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Unlock a Better Way to Shop for Hiking & Camping Gear: Quick & Easy Gear Shopping Is Here!

Are you tired of wasting hours upon hours browsing through Outdoors stores? Not sure what gear is worth your money?

When you are just starting your Outdoors escapades, the process of outfitting your trips can be confusing and time-consuming. The choices of gear and active attire are overwhelming. However, don't worry - I'm here to help!

Based on my own experience and knowledge collected over the years, as well as reviews from experts in the field, I've created a grouping of all the hiking and camping gear and clothing you need to be safe and comfortable in the wild.

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All You Need to Know About Hiking in the Spring

Spring is probably the best season for hiking. Gone are the shivering cold temperatures, in are crispy cold mornings, pleasantly warm days, and beautiful fresh flowers. The trails are generally pretty empty, and accommodations aren't in high season yet.

Some destinations are suitable for hiking only in Spring or Fall - like Spain, Portugal or Balkans in Europe. In these areas, Summer tends to be so hot, that hiking might be not only unpleasant but even dangerous.

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

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Read Before You Buy: Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System For Backpackers - Gear Review

Are you thinking about buying a water filter for your hiking adventures? Consider getting Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System - but first, read my review!

The Katadyn BeFree filtration system is a pretty recent purchase for me, but it has already managed to steal my heart. I am delighted I got it, and I can recommend it to everyone.

But before I explain all the reasons why it's a great water filter, I want to clear a few things out.

Do I even need a water filtration system for my trip?

That depends on the length and style of your hike. For day hiking or multiple-day hiking from shelter to shelter it's not really necessary.

But even on a day hike, it can get pretty useful. If you know there are natural water sources on your way, you can limit the amount of water you carry and refill during the day. This way you can hike with a lighter backpack.

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How to Be Eco-Conscious on the Trail: a Hiker’s Guide to Sustainability

No matter how small we might think we are, everything we do have an impact on the environment. Some people are more some less aware of the dare state our Planet is in. As I live in a heavily polluted area, with smog rates up to 11x the norms, where anti-smog mask is a must-have not just for running errands but for sleeping - I try to do whatever I can to lower my negative impact.

The very nature of hiking makes it a very ecological-friendly activity already. You use your own legs to propel yourself, no gas or harmful emissions. Hiking teaches us to live on less, make do with whatever we packed, appreciate water and natural resources. Yet, there is still more we can do to make our hiking trips as Nature-friendly as possible!

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Hiking Hydration: All You Need to Know!

I am pretty sure I don’t have to explain how important proper hydration is. Also, although we know now that there is no a set amount of water everyone has to drink during a day, it’s important to think ahead of time about the best way to carry, clean, and drink water on the trail.

Hiking Hydration: How much water do I need?

In the beginning, when you are not sure how much your body needs, think of providing about half a liter per hour of activity. If you hike on a scorching day or the hike is very demanding to you, you might need more. The amount of water one needs depends on many factors: the weather, altitude, your body type, how hard the hike is and how long you walk. If you head out on a hot day to climb steep rocks in high altitude - double the amount of water needed.

With time you start to get a good feeling of how much water you need. It’s always better to reach the hike’s end with some water left than risk dehydration.

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The Top 10 Articles You Loved Most on A Woman Afoot in 2018

When I looked at this year's statistics, I must admit that I was taken aback by some data. It's quite evident from the list that you like reading advice and gear tips. Only one destination-related article made it to the Top 10: the West Highland Way hiking guide. It also seemed that my readers searched for information on Scotland a lot - I am not surprised here, who doesn't love Scotland?

I think my biggest surprise was the high position of the review of the Vango Blade 200. Thank you, my British readers! Vango is not well-known outside of Europe, so I never thought that article would get so popular. I always read gear reviews before I buy anything (thank you, buying anxiety), so I understand why that kind of posts are searched for. Over the past two years, I’ve written multiple gear reviews, for boots, rain jacket, two backpacks, a gas stove, a camera, two tents, a pillow, sleeping mattress… The Vango review is one of the earliest ones, so it had enough time to build its popularity.

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Why I Will Never Be an Ultralight Hiker… and Why I’m OK with That.

There is a firm push in the hiking community to go ultra-light. Even people who don't use ultralight gear, feel or believe that's the ultimate "best" to which we should all aspire. Thru-hikers go on a constant quest to cut whatever else is left to cut, to go on a bare minimum (and sometimes even below that) to reach the UL Grail.

Obviously, there is a good reason behind it: shading some weight off our packs makes hiking easier and safer. It's less pressure on our knees and muscles don't need to work as hard to carry it all up to the hills.

Some reasons are budget-related: there is no way I can afford a Dyneema tent or backpack, for example. Other ideas are more... comfort-related. There are things I am willing to carry even though there are not necessary and even might seem silly to pack. And yet - I do.

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My Hiking & Camping Gear Winners: Gear I Use, Love, and Recommend.

Over the past few years I’ve gathered quite the collection of hiking and camping gear. Some of it I left behind, some is set aside for another time and some is my go-to gear every time I hike and camp. I would love to share with you what is my core gear set-up, which I can recommend to you, too. Go ahead and click on links - they will take you to my reviews or other useful sites.

My Hiking & Camping Gear: the big three

Let’s start with the big three of hiking and camping: shelter, sleeping system, and a backpack. That’s the gear you want to invest in – they make or break your trip. I know it’s not easy when they tend to cost a lot but they provide you safety and comfort, and if cared well for – serve you for many years to come.

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Camping in the Rain: Top Tips, Hacks, and Gear!

Going backpacking only when there is a wonderful weather can mean you will never go. It’s much better to assume there will be rainy days in your future and prepare accordingly. Especially, that hiking and camping when it rains can be really rewarding and magical.

When we talk about camping in the rain, one of the most important safety concern is hypothermia and the dangers of flash floods. Keeping some things dry is absolutely crucial not just for our comfort but survival. We have to make sure that after a rainy and cold day hiking we can change into dry clothes and go to sleep in a dry sleeping bag, in a dry tent.

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