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5 Vanlife Cooking Essentials

5 Vanlife Cooking Essentials

      When you live in your vehicle, full time or part time, you have to get used to a lot of new things - like peeing in the woods in the middle of the night, spending your time in auto parts stores, and people endlessly quoting the Livin’...

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10 Gourmet S'mores Variations To Try On Your Next Trip

10 Gourmet S'mores Variations To Try On Your Next Trip

    For first time campers, the perfectly built s’more is a right of passage - an introduction to campfire cooking. Achieving that golden brown crust, the ideal melty chocolate-marshmallow ratio, and perfectly halved graham cracker takes patience and skill.     Once you’ve become a s’more master (s’master), it’s...

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Three Easy Watermelon Recipes for Summer

Three Easy Watermelon Recipes for Summer

      Watermelon is the fruit of the summer. It awaits you at the door of every grocery store come June, and the sweet seedless melon calls to you to reenact the scene from Dirty Dancing. As easy as watermelon is to snack on straight from the slice, it's also wonderful...

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Beat the Heat On Your Summer Adventures

Beat the Heat On Your Summer Adventures

    Summer is the season of outdoor adventure: the sun is shining, the snow has melted, wildflowers pop up, and blue skies abound. But summer is also the season of miserable, sweltering, merciless heat - which can make heading outdoors for an adventure seem like insanity.   Whether you...

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Your Guide to Perfectly Ground Camp Coffee

Your Guide to Perfectly Ground Camp Coffee

      The best adventures start with coffee. There's nothing easy about dragging yourself out of your warm sleeping bag and tent before the sun comes up, but a steaming cup of camp coffee sure makes the back soreness and lack of plumbing a little more bearable.    ...

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Camp furniture and storage? We've got that too.

Camp furniture and storage? We've got that too.

          We've been creating the finest Outdoor Cookware since 1985. But we soon realized that unless you like cooking in the dirt and mud, you need quality camp furniture. Many campsites are lacking in proper cooking surfaces and there aren't a lot of picnic tables to...

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Dutch Oven Pizzas

Dutch Oven Pizzas

    On this week's episode of Foods I Didn't Think I Could Make While Camping, we present: Dutch Oven Pizzas!   That's right: you can enjoy a deliciously baked pizza right at your own campsite. With a little effort and lots of help from our camp Dutch Ovens, you'll...

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How to Celebrate a Flameless Fourth

How to Celebrate a Flameless Fourth

      Fire and the Fourth of July go together like America and bald eagles. When the most American of American holidays rolls around, it's become customary to start up the barbecue, build a mean campfire, and of course, light off fireworks in the name of independence. We get...

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Make Your Backyard Party More Sustainable with Reusable Partyware

Make Your Backyard Party More Sustainable with Reusable Partyware

      Trying to help the environment can seem really daunting these days, especially when your social media feeds are full of videos of sea creatures choking on trash and depressing studies about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Environmental news like this can make even the toughest eco-warrior feel...

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Why You Should SUP This Summer

Why You Should SUP This Summer

      Come early June, you see them everywhere: putting in at the boat launch, strapped to the roof of every Subaru on the highway, towering over you from the walls of your local outdoor gear shop. SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards) are impossible to avoid if you're involved in...

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6 Essential Camp Cooking Spices

6 Essential Camp Cooking Spices

      We’re big fans of delicious food, and our best guess is that you are too. Yet, for some reason, many people are still settling for mediocre meals when they venture outdoors. There’s nothing more disappointing after a long day on the trail than having to dig in...

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How to tell a scary story

How to tell a scary story

  The practice of camping has a lot of traditions. Building a campfire, roasting hot dogs on sticks, skipping rocks across the lake, and watching the stars move across the sky from your sleeping bag are some of the classic camping trip activities enjoyed by both young and old. But...

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3 Ways to Cool Down With Camp Iced Coffee

3 Ways to Cool Down With Camp Iced Coffee

    Every adventure starts with coffee - whether that means tackling a 14’er or heading into the office for a ten meeting Monday. We take coffee brewing techniques very seriously around here because we rely on coffee to get us through our day (perhaps a little more than we...

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5 Tips From Vanlifers to Improve Your Road Trip Skills

5 Tips From Vanlifers to Improve Your Road Trip Skills

    All the signs are here: temperatures are heating up, rivers are rising, and every highway is under construction. It’s beginning to look a lot like road trip season.     Late spring is the perfect time to get in a good road trip or two; it’s late enough...

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How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by the Campfire

How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by the Campfire

      This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, making a it a perfect holiday to celebrate with a get together in the outdoors. Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture, and part of that culture is delicious cuisine. Gather your friends...

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When to Retire Your Old Cookware

When to Retire Your Old Cookware

    Old gear is the best.      There’s old gear like the first tent you ever bought when you were young because you had a $50 gift card and you saw it hanging majestically from the ceiling of a grocery store for $49.99. The price was right, the...

