Never Forget Essential Camp Gear Again

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Anyone else feeling seasonally confused lately? There’s still fresh snow in the mountains, but the hint of springtime in the air has us itching for upcoming warm-weather camping escapades.

The slightly warmer weather and resurgence of your hay fever sneezing means it’s time to play storage closet Jenga and haul out your camping gear. But it can be easy to forget essential items when packing for your first car camping trip of the season. Season after season you end up having to get creative after somehow forgetting can openers, wine keys, or even forks. The solution: a camp cooking “go bag.”

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WHAT IS A CAMP COOKING “GO BAG?”

Also known as a “bug out bag,” “chuck box,” etc., it’s a container of your choice put together at the beginning of the season to make sure that you never forget essential camping items again. Keep it on hand in your gear collection, ready for anything from spontaneous weekend escapes to full-fledged bucket-list missions you’ve been planning out since you scored those permits back in January. A “go bag” means you can grab it and go, which makes your life much easier when it comes time to make like a tire and hit the road.

You want to pack your go bag with the items you usually forget but always need, like a lighter, wine opener, or GSI Kung Foon. The key to a go bag is to wash any camp gear when you get home from a trip (in a real sink–so luxurious!) and and put it straight back into your go bag once clean and dry – no one likes a go bag full of mold.

Note that this list is focused on camp cooking only–refer to our more comprehensive packing list here. It’s also based on the essentials, so think about any personal preferences you have and remember to add them to the list!

 

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HOW DO I GO ABOUT PREPARING ONE?

1. Obtain a “bag”, or a box, or bucket. We recommend a storage container that’s doesn’t dominate the car or make your dog feel cramped, but big enough to hold all your essential camp gear. (Unfortunately “storage container” isn’t as catchy as “go bag,” but you get the idea.)

2. Round up your current camp cooking gear and check it against the list below. Sometimes it’s extra satisfying to lay everything out on a table (or the floor if you have a massive gear closet) and gaze out at your hoard.

3. This is also a great time to take stock of any new gear you’ll need to purchase, or repairs to current gear that need to be made. Get these done, add them to your go bag, and you’ll be all set.

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THE GO BAG CHECKLIST

STOVE

Meet your new favorite stove! The GSI Glacier Camp Stove, with its downright sexy canister mount and powerful 11,000 BTU/h burner, you’ll be able to boil water with speed and style. You’ll also need:

  • IsoButane. Double check that it works with your stove, and determine if you’ll need to buy more.
  • Matches or a lighter. Pack waterproof matches to be extra prepared for any type of weather!

COOKWARE

There are a plethora of cookware options available depending on what kind of camper you are. Read our “GSI Cookware 101” post here, and learn about how to find your cookset soulmate here to choose what’s best for you.

If you’re looking for a cookset to do it all, the GSI Glacier Stainless Camper gets it done. Plus, its rugged stuff sack holds the set and doubles as sink/wash basin for easy clean up. It includes a complete set of cookware and tableware for 4:

  • 3 L Pot
  • 2 L Pot
  • Strainer Lid
  • 9″ Fry Pan
  • (4) 14 fl. oz. Mugs with Insulated Sleeves
  • (4) 14 fl. oz. Bowls
  • (4) 7.5″ Plates
  • 4 Sip-It Tops
  • Folding Pot Gripper
  • Welded Sink Storage Bag

Don’t forget:

 

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UTENSILS

Lucky for you, all your silverware and kitchen needs come in one convenient kit: the GSI Destination Kitchen Set 24. It’s compact, organized, lightweight, and has cutlery and utensils for 4, including:

  • Mini Cheese Grater
  • Collapsible Whisk
  • Pivot Spoon
  • Pivot Spatula
  • Utility Knife
  • 12 pc. Cutlery Set
  • Spicer
  • 2 Condiment Containers
  • Cutting Board
  • Scrubber
  • Camp Towel
  • Ballistic Nylon Case

Don’t forget:

  • Can opener
  • Wine key/bottle opener
  • Measuring cups/spoons

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Foil
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Trash bags
  • Tablecloth and clips
  • Cooler
  • Collapsible, reusable water container (GSI 20L Water Cube)
  • Vacuum insulated water bottle
  • Table lantern
  • Partyware
  • Playing cards

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Yakima Is Taking Camping to New Heights With the SkyRise

From The Manual 

yakima-skyrise-feature-1200x450-cEvery outdoor junkie wants a camper van — we get it. They’re the epitome of portability and convenience, even if they’re not quite as capable or luxurious as a dedicated RV. Nonetheless, they rarely come cheap. Perhaps that’s why rooftop tents — you know, the pop-up tents you strap to the top of your Jeep Cherokee before hitting the road  — are becoming more popular among outdoor enthusiasts with each passing year. Expedience, it seems, is always in demand.

