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    The 10 Best Backpacking & Camping Mugs

    By Casey Fiedler

    Both backpacking and camping share a lot in common. If you had to pick one thing they share, however, I doubt mugs would be high on the list.As it turns out, having a cozy cup of warm coffee or tea on the trail is as much of a morale booster as it is in camp. […]

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      The 6 Best Backpacking Mess Kits (2018)

      By Casey Fiedler

      Trying to figure out what type of cooking set to take with you on your next adventure? Or maybe you’re building your very first backpacking mess kit from scratch.Either way, choosing the right combination of cooking gear isn’t easy. You may have even run into questions like: ‘should I buy a premade mess kit? Or […]

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        The 7 Best Backpacking Frying Pans

        By Casey Fiedler

        Going super-light with your backpacking gear is great.But every now and then, it’s nice to be able to fry up some eggs or a fresh fish while out on the trail.And that’s where a great backpacking frying pan comes in.Enjoying a meal after a long day of hiking is part of the experience for many, […]

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          The 10 Best Camping Utensils (Reviewed & Ranked)

          By Casey Fiedler

          Good for you.While less-savvy outdoor adventurers may not bother doing research about the best camping utensils, you know that these little tools matter.Naturally, you want to find utensils that will meet your needs — which isn’t always easy, considering there are dozens of different products on the market.So this article will give you a no-BS […]

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            The 21 Best Gifts For Hikers & Backpackers (2017)

            By Casey Fiedler

            It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and, if you’re like me, you’re probably scrambling to figure out what to get everyone on your list. If you have a hiker or outdoors lover on your holiday list this season, don’t worry! I’m about to help you find 30 great outdoor gift […]

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              The 5 Best Lightweight Tarps for Backpacking

              By Casey Fiedler

              Boy, have things ever changed.Today’s lightweight backpacking tarps and ultralight shelters are massive improvements on the models of even last season. And if you did any backpacking 20-30 years ago, you’ll really notice how these products have evolved.Tarps are popular shelters among backpackers seeking the lightest possible gear. They’re simple, inexpensive, and highly adaptable. Once […]

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                The Best Backpacking First Aid Kits (reviews + tips)

                By Casey Fiedler

                As a new hiker, we’re usually focused on gear, weight, colors, technical specs, etc. Some of the broader concepts tend to get lost in the details. Such as, “Hey, what will I do if I get a big infected blister?”. That’s when it hits you – you forgot to pay attention to your hiking first […]

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                  Best Backpacking Tents of 2017: The Ultimate Guide

                  By JoelSalvino

                  Your outdoor shelter / backpacking tent is the most important purchase you can make before a trip, it is the difference between life and death.From my experience, nothing beats using a tent. It is a versatile shelter, making it easy to setup and easy to carry.Tents have saved me from hypothermia when caught in a […]

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                    Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags Under $200 [2017 Buyer’s Guide]

                    By Casey Fiedler

                    Sleeping bags can be one of the most expensive pieces of backpacking equipment you’ll have to purchase. What’s worse is that you’ll probably have to buy more than one of them. Why? Because you’ll want one that’s right for every temperature range you might be hiking in.Because most of us are on a budget, it’s […]

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                      Best Backpacking Shovels & Trowels [2017 Buyer’s Guide]

                      By Casey Fiedler

                      No, we’re not talking about a long handled wooden shovel.We’re also not talking about those military backpacking shovels that fold in half and weigh an insane amount. So what constitutes a backpacking shovel or trowel for this article? We’re talking about poop trowels for properly disposing of human waste.In the backpacking world, it’s important to […]

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