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Heading out on your first overnight? Use this handy list as your guide to packing for a three-season backpacking trip.

This super-packable, 19-ounce 900-fill quilt is a dream for bikepacking or summer camping. “An insulated foot box and neck snap closure worked wonders in freezing temperatures,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide testers. We especially liked the snap and drawstring at the neck to keep cold drafts out.

Winter after winter, Outside contributor Kaelyn Lynch had trouble keeping her lower body warm. Until she stumbled onto a pair of puffy pants—then her whole world changed.

Is it possible to add heat to normal tent efficiently and effectively—without starting a fire? I spent the past two years finding out.

Outside tester Andrew Skurka wrote a long-term review of the UberLite and found it ideal for three-season conditions. This pad is as comfortable as the NeoAir XLite, but cuts down weight by 3.2 ounces and isn’t as noisy when moving around. Plus, its insulation is warm enough for temperatures…

“Without a doubt, the Stargaze is the most comfortable camp chair I have ever tested,” wrote our Gear Guy, Joe Jackson in his review of camp chairs made for serious relaxation. “More like a mini-hammock than a chair, it swings effortlessly and reclines easier than a La-Z-Boy.”…

Contributor Andrew Skurka tested Zoleo’s Satellite Communicator last year, and he liked how it measured up to the competition: “It’s priced, constructed, and engineered well, and it provides a significantly improved messaging experience,” he wrote. (Get a free, six-month Gaia GPS Premium membership with your purchase, now through November…

Good wine is more adventure ready than ever before

Sometimes paying for camping is necessary, but Gaia Topo helps you find free alternatives that you won’t find with Google

Keep your body and the planet clean

From chopping onions to making a mean espresso, these products will help turn backcountry outings into something slightly more gourmet

The South American pack animal is the perfect companion for getting deep into the wilderness with little ones

Sprays, lotions, wipes, apparel, and devices to keep mosquitoes, ticks, and flies at bay

A classic among backpackers, the PocketRocket is one of columnist Graham Averill’s favorite camp stoves: “I refuse to get rid of my PocketRocket, because this featherweight beauty works every time, even after years of use,” he wrote. “I can use it with any cookware, unlike some stoves…

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