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Gear and Gadgets to Take Your Camping Experience to the Next Level!

Whenever we think about (solo) camping gear, we focus on the big and obvious pieces: a tent, sleeping bag or sleeping mat. But beyond those, there are some nice items that can make even the most basic camping trip almost a glamping adventure.

I’ve collected a few “must-haves” camping gear items that should not be overlooked when thinking about the big stuff. Then, I added five luxury items – they might not be necessary but elevate your camping adventure from bare survival to sweet dreamy pleasure. I know that it is important to lighten our loads up - but I am of the middle way philosophy - I prefer to carry a few seemingly unnecessary items for the added comfort and pleasure. 

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Read Before You Buy: Jetboil MiniMo Backpacking Stove Gear Review

Jetboil MiniMo is already my third cooking system. I started with the solid-fuel cooker by Esbit but switched to MSR’s pocket rocket the first moment I could. The solid fuel tablets were small, yes, but smelled horrible. They often melted in leaving yucky goo after and it took forever to boil the water. After each use, there was a layer of ugly black sooth on the bottom of the pot, too.

I kept the great cooking pot from my old Esbit but hid the rest somewhere where its horrible stench won’t be much of an issue. I should probably just throw it away, now that I think of it…

I really loved the pocket rocket so it was a hard decision for me to buy the JetBoil. I had a hard time justifying fitting its price into my meager gear budget.

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Read Before You Buy: Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi Hiking Boots for Women Gear Review

Two years ago, when I got my Salomons, I thought I found the perfect boots. And I still love them! So why did I decide to get a different pair of boots?

But then I’ve read about Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi boots. They looked funny but they won Outdoorgearlab’s editor’s choice for 2018. The price was outrageous but the descriptions of fantastic cushioning and comfort caught my attention.

I was getting ready to hike on Crete, where I knew there would be a lot of roads walking and hiking on boulders and rocks. The price was causing my eyes to tear but I ordered the Hoka One One Tor Ultras from Italy (no store was selling them in Poland) and hoped for the best.

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My 5 Luxury Hiking Items I Never Hike Without

Each time we pack we have to carefully think about each and every piece of gear. The lighter we want to go, the stricter we need to be about each item.

Personally, I don’t go ultra-light. I try to find balance between lightweight hiking, necessary for safety and comfort, and not going crazy with fighting for each ounce.

From all the pieces of gear that are not necessary to survive, I have five that I never hike without. They are the items that are useful, add comfort or safety. I could go and hike without them but I choose to pack them into my backpack. I guess you could call them my luxury items :)

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How to Choose Your Camping Shelter: Tents, Tarps, Bivies and Hammocks

If you are looking for a tent to buy you might get pretty confused by all the choices you have on the market. There are dozens upon dozens of companies producing a variety of shelters. How can you choose one that would fit your needs? I prepared a handy guide that will make the decision making easier.

It might be that you are looking for your very first tent or maybe you need to retire you old family tent serving you for the past few decades. The most important thing is to realize your needs in order to narrow down your choices.

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Read Before You Buy: Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket for Women Gear Review

For the past few seasons of hiking, Marmot PreCip jacket was my constant companion. Downpours over the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye drizzles along the West Highland Way, occasional rains in Catalonia or the I-can't-believe-it's-summer thing in Iceland. No matter what the weather threw at me - I was fine with my hot-pink Marmot. 

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The Quest to Lighten Up my Gear Continues!

A few months ago I wrote a guide to gradual upgrading your gear to lighten up the load. I have realized that instead of writing another “edit” in that post, I should just write a post describing where I’m at on this quest to shed weight off my back.

I needed to start with the big items – that’s where you see big differences. If I can shed 1 kg of weight with a different tent, there is really no sense obsessing over a 10g lighter spoon, right?

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Read Before You Buy: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Mat for Women Gear Review

I need to open this review with a disclaimer: I love to sleep and I like my comforts. Which means, that when I was first looking for a sleeping mat, I didn’t even consider getting just a foam mattress. As my budget was quite limited and I had to buy a lot of gear, I settled for a self-inflatable mat by Vango. It served me well throughout my hiking in Scotland and Spain. It was easy to use and pretty comfortable. But when I was getting ready for this summer trip I decided to upgrade my sleeping mat. As much as the Vango mat was a good option it was (as all mats of this type are) heavy and big.

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Fabulous Budget Christmas Gift Ideas for Hikers, Campers, and Travelers

Are you on a quest to find the perfect Christmas gift for your hiking/camping/traveling loved ones that doesn't drain your bank account? You are in the right place! Below you will find budget Christmas gift ideas for all the outdoorsy types! 

It might feel a bit intimidating at first to pick something from the thousands of possible items, especially if you are not a hiker yourself. But don't worry! Hikers and travelers love practical things to add to their (probably already big) gear collection.

Believe me, there is no such a thing as too much gear! Most of the items below can work also as the perfect Christmas stocking stuffers or the daily Hanukkah "gelt" gifts! Rejoice!

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Fall Hiking: How to Dress and What to Pack

Why fall hiking? Fall is probably the best season for hiking. Gone are the nasty hot temperatures, in are crispy cold mornings and beautiful foliage changes. The trails are emptier and accommodation gets more affordable.

I encourage you to go on fall hikes – either shorter day-long ones or multiple-days treks. If you have the right gear you can even enjoy fall camping. I want you to have a pleasant and safe fall hiking, so let me remind you about a few important things.

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