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How to Step Up Your Eco-Warrior Game

How to Step Up Your Eco-Warrior Game

    If you’re reading this, you’re probably already a bit of an eco-warrior. You carry a reusable water bottle, take public transportation when you can, pick up trash on trails, and recycle your paper and plastic. You might even be that person that bikes to their local grocery store...

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Here's Why You Should Bring a French Press On Your Next Camping Trip

Here's Why You Should Bring a French Press On Your Next Camping Trip

    The French have an uncanny ability to make a good thing much, much better. Bread is nice, French Bread is delicious. French Toast takes regular toast to the next level. Make a braid or a kiss into a French one, and voila! Instant improvement. Fries are great, but...

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Get your $*** together!

Get your $*** together!

      Anyone else feeling seasonally confused lately? There's still fresh snow in the mountains, but the hint of springtime in the air has us itching for upcoming warm-weather camping escapades.     The slightly warmer weather and resurgence of your hay fever sneezing means it’s time to play...

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How to Prepare for a Rainy Camping Trip

How to Prepare for a Rainy Camping Trip

    Your campsite’s booked, your bags are packed, you’re ready to get away for the weekend on that first spring camping trip. There’s only one thing standing in the way of your plans for a weekend of sleeping under the stars and cooking by the campfire: the weather.  ...

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Not Your Grandma's Cookware: Classics Get An Upgrade

Not Your Grandma's Cookware: Classics Get An Upgrade

    It seems like everyone’s doing things the old fashioned way these days: listening to records, buying veggies at farmers markets, and practicing film photography; some dedicated folks are even going back to using typewriters.     The good news is, you don’t have to revert to using an...

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How to Plan a Last-minute Spring Break Backpacking Trip

How to Plan a Last-minute Spring Break Backpacking Trip

      It seems like we were just talking about our New Year’s resolutions, and yet spring break is somehow right around the corner. (It snuck up on us, too.)     So if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to enjoy spring break--or just wants to...

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A Match Made in Camp Heaven: Find Your Cookset Soulmate

A Match Made in Camp Heaven: Find Your Cookset Soulmate

      Finding the perfect cookset for your camping needs can seem as difficult as trying to find your soulmate. With such diverse options on the market, it’s hard to know which sets are the right fit for you - and which ones are just leading you on. It’s...

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#Panlife: Easy meals you can make in a single pan in 30 minutes or less

#Panlife: Easy meals you can make in a single pan in 30 minutes or less

  Fresh air won’t be the only breeze on your next car camping trip. With a little bit of prep beforehand, you can spend less time cooking and washing dishes and more time adventuring after eating a gourmet warm, hearty meal.     We put together 7 easy camp meals...

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Meet Infinity polypropylene: one small step for camping, one large step for mother earth.

Meet Infinity polypropylene: one small step for camping, one large step for mother earth.

    Once you spend as much time thinking about plastics as we do, you learn not all plastic is created equal. Polycarbonate plastic is particularly undesirable: it absorbs food odors, leaches chemicals into food, and weighs down backpacks with its heavy structure. Nobody wants smelly, unsafe, heavy dishware ruining...

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6 Microadventure Ideas to Make the Most of Your Valentine's Day

6 Microadventure Ideas to Make the Most of Your Valentine's Day

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And since it falls on a Wednesday right in the middle of the week this year, it can be hard for most busy working adults to consider any special plans beyond dinner and Netflix.     We may not be experts...

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Everything You Need to Know About Microlites

Everything You Need to Know About Microlites

    These days, reusable water bottles are no longer just environmentally friendly: they’re engineered with the latest top secret temperature engineering technology. It’s come to the point where your bottle might be one of the most high-tech pieces in your gear collection. This technology overload has led to heavy...

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Camping Fails and How to Prevent Them

Camping Fails and How to Prevent Them

    Camping is one of the best ways to escape your busy schedule and center yourself in what Mother Nature has to offer. There’s nothing quite like waking up to the dawn of a new day under a forest canopy surrounded by fresh mountain air. A weekend camping trip...

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5 Camp Breakfasts That Will Make You Actually Want to Leave Your Sleeping Bag

5 Camp Breakfasts That Will Make You Actually Want to Leave Your Sleeping Bag

    We know the feeling. You’re awakened at an ungodly hour by a vocally blessed bird that has convinced itself it was a rooster in a past life. Everything around you is covered by a layer of wet, as you’ve yet to master the art of tent condensation prevention...

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Camp Knives That Will Make You Cut Out Dull Meals

Camp Knives That Will Make You Cut Out Dull Meals

  We’re going to take a stab in the dark and guess that you’re not quite as obsessed with knife technology as the design nerds at GSI are. In fact, you’d probably find the intricate details of knife design quite dull; you just want a knife that isn’t. Therefore, we...

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