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Elise Burley

Elise is an experienced backcountry canoe tripper and winter camper from Ontario, Canada. She loves cooking up a storm over the campfire, taking in all the backcountry views, and enjoying a piña colada or two while relaxing at camp. She’s also certified in Whitewater Rescue (WWR) I & II and Wilderness First Aid (WFA).

45 of the best camping gifts for women in 2023

Some women can be really tough to buy gifts for. But if you know a woman who loves camping, you’re in luck, because we’ve done the work for you. Whether you’re looking for a functional piece of gear designed for a woman’s body, or something practical that’s also aesthetically pleasing, you’ve come to the right …

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45 of the best camping gifts for men in 2023

Camping is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it can be challenging to find the perfect gift for the outdoorsman in your life. You want to give something that’s both practical and enjoyable, something that will make his camping experience even better. Start by considering the type of camping he enjoys. Does he prefer car …

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Camping in October: Why it’s great, how to plan, and where to go

Ah, October. The air is crips, the leaves has changed, and for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, fall is in full swing. October is one of our favourite months of the year to go camping for so many reasons. If you’ve thought about it, but feel intimidated by going camping in any other …

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Sleeping bags vs. air mattresses: Here’s how they compare

When it comes to camping, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is how you’ll sleep. Two popular options are sleeping bags and air mattresses. Ideally, you want to have both. But if you only of the budget for one or the other, we’ll help you make an informed choice. Sleeping bags are a …

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12 of the best family camping mattresses

Camping is a great activity for families who want to spend time together while enjoying the great outdoors. But when it comes to sleeping arrangements, how do you pick the right camping mattress? A quality camping mattress can make all the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless one. In the following sections, …

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Foam vs. inflatable sleeping pads: Is one better than the other?

If you’re into camping or backpacking, you might be wondering what kind of sleeping pad to get. There’s the foam variety, and then of course you have your standard inflatable ones—otherwise known as air mattresses. But which one is better? Is one more comfortable? More lightweight? More cost effective? We’re so glad you asked. Let’s …

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Self-inflating mattresses vs. air beds: Which one is best for camping?

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of a good camping trip. But when considering the type of support and comfort you need while sleeping outdoors, the choice can be a tough one. Popular options include self-inflating air mattresses, air beds, foam pads, cots, and hammocks. If you’re set on getting a camping mattress, …

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7 of the best camping mattresses for heavy people

One of the challenges that heavy campers tend struggle with is finding a comfortable and durable camping mattress that provides enough support during the night. The material, thickness, weight capacity, and overall comfort are important aspects to pay attention to. Your ideal mattress should be made with sturdy and supportive materials, such as high-density foam …

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10 of the best camping mattresses for side sleepers

Side sleepers often face challenges when it comes to finding the perfect camping mattress. Your main concern is likely adequate support and proper spinal alignment. Lying on your side can cause your hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress unevenly, leading to discomfort and potential pain if the support is insufficient. Another issue side …

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