Summer camping essentials 2021
Summer camping essentials
The longer, sunnier days of summer can make it an ideal time for camping; plus, nighttime temperatures won’t drop too low, meaning you can opt for simple gear. Plus, immersing yourself in nature is a great way to spend some quality time with family or friends. Whether you want to spend just a few nights away at a local campsite or you have summer road trip plans, we’ve outlined the camping essentials you need before you set off this summer.
A summer tent
Best of the best: Naturehike Cloud-Up 2 Ultralight Tent: available from Amazon
Best bang for the buck: Coleman Cabin Tent: available from Amazon
A lightweight sleeping bag
Best of the best: Omnicore Designs Multi-Down Hooded Rectangular Sleeping Bag: available from Home Depot and Amazon
Best bang for the buck: Wakeman Outdoors Sleeping Bag: available from Amazon, Home Depot and Kohl's
Best of the best: Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent: available from Amazon
May 5, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
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).