The Ultimate Camping Trip Packing Checklist
All the expert-recommended gear you need for an outdoor stay.
Whether to spend quality time with family and friends or just immerse themselves in nature, camping is a popular pastime for many. Going camping looks different for everyone, from stays in roof-top tents to drive-in campsites and backcountry expeditions, the options abound.
If you’re new to camping or simply want to revamp your packing list, our ultimate camping checklist is a great place to get started with preparations. We’ve compiled our top picks for essential clothing, gear, and footwear for enjoying the great outdoors. From REI’s Half Dome SL 2+ Tent and sweat-wicking Sahara T-shirt to Helinox’s cozy Sunset Chair, our experts swear by this list equipment for building your own outdoor oasis.
January 9, 2023
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