Three Fire Starters

Essential survival gear for the modern adventurer

Whether it’s a casual overnight camping trip or a die-hard weeks long expedition in the wilderness, fire is essential for successful survival or s’more making. While rubbing two sticks together or using a standard lighter might work, it can also lead to blisters and the risk of running out of fluid, leaving you stranded in the dark, waiting for the coyotes to arrive. An excellent …

Survivalist Essentials

From a minimalist shelter to the ultimate blade, five key items that will keep you alive in the most extreme camping conditions

Call it apocalyptic fantasy or a primitive urge, the allure of relying on little more than wit, instinct and a few essentials in the wild brings out the inner Bear Grylls in all of us. (For those who prefer leaving the survival adventures to the folks on TV, check out our weekend and car camping features.) What follows is the best gear—from the newest to …

Weekend Camping Gear

From GPS for dogs to sound-activated lanterns, six picks to improve any weekend backpacking trip

When you’re ready for a real escape, leave the car behind and hit a trail to really immerse yourself in nature—and learn how to enjoy freeze-dried beans. This second part of our three-part camping series rounds up our top picks for improving any weekend backpacking trip into the wild. (Check out part one for car camping tips.) A faithful pup makes a worthy companion for …