A couple years back, I stumbled upon Travel Country in Altamonte Springs. The large shop at 1101 East Altamonte Drive has been around since 1981 and is a must for adventure junkies before hitting the trails or taking the boat out for a long weekend.

Whether you’re in the market for some camping, backpacking, hiking, kayaking or climbing gear, Travel Country has you covered. They only sell top-name brands from Patagonia and Marmot to Mountain Hardware and The North Face. I’ve never seen such a large selection of both cold and warm weather gear in Florida.

But what sets Travel Country apart from the other “big box” outdoor retailers is the staff’s high level of expertise and personal experience with the products they sell. The team is made up of outdoor enthusiasts who literally live the lifestyle. They take time to listen to your needs and hook you up with what’s right for you.

It’s the small attention to little details like that and respect for the customer that’s kept Travel Country in business all these years. Travel Country is closed most holidays, so be sure to check the hours on their website before making a special trip.