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When you’re ready to take your camping excursions to the next level, it’s time for a backpacking trip. Whether you’re a well-traveled backpacker or new to the hobby, you need to be aware of the backpacking essentials, the best gear on the market, and tips that will make your time in the backcountry even more enjoyable.

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The ultimate ultralight backpacking gear list: This is everything you need

If you want to move fast on the trail, you need ultralight backpacking gear. Here's our ultimate packing list for ultralight adventures.
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The Ultimate Guide for Fastpacking Success

Best Hiking and Backpacking Tents

The 11 Best Backpacking Tents for Hiking and Camping

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Fast and Light Overnight: A Newbie’s Guide to Fastpacking

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Ditch the GPS: How to Navigate Using a Map and Compass

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Backpacking Checklist: 13 Things You Need for Hiking

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The 7 Best Camping Hammocks to Swing Yourself to Sleep

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a One-Person Tent

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These are 6 of the Best Camping Cooking Gear Items for 2022

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Our 9 Best Camp Coffee Makers for Fresh Morning Java

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Backpacking Guide

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The Best Camping Grills for Outdoor Cooking

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The 10 Best Sleeping Pads for Every Kind of Camping

The 10 Best Sleeping Pads for Every Kind of Camping

Sleeping outdoors doesn't have to be a pain in your butt ... or side ... or back. The best sleeping pads of 2022 keep you comfy no matter where you're sleeping.
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The 11 Best Backpacking Gear Items for Hitting the Trail in 2022

The 11 Best Backpacking Gear Items for Hitting the Trail in 2022

Spend less time hauling and more time exploring with the best backpacking gear for 2022. These lightweight options are essential for any adventure.

The 9 Best Camping Lights To Brighten Your Campsite

The 9 Best Camping Lights To Brighten Your Campsite

Don't get lost in the dark if you're out camping. Check out our top 9 camping light picks to brighten your campsite any time of the year!
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Tips for Hiking in the Spring and What You Need

Tips for Hiking in the Spring and What You Need

Embrace the rainy weather and muddy terrain with these springtime hiking tips, as well as what to pack for a fun and successful hike!

Tent Buying Guide: How To Find the Best Tent for Your Trip

Tent Buying Guide: How To Find the Best Tent for Your Trip

We put together this handy tent buying guide to help you find a good shelter quickly so you can get off your computer and be back outdoors.
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The Best Lightweight Camping Stoves for Backcountry Cooking

The Best Lightweight Camping Stoves for Backcountry Cooking

If you want to experience what the backcountry has to offer but still want to eat as if you're in the city, we've listed the best camping stoves for you.
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The 8 Best Pieces of Camping Gear Under $200 on Amazon

The 8 Best Pieces of Camping Gear Under $200 on Amazon

Not everyone has a couple grand to drop on the best camping gear out there. The Manual has got your back with all your camping essentials on a $200 budget.
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The 7 Best Portable Power Packs for Car Camping Like a Pro

The 7 Best Portable Power Packs for Car Camping Like a Pro

With these beefy power packs, you can explore far off-grid with the juice to charge all your electronics.
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This TEN PERSON Tent Is Insanely Cheap at Walmart Today

This TEN PERSON Tent Is Insanely Cheap at Walmart Today

Getting ready to go camping with a large group or your entire family? Walmart is offering an Ozark Trail 10-Person tent for a crazy low price today!
Winter Camping Tents

The 7 Best Four-Season Tents for All Your Weather Adventures in 2021

The 7 Best Four-Season Tents for All Your Weather Adventures in 2021

Gear up with a real all-weather tent. Stay protected from the elements of spring, summer, winter, and fall all year-round in one of the best 4-season tents.
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The 10 Best Backpacking Trips for Adventurers To Take at Least Once

The 10 Best Backpacking Trips for Adventurers To Take at Least Once

America boasts plenty of iconic trails. So, pack your bags and take on one of these best backpacking trips because it's going to be one epic outdoor adventure.

How to Sleep Outdoors: The Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep

How to Sleep Outdoors: The Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep

There is no one perfect backcountry sleep system. The top solution is the one that’s right for you. Find the best camping gear for a good night's sleep.
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How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly This Summer

How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly This Summer

Campfires are a natural hazard, especially when left unattended. Here's how you can enjoy your campfires safely to prevent wildfires from devastating nature.
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The 8 Best Camping Flasks for the Trail in 2022

The 8 Best Camping Flasks for the Trail in 2022

From stainless steel to plastic to packable, the best camping flasks let you unload the weight and keep the drinks flowing on the trail. Here are our top picks.
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Multipurpose Hiking Gear: 8 Outdoor Tools That Do More Than One Job

Multipurpose Hiking Gear: 8 Outdoor Tools That Do More Than One Job

Multipurpose gear lets you do more with less. The less junk in your trunk — er, backpack — the lighter it will be. The lighter it is, the happier you are.
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The 7 Best Dehydrated Meals to Fuel Your Adventures

The 7 Best Dehydrated Meals to Fuel Your Adventures

Dehydrated food used to be unrecognizable mush, but that has changed drastically in the last decade. These are the best bag meals you can get today.
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The Best Water Filters and Purifiers for Outdoor Activities

The Best Water Filters and Purifiers for Outdoor Activities

A durable, compact, simple, and reliable water filter is indispensable. There are plenty of great ones on the market today, and we’ve rounded up the best.
Best Outdoor Backpacks

8 Best Outdoor Backpacks for Men in 2022

8 Best Outdoor Backpacks for Men in 2022

Carrying 40 pounds on your back doesn't sound like a "great escape," but with our 2022 roundup of backpacking packs, you can forget about back pain.
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7 Best Waterproof Socks Fit for Your Next Adventure

7 Best Waterproof Socks Fit for Your Next Adventure

When it comes to footwear and socks, there is a wide variety of options to choose from. In this wide spectrum, where do waterproof socks fit in?
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6 Best Lightweight Backpacks That Will Comfortably Fit All Your Gear

6 Best Lightweight Backpacks That Will Comfortably Fit All Your Gear

You need a lightweight backpack that doesn't sacrifice comfort or space for ounces. Here are a few suggestions for your next adventure, whether it's a weekend trip or a week-long thru-hike.

