Backpackers: The Backyard Camping Guide for Quarantine
Backyard camping is all the rage in the new normal. For us outdoor folk, early May is the time we stretch our hiking legs, lay out the gear, and get camping, backpacking, or climbing trips on the books.
But this May is unlike any other. The National Parks are mostly closed, many local trails are closed, and the general advice is to stay inside. Thus, backyard camping. Those outdoor folk who are lucky enough to have a span of yard to call home are spending gratuitous amounts of time in it — and it’s just about time for a camp out.
Break out the campfire, grill, and tent. Bring the family, the dog, and some games. Sleep under the stars, because it’s about damn time.
The following is a list of products will make that backyard camping “trip” all the more fun, and give you some much-needed relief. Plus, they continue to up your outdate game after the pandemic has faded into history.
See the full quarantine guide here.
May 5, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.
Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.
But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.