January 22, 2020

These Plant-Based Meat Camp Recipes Taste Like the Real Deal

An adult and child smile while eating at a picnic table at camp.

Plant-based meat has slowly been making its way into the mainstream, thanks to successful efforts to engineer new products that taste like meat. It’s showing up in fast-food joints, Michelin-starred restaurants and even your local grocery store, which is where we step in. We wondered how we could bring the meatless trend into the outdoors […]

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January 15, 2020

Winter Camping Advice: We Learned the Hard Way

A group of trekkers wander through a white winter landscape.

Snow-covered landscapes, early nights and crisp mornings, a stillness impossible to describe—if you haven’t tried winter camping, you probably should. Without the swarms of mosquitoes and crowds of campers, you can experience all of the majesty of the outdoors minus the usual hassles. But we won’t lie—if you don’t know what you’re doing, the experience […]

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January 10, 2020

Backpacking Recipes: Red Lentil Marinara

Red lentil marinara sauce and pasta noodles in pan

This vegetarian red lentil marinara sauce is a great way to bump up your protein while enjoying a big comforting bowl of pasta. While our overall calorie count is important while backpacking, we also want to make sure we’re getting those calories from the right places too. After a long, tiring day out on the […]

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January 8, 2020

Trail Mix: What To Keep In Your Emergency Car Kit

Emergency Car Kit

Maybe you’re making a short drive to the mountains or hitting the road for a cross-country trip to places unknown. No matter your final destination, accidents happen. Bring these nine pieces of gear along for every ride so you’re prepared for everything from a minor mechanical mishap to a night on the side of the […]

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December 30, 2019

Our Favorite Places for Warm-Weather Camping This Winter

Winter camping doesn’t have to mean cold nights, thick sleeping bags and snow-covered tents. It can just as easily involve T-shirts, sunscreen and, most importantly, warm weather. All you have to do is head south. From the Florida Keys to the American Southwest, here are some of our favorite campsites for a little fun in […]

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December 19, 2019

Backpacking Recipe: Spinach & Artichoke Fettuccine

This spinach and artichoke fettuccine alfredo is a rich and creamy treat to enjoy at the end of a long day on the trail. One of the reasons we love dehydrating our own meals is how easy it becomes to add fresh vegetables to almost anything. This would be just a simple pasta dish if […]

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December 18, 2019

You Don’t Need Anything to Play These Word Games

Games are fun (unless you’re dating). But what happens when you and your pals are social distancing and your favorite board games gather dust?  Fear not. We consulted with REI staff members and general subject-matter experts (aka fellow equipment-free game fanatics) to create a nowhere-near-exhaustive list of games that only require words. These 12 games […]

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December 13, 2019

Camp Recipe: Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate

Toasted coconut hot chocolate in a cup

Warm and toasty! That is exactly how you’ll feel when you make this Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate. On a snowy winter’s day, we often find ourselves craving the nostalgic taste of hot chocolate. The rich creamy taste has a magical way of transporting us back days of school cancellations, snowball fights, and building snow forts. […]

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December 6, 2019

Good Gear: Buy a Flannel, Help Save the Ocean

United By Blue

On a muddy shore, five volunteers dig for tires. A dozen comb the beach for old water bottles and railroad ties. Several cut tree branches entangling vehicle carcasses. A person operating a skid-steer loads a barge with torched pieces of a boat’s steam tank, while another hauls decrepit trash from an amusement park that burned […]

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