What to Pack for a Great Smoky Mountains Park Vacation
You are headed to Great Smoky National Park, the nation’s most visited park. Bordering North Carolina and Tennessee, you will find yourself surrounded by rolling hills, forests, wildlife and cultural relics. How do you pack for your Great Smoky adventure? Here are the top 13 items to bring to the park.
See the full list by Tori Peglar on the Smokey Mountain Park's website here.
May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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.
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).
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