September 15, 2018

Staff Picks: The Best Hammocks of 2020

hammock

No better time for hanging than the present. Set up your hammock off the trail or at camp, in your backyard or in your living room, and get busy lounging. Start here with our tips for choosing the perfect hammock for you. Once you know how you plan to use it, check out our team’s […]

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September 1, 2018

Glamping 101: How to Go from Camping to Glamping

A roomy tent with cots and plush bedding

“Glamping” has emerged as the buzziest of buzzwords in the outdoors. Camping itself has always existed on a spectrum, from minimalists sleeping in remote wilderness areas to RVers in parking lots. Glamping has emerged as a way of pushing the envelope on the posh end of things, sometimes in spectacularly extravagant ways, but it can […]

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August 30, 2018

One Writer’s Quest to Introduce Kids to Our National Parks

Man looking at Denali with a copy of a book in hand

Kate Siber remembers clearly the magic of her first national park visit: She was 10. And the cliffs of Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Tribe’s adjacent land made a huge impact. “Coming from an urban upbringing, I was completely blown away by the cliffs, the red hue of the rock, the crazy waterfalls […]

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August 23, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Pads for Camping

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad

If you’ve been sleeping uncomfortably on an air mattress or a foam pad during your car-camping excursions, this guide is for you. There’s a better world out there, one filled with insulated, warm, comfortable sleeping pads that will lull you to sleep. You’ll wake up warm and comfortable with no back kinks or trampoline-style bouncing involved. […]

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August 22, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Bags for Camping

Campers in a tent

The convenience of car camping offers major sleep system improvements over backpacking: The size and weight of your gear simply don’t matter as much, so you can choose fluffier, heavier, longer and more comfortable sleeping bag options. For this guide, we searched for car camping sleeping bags that provided the most comfort possible in a […]

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August 21, 2018

Tested: The Best Car-Camping Tents of 2020

camping

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Whether you’re a family car camper, an overlander or somewhere in between, settle in—your next nylon apartment search begins here. This year’s crop of car-camping tents proves that there’s a perfect home away from home for everyone who wants to get […]

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August 17, 2018

How to Dehydrate Food

A dehydrator with multiple shelves and dehydrated food lining the shelves

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our 162 retail stores nationwide. Learn more about that decision here and review FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself and others during social distancing.  This article was originally […]

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August 9, 2018

Pick a camping personality and we’ll tell you what tent you need next.

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August 3, 2018

DIY: Dog Bed

Dogs like to get cozy as much as their human companions (some even more so). This DIY uses an old foam pad and sleeping bag to make a lightweight dog bed so your pup is as comfy as you on your next backpacking adventure. If you don’t have old gear lying around, check out a […]

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