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Top Tips For Hunters: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Adventure

Are you a hunter who wants to get the most out of your adventure? This blog post is for you. We’ll cover everything from how to find and shoot prey, to what gear you need, and more! If you’re ready for some hunting tips that will help ensure that your next trip into the wilds…

46 Camping Memes That Will Make You Cry Laughing

Everyone needs a good laugh now and then, and the internet never disappoints! There is no shortage of great camping memes out there that are sure to make you crack a smile. Here’s 50 camping memes to crack up at! 1. Those baby wipe showers will get you every time. 2. Is there anything better?…

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How To Maintain Personal Hygiene While Camping

Everyone loves spending time in the great outdoors, but that doesn’t mean people love smelling like it! Staying clean on a camping trip isn’t as easy as staying clean while you’re home, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. There’s plenty of personal hygiene tips out there to keep you as fresh as possible in…

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 Safety Tips: How To Stay Safe And Protected At A Big Event

Big events in big cities often bring out a number of unsavory characters who prey on unsuspecting victims. After all, the prospect of a large crowd can be an easy way to blend into the background and slip away from the police when you’ve committed a crime.     How do you stay safe at…

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How To Properly Pack A Cooler For Camping

Have a camping trip coming up? Making sure you have your nutrients is important! Without proper storage, you could face a disaster that will leave you starving. Literally. Packing your cooler properly goes beyond methodical arrangement. The next time you head out into the great outdoors, don’t just shove things in your cooler, pack it…

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How To Wash A Sleeping Bag Before & After Using It

If you just got done using your sleeping bag, you might be noticing a stench. Luckily after a good washing, your bag can smell as good as fresh! Carefully cleaning your sleeping bag and knowing how to wash it (or when) can save its longevity. Just like certain fabrics with your clothes or home towels,…

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The Best Long Range Outdoor TV Antennas in 2021

Many people live in very rural areas that don’t have a lot to work with when it comes to TV or the internet. However, some TV antennas have a very long range that will receive signals from far away broadcasting towers. These antennas have a lot of other things that are great qualities, but sometimes…

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The Best Omnidirectional (360”) TV Antenna in 2021

Many people have strayed away from having TV antennas and getting cable subscriptions instead. This is because cable subscriptions mean that you’ll have better signal strength and high picture quality. However, cable subscriptions can be quite expensive, so getting an HDTV antenna is sometimes the better option. The best outdoor TV antennas are omnidirectional HDTV…

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Best Outdoor AM/FM Antennas in 2021

You turn on the radio. It is playing your favorite song. You start to tap your feet and wiggle those hips. Your partner joins the room and suddenly you have yourself a real party. But then calamity strikes.  What was once a banging melody becomes scrambled voices. Hideous inaudible noise. Annoying, right? There is a solution.…

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The Best Outdoor TV Antenna Preamplifiers in 2021

So you are looking to improve your TV reception? If you live in an area of low signal strength an outdoor TV antenna preamplifier might be a good place to start.  These nifty little devices will help amplify weak signals, extend your reception range, and multiple the number of channels at your disposal. Sounds good…

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7 Best Outdoor String Lights of 2021

Gorgeous string lights complete any backyard. They can provide relaxing lighting throughout the darkest hours of the day, creating a charming space for you and your family to kick back and relax in.  They truly are a versatile tool. You can wrap them around trees, string them along fences, and much, much more. Whatever your…

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How To Fold Your Sleeping Bag After Use

No matter where you use your sleeping bag, camping or impromptu sleepovers, properly storing it after you use it is important. Sleeping bags are essential items to have for outdoor adventures that keep you warm and comfortable overnight. That’s why it’s important to make sure it’s properly taken care of and stored.  How To Fold…

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How To Stay Warm In A Tent When It’s Frigid Outside

Planning a snowy camping trip soon? Without packing proper items and knowing what to expect from frigid temperatures, things can get pretty uncomfortable quickly!  Luckily, we’ve put together the best guide to tell you how to stay warm in a ten when it’s frigid outside so you can get a good night’s sleep and stay…

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How to String a Fishing Pole (Step-By-Step Guide)

