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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…

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The Best Chacos For Hiking (Top 3 Reviewed)

Best Chaco’s for Hiking 2019. The top-rated, best-value options in outdoor footwear. Discover our favorites in this comprehensive buyer’s guide overview:

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Vegan Camping Recipes

Camping for many is about being one with nature, and this is important for a lot of people who follow a plant-based diet. There’s no reason why your meals on camping trips can’t be just as varied and delicious as the ones we eat at home. Many camping staples such as burgers, hot dogs, and…

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10 Best Campgrounds in Washington State

Washington State is every avid campers dream, due to its immense geographical diversity. With deep temperate rainforests in the West, and multiple mountain ranges peppering the landscape, never-ending joys await in natural features such as hot springs, tide pools, and alpine lakes. Approximately 60% of Washington’s residents live in and around Seattle, located next to…

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6 Best Hikes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state that presents you with hiking opportunities of epic proportions. The state is almost completely covered by mountains, plateaus, rolling hills and valleys: the only lowlands in the state are in the southeast of the country. Through the center of Pennsylvania, the Appalachian mountains reign supreme, towering above with heights of up…

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How to Put Out a Fire Pit

There’s nothing quite like sitting around an open fire, whether it’s a fire pit in your backyard or a campfire out in the backcountry. Toasting marshmallows around the fire is a time-honored family tradition, which creates memories that last a lifetime. However, with wildfires being such a serious threat to the forests and nature of…

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What is Dry Camping? 

Dry camping, in its simplest terms, is overnighting in the comfort of a motorhome, but without using the hookups. It’s best described as venturing down an arbitrary road and finding the perfect panoramic view of an undisturbed lake. Then, staying for as long as you like.  Dry camping can also be referred to as boondocking,…

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How to Deflate an Air Mattress

Air mattresses are a wonderfully comfortable and convenient alternative to a traditional bed, whether you’re at home or on the road. If you’ve ever slept on one, you know they make a much preferable alternative to sleeping on the couch or the floor. The can provide houseguests with a comfortable place to stay the night,…

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Are Timberlands Good for Hiking?

Back in 1973, Sidney Swartz introduced the iconic Original Yellow Boot. Designed for the ”hard, wet, snowbound winters of New Hampshire”, the boot instead became a fashion sensation, all around the world. At the time, there was no such thing as an all-leather waterproof boot, and most people didn’t think it made much sense, but…

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6 Dehydrated Backpacking Recipes Worth Packing

After a long day of hiking, most of us have worked up quite the appetite. Although a five-star meal would be greatly appreciated, there’s often not a large choice of restaurants on the mountaintop. Dehydrated backpacking meals are the most convenient way to get your calories while you’re on the trail, but store-bought meals often…

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16 Tips for Camping in the Rain

A backpacking trip getting canceled because of rain is a legitimate excuse but we wonder why it has to be the end of a good adventure? As long as you’ve prepared well, and taken the necessary precautions when setting up your campsite, you could have just as much fun camping in the rain as when…

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The 10 Best Hiking Trails in Michigan

Whether you’re looking for mountains, dunes, lakes, forest or solitude – hiking trails in Michigan have a little something for everyone.

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5 Best Camping Mess Kits On The Market

Best Camping Mess Kit Buying Guide. Discover the top-rated, best-value mess kits, reviewed by outdoor experts, in our comphrensive overview right here:

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3 Best Truck Topper Tents For Camping

Best Truck Topper For Camping. Top-rated, best-value truck tents and canopies with outstanding durability and performance. Discover our favorites here:

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6 Best Campgrounds and Camping Spots in Michigan

Michigan is the perfect location for water enthusiasts. The State’s name originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning “large water” or “large lake”. Michigan certainly lives up to its name, as it boasts the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world. It’s also a part of the Great Lake region and is…

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How to Refill a Fresh Water Tank During Camping

RVs provide a fun and convenient way to enjoy the great outdoors, while still keeping the comforts of a regular home. Sometimes this means boondocking, or dry camping, for a number of days, meaning time away from any water supply. The fresh water tanks in your RV, camper or trailer fulfill many purposes such as…

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The 4 Best Hammock Knots

Hammock camping can be a liberating experience. Any avid camper knows that there’s nothing better than packing up camp and continuing to your next destination with your home on your back. But with hammock camping, it gets even easier. With the tiny size of hammocks when they fold up, and no need to carry around…

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The Ultimate Guide to Car Camping

What is Car Camping?   Car camping means just what it says, and yet, it so much more. This is because car camping is the new and instant perfect gateway. It is the affordable and relaxing break that everyone needs after a stressful week at work.  Think about the excitement of getting in your car…

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What is Primitive Camping?

