What’s your favorite summer activity? For me, it’s impossible to choose. From hiking, to water/lake adventures to road trips, it’s my absolute favorite time of year. Whatever the case, I hope this post inspires you to get outside and explore your own backyard. This summer may look a bit different, but there’s just as much adventure around the corner as there’s always been!
You don’t need the best or most expensive gear in order to get out on the trails, but the right gear will prepare you for any and all elements that come your way. On my recent road trip through Colorado, I waited for those summer thunderstorms every afternoon on our hikes. Like clockwork, the rain came and I was so glad to have waterproof boots and water-repellent clothing! I brought every item below to Colorado, and all were needed at some point during the trip. What’s really exciting is that my favorite outdoor retailer Backcountry is running their Semi-Annual Sale throughout the entire month of August! Some pieces below are included and Backcountry gave me a unique discount code to share with y’all! Use LESLEY15 which is good for your first purchase. Exclusions apply.
I own this pair of hiking boots and take them on the harder trails. I love the ankle support, the amount of traction, the breathable comfort and waterproof protection.
I’m constantly asked about this pair of trail shoes. I love that I can hike or run in them due to their stability and comfort on dirt or mud. The quick-lace adjustment feature lets me tighten the fit quickly.
Y’all have most likely seen me post about these pants before because they’re my FAVORITE for anything outdoors, taking me from the trail into a restaurant for dinner. They’re crazy flattering, super stretchy and performance ready.
If you have a lot to carry on your day hike, I really love this line of packs. It has multiple internal pockets, a laptop sleeve for commuting should you need it, and a water bottle sleeve on the side.
When on the trail, I always pack a lightweight jacket I can throw on. This is especially necessary for alpine regions where the air can turn crisp at the top! I love the stretch, chest insulation and water repellent feature of this one.
From fall into winter, I always carry a lightweight insulated jacket with me that easily packs down into my suitcase. This nano puff jacket is water repellent and has a recycled ripstop exterior.
From Telluride to Aspen, I knew I wanted to pack a few pieces that would take me off the trails and onto a patio. Backcountry always has great options for those in-between moments, i.e. coffee shop style, road trip cozies or patio professionals.
I’ve taken this jacket around the world with me. It’s the perfect fall piece, not to mention the “spicy orange” color just makes me want to be around foliage!
Count me in for slouchy, V-neck tops always. The lightweight asepct of it makes it so easy to throw in a backpack for a hike or even airplane travel.
From a hike to a coffee shop, I will wear this pullover forever. Organic cotton makes it incredibly soft and eco-friendly.
It’s almost vest weather, and I’m stoked. The material of this fleece is incredibly soft adding core warmth and thermal insulation.
I’ve received more questions about these boots than any other item. That’s most likely a direct reflection of how much I wear them, too. They’re perfect for everything and yes, you can even do some light hiking in them.
If you want to add a little bit of fashion to your outdoor wardrobe, I’ve had these Sorel boots for a few years now, and they’re pretty fun for a night out on the town!
To ensure proper social distancing this summer, lots of travelers are choosing to camp. I’ve had the below gear for over a year now and highly recommend for comfy camping.
Imagine camping under the stars with your favorite person in this tent. If you only have two people, I recommend a 3-person tent. Otherwise, it gets pretty crowded. The roomier the better.
My fiancé and I used this last year in Joshua Tree. It’s warm, roomy and has zippers on either end to allow for easy in and out for both campers.