Do you want to learn how to string a fishing pole? You’ve come to the right place. We will give you a step-by-step guide to accomplish this. Let’s get started. How to put a string on a fishing pole? Step 1: Attach the fishing line. Place your fishing rod on a level area and open…

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How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel

Do you know how to put a fishing line on a reel? This article gives you easy steps to get this done. Why do you need to replace the fishing line? How often you use a fishing line and how it’s cared for and stored affect its duration. Several factors contribute to the damage of…

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How to Use a Wood-Burning Stove in Your Tent Safely

When you’re camping and cooking outside, anything from a wind or rainstorm to a swarm of mosquitos overwhelming you could make you wish you had a wood-burning stove in your tent. However, you might have questions about how to use a wood-burning stove in your tent safely. If so, then this article is for you.…

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The Best Outdoor HDTV Antennas in 2021 (According to Reviews)

Living in some rural areas means that you don’t have access to regular cable TV. You’ll need to get a high-quality antenna that can be placed outdoors and reach long distances. Also, you want your TV antenna to have access to all of your favorite TV channels. Other bonuses that your TV antenna should come…

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Fishing Bait vs Tackle: What is the Difference?

What is the difference between fishing bait and tackle? If you are new to the angling world, this might be one of your first questions. In short, bait refers to real worms along with other fresh or live options to attract fish to your hook. On the other hand, bait includes fishing “hardware” like the…

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10 Best Teepee Tents of 2021 (Tested & Reviewed)

Whether you plan on going to a music festival or you just want the easiest tent setup possible, teepee tents are a great solution for simplifying your campsite. They protect you from the elements just as well and frequently have a more even temperature distribution than traditional camping tents. But as with most camping gear,…

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8 Best Shimano Spinning Reels of 2021 Reviewed

Shimano is renowned all over the world for the precision of its reels. All of their reels are durable and reliable for a long time, but anglers in the know particularly favor Shimano spinning reels because they’re easy to use and effective at hauling fish out of the water. Many standout features make the spinning…

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Best Portable Propane Fire Pits in 2021 (Top 5 Reviewed)

Fire pits make building a campfire much easier and safer. When the fire is lifted up off the ground, it can get more oxygen and presents less of a wildfire hazard. Plus, campers using fire pits impact the campsite less, so if you’re trying to Leave No Trace then this is a must-have piece of…

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How Much Toe Room is Needed in Hiking Boots?

Hiking boots are an integral part of any backpacker’s gear and equipment and can spoil any hiking trip. There are no universal measures for the perfect amount of toe room in hiking boots. However, there are some clever suggestions to help you pick the correct size of hiking boots. Why is toe room in hiking…

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What is Thru Hiking and How Do You Do It?

A thru-hike is walking a long-distance hiking trail from start to finish without leaving it for any extended period. If you complete the entire trail within 12 months, your endeavor will qualify as a thru-hike. An example is the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which covers an elevation gain of almost 500,000 feet over 2,650…

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The 8 Types of Fishing Rods & Poles (Comparison)

Choosing a fishing rod is not as easy as it might sound. Fishing technology has advanced in strides, and the rod that best suits your needs will take careful consideration and some level of knowledge about each rod, along with its pros and cons. An explanation about the eight different fishing rod types might make…

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What to Put in Your Tackle Box (18 Fishing Essentials)

For most anglers, their tackle boxes are as essential as a mechanic’s toolbox, to each his own. Although every person might be unique in some of the items they regard as crucial contents in their tackle boxes, many bits of tackle and tools are essential in any tackle box, including tackle, tools and more. Fishing…

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What is a Fishing Tackle Box?

As an angler, your fishing rod and reel are crucial pieces of equipment. However, a fishing tackle box is an equally essential item. The list of problems you might encounter while on a boat or a riverbank far from home is endless. A stocked-up tackle box is all you need to resolve any typical problems…

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10 Best Bass Fishing Lures of 2021 Reviewed

Many anglers consider bass fishing an art form, and it can be at times. To make fishing into art, you need the right supplies, which means having great bass fishing lures. And, you might not know which lures will be the best bass lures for you. There is a type of lure for every water…

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10 Best Fish Finders of 2021 Reviewed

Quality equipment can be hard to find, but a high-quality fish finder shouldn’t be difficult. It should have map navigation, sonar technology, side scan, radar, and 3D images. Your fishing gear isn’t complete without a portable fish finder, which is why many anglers have one. Also, having a fish finder will ensure that you catch…

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What Size Reel is Best for Bass Fishing?

