Even the most directionally astute nature lover can use some guidance. Find your way out of the woods with Garmin's GPSMAP 62. Released this summer, the handheld navigator has a sunlight-readable colour screen that displays detailed topographic, marine and road maps, and a sensitive quad helix antenna that gets reception even in deep canyons and thick forests. Take care when traversing lakes and rivers: The device is splash proof, but it doesn't float. $360; www.mec.ca
Don't leave home without Coghlan's handy Survival Kit in a Can. Tightly packed in a waterproof sardine tin, the kit contains 38 life-saving items, including a compass, fire starter, waterproof matches and matchbook, antiseptic swabs, a signal whistle, tea bag and first-aid pamphlet. Imaginative adventurers can put their MacGyver skills to the test with the chewing gum, fishing line and twist ties. $13.99; www.coghlans.com
Here's an amphibious shoe that doesn't stay soggy all day. Keen's Cimarron II sandal takes you from rocky riverbeds to rolling hillsides with a drainable outsole that can grip slippery surfaces. It also has quick-dry, breathable mesh underlays and patented toe protection to guard against injury. The slim design won't weigh you down, helping your feet navigate from wet to dry without missing a step. $110; www.keencanada.ca.