Protein-packed and calorie-dense, nuts are a classic backpackers' superfood. We taste-tested 96 spreads, mixes, and bars to bring you the healthiest (and tastiest) options for the trail.
Salts and other electrolytes help regulate cell function and nerve impulses, so when you sweat them out, you need to replace them. From Grand Gulch to the Grand Canyon, we tested 27 different gels, powders, and chews - and found the best ways to stay charged this summer.
Noodles are easy-prep crowd pleasers. Learn about the trail-worthiest types and cooking methods.
Cook better - use the best tools.
Plan and cook for a group with these time-tested tips.
Don't settle for a hunk of ice-hard jerky when the mercury plummets. A hard day of winter hiking or snowshoeing should be followed with a piping-hot stew.
Follow this reader tip to custom-build your own backcountry cutting board.
Need to start a fire fast? Try a flammable cupcake.
On the trail and at the campsite, there's plenty you can do to leave nature...natural.
From water purifiers to first-aid kits, these accessories are also essentials.
Enhance bland backpacking food with an ultralight spice kit including everything from curry to soy sauce.
The perfect grill for your next car camping trip
An aluminum cookset that's light in your pack and on your wallet.
Enjoy this hardy and healthy Mexican soup at home or in camp
A revolutionary stove-and-pot set that'll cramp your prep time with super-fast boils.
A compact, superlight canister stove to call your own.
A cookset that will be your new ultralight favorite
Make your romantic weekend in the backcountry extra special by inventing your own dessert. Use these versatile starters from your pantry: piecrusts, pudding, and maple syrup.
Sweeten up your next overnight trip with any of these 4 dessert recipes
Liven up camp fare with these 35 natural foods.
Multi-use cookware fit for gear geeks, geniuses, or anyone willing to sacrifice soup for space.
Two editors debate whether one stainless steel spoon beats many (much lighter) free ones.
Your ultralight kitchen is now complete
New Zealand is pretty to look at, but harsh on gear--making it just what we needed for our Kiwi challenge.