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The Best Camping Sites in Georgia

Wherever you camp in Georgia, you will find hospitality, history, and scenery that is lush, peaceful, and unique. The campsites are also as diverse as the landscape. They range from Georgia’s well-maintained state park system to off-the-the-grid camping under the stars. The mild weather in this part of the country also makes it the ideal…

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9 Best Camping Desserts to Share around a Campfire

The best thing about a campfire (besides getting warm) is making cooking up some sweet, hot, and gooey dessert recipes! And you know we’re talking about those awesome campfire desserts. Because you know a camping trip isn’t complete without campfire desserts, but we wanted to give you something a little different from your normal Oreo…

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The 7 Best Camping Saws

October 5, 2019/Riley Draper Table of Contents A camping saw is handy for all the activities that form the backbone of your camping trip. From the briefest overnight getaway to long-term outdoor living, you’ll need wood for campfires, stoves, construction, and more. That means you’ll need a saw you can depend on to ensure you…

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Best Day Hikes in the World

When you think of the best hikes in the world, minds turn to the Appalachian Trail, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, or scaling Everest. These globally famous hikes are all multi-day treks, where hikers must carry lots of equipment and food. However, there are hundreds of beautiful hikes that can be done in a day…

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The 12 Best Places to Camp in Virginia

Virginia presents a plethora of options when searching for a stunning camping destination. Along the Atlantic Ocean coastline sits the world-famous Virginia Beach, and westward the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. With 24 state forests, 38 state parks, 19 national park services, and numerous primitive campgrounds, the best camping in Virginia has lots of competition. …

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The 6 Best Camping Chairs for Bad Backs

Roughly 80% of Americans experience back pain at some point in our lives. With so many of us now working in offices, without the appropriate back and lumbar support, back issues are becoming more and more prevalent. However, if you use an ergonomic seat, with the right lumbar support, support for head and neck, and…

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Best 6-Person Tents On The Market – Top 3 Reviewed

October 3, 2019/Samantha Bos Table of Contents Do you love camping with friends and/or family? Then you need a 6-Person Tent in your outdoor collection! This mid-sized model strikes the perfect balance between space, convenience, portability, and cost. This type of tent is more generous in floor space and storage room than its 4-person counterparts,…

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5 Best Flashlights for Camping

October 2, 2019/Samantha Bos Table of Contents A quality camping flashlight is a must-have piece of gear for every outdoor enthusiast. Not only will it contribute to your comfort, but this accessory can also be a real lifesaver in after-dark emergencies. Don’t settle for a regular flashlight, as they often lack the sturdiness, brightness, and…

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The 5 Best Backpacking Trips for Beginners

The best backpacking trip for beginners is one that is planned. This way, you can learn your strengths and limits at your own pace. This will also help you enjoy your outdoor adventures and create great memories.  Don’t let someone talk you into a “wilderness adventure” your first time out. This idea will come from…

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Best Camping in Utah

Utah holds some of the most breathtaking national parks in the United States, it’s a prime camping destination for anyone in the west of the country. At 5, it has the third-largest number of national parks in a state, as well as 43 Utah state parks and 13 national park service units in total. The…

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The 10 Best Camping Sites in Southern California

Southern California’s main attraction is undoubtedly the city of Los Angeles, a buzzing metropolis, second only to New York as the most populous city in the United States. But Los Angeles is just one city in a region comprising of 10 counties; Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis…

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The Best Camping Cookware

Camping cookware is a necessary piece of kit for your campsite. These neat sets often have a folding or stackable design, and then clamp in, meaning you have a tidy, portable kitchen which you can carry with you on your back! The options of cookware can open your mind to the culinary possibilities in the…

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The 8 Best Camping Pillows

Camping pillows are a product that, when you have a really good one, you won’t be able to live without again. A great camping pillow combines comfort with portability. You’ll find yourself not only using them in your tent or hammock on your campsite but even taking them in your bag with you on holidays or…

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8 Cool Camping Gadgets Worth Getting For Your Trip

Do you want to upgrade your outdoor gear with some cool camping gadgets, but don’t know where to start? Let us guide you towards some of the best camping gadgets on the market! Our Cool Camping Gadgets overview contains personal favorites from our team, plus various top-rated options and best-sellers in the camping segment on…

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14 Best Camping Sites in Oregon

The landscape in Oregon features mountains, forests, coastal beaches and more, it’s one of the most varied and beautiful landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. Home to the deepest lake in the United States, and the biggest living organism in the world, Oregon has so many points of interest for outdoor enthusiasts.  If you choose Oregon…

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The 7 Best Sleeping Pads for Camping – Tested & Reviewed

Long gone are the days of waking up in your tent, feeling the hard ground beneath you. The camping gear market has become saturated with thousands of products to make your backpacking trip feel like a luxury stay at the Hilton. You can now buy air conditioners and ice boxes for the summer, heaters for…

