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The Perfect Outdoor Gear for Social Distancing

The Perfect Outdoor Gear for Social Distancing Humans Outside

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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re all about spending time outside. In an era where social distancing is all the jam, where better to do it than in nature? While you’re getting out there, however, you’re going to want some must-have social distancing outdoor gear. Whether you’re totally new at this outdoor thing, or do it all the time, these must-have items are at the top of our social isolation gear list. 

Here’s what we’re packing and why.

1. The Most Versatile Social Distancing Gear Ever: The Buff

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Rocking the Buff as a head band.

Is it a sweat band? A neck warmer? A hat? A handkerchief? A face mask? No — it’s a Buff, and it’s basically the most versatile piece of outdoor gear you’ll ever find, for social distancing or anything. A favorite of podcast guest and certified forest therapist Michelle Abbey (episode X), we know the Buff can be used for almost anything. In winter it covers our neck, in the summer it keeps the hair out of our eyes. We carry two to three on every long run — one for nose wiping and at least one as a hat, hair band or ear warmer. And while social distancing is all the rage, you can also double it cover on your face for a good-enough face mask. 

Buffs or neck gaiters are sold by the Buff brand, or you can find similar products made by all sorts of folks, including this one that we love from Smartwool

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Rolling with our Altras.

2. A Great Pair of Shoes

An adventure with uncomfortable feet is not a good adventure. Our favorite brand of shoes for almost anything is Altra. Their trail shoes have the perfect weight-to-grip ratio, and their road running shoes give our toes all sorts of happy room. That’s because of their unique foot-shaped toe box, as Altra co-founder Brian Beckstead told us during his podcast episode.

We like the Altra Escalantes for running, and the Altra Superiors for trail running and light hiking. Both offer good cushion without too much between you and the road, so you can still feel where you’re going.

3. Rain Gear

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The only thing worse than uncomfortable feet on an adventure is being wet when you don’t want to be. Back in 2017 before we started our 20 minutes outside a day HumansOutside365 challenge we let little things like rain keep us from heading outside. Not anymore. The moment we first decided to get outside daily was also the moment we decided to score some rain gear for the whole family. Bonus: rain makes it super easy to be socially distant because all of those folks who didn’t bother to buy a rain jacket will be stuck at home. 

We like the REI rain jackets and rain pants for their durability and awesome pockets. On our feet we wear Bogs boots because they keep you dry while also blocking the wet chill. 

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Rain gear for rainy days.

4. Daypack 

You’re going to need somewhere accessible and comfortable to stash that Buff and your rain gear. Day packs come in all shapes and sizes depending on where you’re going or how long you’ll be out. If you’re going far, you’ll want a pack with some padding and structure, and straps that make sure it stays put. 

Day packs can get pricey fast, but we like these ones from Osprey. Not only are they well made by a company that knows what it’s doing, but Osprey has a really fabulous product guarantee. If something goes wrong, they’ll help you out. 

5. Snacks

Like podcast guest Lisa Hallett, we know the secret to life and outdoor success is good snacks.

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Snack time!

We’ve toyed with all sorts of different adventure food, but we’ve yet to find something that holds up as well as good old fashioned peanut butter and jelly. If you don’t do nuts or gluten, you can replicate the reasons we like that by breaking it down: carbs, fat, a little protein and more carbs. As long as your adventure food has a good balance of those things, you’re good to go. Want something in a bar form? Our absolute, hands-down favorite is the RX Bar

If you’re out there for fitness, take the advice of podcast guest and nutritionist Nicole Spitzak and match the snacks to the effort. For that we like Honey Stinger, which makes some great-tasting gels and waffles (yummmmm waffles). 

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On this day, Memorial Day, we are sharing one of the podcast episodes that touches on the role time outside has played in the life of one family who has dealt with the loss Memorial Day acknowledges and marks.

I run. It’s where I find my best therapy. But that’s not always been the case. I started running because of one person -- Lisa Hallett -- and the organization she cofounded, wear blue: run to remember (@wbr2r). Lisa and I share the unbreakable bond of not just being Army wives whose husbands were in the same unit, but of trauma and loss experienced when that unit lost so many soldiers in combat, including her husband Capt. John Hallett.

In Humans Outside, Episode 20: The Powerful Connection of Nature, Movement & Grief - @lisa.a.hallett - Lisa Hallett shares the role spending time outside has had in her healing and helping her family move through loss.

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Catch Mike in this week's episode drilling down on how heading into nature develops strong leaders, plus tips on keeping that leadership fire burning when the going gets tough. Listen to the new episode, dropping today!

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@erwinrwb @teamrwb
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Walk or run a mile or 20 -- any distance is enough. It’s the remembering that matters, friends. Be surprised, lifted and pushed forward by how meaningful this is. I promise you won’t regret it.

We don’t have an outdoor hero this week -- just an ask that you support wear blue with your steps. The fallen heroes that we are honoring by doing so are more than enough.

You can see more pictures of me running in blue than you probably need by following Humans Outside on Instagram. And I want to see your daily outdoor time, too. Post it with the hashtag #humansoutside365.

#runnersofinstagram #outside #wearblueruntoremember #recovery #outsidefriends #getoutsideandplay #akrunners #sunshine #getoutsideandexplore #relievestress #liveboldly #run #memorialday
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