We've tested a variety of products to bring you our best recommendations for items listed on our Suggested Packing lists.
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Farm to Feet Socks
The American made brand Farm to Feet is our number one choice when it comes to socks. From low cut to knee high ski socks, this brand has the best lifetime warranty on the market. Unlike Darn Tough and other brands, you will not be asked to send in your socks for replacement. Instead, just email them photos of any holes or defects.
Fox River Liner Socks
Liner socks are particularly useful during our backpacking trips, but many people are so impressed they continue using them off the trail as well. Liners help prevent blisters by reducing friction between your feet and your socks. They are also much thinner than socks, meaning you can wash and dry them while on the trail, unlike traditional socks, further preventing foot irritation and improving hygiene.
OR Ferrosi Pants
The Ferrosi pants by Outdoor Research are our top pick for warm to moderate weather. They are breathable, flexible and comfortable in a wide array of activities. Available in both women's and men's, the Ferrosi pants are a great option for your travels.
OR Ad-Vantage Leggings
The high range of motion, level of comfort, and durability make the Ad-Vantage leggings by Outdoor Research our top pick for women's leggings. UPF30 sun protection and 2 pockets are additional helpful features. Leggings are a great piece of clothing to pack for your travels as they are highly versatile and can be used for sleeping, running, climbing and everything in between.
OR Trail Mix Joggers
Be sure to check the overnight conditions of your upcoming trip to select the appropriate sleepwear. This information is included in the NoPlans suggested packing list email. For mild and cool temperatures, we like the Outdoor Research Trail Mix Joggers. Size down if you plan on layering these under other pants.
The North Face Canyonlands
The Canyonlands 1/4 zip pullover by North Face is the perfect cool night companion to stay warm. It is available in both women's and men's version with several color, zipper and hooded options. Even in warm destinations the nights can cool off once the sun sets and this pullover works wonderfully when it's not quite cold enough to warrant a coat.
Mountain Hardwear Canyon
Perfect for on the trail or in town, the Canyon series of shirts by Mountain Hardwear are our favorite lightweight tops for backpacking, sailing and general travel. These shirts are available for both men and women with long sleeve and short sleeve versions. They prevent you from overheating while providing UPF 50 sun protection and the ability to dress up.
When it comes to choosing what camp shoes to pack for your backpacking adventure, it's hard to beat the versatility of Crocs. Besides being extremely comfortable, the 100% synthetic build makes them ideal for river crossings. They are easy to wash, breathable, effortless to slip on or off and lightweight.
Altras Lone Peak
When traveling we are often limited by space determining what we can pack. This is why we recommend the most versatile selection of products. The Altras Lone Peak shoes are mid-rise trail runners capable of moderate hiking and running as well as comfortable enough for long everyday usage. They are very lightweight and comfortable with a wide toe box. Unfortunately, they are only available in regular width.
Sperry Soletide U-Throat
Sperry's are the industry standard when it comes to boat shoes. The Soletide U-Throat sneakers aren't the traditional boat shoe, but we find them to be more comfortable particularly on the heel. They are of course light soled for safe boat use. Available in both women's and men's models.
A rash guard is helpful while diving without a wetsuit to prevent your BC from rubbing on bare skin and provide a little warmth when it's not cold enough to warrant a full wetsuit. It also serves as sun protection while at the surface or between dives. The O'Neill Bahia Full Zip provides 1.5mm neoprene and UPF50 protection. The front zipper also lets you avoid the typical struggle present when donning a wetsuit.
OR Saguaro Sun Hat
The Outdoor Research Saguaro Sun Hat is made of lightweight cotton making it breathable, packable and comfortable. The good fit helps prevent the dreaded headache that often presents with other hats. The built in chin strap makes sure this hat stays put in windy conditions. We haven't heard any complaints about this hat and many many happy users.
Marmot Precip Jacket
From all the packable rain jackets we've tried, we're most happy with the Marmot Precip Jacket. This jacket provides a good balance of cost and quality as well as packability. Although not meant for persistent heavy rain, this is a great jacket to throw into your pack for unexpected showers. Available in a men's and women's version with lots of color options.
The North Face Thermoball
The Thermoball insulation technology by North Face has been our favorite for puffy coats for many years. Although heavier than other coats, we continue to be impressed with the warmth it provides even when wet. A hooded version is available for additional warmth. Layering under a shell makes for an unbelievably warm setup.
OR Waterproof Liners
These lightweight waterproof glove liners are great for keeping your hands warm while being physically active. We like using liners because as temperatures drop, you can slip them under heavier gloves or mittens for more warmth. These liners have limitations with temperature and waterproof capabilities as stand alone gloves, but they work great as liners and the built in loop makes it easy and quick to put them on.