New York Times: What to Buy to Create Your Own Backyard Campground
A trip to Yellowstone or Yosemite may not be the cards yet, but we’ve come up with the gear you need to make camping out in the backyard fun too.
Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t have an adventure, especially if you’re fortunate enough to have some outdoor space. Unlike the appeal of a long-distance hiking trip — which relies, of course, on seeing new landscapes — the magic of backyard camping, especially with children, is creating a fantasy in an otherwise familiar environment. It is a theater that we invent for ourselves. And like all good theater, no matter how minimal, the illusion is sustained in the details.
For this illusion to be all the more fun, the details are gear that will be functional, but won’t strain your wallet. Here is a list compiled from Wirecutter’s recommendations for camping gear that is great for the backyard, but also versatile enough that you can one day use it on family camping trips in the wider outdoors.
While many of the items below can improve a backyard camping experience, it’s important to remember that the outdoors — for the most part — remains free. To spend the night outside — even if it’s within spitting distance of your bed — what you need most of all is the willingness to indulge in the simple pleasure of it all. It costs almost nothing to throw a sheet over a stick and bundle yourself and your kids in an old wool blanket as the sun sets. And the memories you make will be just as sweet.
Read the full article from Kit Dillon on New York Times' website here.
May 6, 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.