Camping

Man with dog in front of camping tent in snow
Camping in the winter in Idaho. Photo: Chase Fly

Camping is one of the best ways to get out in nature with your family and friends, but it can certainly be in-tents! At Outdoor Empire, we love to camp and we support whatever way it is you like to camp as well. Whether you’ve been tent camping your whole life, you’re just getting stated in car camping, or your a retiree who loves RV camping, welcome!

We provide camping tips, checklists, gift ideas, gear reviews, and clever hacks that will make the most of your time outdoors. Camping is most enjoyable when you’re well prepared and equipped with the proper gear. The information you’ll find in our articles will arm you with what you need to know to get the most out of your time outdoors and select the best camping gear from tents to coolers.

Camping Tips, Gear, and Guides

How much camping tents cost - two tents setup side by side in forest

How Much Camping Tents Cost in 2024 (Budget to High-end)

If you’re starting your journey into camping and looking to purchase your first tent, you may be wondering how much you should ...
Yeti cooler on black pavement in bright sun

Don’t Ruin Your Cooler: How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Cooler Mistakes

In the world of outdoor adventures, a quality cooler is your trusty sidekick, keeping your beverages chilled and your catch fresh. But ...
Nine of the best wheeled coolers stacked up in a backyard

6 Best Wheeled Coolers of 2023 and 3 to Avoid

Ever tried to lug a fully loaded cooler all by yourself? All too often once you get where you’re going, suddenly everyone ...
couple pitching tent

Differences and Use Cases of Camping vs Backpacking Tents

The world of camping gear is filled to the brim with variations of similar products, which can make it incredibly challenging to ...
Six different homemade ice packs lined up on rim of cooler with lid open

6 Easy DIY Ways to Make Ice Packs for Coolers

Are you tired of buying store-bought ice packs that can be expensive and unreliable? Making homemade ice packs for coolers is easy, ...
Tent at sunset with doors open

Tent Too Hot? 13 Proven Ways to Keep a Tent Cool

Last summer, I paddled on the Noatak River, a river above the Arctic Circle where the land sees sunlight 24 hours a ...
Springbar Classic Jack 140 set up next to Springbar Skyliner tent

Springbar Skyliner vs Classic Jack 140 (I Own Both)

I’ve recently had the pleasure of trying out two fantastic tents that have caught my attention: the Springbar Skyliner and the Springbar ...
camper spraying insect repellent

How to Deal with Bugs and Enjoy Your Time Outdoors

Picture a pristine mountain lake surrounded by towering spruce trees filled with birds singing their songs and wildflowers in full bloom below. ...
adults around a camp fire

Why a Camping Trip Can Be the Perfect Company Retreat

At many companies, the employees dread the annual company retreat where they sit in office spaces and auditoriums with speakers and workshops ...
couple biking

What Is Nature Therapy and Who Can Benefit From It?

Did you know that the human race has spent 99.99% of its time living in the great outdoors? It’s true! But nowadays, ...
Man helps wrap an injured leg

The Benefits of Learning Basic Survival Skills and How to Start

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that in 2022, 45% of adults self-reported that they are prepared for a disaster. This ...
family camping

How To Make Your Next Vacation More Eco-friendly

As time passes, more people are seeking ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. There is a wealth of information available ...
kids hiking

Fun Ways To Get Kids Outside and Learning About Nature

Environmental education works to help kids learn about nature in fun and engaging ways throughout their childhood. The main goal of environmental ...
Springbar Skyliner tent in the desert for campout

Hands-on Springbar Skyliner Tent Review

The new Springbar Skyliner tent looks impressive on paper, boasting a spacious interior and superior strength to withstand harsh weather conditions. However, ...

Where to Buy a Hatchet or Ax (20+ Online & Local Sellers)

Getting into camping, bushcraft, or survival will inevitably lead you toward trying to find a high-quality hatchet or ax. These can be ...
hatchet and knife

Hatchet vs Knife: Expert Camp Tool Comparison

Hatchets and knives have always been trademark tools for camping, survival, and bushcraft. Each of these tools makes everyday tasks achievable and ...
Hatchet vs Axe

A Full Hatchet vs Axe Comparison: Splitting Wood and Hairs

Humans started making tools millions of years ago, with the first axe showing up on record 1.8 million years ago. Every moment ...
man applying mesh patch

How to Fix Holes in Tents (Nylon, Polyester, Canvas & More)

Sometimes wear and tear happens to a tent, and you need to repair it. Like any fabric material, tents will degrade over ...
Man carrying firewood in a tote in front of a hot tent in the snow while winter camping

Best Cold Weather Camping Gear (Hot Tent Winter Camping)

Camping in cold weather can seem intimidating at first. The thought of freezing your butt off while being wet and miserable isn’t ...
Camping Tent Material Faceoff

Canvas vs Nylon vs Polyester: Camping Tent Material Faceoff

If you’re in the market for a new tent, you may be wondering which tent material is best. During your search, you ...
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