Schools out for summer! Around here that means time to get busy planning summer adventures. And as we dig out our gear and take inventory, there are a few things we need and a few things we want but have been waiting to buy when they go on sale! Well, folks, we are in the final hours of the REI anniversary sale!

I have spent an embarrassing amount of time combing through the entire REI website for the best deals and realized I should share the results of my late-night research. This way I can call it ‘work’ and I won’t feel guilty about how much it blew up my screen time this week.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive list for car camping with kids or backpacking we have those as well as a post on the best gifts for dad this father’s day!

Getting down to business, here are our top deals in the REI Co-Op Anniversary Sale!

Water Bottles and Hydradion Packs

Hydro Flask Kids

Hydro Flask Kids Bottles (25% off!)– My oldest two are finally at an age where we no longer lose water bottles regularly and we can buy bottles that last. I’ve been swooning over these kids’ Hydro Flask bottles forever and at 25% off, it’s the best deal I have seen, we grabbed 3.

nalgene water bottle

Nalgene Water Bottles (50% off!)– We always bring an “extra bottle” for fill-ups to soccer and baseball games and in Colorado summer we needed a few more “extra bottles” and snagged a few of the big Naglenes including the one linked at 50% off!

Osprey Water Resevoir

Osprey Water Reservoirs (25% off!)– We have the 3L for the adults which is great for backpacking and storing “extra water” for our longer hike days. The older boys have 1.5L packs for their REI backpacks (listed below!). They are a bit of a pain to clean but I haven’t found a reservoir that isn’t. They do make our hiking trips 1000x more fun since we don’t have to stop and hand out water bottles every 200 feet, worth the clean-up time back home.

Hiking and Camping Gear

Peak Design Capture Clip for Camera– This bag clip is a game-changer if you hike with a DSLR/big camera. But they are pricy! Not officially on sale but REI members can get it 20% off with code ANNIV21.

Petzl Tikka Headlamp (25% off)– We love our headlamps and right now you can snag them for 25% off! The boys have been sharing one between the three of them, you can imagine how that has been going so we snagged two more for them.

Camp Kitchen– So this guy isn’t officially on sale either BUT REI members can get 20% off with code ANNIV21. Which only costs $20, so if you aren’t already a member, joining will pay for itself if you have your eye on this camp kitchen. We use it at least once a week spring, summer, and fall on our hiking, park picnicking and camping adventures.

REI kids hiking backpack

Kids Hiking Backpack (20% off for REI Co-Op members)– We really underestimated how much our kids carrying their own packs would change our hiking game! They are in charge of packing (usually an extra pair of socks and/or a snack). And the biggest bonus having their own water has significantly reduced the amount and time of our stops which means more hiking and exploring. REI coop members can save 20% on the bag with, you guessed it, ANNIV21 at checkout.


Eno Hammock (25% off!)– We LOVE this hammock and it’s always on all of the gift lists we make. The double is absolutely the way to go and at 25% off, it’s a no-brainer! And don’t forget the straps (which are also 25% off until Monday). This makes for an awesome fathers day gift! (wink, wink)

Helinox Swivel Chair (20% off for REI members)– We love this chair but I nearly died when I saw how much Mike paid for it. The good news, it still looks brand new after 4 years of regular use and abuse from our circus. Chairs just don’t last that long around here even this frugal mama will verify, it’s worth the price tag! ANNNND qualifies for the 20% off for REI members so use code ANNIV21 to save some cash and get yourself the best little camp chair around that packs into a backpack!

Clothes and Shoes

SmartWool Hiking Socks (25% off!)– As soon as we started hiking regularly we quickly discovered what a difference-maker wool socks are over cotton. Wool during summer? Absolutely! These light-weight socks will keep your feet dry AND keep ankles protected from summer enemy #1, ticks! (Please continue to do tick checks, these aren’t going to 100% keep them away, they just provide a bit extra coverage!)

REI Co-Op Clothing (30% off!)- There are so many good finds from shirts and pants to rain jackets for adults AND kids that are all 30% off with a few items even 50% off (these seem to be going fast!). We got down jackets for next winter for the kids and these kids’ fleece mittens (50% off!!!). I don’t like buying seasons ahead since I hate guessing sizes BUT I couldn’t pass up 30% off the jacket and 50% off the mittens.

Patagonia Fleece Jacket (20% off for REI Co-Op members)- This is another one of those items that are worth the steep price tag, our Patagonia gear lasts forever! Taking 20% off makes it definitely worth it (REI members with code ANNIV21).

Let us know if you snag any great deals or if you find something I somehow missed!

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