There's nothing quite like a night (or a few!) under the stars. We've packed our favorite, trail-tested backpacking gear on hundreds of miles of adventures throughout the South. Our favorite tents, backpacks, meals, and more.
While we’re huge fans of a great day hike, there’s just something about a great backpacking adventure that makes the journey all the more worthwhile. There’s nothing like sleeping in the quiet of the wilderness under the blanket of abundant stars after a full day of hiking. And there’s pure magic in waking up in the middle of nature to a beautiful sunrise, and watching the world come alive while sipping a great cup of coffee on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. And while a great adventure can be had with the simplest gear, we’re big believers in the philosophy that great backpacking gear can go a long way to enhance the journey.
We’ve tested our favorite gear, boots, and accessories over hundreds of miles on our adventures throughout the South. Our favorite gear has stood up to some seriously rugged use and has kept us warm, dry, and happy on our many adventures. Our detailed gear reviews feature details on our favorite gear, and our backpacking gear list highlights the gear that we pack on nearly every adventure. Or check out our backpacking gift guide for some great outdoor gift ideas and our outdoor apparel reviews for our favorite layering options for the South.
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
Waterproof, windproof, and long burning, the UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit makes quick work of getting the campfire burning in even the worst weather.READ MORE
Trailfoody review: an ultra-tasty trail food subscription
Trailfoody delivers delicious, hand-selected trail food, packed in a monthly box with some delicious new brands and flavors and some tasty favorites. It’s a great way to try new flavors out on the trail, and offers great savings, too.READ MORE
LOWA Boots: our four favorite GTX hiking boots, compared
LOWA boots have long been our trusted choice of hiking footwear for adventures in the South. We compare our long-time favorite, the Renegade GTX, with some of their newest hiking and trekking boot styles, the Innox GTX Mid, Sesto GTX Mid, and Irox GTX Mid.READ MORE
Backpacking Gift Ideas
Looking for backpacking gift ideas for a hiker on your list? Our 2017 gift guide features our trail-tested, favorite backpacking gear from our trail adventures throughout the South.READ MORE
Patagonia Provisions: delicious, crave-worthy camping and backpacking meals
Elevate your camping and backpacking experience with Patagonia’s new line of organic food. It’s trail-friendly, campsite-friendly, and ultra-delicious. Our review of our favorite breakfasts, dinners, salmon, and fruit bars from Patagonia Provisions.READ MORE
Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 Tent Review
It’s lightweight and spacious, with fast assembly and great ventilation: the Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 is a thoughtfully designed three person tent, perfect for car camping and backpacking adventures in the South.READ MORE
Editor’s Choice: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017
We scoured the massive floors at Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market ’17 for the best, most Southern-worthy outdoor gear and apparel. Here are our editors’ top picks from the show.READ MORE
Helinox Chair One
Lightweight but ultra-comfy, the Helinox Chair One is our go-to for relaxing at a campsite, park, outdoor concert, or around town. And it packs up small and easily, making it one ultra-portable camp chair.READ MORE
Backpacking Gear List
Tent: check. Backpack: check. Wondering what else to pack? Our backpacking list features our favorite, trail-tested gear for multi-day hikes in the South.READ MORE
Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 sleeping bag & Insulated Air Core Ultra
It’s one of our new favorite sleep systems for camp. The Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 sleeping bag and Insulated Air Core sleeping pad deliver maximum comfort, high-performance insulation, and great integration for a perfect night at the campsite under the stars.READ MORE