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The 5 Best Camping Blankets

September 26, 2019/Samantha Bos Table of Contents Looking for a quality camping blanket to keep you warm and comfortable on your outdoor adventures? We’ve got you – and your insulation needs – covered with our Best Camping Blanket overview! With so many outdoor blankets on the market, picking the perfect fit can be a challenge.…

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The 15 Best Places to Camp in Ohio

Ohio offers a beautiful and varied landscape, from tall stony mountains to deep forested valleys, and this makes it an excellent camping destination. With different scenery for every taste, everyone can find their perfect camping spot in Ohio. If you’re looking for scenic vistas, historical sites, natural attractions, or fun daytime activities, there’s a park…

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The Life-Changing Health Benefits of Camping 

The obvious benefits of camping may be therapeutic, but the real health benefits of camping go far beyond the fresh air and Vitamin D. So while many people think of the benefits of camping as relaxing, this is only the beginning. There is mounting scientific evidence that a camping trip is much, much more beneficial. …

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The 8 Best Bass Fishing Lakes in the USA

A whopping 6 million Americans see themselves as fishermen or anglers. Although they are all united in a shared love for the sport, there’s a heated debate about the best places to fish in the U.S. And this is especially true for bass fishing. Sport bass angling has become something of a trend, which has…

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The 5 Best Baits for Catching Bass in Fall

A drop in temperature in the fall can often scare people off from going fishing. However, this can be a great time of the year to catch huge fish! It can also be a more pleasant experience as, because of the drop in temperature, you can go out fishing in the middle of the day,…

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Best Fishing Lakes

As Hoover famously said, “Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” Millions of Americans enjoy fishing for sport. And we know that it’s not all about the thrill of the catch. Fishing in a stunning location allows you to feel…

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Best Way to Catch Brown Trout

There are many trout species, such as rainbow trout, brown trout, and golden trout. Brown trout has become a popular fish for anglers all around the United States since it has been artificially introduced into the country since the start of the twentieth century. Catching brown trout isn’t an exact science. Their feeding habits can…

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Comparing Types of Fishing Line

There are three different line types mainly used in bass fishing, saltwater sea fishing and freshwater fishing: monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided fishing line. Anglers must choose between the three, depending on the type of fishing trip they’re taking, or your style of fishing. There are benefits and drawbacks to all three types of line, so…

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How to Use a Baitcaster

Baitcaster reels can be intimidating. They’re often seen as advanced reels, for more experienced anglers. Most people start out fishing on spinning or spin-cast reels, and if you’re not used to using these kinds of reels already, we would recommend you become accustomed to them before trying the more challenging baitcaster reel. But if you’re…

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The 4 Best Fishing Knives Reviewed

September 20, 2019/Samantha Bos Table of Contents If you’re an avid angler that often takes the spoils of your effort home, you need a Best Fishing Knife For Filleting in your gear stash. A fillet knife allows you to carefully prepare your catch, offering maximum grip and performance for the task at hand. Regular outdoor…

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Backpacking with a Guitar: A Fast Way to Make New Friends

Whenever you go backpacking, there’s always that one person who brings a guitar. And this person always seems to have others around them, interested in who they are and what they have to say. Why is that? This person is nice, but not that interesting. The only difference between you and them is that they…

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What’s the Best Time of Year to Fish for Bass?

There are an estimated 60 million anglers in America, who fish for sport, recreation, or pleasure. No matter the reasons, all can agree that bass fishing is one of the most challenging and also one of the most rewarding activities. Largemouth bass are the most sought after gamefish in America, partly because the way you…

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How to Build the Ultimate Backpack Repair Kit

Backpackers spend a lot of time and money accumulating outdoor gear. To avoid pricey replacements, making simple repairs can make your equipment last much longer. It’s vital to carry a repair kit on any longer excursion, so if your gear fails in the middle of the backcountry, you’ll be able to repair and carry on…

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Average Miles Per Day on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, more commonly known as the Appalachian Trail or just the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern US. It stretches between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine, passing through 14 states in total. An estimated 2-3 million people hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail…

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The Best Camping Gear for Beginners in 2021 (Buying Guide)

Converting people to the joys of camping in the great outdoors is one of our favorite pastimes. With this guide to camping gear for beginners, we’ve made it easy! Read on to find out what you need to prepare for your introduction to camping.  If you’re new to camping, and you’re considering what camping gear…

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Are Duck Boots Good for Hiking?

