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Cook All You Want At Camp: The Best Dutch Ovens Of 2017

If you’re reading this blog for a while now, you’ll observe that almost all our camping dishes are cooked in a Dutch oven. Dutch ovens are the most versatile cookware that is ideal for camping. The mighty oven has a ton of uses – it cooks, braises, bakes, boils, steams, and everything.

If you cook a lot of different dishes on camp, you better bring a Dutch oven with you. Did I mention how good an apple cobbler tastes when baked in a Dutch oven? That’s why you need to get yourself the best Dutch oven to bring to camp.

These cast-iron pots with legs are slow-cooking, big, and distribute heat evenly within the food, so it cuts the cooking time in half. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your heat source to determine the cooking duration.

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The Best Camping Coolers Perfect For The Outdoors

Have you ever had a numbing thirst for cold water while hiking in the middle of nowhere on a humid day? Perhaps all campers had this experience. Well, we can’t bring our fridge to camp, so the least we can do is to scout for the best camping cooler to bring with us outdoors.

When you need something to keep your fresh meat, foods, and drinks (and booze) cool and dry for more than just day at camp, it’s time to get yourself a camping cooler.

Camping coolers are designed to withstand the elements of the outdoors and to keep your food fresh longer for days on end. They're very durable, waterproof, weatherproof, animal proof, and will stay intact against bump, thumps, and drops. Most importantly, camping coolers are easy to carry. Who would want to hand-carry an old, heavy cooler to camp, right?

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Heavy-Duty Tent Stakes: How To Make Your Own Stake And Stake Alternatives

Have you had problems with sloppy and shaky tents though you’re quite sure you drilled your tent stakes into its proper places? Perhaps it’s time you switch to heavy-duty tent stakes.

Nine times out of ten, I would replace manufacturer-supplied tent stakes that come with the backpacking or camping tent set that I purchased. Mostly, they’re too short, too heavy, and can’t burrow deep enough when staked against rocky soils.

In camping, we don’t readily know what type of soil we’re going to set our tents up against so you can’t really depend on the ability of your tent stakes to drill through all kinds of soil, especially when the stakes seem to thin and wire-like.

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Never Miss Good Food When You’re Backpacking. Get Yourself A Backpacking Cookware!

Tired and beaten from traversing long and winding trails all day long? Refuel with food! Need pots and pans for that savory dinner? No problem. We’ve got the best backpacking cookware for you!

Every human needs to eat, but every backpacker needs to eat MORE. Of course, with all the activities we do and the places we explore on foot, we should have enough energy to sustain our bodies.

Have you been backpacking for long or are you a newbie to the outdoors? If you’re a seasoned backpacker, perhaps you’re reading this article to scout for the best backpacking cookware to replace your old one.

If you’re a newbie to backpacking, you’re lucky to have come across this awesome piece (yeah, self-proclaimed) because you’ll definitely need a backpacking cookware sooner or later, you just don’t know it.

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The Best Backpacking Pillow of 2017

Are you a fan of long naps and extended periods of sleep? But you also love to explore and bask in the outdoors? Mate, get yourself a backpacking pillow from our list, The Best Backpacking Pillow of 2017!

Most novice backpackers ask - Have you ever used a backpacking pillow? Why would you need a backpacking pillow? Can I just use my travel pillow? My answer: YES, you’ll need a backpacking pillow if you want to have a nighttime as good as when you are at the comforts of your home. I once thought that bringing pillows are too luxurious for camping, but when backpacking pillows sprung, I knew I had to get one.

Perhaps you’re wondering what sets a backpacking pillow apart from the usual travel pillow and what’s so special about it. We’ll try to answer your questions about backpacking pillows, and the best part is we’ll give you a round-up of the best backpacking pillows out there, how about that?

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Hauling Gear Into Your Pop-Up Camper? Install A Roof Rack First!

Have you had any problems hauling big gear into your pop-up camper or your car? The easiest solution to the problem campers like us frequently face is a pop-up camper roof rack.

If you’re a fan (okay, or a reader) of my blog, you know very well that I’m an avid camper and I’ve been doing it for decades now. Oftentimes, I’d stumble upon trails leading to pristine lakes and rivers and I just can’t contain my desire to tread through the peaceful waters with a kayak.

Sometimes, when I take my family to campgrounds on nearby lakes, I get so disappointed by the lack of boat or kayak rentals of the facility. How will you not be disappointed when there’s a perfectly good lake standing in front of you, and you can’t even make use of it?​

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The Best Camping Fans of 2017

Going out to camp in a humid day? The sunny weather looks great because we all hate chilly nights and we don’t have to worry about insulation and the extra job of keeping the tent warm.

Yes, it’s all good until we resign to our tents to rest and we can’t stop sweating. It’s like hell inside the tent! Have anyone experienced this? It ruins the supposedly “chill camping trip”. What we’re missing is a camping fan. Worry not because we’re here to give you a review of the Best Camping Fans of 2017!

I should’ve added a camping fan to my camping checklist a long time ago. It’s perfect for cooling down after long hikes and other sure-sweat activities, and most importantly, camping fans make a good night’s sleep!

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Creating the Perfect Camping Quesadillas: Choosing The Best Quesadilla Maker

Good news for campers who are addicted to the Mexican quesadilla – finally, a quesadilla maker! So this quesadilla maker might be around for some time, but I only became aware of its existence just sometime last month, and I truly am ecstatic to try the thing.

With the quesadilla maker, I can always make a fresh quesadilla for my daily quesadilla fix or for pre-cooking a couple for my camping trips. No more taking out from the restaurant or messing up the entire kitchen, thank goodness.

There are so many perks that come with a quesadilla maker. First, you can have your Mexican lunch in less than 10 minutes. Secondly, you’ll never mess up your oven and cut foils ever again.

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Classic and Modern Drinking Card Games For Your Camping Night

Yes! Another weekend camping session! Don’t you just love weekends spent with nature? It’s so refreshing. It’s a great way to unwind with your closest friends or family!

Sometimes I feel torn on where to spend my weekend. Should I spend it to rest, binge, and drink a couple of beers on the couch or go out and camp with friends? You know what? You can do both. Camping is not only meant to reconnect with nature, but also to unwind as well.

Personally, camping takes my stress and worries away, and it clears my mind of all things that we people deem as essential but is actually trivial to the core.

A night of drinking in the great outdoors is the normal picture when the sun sets on the campsite. A few barbecues and a great many cans of beer is all you’ll need to have a merry night. Of course, a few drinking card games will break the ice.

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Tent Tarps and Tent Footprints: The Better Choice and A Guide On Making Your Own

Have you ever camped on a rainy day? Have you experienced a flooding at the bottom of your tent during that day? Are you traumatized and didn’t want to go out and camp again? I did, too. In my early camping days, I solely relied on tarpaulin-like fly sheets to protect my little collapsible house.

I thought it’s just the one thing I need to protect me rain or shine, but on that fateful rainy evening, my tent started to flood, along with my stuff. It’s one of the worst camping days of my life. After that incident, I learned about a tarp under the tent or a “tent tarp” and a “tent footprint”.

A tarp laid on top of your tent is a “flysheet” while a “tent tarp” and a “tent footprint” are basically cloths laid underneath your tent to preserve the life of your expensive outdoor house and to also make you feel comfortable too.

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