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Best Gear for Backwoods Camping

September 26, 2018 in History

By Lesley Kennedy

Heading into the wilderness? Here are some essentials you won’t want to be without.


Chopping. Clearing. Fighting off a zombie apocalypse. With , which comes with a 4.5-inch stainless-steel black blade, an ergonomic handle (and a lifetime warranty), weekend campers and hard-core survivalists alike will be ready to face the wilderness—or the walking dead. About $23, Amazon

HEAD IN THE GAME

Love it when things serve multiple purposes? Get ready to fall for the Buff, a veritable Swiss army knife of head/neckwear. Made of a moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabric, it can be worn in more than a dozen ways—as scarf, face mask, cap, headband, neck gaiter, balaclava, hair tie and more. It also comes in a slew of cool prints and colors. About $9 and up, Amazon

PUT A BOW ON IT

You don’t have to have the aim of Katniss Everdeen to put the Southland Archery Supply Pioneer Traditional Wood Long Bow to good use. The fiberglass-and-wood 68-inch recurve is made for high-performance shooting, whether you’re just buffing up your archery skills—or fighting for survival, Hunger Games-style. About $190, Amazon

ONE DIRECTION

Never lose your way with Eyeskey’s Military-Style Aluminum Alloy Compass. A must for any true outdoorsman or woman, this rugged camo-metal compass includes a fluorescent light so you can read it at night, and a built-in bubble level for better accuracy. Plus, it’s waterproof and shake-proof so you’ll always know where you’re going. Around $20, Amazon

HANG-OUT TIME

When you’re loading your bag for an expedition, you have to think light. (No towering, top-heavy monster packs, thank you very much.) Eagles Nest Outfitter’s DoubleNest hammock weighs a mere 19 ounces, stuffs into its own bag, is made with quick-drying nylon and even works as a place to sleep. Straps not included. About $70, Amazon

LET IT POUR

When you’re in the wild, you’re going to need rain gear. Be prepared for Mother Nature’s worst with Outdoor Research’s Men’s Helium II jacket. Made with 100 percent nylon, it’s waterproof and windproof, but still breathable and lightweight. When it’s not raining? It packs down into an internal pocket, doubling as a stuff sack (or pillow, in a pinch). Starts at about $80, Amazon

DRINK IT IN

It doesn’t really matter if you’re planning to stroll a suburban greenway or hike deep into the backcountry—you’re gonna need water. …read more

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