Category Archives: Bags&Backpacks

Going on Your First Backpacking Trip? Don’t Make These 5 Common Mistakes.

If backpackers have one thing in common, it’s this: We were all beginners at one point. Whether it was a month or a half-century ago, all of us took those first tentative steps onto the trail, blissfully unaware of what we didn’t yet know. And a lot of us learned it the hard way, whether […]

WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU IN A TRAVEL BACKPACK?

PRICE – Plane tickets, rental cars, hotel stays, and all of the essential gear – travelling can get very expensive! A good travel bag doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, but we’ve found that paying a little extra usually means a more durable and stylish pack. CARRY-ON SIZE – One-bag travel […]

HOW TO PACK LIGHT: TIPS FOR TRAVELS NEAR AND FAR

Packing light is a skill well worth learning whether you are planning a weekend getaway or a trip around the world. Once you’ve mastered the fine art of keeping it light, you can set off on all your future adventures knowing you have the essentials you need, room to spare for a found treasure or […]

HOW TO CHOOSE AND FIT A PACK

When choosing a pack, the first thing to consider is how much capacity you want. Carrying a pack that’s bigger than you need means you’ll be carrying extra weight. Ideally your pack should be big enough to fit all your gear inside except for the items you intentionally choose to attach to the exterior. Types of packs Look at the pack […]

LIGHTWEIGHT PACKING TIPS

You can travel farther and faster if you carry less gear. If you have only a weekend to get away, this strategy can increase the range of trails you can cover. The secret is to give up a few creature comforts to reduce the weight of your pack, without sacrificing anything you need or compromising […]

THE 10 ESSENTIALS FOR HIKING AND CAMPING

Wondering what to bring hiking? Even if you’re only planning to be out for a few hours on a day hike, it’s important to pack some essential items. Weather can change quickly outdoors, and something as simple as a rolled ankle might mean you’re out longer than expected. The essentials for hiking and camping (or […]

DAY HIKING FOR BEGINNERS

When it comes to getting outside, nothing beats a hiking daytrip. Walking along forested trails or setting out to see a nearby waterfall doesn’t need to be a major undertaking, but to beginner hikers, it might appear deceptively simple (especially with all the hiking pics shared online). Some hikes can be as easy as putting […]

Hiking for Beginners: 10 Essential Tips

Hiking is an excellent low-impact workout. Studies show it offers multiple physical and mental benefits. From reducing anxiety to preventing osteoporosis, hiking is an outdoor activity delivering benefits beyond scenic and fun. Unlike walking on a treadmill or paved path, hiking involves more, sometimes unpredictable, variables. Of course, these variables are part of what makes it so […]

Additional Sleeping Bag Features

Sleeping bag hood: A hood offers added warmth, especially when cinched tightly around your head. Some hoods include “differentiated drawcords,” which have different thicknesses so that you can easily tell which cord adjusts the neck fit and which adjusts the hood opening. Draft-blocking features: Draft tubes run the length of the bag behind the zipper […]

How to Get the Best Sleeping Bag Fit

The shape categories above are very general—dimensions vary quite a bit from bag to bag. In addition, much like shoe brands, bag brands have differing fits. Sleeping bags also come in a variety of sizes: Adult sleeping bags: Most bags come in regular and long sizes. Some also come in a short size. If your height […]