Tent

Whether you’ll use it to tackle the Pacific Crest Trail or initiate your kids with a backyard campout, the right tent will affect your enjoyment of the outdoors. It’s not uncommon to have a variety of them in the garage for different situations.

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Sleeping Bag

Some of the most cathartic moments you experience during multi-day wilderness escapes happen when you slip into your sleeping bag beneath the stars.

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Sleeping Pad

There isn’t anything nice about lying on lumpy, rocky terrain – even soft grass eventually becomes squashed down to the hard ground underneath. Luckily sleeping pads separate you from the hard ground and elements.

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Camp Stove

Hot goulash under the stars and steaming coffee at dawn will give you a nice slice of civilization wherever on this planet you might be. And boiling a dense snowpack into drinkable water will keep you hydrated in the mountains. All you need is a stove.

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Cookware

Even the most dialed camp kitchen setup lacks mortars and pestles and artisan chef’s knives. But a good cook armed with the right equipment can make meal magic outside just as well as if they were in.

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Camp Knife

Grasp a knife and connect instantly to a collective consciousness dating back 2,000,000 years. This most perennial human creation antedates fire and the wheel, yet its essential components remain the same.

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Pack

Backpacks have become high-tech works of art. From features-strapped load-haulers designed for distance backpacking trips to ultralight shoulder-slingers, the options are myriad and choosing the right one can often feel overwhelming.

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Headlamp

Your headlamp will fit snugly over your skull to manifest the perfect yin-yang relationship, one in which you get to do the running, cycling or climbing, and it simply illuminates the way. Like any good partnership, finding “the one” is essential.

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Camping Chairs

While stumps and rocks may do as makeshift furniture in a pinch, they will never compare to a great chair. Whether you prize portability or luxury, this guide will help you learn how to choose the best camp camping chair for your next wilderness trip.

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Water Bottle

The water bottle needs no formal introduction. Simple, utilitarian, environmentally responsible, and often boasting peacock-bright colors and unique designs, it can be easily spotted on trails, backseats of vehicles, and everywhere in between.

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Sunglasses

More than an accessory, the right pair of sunglasses will offer you protection from the sun’s harmful rays, deliver defense against dust and debris, and yes, make you look cool.

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Stuff Sack

If you’ve ever wasted 10 minutes searching your pack for a stray battery then you already know that a stuff sack is invaluable to your packing system. Fortunately, choosing the right one is not difficult.

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Sandals

Once reserved for post-hike fires and lazy days at the beach, sandals have earned a reputation as versatile footwear that are as perfect for burly trails as they are for the office

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