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Category Archives: Camping

How the Water Filter Became an Affordable, Ultralight Backcountry Tool

Backpackers and hikers tend to take water filtration for granted: for $18, you can buy a straw-style filter that weighs less than two ounces, is small enough to stick in your pocket, and will provide safe drinking water from any stream, lake, or questionable puddle in the country. It’s nothing short of a miracle, however, […]

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Our Editors’ Worst Night of Outdoor Sleep Ever

We’ve all been there: lying awake in a sleeping bag, staring into darkness, wishing for sleep. Insomnia is a common affliction in the outdoors, and Outside’s editors are hardly immune. Here’s a collection of our worst nights of sleep in the woods. Our hope is that these stories help you to avoid the missteps we’ve […]

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Wait. Did My Friend Just Trick Me into Stealing a Tent?

Welcome to Tough Love. We’re answering your questions about dating, breakups, and everything in between. Our advice giver is Blair Braverman, dogsled racer and author of Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. Have a question of your own? Write to us at toughlove@outsideinc.com. My friend since elementary school is shopping for a trip, so I went […]

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The Sandal Bracket Is Here. Vote for Your Favorite in Outside’s Sandal Battle.

Nothing tells us that warm weather has arrived quite like the sight of a pair of sandals. But boy, do we have opinions about which sandals are the best. We all know people who are true brand loyalists. I’m thinking of your pal who swears by their decades-old, raggedy shoes, still worn only because they’re […]

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Want to Upgrade Your Mobile Kitchen? Get a Range.

Ten years ago, Erin French, a James Beard Award semifinalist and owner of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, outfitted her 1965 Airstream with a semi-functional kitchen, complete with a 1930s stove that she says singed her bangs off. During the early stages of the pandemic, French began using her Airstream as an auxiliary kitchen for […]

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One-Day Flash Sale: Save 40 Percent on These Climate-Neutral-Certified Brands

Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization that guides brands in achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by helping them measure, offset, and reduce their carbon footprint. It’s one of the best third-party sustainability certifications to look out for. Today, 13 Climate Neutral Certified brands are participating in a one-day ‘Better With Friends’ flash sale. There’s lots […]

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Moms

Parenting through a two-year pandemic has been a lot like achieving anything tough outdoors: challenging, sometimes overwhelming, a few tears, but in the end, rewarding. Now it’s time to reward the women who hold it all together. We asked the moms, mother figures, and caregivers of Basecamp—a Facebook group for folks interested in the outdoor […]

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Fastpacking 101: What You Need for This Running-Backpacking Hybrid

I have to confess, I find backpacking quite boring. And not for a lack of trying, either—I grew up backpacking with my parents and high school friends, and was even a guide on youth trips in Montana. I still get talked into a trip once in a while, but besides the camaraderie, backpacking feels monotonous, slow, and […]

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The Gear That Helped Me Turn My 4Runner into an Overlanding Rig

I’m not a convertible-sports-car kind of guy, so when I started feeling the pull of a midlife crisis, I did what some adventurous 44-year-old husbands and fathers would do: I fell deep into the rabbit hole of overlanding. You might be familiar with overlanding, in which people turn their trucks or SUVs into self-contained adventure […]

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