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How to Have the Best Summer Ever

A guide to playing hooky, perfecting your campfire cocktail, road tripping right, and all things necessary for a perfect summer. You're welcome.

Skills

What to know

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It doesn't matter whether you're barbecuing in your backyard or circling a fire at a campground, you must cook over open flame.

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There’s a right way and a wrong way. Here’s how to do it correctly.

Michael Frank

Where to camp, how to navigate—and how not to get stuck

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From survival strategies to kindling tricks to impress your friends, we’ll cover it all so you can make sure you’re warm and well s’mores-ed

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You didn’t come to this barbecue to make friends. You came to become cornhole champion. A lifetime of bragging rights is yours with these tips from bona fide lawn game experts.

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Never settle for freeze-dried meals again

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A quick primer on how to avoid tipping and master the forward stroke

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Few things can ruin a would-be stellar trip like realizing you forgot something really important. With this guide to packing, you won't have to learn the hard way.

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The ins and outs of not dying from Lyme disease

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Five athletes on their favorite summer drinks

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After thousands of trail miles, here's how our columnist makes sure he's prepared for whatever the terrain throws at him

Destinations

Where to go

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Hot springs are a luxury, even though you're just sitting right there in the ground

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Because races full of beer, cookies, and froyo are the opposite of stressful

The Editors

It's Canada’s take on California—hip coastal cities, rugged alpine terrain, and huge ocean swells—but without the tech bros and traffic jams

The Editors

Pack the cooler. From surfing in Rhode Island to fishing the newly reborn Elwha River in the Northwest, these are the season’s quintessential weekend escapes.

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It’s time to get reacquainted with the PNW—home to massive mountains, lush rainforests, empty islands, and the greatest oysters you’ll ever taste

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Beat the crowds and head for fresh climbing, mountain-biking, and chill-out spots within easy driving distance of eight burgs

Tools

What to bring

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Protect yourself when playing outside

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Here's what to drink once you've made it to the top

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These essentials are ready for the office, the bar, or the crag

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Disappear into these five nonfiction beach reads

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Heat, veggies, and new flavors abound in the 2017 class of just-add-water camp foods

Your First Car Camping Kit Here at Outside, we often write about the newest—and priciest—outdoor gear. But when it comes to car camping, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to build a solid kit. Read more. Here at Outside, we often write about the newest—and…

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Thanks to smart features, Hydro Flask’s Unbound Series™ Soft Cooler Pack lets you comfortably carry more than just food and drinks

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The roomiest, sturdiest, and most stylish hanging nests of the year

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Summer is here in the desert so we rounded up our female editors' top picks for sunglasses

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This simple piece of clothing is still a go-to piece of gear

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Hydro Flask’s new soft-sided cooler tote and cooler pack let you go places you’ve never been

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These accessories can make your old hammock feel new

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We tested a bunch of styles. These four came out on top.