Hiking Family Asheville North Carolina MountainsAs a new Dad, ‘traditions’ are often on my mind. Making certain my daughter lives an active outdoor lifestyle is paramount. Every New Year’s, the family hits the trails. With a 17 month old, the distance tends to differ drastically. Here is a list of some of the essentials it takes to get my family on the trail.

Osprey Poco AG Premium

Let’s face it, I have to carry my daughter — and that is ok! The Osprey Poco AG is super comfortable with their famous ‘AG’ Anti-Gravity suspension. It also has a ton of adjustability, storage, and a sunshade to keep my daughter comfortable. $330


Goal Zero Flip 20

Safety first: Even in the woods, I need to make certain my phone has enough juice to keep me connected. $39.99


Benchmade Mini Barrage

Every man needs a knife. The Mini-Barrage is a great everyday carry. Benchmade also has free lifetime sharpening and you can’t beat that. $131.75benchmade-mini-barrage-asheville

Hydro Flask 24oz Standard Mouth

I’m simply not a fan of lukewarm water. Hydro Flask keeps ice like a champ. Not going to lie…my wife and I own a lot of Hydro Flask. $29.95hydro-flask-standard-24-asheville

Superfeet Green 

When it comes to taking care of feet, everyone needs Superfeet! It supports your entire foot and cushions your heel. Less stress, less rolled ankles, less problems in life. $44.95superfeet-green-asheville-diamond-brand-outdoorsSmartwool PhD Light Mini

Keep your feet dry and happy.  If your feet start giving you troubles your hike is over. $16.95smartwool-phd-light-mini-asheville

Michael is the Hardgoods and Paddle Sports Buyer for Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker.