite Max 2-in-1 Power Lantern

Let there be light — without batteries. We liked this square of light that’s solar powered, easy to use and charges your phone. Let it soak up the sun’s rays, pop it open and you’re good to go. Good for your backpack or backyard, and something to keep in your earthquake go-bag too.


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