Although there is a whole range of reel sizes, five sizes are most suitable for bass fishing. Each reel size has pros and cons and questions to ask yourself before making the final choice. What reel sizes are suitable for bass fishing? The sizes of reels are referred to in one of two ways. Some…

What Size Test Line is Best for Bass Fishing

What Size Test Line is Best for Bass Fishing?

Black bass is the most popular gamefish in North America. The collective term “Black bass” includes spotted, Guadalupe, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and more. Anglers who are experienced in bass fishing say it is essential to have the right equipment for finding, hooking and catching more and bigger bass. According to them, the most critical…

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What is Jig Fishing? Learn the Basics

The term jig fishing is all about an ingenious fishing technique that fools large fish like bass into believing the angler’s lure is an injured baitfish. Mastering the process is challenging but worth the effort. After all, challenges form a significant part of the fun of fishing, right? What is a jig? A jig is…

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10 Best Telescopic Fishing Rods of 2021 Reviewed 

Not everyone has the ability to properly store fishing rods when they go on fishing trips. They need to be kept in a certain position to prevent any damage, but that’s not possible all the time. If you find yourself constantly worried about the possibility of breaking your fishing poles, you should look into telescopic…

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10 Best Portable Washing Machines for Camping & Such

Not everyone thinks about portable washing machines or how handy they can be when they go camping. You’ll have to do laundry at some point if you’re planning a camping trip that will take place over several weeks or months, and not all campsites will have access to laundry facilities. Also, you don’t want to…

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What is the Best Time to Go Fishing?

If you have always wondered how to figure out the perfect time to go fishing, then this is for you. There are multiple factors that you must consider if you want to have the ultimate fishing trip. There are three methods you could follow, taking time, weather and other factors into consideration. Method 1 –…

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What is Drift Fishing? Learn the Basics

Novice anglers might be surprised to see how much there is to learn. Fishing is a whole lot more than putting a worm on the hook, casting the line and waiting patiently for a fish to bite. One of the techniques used by experienced anglers is drift fishing. Once you understand the do’s and don’ts,…

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What is Game Fishing? Game Fish vs Non-Game Fish

Fishing is a fun activity for all ages. For some, it becomes a hobby, often pursued with high levels of competitiveness. Serious anglers invest significant amounts in equipment and developing the skills necessary to catch better and bigger fish. If you enjoy it as a fun family activity and not yet a quest to collect…

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5 Best Tackle Bags for Fishing in 2021

Looking for a new tackle bag? Then you have come to the right place.  When you start looking for your next tackle box, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options that are out there. And if you’re new to the sport, you may be wondering which fishing tackle bag is the best to…

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How to Clean a Canopy Tent

Many people believe a bit of brushing and dusting of their canopy tents is enough before packing it away until the next time. However, the fabric of canopy tents needs special care if you want to preserve the waterproofing properties and UV protection. Can I wash my canopy tent in a washing machine? Never wash…

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How to Anchor a Canopy Tent on Concrete

Canopy tents have come a long way, and the modern ones are so easy to set up that they are now the choice of many campers. However, as quickly as setting it up, it can be blown away by unexpected strong winds. This is more likely to happen if your canopy tent is assembled on…

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Should You Use Dry Ice When Camping?

Nothing can spoil an otherwise perfect camping holiday other than food going soggy or even rotten. Have you ever considered using dry ice? It could solve your food storage problems, but beware of the dangers dry ice pose. Let’s look at the pros and cons of taking dry ice on your camping trip. What are…

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10 Best Ultralight Fishing Rods of 2021 Reviewed

Ultralight fishing rods can be hard to get right. Balancing weight with stability, functionality, and endurance is no easy task. While some need ultralight fishing gear for trekking and backpacking, others may just like the challenge of fishing with the lightest gear possible. Ultralight fishing rods can be fun and effective, but finding the right…

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How Much Does Camping Cost? By the Numbers

There is camping, and then there is camping. When considering the cost, there is an almost endless list of variables. You could camp for free by choosing pioneer camping, dispersed camping, boon docking or backcountry camping with no amenities or hookups, or you could spend a lot of dollars if you decide to go to…

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What is Pioneer Camping & What Should You Bring?

