10 Non-Traditional Registry Gifts for the Adventurous Couple + Must-Visit Travel Destinations to Match


So, it's about that time in the planning process to build your wedding registry - finally, the fun part! If you're the type of couple who can't wait to start a lifetime of adventure, filling your days with nature, getting outdoors and exploring the world - then we have some exciting news for you! With the help of REI, you can happily kick tradition to the curb and build the wedding registry of your adventure-seeking dreams!

Map and Compass PhotographyREI decided they wanted to give the couple who wants to celebrate life's biggest moments by getting outdoors some way better options to add to their wedding registry - items that match their personality as a couple! Instead of a new blender or knife set, you can choose from products that range from climbing gear to a National Parks annual pass to a trip of a lifetime (no really, that's a thing!) If this sounds like your style, then keep on reading for 10 non-traditional gifts that you'll actually want to add to your wedding registry. Oh, and to satisfy that travel bug, we're also spilling on our top 5 favorite destinations that are perfect for the ultimate nature-loving couple!

1. NRS Thrive Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board - 10' 8"

Bring the fun with you during any adventure! This high-quality Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board HAS to be one of your top picks to add to your wedding registry. There's just nothing like it!

2. Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket

A Pendleton Camp Blanket is truly a staple item. It's unbelievably warm and is rugged enough to last you a lifetime - we're obsessed!

3. Suunto M-3 D Leader Compass

Navigate your way through adventures with confidence knowing this Suunto M-3 D Leader Compass with luminescent markings and a built-in magnifying lense will never lead you astray.

4. America the Beautiful National Parks Pass

Dying to check off every National Park in America - then this one's for you! The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass at REI is good for a year's worth of visits. Even cooler? REI will donate 10% of sale proceeds to the National Park Foundation - AM.AZ.ING.

5. Patagonia Black Hole Duffel - 60L

Need a new duffle that's perfect for your next adventure? This Patagonia Black Hole Duffel - 60L gives PLENTY of space to protect your gear and pack all the essentials. Plus, there are 3 ways to carry it for convenience, tons of travel-friendly features like weather resistant material and a lightweight feel... the best part about it? It was manufactured to minimize impact on the health of the environment - this duffle checks all our boxes!

6. REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent

Bring your home wherever you roam with REI's Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent! Catch some z's under the stars and rest at ease. Here are some tips for taking proper care of your camp tent that might come in handy throughout your travels!

7. REI Co-op Camp Xtra Chair

Relaxing by the campfire will never be the same again, REI's Co-op Camp Xtra Chair is bringing outdoor lounging to the next level. It's sturdy, stocked with 2 drink holders and a convenient side stash pocket. You'll be so thankful to come back to it every time after a long day of exciting adventures.

8. GSI Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set 24

The GSI Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set is a 24-piece set that includes 4 cutlery sets, folding tools, a cutting board, utility knife, space shakers and it all weighs under 2lbs… ummm, SCORE.

9. YETI Tundra 65 Cooler

We can't say enough about this cooler - it's SUPER durable and will stand the test of time, can hold up as much as 39 cans and plenty of ice, has extra thick walls that are pressure injected to resist outside temps… the list goes on. It's basically the only cooler you'll ever need.

10. The North Face Dolomite 20 Double Sleeping Bag

Camping somewhere amazing on your honeymoon? Don't forget to bring a sleeping bag that can comfortably fit the two of you! The North Face Dolomite 20 Double Sleeping Bag will keep you warm and cozy wherever you are, even in ridiculously cold temps (down to 20°F!)

5 Must-Visit Travel Destinations for Adventure-Loving Hearts

Now that you have your adventure essentials good to go, it's time to plan your next trip! Whether you're searching for the perfect spot for your honeymoon or going on a fun anniversary getaway - these stunning destinations were made for the outdoorsy couple who craves a good adventure.

1. Banff National Park

This serene spot located in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada is one of the most breathtaking locations in the world - it also happens to be a nature-lovers playground. Take in the fresh air high up in the soaring mountains or gently glide through the peaceful, turquoise waters of Moraine Lake. Check off your camping list, grab your gear and head to the Lake Louise Campground to immerse yourself in the beauty of the area. The options for adventure in this stunning place are truly endless!

Connection Photography

2. Antelope Canyon

The minute you step foot inside these sandstone slot canyons, you can't help but feel totally speechless. The sheer beauty of the patterns, shapes and colors will shake you to your core. We definitely suggest exploring the slot canyons between 11am to 1pm, where you'll see that awe-inspiring, insta-worthy ray of light shining through the canyons. Every turn is a new surprise, it'll make it hard to leave! After you're done, take a quick 5 minute drive to Horseshoe Bend and catch the sunset - it's hard to explain the depths of the incredible beauty hidden in that little town of Page, Arizona.

Pro tip: Check out Waterhole Canyon for way less crowds and a private tour experience you'll never forget! Olivia Markle Photography

3. Big Sur

Waterfalls, hiking, beaches - Big Sur is a place that'll always keep you coming back for more! Head to the most popular photo-op in Big Sur, McWay Falls, for amazing views of the towering waterfall. Check out the purple sand (that's right, purple) of Pfeiffer Beach, marvel at the iconic Bixby Bridge (hello Big Little Lies fans) and hike through the giant redwoods in Limekiln State Park. Big Sur is a bucket-list must!

Christine Donee Photography

4. Iceland

You may have seen photos of Iceland blow up all over your newsfeeds in the recent years - but it's for good reason - this incredible landscape is filled with volcanos, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Every inch of this place is an adventure to explore. Enjoy Mother Nature's spa at the Blue Lagoon, stroll down the black sand beaches of the south coast, witness the spectacular show of the northern lights - everything about this place is a total dream.

Karra Leigh

5. Kauai, HI

Kauai is a tropical oasis in the middle of the Pacific that truly has anything you could ever want and more. Beach lovers can soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches or explore under the sea on amazing snorkel and diving excursions. On the flip side, avid hikers looking for some adventure can journey through the winding trails and gorgeous lookouts of Waimea Canyon State Park. It's truly a one-of-a-kind place!

Water Gypsies Photography


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