Best Kids Hiking Backpack For Various Hikes and Ages

The best outdoor kids deserve the best kids hiking backpack. Not only will they feel more independent, a sturdy backpack can keep them safe. That’s why I’ve spent hours over the years to find the best kids hiking backpack. I’ve always loved hiking. My husband and I often hiked and camped as newlyweds and were[…]

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Best Sleeping Pad for Summer Backpacking

As any seasoned backpacker can tell you, there are two equally-critical halves to a successful backpacking trip: an exciting, productive day and a safe, restful night. One of the unsung heroes of the backpacker’s arsenal is the sleeping pad: that little piece of comfort between the exhausted backpacker and whatever ground lies beneath. Through thirty[…]

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Best Water Shoes for Summer 2018

If you enjoy outdoor activities as much as I do, you know the importance of selecting appropriate and high-quality equipment. For thirty years, I’ve hiked, camped, kayaked and climbed my way through 45 of 50 states and several foreign countries. I can tell you from personal experience that no other product demands more careful scrutiny[…]