The quest to find the perfect hiking shoes is never-ending, so the next option we’re going to explore is Duck Boots. Duck Boots have been around for more than 100 years and they’re used for all sorts of outdoor activities, so we can’t discount them as a hiking boot. Let’s dive in a little deeper…

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Alternative to Air Mattress for Camping

Air mattresses are undoubtedly the most popular choice for camping beds. A standard inflatable mattress is cheap, comfortable, and easy to use, which is why they’re so common. However, there are some downsides to using air mattresses, so some campers are leaving them behind in favor of the alternatives.  For campers who’ve never used anything…

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The 3 Best Ice Fishing Boots Reviewed

Best Ice Fishing Boots. Top-rated styles for maximum insulation and comfort on ice. Don’t settle for mediocre, when you can enjoy supreme warmth! Read more:

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The 6 Best Camping Cots – Reviewed

Finding the best cot for camping can be a difficult task. To make it easier, we’ve compiled this list of the best camping cots out there!

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Backpacking with a Baby Won’t Slow You Down

Backpacking with a baby can be a wonderful bonding experience for your new family. And let’s face it – you’re already a hardcore backpacker. Backpacking with a little one is just a new challenge for you – and it’s a rewarding one.  The biggest part of having a successful first backpacking trip with a baby…

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14 Backpacking Meals That Will Get You Through a Long Day

Backpacking lunch ideas can make or break your backpacking trip. It’s because lunch is one of those backpacking meals where everyone is hungry and looking for energy. This is the energy that will get them through the long day hiking in the backcountry. This is also the meal where you will get the most disappointing…

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10 Best Paracord Bracelets Reviewed

Paracord bracelets have different uses depending on the model. Find out which bracelets are the best and where to buy them with this useful guide!

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What Makes the Best Pop-Up Camper? 

Pop up campers have got more and more popular in the last few years, and it’s not hard to understand why. They’re smaller than a travel trailer, or a full RV, and offer way more space and luxury than a tent. For many people, pop up campers really are the best of both worlds. You…

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How to Make Gaiters for Hiking

Gaiters are essential footwear items for hikers and backpackers. There is a wide variety of styles available on the market, from Gore-tex mountaineering gaiters to ultralight thru-hiking gaiters. However, there’s a huge trend amongst outdoor enthusiasts in making your own gear. Whether you have special requirements, or just think you can do it better, making…

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How to Read a River

Reading a river is not a simple science. Throughout history, people have tried to develop ways to read rivers, to predict hazards, and plan the best routes to avoid them. There are many practical tips and tricks which have been passed on throughout the years. But much of modern river reading comes back to the…

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How to Hike With a Toddler

Are you struggling to combine parenthood with your passion for nature? Do you love being in the great outdoors, but you’re not sure how to share this with the people you love most? As all outdoor enthusiasts know, taking a hike can be unpredictable, adventurous, and potentially even dangerous. These are all factors that can…

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How to Choose a Campsite

Your campsite is your home base when camping. It’s where you go to sleep at night, where you keep your gear while you’re out hiking, your campsite is your home while you’re on a camping trip. Picking the perfect campsite is a skill that seasoned campers spend years learning and if you choose the right…

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How to Make a Camp Oven

Cooking while on a camping trip can sometimes prove a bit of a challenge, but as outdoor adventure enthusiasts, we love to rise to it. Whatever your newest adventure, be it a big hike to tackle, or a huge national park to explore, every camper needs a nutritious meal at the end of the day.…

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How to Connect Two Tents Together

When it comes to camping in large groups, sometimes you need a little more space. It can be really beneficial to have a shared tent area as well as single- and multi-person tents, which often only have space for sleeping. If you find yourself with multiple smaller tents, you might start wondering how to connect…

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How to Cook Biscuits While Camping

At Outdoor Command, we love camping! This much is obvious. However, you might not know that we also love good food, and especially, camping with good food. A traditional camping menu consisting of hot dogs, burgers, and s’mores can get a little monotonous, so it’s a good idea to branch out if you take regular…

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What is Equestrian Camping?

Equestrian camping is simply camping with your horse. This can include anything from regular tent camping to luxury glamping. People know little about the possibilities of camping with horses; it’s a great way to travel to new places, enjoy different locations and scenery, and get in some training sessions at the same time. You can…

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The 9 Best Places to Camp in Illinois

No matter where you go in the state of Illinois, you’ll find the best camping in the U.S. It completely stands to reason. First and foremost, the Chicago area has access to the second-largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan. But this is just the beginning.  Illinois has a completely diverse terrain of rolling hills,…

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How to Stay Clean While Camping

The minimalism and utilitarianism of camping are attractive to many outdoors enthusiasts. As a concept, the idea of taking only the essentials, and everything serving a purpose, can be very enticing. When we camp or go backpacking, there’s one common concern among those to whom personal hygiene is very important- how will I stay clean…

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How to Wear Gaiters

Gaiters are a very versatile and useful piece of gear. There are many different types of gaiters, each optimized for different activities, excursions, and conditions. However, all types of gaiters have the same simple goal; to provide extra protection to your legs and feet. More specifically, gaiters mainly protect against debris from entering your shoes,…

