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Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time

The <i>Outside</i> staff is always on the move. We consider ourselves professionals when it comes to packing for grand adventures, and we all agree that outdoor gear makes the best travel gear. I polled the staff for their favorite travel products of all time. Here’s what they had to say.<p>Evoc Bike Travel …

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The Air Opus pop-up camper inflates in 90 seconds flat

The Air Opus Camper makes on-the-road living easy with an amazing self-inflating system that pops up in 90 seconds flat. Simply flick a switch and …

Video: How to Clean Your Hydration Reservoir

REI is continuing its ongoing video series of how to care for our favorite outdoor gear. This time out they've shared tips on how to clean a …

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No green thumb needed: 6 drought-tolerant herbs that are almost impossible to kill

If you have dutifully swapped out your lawn and flower gardens for water-miserly cactus and succulents, you can be excused for feeling a tad nostalgic for the lush, the scented, the flowering.<p>"When I just see succulents, it can feel a bit sparse or stark," admits Kelly Fernandez. But she has a …

From giraffes to Airstreams: Top 9 glamping destinations in California

We love sleeping bags and tents as much as any happy camper, but there’s something beguiling about glamping — the portmanteau name for glamorous …

The Best Shoes, Pants, Shirts, Bags, and Jackets for Post-Work Adventuring

We love the long days of summer because there's still plenty of time to hike, ride, or climb after you clock out. To help you nail those pursuits, here are seven pieces of gear that work at your desk and on the trail.<p>AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Watch ($180)<p>This timepiece has a clean, aviator-inspired …

The Three Books That Taught Me How to Survive

Survival doesn’t have to be this ridiculous overblown thing you obsess over: the best way to prepare for it is to build a solid base of fundamental outdoor skills, then to remain calm and confident if you ever do find yourself lost in the woods. Also: it helps to have something sharp with you.<p>Here …

The World’s Most Portable Gear

When it comes to life on the road, portability makes all the difference. After all, the more you can pack it down, the more you can fit in your luggage. With that in mind, we compiled a list of space-conscious outdoor accessories that don’t just fit in your carry-on—they could fit in your pants …

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10 best glamping spots in Northern California

Forget pitching a tent and sleeping on the ground.<p>We've tracked down 10 places in Northern California where you can have that wonderful "great outdoors" experience and sleep comfortably.<p>From pretty log cabins in Mount Lassen National Park to yurts perched over the Pacific in Big Sur, these …

15 Tech gadgets you'll wish you owned during a power outage or natural disaster

Like it or not, we are growing more dependent on our mobile devices with everyday that passes. At 35 years old, I am old enough to remember how to …

33 spots all Bay Area kids should visit to get close to nature

The Bay Area is brimming with natural beauty, providing families with an amazing outdoor playground filled with delights.<p>A hike along the coast might lead to a whale sighting or a walk through the woods means looking up into the tops of trees that are among the tallest on the planet.<p>It's the …

1,249-acre park opens east of Fremont, offering sweeping views

High in the hills between Fremont and Sunol, a onetime cattle ranch studded with oak and eucalyptus trees opened Thursday as the newest park in the East Bay.<p>While a relatively small property, with 6 miles of recreational trails amid 1,249 ridgetop acres, Vargas Plateau Regional Park is a …