If you really want to experience nature in the way your forefathers did, Pioneer camping is the way to go. The pioneers could not head for camping sites because that was long before Forest Service camps were established. They traveled until they found shelter, shade and running water, and set up camp right there. How…

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What is Dispersed Camping & Where Can You Do It?

Our lives have become so rushed that many people find the only way to enjoy a rest break is to seek the peacefulness, fresh air and open skies of nature. However, with ever-increasing numbers of people heading to developed campgrounds, chances are such breaks will take you from one overcrowded life to another. How much…

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8 Best Backpacking Tents of 2021 – Reviewed

If you’re going to tackle the challenge of backpacking, be it across the country or through a deep backcountry camping site, you’re going to need a tent to go along with all of your provisions. It’s easy to imagine how impossible an extended trek would be without a proper shelter. We understand how important it…

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How to Fold Your Pop-Up Tent Step-by-Step (With Video)

Pop-up tents might be easy to set up, but they’re not super easy to take down. It can be very confusing to fold it back the correct way. And after a long camping trip, the last thing you might want to do is clean and put up a tent. However, it’s very important to fold…

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Tent Fabrics 101: Which Material is the Best?

You might think that tents are all the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. All of the materials used to make tents are extremely different, which means that they have different advantages and disadvantages. The type of tent you pick depends on what you personally need. Also, there are tents made for…

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What to Wear Fishing in Hot vs Cold Weather

What you wear fishing can make or break your fishing trip. You could freeze or get a sunburn. It is best to learn about what you need to wear so that you do not become either of these things. There are a few basic things that you should really wear every time you go fishing,…

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How to Store Fishing Rods the Right Way

Storing your fishing rods the correct way could mean the difference between keeping them for a while or having to get new ones. The life of your rod is very important because buying fishing poles can be very expensive. Anglers take great pride in their fishing reels and rods, and they take care of their…

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What is a Tent Footprint & Do You Need One?

Do you love camping and soaking in the wonders of nature? If you do, your tent and other camping equipment likely cost a pretty penny, right? That, right there, is where the tent footprint comes in. A tent footprint is what some people call a groundsheet. It is a sheet in the shape of the tent’s…

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10 Best Fishing Backpacks of 2021 Reviewed

For hundreds of years, anglers of all kinds have relied on the tried and true tackle box. If you’ve ever been on a fishing trip, you’ve undoubtedly had conversations about the best way to store tackle, carry all your fishing gear, and keep it organized to boot. While the classic tackle box has long been…

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Inshore vs Offshore Fishing: Everything You Need to Know

Most people think that inshore and offshore fishing are more similar than different, but that’s not true. There are lots of differences that separate inshore and offshore fishing. Not only the location of where you are, but the type of fish and type of bait are different as well. All the differences do depend on…

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The Major Danger of Anchoring a Fishing Boat From The Stern

When going out fishing, safety should be one of your primary goals. The last thing you want to happen is some sort of awful accident where you’re stranded, or have your boat capsize. That’s why knowing when and where to properly lower your anchor is such an important step in boat safety. In this article,…

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Fly Fishing 101: Everything You Need To Know

Fly fishing is an amazing outdoor sport that any angler can pick up. The calming sounds of running water and enjoying a beautiful day outdoors cannot be matched. However, fly fishing is a bit different from its simple cousin. There are specific fishing techniques as well as equipment that you need in order to make…

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How Much Does A Fishing License Cost?

If you’re someone who’s eager to become an angler and reel in some trophy fish, you may want to slow things down just a touch. Something you might not know is that many states require fishing licenses. Barring a few exceptions, a fishing license is an important part of becoming an expert fisherman. In this…

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Magnet Fishing 101: What Is It and Why Is It Dangerous?

