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Top 26 Best Camping Essentials For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

There’s something to be said for enjoying the great outdoors. Fresh air, sunshine, time to relax and exercise are all part of the joy of camping.

Camping technology has come a long way in the past several decades, making ‘roughing it’ a lot less rough than you might expect.

Whether you went camping in Boy Scouts years ago, have never been or are just looking to upgrade your gear, we’ve sifted through the options and found the best of the best in essential camping gear.

16. Sawyer Products Insect Repellent

In camping areas, bugs such as chiggers, fleas, mosquitoes and mites can spread disease and cause you a lot of discomfort. By dousing your clothing in permethrin, bugs will stay away for up to six weeks! It’s as effective as 100% DEET and is odorless once it has dried. Permethrin is completely safe for use and has been approved by the EPA.

Continue reading the complete list of camping essentials put together by Brian Cornwell.

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May 5, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

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