Modern camping trends are varied and vast, with many people choosing to opt-out of traditional tent camping in favor of glamping or using an RV. These allow for camping to be more accessible to everyone, but some people think the comforts and luxuries are excessive, and not what camping is about. More and more, campers are…

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How to Build a Camping Trailer

A new craze has been sweeping the nation: all over the country, people have started investing in building alternative living or camping structures. From tiny homes to camping trailers, more and more people are starting to look differently at the way we make, and pay for, homes and living spaces. Having a camping trailer can…

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The 7 Best Camping Spots in New England

With both beautiful shorelines and breathtaking mountains, New England is an excellent choice for your next camping trip. There’s a huge range of recreational activities to try, including hiking, boating, fishing, and cycling, so you know you’ll get the complete camping experience. Beautiful Cape Cod offers stunning beaches and tons of monuments and sightseeing, but…

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How to Successfully Camp in the Back of a Truck

Whether you’re doing it for a night or it’s been on your bucket list for years, camping in the back of a truck is one of the most liberating adventures you can experience. The freedom of going anywhere you please, sleeping wherever you park, and saving money at the same time is a taste of…

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The Best Portable Air Conditioners for Tents

Just because you’re “roughing it” doesn’t mean you should leave all of your technology behind. Summer is a popular time for camping, but it is also the warmest time of the year to be spending such a great deal of time outdoors! If camping sounds like fun but the idea of a humid, sweaty tent makes you…

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Are Yeti Coolers Worth It? 

Coolers, also known as ice chests, are a must, especially for weekend camping trips away with your friends. After all, what would a weekend getaway be without cool beers and preserved snacks and meals? Many people swear by Yeti coolers and their smaller products such as mugs or cooler backpacks are cropping up everywhere, and…

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How To Waterproof a Tent

When camping, a last-minute change in the weather forecast can be cause for concern, especially if you’re not prepared. Suddenly, the elements have turned against you and now you have to worry amount damp shoes, soggy sleeping bags, and deflated spirits. 

Most of us have been there at some point, waking up one morning on…

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The Complete Guide to Camping Alone

If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that you are the adventurous type. If you’re the adventurous type, then you likely have a bucket list with things that both terrify and thrill you at the same time – things like going on a camping trip alone.  There’s something rustically romantic about roughing it and having…

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7 Best Gifts for Campers

Looking for an original gift for the camping enthusiast in your life? We’ve got you, and your gift needs, covered in this handy Best Gifts For Campers overview. Our team has put together a curated gift guide that will please anyone who loves to spend time outdoors, whether that’s in a tent, a camper, or…

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The 5 Best Backpacking Knives Reviewed

Buying guide for the best backpacking knife

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The Best Heated Socks On The Market

If you often suffer from cold feet, or simply want to add some extra warmth to your outdoor adventures, then you need a pair of heated socks in your life! No, we’re not just talking about regular thermal socks. We’re introducing you to the luxurious comfort of socks with a battery-operated heating element. These innovative…

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The 6 Best Camping Coffee Makers

Coffee lovers are unwilling to sacrifice on the quality of their coffee, no matter the situation. Although coffee you make while camping won’t be as delicious as the one made by your favorite barista, there are some solutions out there that can deliver surprisingly delicious, quality coffee. There are a few different options for camping…

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Best Camping Shower (2020 Buying Guide)

If you often go on multi-day hikes without access to a shower block. Or simply want a guaranteed way to rinse off all the grime and dirt after a long day of hiking. An outdoor camping shower is a great investment! Granted, not all campers will need one, but we’re confident many of you will…