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Choosing Tents and Shelters

Unless you’re up for sleeping under the stars, you’ll want a tent for your next camping trip. Tent styles range from small solo shelters to huge, structured tents designed to withstand gale-force winds while mountaineering. You’ll need to consider seasonality (three or four-season) and size when you make your choice.

3-Season Tents
For most campers, 3-season tents are the way to go. Intended for relatively mild conditions, these tents have mesh panels to promote airflow and employ rain flies to keep you dry. Shop 3-Season Tents
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4-Season Tents
Designed primarily for winter, 4-season tents feature heavier fabrics and more poles than 3-season tents. This adds weight but is essential for withstanding fierce winds and heavy snow. Shop 4-Season Tents
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Bivy Sacks
Bivy sacks and tarps are extremely lightweight, compact shelters preferred by mountaineers, climbers, and minimalist backpackers who need shelter but want to conserve as much space and weight as possible. Shop Bivy Sacks
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Play it Safe

Water Purifiers Explained

 

No matter how clear water in the wilderness may look, there's always a chance it's contaminated with microscopic organisms just waiting to treat you to a vicious bout of diarrhea and vomiting. Luckily, you can thwart those evil organisms' plans with a water purifier. Water purifiers work using a chemical, a filter plus a chemical element, or UV light to kill any bacteria, protozoan, and viruses that might be lurking in the water. Whether you're backpacking in Appalachia or traveling through a third-world country, there is a safe and convenient water purifier option that will work for you.

Water Purifiers:

Water purifiers use either a filter and chemical combo or UV light to kill any contaminants in the water without significantly altering the water's taste. They are expensive, but effective against viruses that filters miss.

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Purification Tablets:

Cheap, small, and effective, purification tablets are another way to ensure your water is safe. They noticeably alter the water's taste and require wait time, but are great as a minimalist option or an emergency backup.

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