If you’re a lover of outdoor hobbies, then it’s quite possible that you’ve heard of magnet fishing. It is a fairly new hobby that can be a lot of fun for almost all ages. Kits to start off the hobby are fairly cheap too and there’s plenty of interesting things to be uncovered. However, there…

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How to Put A Line On A Fishing Reel (7 Easy Steps)

Have you ever been wrangling in a trophy fish, only to have your precious monofilament or braided line get horribly messed up or damaged? And now you’ve got a spool full of twisted, knotted, and otherwise unusable lines that you’ll have to cut up and get rid of? Even worse, you’ve never had to do…

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7 Best Camping Grills for Outdoor Cookin’ in 2021

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Grills are the ultimate piece of camping kit if you’re looking to impress. With a camping grill, you can set up and get cooking in a matter of minutes. And you can cook some surprisingly tasty dishes too, far better than you would expect to eat in a…

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6 Best Handheld GPS Devices in 2021 (Tested & Reviewed)

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper/Last Updated August 6, 2021 Table of Contents Looking for the best handheld GPS for your next hiking or backpacking trip? Then look no further. You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the 7 best handheld GPS units that can fit in your hand so you’ll never have to worry about getting…

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8 Best Cube Tents for Modular Camping in 2021 (Tents That Connect)

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Camping is the best way to get away from the worries of the world. When you’re out there, it’s usually just you, the provisions you brought along. That can be lonely sometimes, though, what happens if you want the roommate experience, or if its time to bring along…

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7 Best Solar Panel Trail Cameras in 2021 – Reviewed

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Solar-powered trail cameras make life so much easier. Many trail cameras require multiple AA batteries to give them juice. Although this is a viable option for trail cameras, expectably those that aren’t cellular trail cameras, it can get frustrating. Especially considering the fact that the joy of using…

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5 Best Saltwater Lures For Surf Fishing in 2021

July 19, 2021/Caleb Cole Table of Contents Psst… Want to know the secret to find the Best Saltwater Lures For Surf Fishing? It’s simple: use our handy overview and learn how to catch gold! We’re navigating you towards the top-rated saltwater fishing lures on the market. We’ve dived in deep, selecting the very best lures…

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10 Best SUV Tents in 2021 (Reviewed) – Tents That Attach To SUVs

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents As car camping increases in popularity with every coming year, the technologies and equipment available for it grow. Many SUV drivers love to take camping trips in their car, as these vehicles are very well designed for such use. You might not know that SUV stands for, “Sports…

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7 Best Soaps for Camping in 2021 (Buying Guide)

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents The strongest testament to the necessity of soap at a campsite is most likely to come from campers who have been out in the wild with somebody who didn’t bring any. Even on a brief backpacking excursion, the chores that fill a long day can leave an unpleasant…

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The Best 2 Person Tents in 2021 – Reviewed

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper/Last Updated August 5, 2021 Table of Contents The following list is a compilation of some of the best two-person tents available on the market. Regardless of which tent you choose, they are all more than capable of providing any hikers, backpackers, and campers with shelter from any weather conditions Mother Nature throws…

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5 Best Pop Up Canopy Tents in 2021 – Reviewed

If you’re in need of some additional sun protection or shelter from the rain, then a pop-up canopy tent could be just what you’re looking for. The best canopy tents are easy to set up, sturdy enough to withstand windy conditions, and spacious enough to provide…

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The Best Bass Attractants in 2021 Reviewed

July 14, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents The use of plastic lures with scented and flavored attractants is heavily popularised amongst American anglers. If a scent can give you that extra bite, it’s worth exploring what the best options are. Adding scent to lures has huge benefits, as bass can smell from long distances, and…

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5 Best Inflatable Camping Couches in 2021 Reviewed

Best Inflatable Camping Couch overview. The best-value, high-performance options as rated by other outdoor enthusiasts. Discover our Buying Guide here:

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The Best 4-Person Tents in 2021 – Tested & Reviewed

    June 15, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents A 4-person camping tent is always a great investment, no matter if you’re a solo camper or a family camper. Whether you need space for your family, your camping gear – or simply want some extra room to stretch out: a 4-person tent has got you…

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4 Best Portable Air Conditioner Units for Camping (2021 Buying Guide)

Finding the perfect portable air conditioner unit for camping can be hard. Learn about the best products and where to find them with this guide!