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May 18, 2021  |  Tips & Guides  |  Insect Repellents

Popular Mechanics: The Ultimate Camping Gear Guide

The Ultimate Camping Gear Guide

Including expert-tested essentials, plus some extras to make your trip more enjoyable.

A successful camping trip starts with packing the right gear to help you brave the elements. But if your equipment list is spartan and you’re only focused on what will help you make it through the weekend, you’re doing it wrong. A few creature comforts will make your time outdoors that much more enjoyable, and many are available at a reasonable price. This list includes gear and apparel we’ve tested ourselves and use on our own trips, as well as items from brands we trust that we’ve researched and evaluated from afar. Throw them in your trunk, and your trip will already be off to a good start.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important to check the local regulations at your destination before you leave. Most public and private campgrounds are open but continue to operate on protocols to mitigate spreading the virus. Face masks are required in the majority of places—including at all federally managed parks and lands—access to buildings and facilities is limited in some areas, and programs or services might not be available. While you’re there, consider saving trips to popular trails or other attractions for future visits to avoid crowds.

Summer weather is rolling in. Explore the complete camping guide written by Adrienne Donica here:

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