The 6 Best Flipper Knives to Add to Your Everyday Carry

The 6 Best Flipper Knives to Add to Your Everyday Carry

If you’re looking to upgrade your EDC, here are the best flipper knives that any man would be proud to carry.
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The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure

The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure

There’s nothing like putting your feet up in a comfortable chair around the fire at the end of a long day. Here are our picks for your next adventure, which include the best backpacking chairs that are above the ground and on the ground, and stools.
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Upgrade Your Gear with Innovative Camping Essentials that Go Beyond the Basics

Upgrade Your Gear with Innovative Camping Essentials that Go Beyond the Basics

Some of our favorite outdoor gear brands have raised the bar on their camping basics. Whether it’s an ingenious design tweak or a barely noticeable addition that takes the experience to a new level, these improved camping essentials are guaranteed to up the ante on your outdoor adventures.
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Save Money on Your Gear by Renting It First with Coozie Outdoors

Save Money on Your Gear by Renting It First with Coozie Outdoors

If you only head into the backwoods once or twice a year, or if you're pondering your first wilderness expedition, then you probably don't need to own a full set of gear — not when you can rent great outdoor equipment from Coozie Outdoors.
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Kammok Says This Is the Ultimate Ultralight Backpacking Hammock

Kammok Says This Is the Ultimate Ultralight Backpacking Hammock

In their endless striving for lighter and lighter setups, some ounce-counting backpackers (without sore backs) have picked up hammocks as lightweights shelters that pack down small. Kammok's new Mantis is an all-in-one hammock system that could replace your backpacking tent.
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Is This New ‘Fanny Pack’ the Solution to Your Travel Pack Problems?

Is This New ‘Fanny Pack’ the Solution to Your Travel Pack Problems?

Whatever you call it, there’s no dignified way to wear a fanny pack. Nevertheless, several companies are trying to resuscitate the iconic ‘90s carry-all. Among them is Evermore, whose Origin Sling Beltbag is equal parts sling and beltbag with the potential to solve your travel day pack problems.
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New to Nature? Start Backpacking and Camping with Rental Gear from CampCrate

New to Nature? Start Backpacking and Camping with Rental Gear from CampCrate

How do you plan for a backpacking trip in Yosemite when you have no gear? Simply rent what you need from CampCrate and ship it back when you're done. Founders Chad Lawver and Mason Gravley want to make it as easy as possible for beginners to go backpacking.
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Survival Hacker’s Handbook: An Enjoyable Read That Just Might Stave Off Death

Survival Hacker’s Handbook: An Enjoyable Read That Just Might Stave Off Death

Among the things I'm hoping I never have to deal with are a grizzly bear attack, an avalanche, and being caught in the middle of a flash flood. But, if any of those things happen, I'll be better prepared to face them thanks to Ted Alvarez's enjoyable, informative new book, The Survival Hacker's Handbook. 
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Go Ultralight with BivyPack, a Backpack that Transforms into a Tent

Go Ultralight with BivyPack, a Backpack that Transforms into a Tent

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A Comprehensive Gear Guide for Trekking Through Nepal

A Comprehensive Gear Guide for Trekking Through Nepal

From boots to backpack, here is a potent assortment of lightweight gear for a modern trekking adventure in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal.
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Osprey Goes Ultralight with the New Exos Backpacks

Osprey Goes Ultralight with the New Exos Backpacks

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Soak in Your Summer Adventures By Learning How to Hang a Hammock

Soak in Your Summer Adventures By Learning How to Hang a Hammock

Hammock Enthusiast Derek Hanson has written the ultimate guide, filled with illustrations, easy tips, and essential techniques on how to hang a hammock. 
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A Man’s Thoughts Before a Journey into the Unknown

A Man’s Thoughts Before a Journey into the Unknown

Sometimes you just have to take a journey into the unknown. Steven John shares his thoughts on traveling into the known before leaving for a mountain trek
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Stay Dry on the Trail with Mountain Hardwear’s Rainshadow Backpack

Stay Dry on the Trail with Mountain Hardwear’s Rainshadow Backpack

Mountain Hardwear's Rainshadow Waterproof Backpack is a light, sturdy, convenient pack that will help you and your gear stay dry in even the wettest weather
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‘Walk, Don’t Run’ and 6 Other Tips for Backpacking Through Europe

‘Walk, Don’t Run’ and 6 Other Tips for Backpacking Through Europe

Backpacking through Europe is a right of passage for most early-twenty-somethings. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you prepped for your own Grand Tour
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Trekking: Step into Spring with our favorite backcountry packs

Trekking: Step into Spring with our favorite backcountry packs

The right backpack can make all the difference when you have 55 pounds strapped to your back. Here are four of our current favorites, from REI to Deuter.
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Venture Deep into Fall with Fjällräven Outdoor Pants

Venture Deep into Fall with Fjällräven Outdoor Pants

Whether you’re a hiker, a backpacker, a mountain climber, or a city slicker posing as an outdoorsman, you’ll love these hardy outdoor pants from Fjällräven.
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Feel Good Friday: Hammocks to Help You and Mother Nature Take a Load Off

Feel Good Friday: Hammocks to Help You and Mother Nature Take a Load Off

Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) has released special edition hammocks that aren’t just comfortable, but also helpful to the environment.