Camping Equipment

Electronics at Camp?

As a father of two kids just out of their teenage years, I have fresh scars from "no electronics at camp" battles. For me, and my wife and kiddos, camping time was and is devoted to interaction with the natural world — not poking at cell phones and personal music devices. With so much to see and do, why waste time fiddling with those time-sucking gadgets at camp? For the most part, I was the winner of the no-electronics at camp campaign.

Buying a Cooler? How to Select the Right One for You (video)

Whether to store fish on a boat for days or on a weekend camping trip, finding the right cooler for the job is important. Here is a guide to help you know what to look for to find the best cooler to meet your needs and interests?

Keeping a Cool Cooler

Outdoors enthusiasts can't change the weather, so the only option is to prepare and go with it. Warm weather creates a few tasks for campers, such as keeping drinks and foods cold. The amount of effort required to keep food cold during camping excursions depends on the outside temperature, length of trip and if car camping or packing in.

Product Review: MSR Packtowl Ultralite Camp Towel

As a gear junkie I'm always looking for inexpensive products that deliver high value. The MSR Packtowl Ultralite Microfiber Camp Towel is such an item. The large size (36" x 20") weighs only 1.8-ounces and retails for under $25. It's worth every penny in my book.

Great Camp Gear & Gadgets for Any Type of Camper

All camping is fun, but having the right gadgets can turn an ordinary camping trip into remarkable days and nights outdoors. Humans have been using, creating, buying or bartering for camp gadgets since that first wooly bear rug was rolled out as a sleeping pad many moons ago.


Which is Right for You: Air Mattress, Sleeping Pad or Cot?

Having a peaceful sleep is important to stay rested, alert and relaxed, but getting enough shut-eye can be challenging beyond the walls of your home. Investing in a quality cot, mattress or sleeping pad is one of the best things you can do to get your 40 winks when camping.

Buying a Camp Stove? Read This First

There was a time when camp stoves tended to clog, flare or go out at inopportune moments. Thankfully, those days have passed. Push-button ignitions, flame-control adjustments, self-cleaning fuel jets and modern fuel mixtures make today's stoves more reliable and easier to use. But with more stoves now available, you should study their features to determine which best meets your needs.

Camping and Hiking Gifts for Dad

Each Father's Day, gifts presented with good intentions end up finding a spot in dad's closet with the previous years' never-used offerings. Not that dad isn't thankful for the offspring's thoughtfulness, but some items are better off left on the store shelf. Some fathers are just too hard to buy for — simple as that — it seems as if they have everything a guy would want or could use.