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The Fernweh is the best camera backpack for hiking. The whopping 50-liter capacity can fit everything and the kitchen sink, probably. You may find yourself overwhelmed by all of the straps, zippers, and compartments, but you won’t be overwhelmed due to a lack of storage space. We’ve never seen it at a lower price. We recommend pairing it with the Essential Photo Bundle for storing your camera equipment (available at Wandrd’s website).
Sleeping directly on the ground, even when it’s relatively warm out, can siphon a lot of your body heat away. You almost always want a sleeping pad underneath your sleeping bag to keep you from getting chilled. And besides, rocks and roots are uncomfortable. The NeoLite XAir is one of the most common inflatable pads, and barring any abuse it should last for years.
This is our favorite everyday camera backpack, as seen in our guide to the Best Camera Bags. The compact and lightweight design features customizable internal dividers for organizing gear, plus a dedicated laptop sleeve and quick side access. The bag is available in a wide array of colors.
Kinship (Discount Applied at Checkout
This sunscreen is a WIRED staffer favorite. The shimmery solution doesn’t leave a white cast behind. It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly. Other Kinship products are 20 percent off, too. The discount is shown during checkout.
In our list of the Best Umbrellas, this was highlighted due to its automatic opening and closing functions. The compact footprint keeps it portable, the fiberglass ribs and shaft keep it sturdy, and the lifetime warranty keeps your purchase protected. The deals are shown at checkout. This discount is part of a larger sitewide sale.
Peak Design is offering 10 percent off all bags, pouches, and tripods; 15 percent off straps; and 30 percent off select other gear. The Everyday Sling ($135) snagged best overall bag in our guide to the best messenger bags and crossbody bags thanks to its comfortable strap and variety of stash pockets.
Big Agnes is one of the big names in lightweight tents, and the company has honed in on a perennial favorite with the Copper Spur. Senior reviewer Scott Gilbertson gave it high marks in his guide to the best camping tents. This three-person version weighs a svelte 3 pounds and 8 ounces, which is less than a lot of mainstream two-person tents.
Clothing and Apparel Deals
Outdoor clothing can be tricky to figure out, with conflicting advice coming from all corners of the internet, so while you’re here, take a look at our guides on How to Layer Outdoor Clothing, Best Baselayers, and Best Rain Jackets.
For hot environments, I favor a loose button-down shirt over a T-shirt because it vents better and the collar protects the neck. The Canyon’s SPF 50-equivalent fabric protected me on a four-day hike through Big Bend National Park where 95-degree temperatures in the full sun tried (and failed) to roast me. For more ideas, check out our guide to the Best Everyday Sun Protection.
The PreCip range has been around for a couple of decades. Marmot nailed the design years ago and has only had to tweak it since then, like including pit zips and a drawstring-adjustable hem. Senior associate reviews editor Adrienne So gave the PreCip Eco a favorable review in her round-up of the Best Rain Jackets.
Steep & Cheap, Backcountry ($18)
Sometimes you don’t need a whole new glove—just a little extra warmth on a particularly long day in the cold. These liners slip inside a larger pair of gloves to boost their toastiness, and the merino wool keeps insulting even if you get them wet from throwing snowballs.
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These comfortable leggings are available in a wide variety of sizes and colorfast hues. They don’t get loose throughout the day, and the high, wide waistband fits closely without causing discomfort. We recommended them in our guides to the Best Loungewear and the Best Recycled Products.
Reviewer Medea Giordano loves Adidas’ Period-Proof Shorts. These tights feature the same technology, but in a more seasonally appropriate form. They are meant for backup, so it’s best to use them in conjunction with another menstrual product or on very light days. Find more menstrual product recommendations here.