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How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking

You don’t want to just shove all of your outdoor gear into your hiking backpack and hit the trail. Being purposeful with how you pack a backpack for hiking makes it easier to carry your gear, lowers the risk of injury, and makes it more convenient to access all of your gear. Here’s how to pack a backpack for a hiking trip. Lay everything out One of the easiest ways more »

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How to Choose a Tent In 7 Simple Steps

How to Choose a Tent In 7 Simple Steps

Tents seem pretty straightforward until you start learning a little more about them. There are many different tents with different features suited for different needs. A camping tent can be a big investment, so you want to make sure that you’re getting exactly what you need. Otherwise you’re wasting money. Here’s what you need to consider so you will know how to choose the best tent for your needs. What more »

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The Benefits of Being Aware While Hiking

The Benefits of Being Aware While Hiking

There are many different reasons why people might not pay attention to their surroundings while hiking. Maybe you’re on the tail end of a grueling 14-hour hike, and so you’re plodding along on autopilot. You could be absorbed in good conversation with your hiking buddy. Or maybe you’re just not very observant in the first place, and you’re blasting tunes on your portable speaker instead of paying attention to what’s more »

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Be Prepared for Anything With These 10 Outdoor Gear Items

Be Prepared for Anything With These 10 Outdoor Gear Items

If life always goes exactly how you planned it – you never take a wrong turn, you finish your hikes on time, and there’s nothing but bluebird skies – we’d love to hear how you managed to ensnare a magical genie that grants your every wish. In reality, you can’t bank on things always going according to plan. Be prepared for whatever comes your way out in nature with these more »

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Tips for Washing Sleeping Bags

Tips for Washing Sleeping Bags

Some people avoid washing sleeping bags like the plague. Maybe you’ve put off washing your sleeping bag because you’re afraid of ruining your bag’s temperature rating. Or maybe you’re afraid of ruining your sleeping bag altogether. Body oils, dirt, and drool can ruin your sleeping bag’s ability to keep you properly insulated, however. Plus, it can start to stink over time. Fortunately, washing a sleeping bag is a fairly easy more »

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Are You Packing Too Much Gear?

Are You Packing Too Much Gear?

The more you go camping, the better you understand what you need and what you don’t need to pack. You’ll ditch the camping pack list and instinctively know what to grab from your gear closet. It can take years of trial and error before you dial in your perfect camping setup, however. You may find yourself packing things that you never once touch during your camping trip. Here’s a tip more »

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5 Most Important Pieces of Backpacking Gear

5 Most Important Pieces of Backpacking Gear

There are five items that can make or break your backpacking trip. While you, of course, need more than five pieces of gear to stay comfortable and safe on the trail, some items are more important than others. These are the five most important pieces of backpacking gear regardless of climate, conditions, terrain, and forecast. Upgrade and invest in these items first. Footwear Cranky feet make a cranky hiker. Don’t more »

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Is There a Difference Between a Sleeping Pad and a Camping Mattress?

Is There a Difference Between a Sleeping Pad and a Camping Mattress?

Your buddy tells you that you need to bring a sleeping pad for your upcoming backpacking trip. You notice that a car camping packlist mentions a camping mattress as a must-have item. Is there a difference between a sleeping pad and a camping mattress? It can be a bit confusing at times, but here’s some information that can help you understand what’s what. Sleeping pad vs. camping mattress People often more »

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6 Quick Camp Cooking Tips

6 Quick Camp Cooking Tips

Some people go camping to relax. Others go camping to get out and explore nature. Nobody goes camping just so that they can spend time cooking and cleaning. Sure, maybe preparing a nice meal around the campfire is part of the camping experience for you, but there are ways to make camp cooking easier and more convenient. Here are a few camping cooking tips reduce clean up and expedite chow more »

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The Dos and Dont’s of Wearing Cotton While Hiking

The Dos and Dont’s of Wearing Cotton While Hiking

Wearing cotton while hiking may be the ultimate outdoor taboo. Wearing cotton on the trail gets you stares, jeers, and pitying looks. While the saying, “cotton kills” sometimes rings true for outdoor enthusiasts, cotton isn’t always the bad guy it’s made out to be. Why does cotton get a bad rap, and when can you wear cotton while hiking? Why cotton is bad for hiking and outdoor pursuits Cotton fabrics more »

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