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The 4 Best Backpacking Lanterns

Best Backpacking Lanterns of 2019. Top-rated lightweight and super compact choices to illuminate your backpacking fun. Discover the best-value picks here:

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How to Boil Water While Camping

Hot water is a luxury we often take for granted. When you’re at home, heating water for your morning coffee is as simple as turning on the kettle. Boiling water while camping can often present a little more of a challenge, as most of the time you won’t have a kettle or even electricity for…

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A Hiking Date Can Be Adventurous, Fun, & Romantic

Since a hiking date can mean so many awesome things, it also means being prepared for anything. So what to wear on a hiking date becomes an important decision for many different reasons.   After all, you aren’t just going to your favorite restaurant. You are going to be showing off your outdoor skills while getting…

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How to Stay Cool While Camping

Camping is arguably one of the best summer vacation options, much preferable to camping in the rain. From staying up and chilling out on warm summer evening, to swimming in waterfalls, there’s nothing quite like being out in nature in the summertime. However, unlike some countries where you’re lucky to have two or three sunny…

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Is Camping Safe? 

Camping is a popular recreational activity all across the USA, with approximately 40 million campers using tents, RVs, cabins, and yurts for their adventure vacations each year. However, just like any activity, camping comes with its own set of dangers and safety risks. This may lead many people to wonder, is camping safe? It’s only…

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The Best Water Containers For Camping

Find the Best Water Container For Camping in our comprehensive expert overview! These are the top-rated, budget-friendly picks for potable water on the go:

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The 7 Best Camping Knives

Finding the perfect camping knife to take backpacking can be difficult. Learn all the in’s and out’s of this year’s best camping knives with this guide!

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How to Keep Food Cold on a Camping Trip

How to keep food cold is the number one challenge for anyone who goes on a camping trip. This is especially true for groups of people who go camping for longer than a weekend.  Even the best coolers and preplanning may not keep food cold longer than two days.  This is not good news if…

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How to Make a Camping Tent from Scratch

There are so many options for accommodation when camping. From RVs and huge luxury glamping tents to ultra high tech one-man tents to making your own camping tents from scratch. Making your own tent can be an extremely rewarding activity, to sleep in something you’ve built yourself. Sometimes you’ll be caught in a thunderstorm and…

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How to Keep RV Pipes from Freezing When Camping

Winter camping has its own set of joys and fun activities, different from those of camping in warm weather. From the inside of your RV, watching the snowfall and freeze while you’re all warm and toasty can feel like a dream. Winter camping as actually just as popular as camping during other seasons, according to…

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Knee Pain After Hiking? Here’s What You Must Know

Knee pain after hiking is a very common problem. Most hikers just want to get out and explore the great outdoors, but sometimes knee pain stops us in our tracks. It can be really disappointing if you have a trip you’ve been planning for a while, you’re all packed up and set off, only to…

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18 Camping Food Ideas That Don’t Require A Fridge

Camping is one of the best family vacation options out there. Getting out into nature to explore and reset is a great bonding activity, and will create memories lasting for years to come. But sometimes all the camping equipment you have to carry around with you can make your trip a hassle, and distract you…

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8 Best Places to Hike in Austin

Austin is an excellent place to live or visit, not just for its extensive weird and kooky music scene and nightlife, but for the amazing natural habitats in and surrounding it. Austin is the state capital of Texas and borders the beautiful Hill Country region. This means that there is a whole world of options…

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8 Best Dog Leashes For Hiking

Having the right dog leash while hiking is essential to taking your pet out on the trail. Learn about the best dog leashes for hiking in this guide!

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6 Best Backpacking Ponchos

Having the perfect hiking poncho will keep you dry in even the wettest conditions. Learn which ones to buy with this useful guide!

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5 Best Hiking Compression Socks

Best Compression Socks For Hiking. Top-rated options to stimilate blood flow and fight fatigue and sweeling. Discover the best-value hiking options here:

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Paleo Backpacking Meals Made Easier

Paleo backpacking meals aren’t as impossible to make and carry as you might think. There are many more options available as people choose paleo meals to enjoy along with nature.  Although, it does still take some thought and preparation to make satisfying meals for the trail. Unless you consider beef jerky and some dried fruit…

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The 5 Best Sporks for Camping Trips

Best Camping Spork 2019 Overview. Top-rated sporks for every budget and preference. Single-ended, dual-ended and best-value multi-tool sporks. Read more:

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The 5 Best Camping Books For Kids

Best Camping Books For Kids. Top-rated books/guides for young campers. Fun, educational, and great for family camping. Discover our favorite titles now:

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How to Waterproof Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are the most important piece of equipment for any hiker or backpacker, simply put, you rely on them to get you where you’re going. Just like regular cleaning, hiking boot maintenance also means replacing the DWR. Almost all new hiking boots are factory-treated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish, so they rarely…