Yakima, a renowned rack-manufacturing stalwart, is just the latest company looking to elevate your sleeping quarters. The forthcoming SkyRise Rooftop Tent ($1,000+) comes in two sizes — one that accommodates three adults and one designed to comfortably sleep two — and requires no tools to install. The modern, lightweight tents utilize 210D ripstop nylon and are made to resist all types of weather thanks to their rugged DRW coating, ensuring you’ll stay dry regardless of where you wander. The medium and small models also weigh 120 and 95 pounds, respectively, meaning they’re up to 40 pounds lighter than the competition.

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Inside, you’ll find a built-in, 2.5-inch foam mattress and overhead ventilation panels that help with airflow and provide elevated views of the surrounding region. It doesn’t take much to enjoy said views either, given the SkyRise’s entire setup process takes about a minute. Simply remove the weather-resistant cover, unfold the tent, and drop the affixed aluminum ladder. When in transit, the unit folds into itself, allowing for a low-profile when on the road. Just don’t forget to fill the tank.

Learn more

 

 

Yakima SkyRise

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Yakima SkyRise

The first rooftop tent from Yakima

Lightweight, easy to install, and mega-comfortable in all types of weather, the Yakima SkyRise Rooftop Tent is on its way. Coming in two sizes for an ideal fit on small or larger vehicles, the SkyRise features a big skylight for clear night star viewing, and a DWR coated rainfly for less ideal conditions.

COMING IN EARLY 2017

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CAMPING, FESTIVALS OR ANY WEEKEND ROADTRIP

With universal mounting hardware and a super-comfy foam pad, the SkyRise is ready to roll to any roadtrip destination. And because it’s from Yakima, you will know your fit is secure, even on small vehicles.

 

 

SETS-UP AND BREAKS DOWN IN MINUTES

Don’t waste your vacation time setting up camp – pitch your tent in seconds and get back to the fun part. We bet you’ve never broken camp this fast before.

 

GSI Outdoors: Pinnacle Dualist Ultralight Cookset Review

From Outdoor Travel Blog
 

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GSI Pinnacle Dualist Ultralight Cookset | Ultralight 2-person Cookset

THE BOTTOM LINE – The majority of backpackers out there pay more attention to the gear that we sleep on and under, than to the gadgets we cook with. But with the availability of some truly lightweight and functional kitchen systems, it can also be easy to become somewhat of a wilderness foodie. After all, if you don’t have to worry about minimizing the pots and pans in your pack to save weight, cooking a tasty and energizing backcountry meal because a breeze that you look forward to every time. Enter GSI’s Pinnacle Dualist Ultralight Cookset.

With a 1.8 liter pot, a strainer lid, 2 bowls, 2 mugs with sip-it lids, 2 tele-foons and a storage sack that doubles as a sink, the Pinnacle Dualist can easily be all the kitchen you need (minus a stove and fuel) to stay full and happy on everything from short overnights to extended month-long adventures. The teflon-coated aluminum pot is high quality, though will likely collect a series of small dents over time – unless you treat it delicately 100% of the time. You and your hiking partner will each have your own bowl, mug for tea & coffee and spork-like utensil for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is even color-coded, so Steve has no excuses when he keeps reaching for your blue bowl.

RECOMMENDED FOR anyone who wants a simple, stacking and easy-to-use cookset capable of boiling enough water for 2 freeze-dried dinners at once, cooking fresh pasta and veggies over the flame, or just reheating your homemade veggie chili in a flash. The price doesn’t sting too bad either.

GSI Outdoors: Holiday Gift Guide

GSI Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for some last-minute gift ideas for that special outdoor person?
GSI Outdoors has many popular stocking stuffers to consider…

#1 GSI Outdoors Red Enamelware
Blends old-fashioned charm & functionality, classic speckled enamel finish. Beyond Plates, Cups & Bowls… tea kettles, percolators & water pitchers-

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#2 Cathole Trowel
A serrated, sure-grip sanitation shovel made from repurposed GSI Outdoors Lexan products. Serrated edges make for easy digging, even in the most stubborn soil. Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Usage Guidelines molded into back of trowel-

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#3 Glacier Stainless Ketalist
Compact, kettle-centric, Classic, low-profile design provides the capacity of a 1 liter ultralight boiler in the easy-to-pour profile of a tea kettle. Unique bowl + mug solution with low center of gravity & Sip-It lid-
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#4 Wine Glass Gift Sets
These clever, insulated wine totes make it easy to carry your favorite Cab or sneak away with a spicy Shiraz. Stowable, secondary zippered pocket holds two, included GSI Outdoors Nesting Wine Glasses-

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#5 Java Presses
Portable, Enjoy French Press coffee anywhere in 20, 30 & 50 ounce sizes- 

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#6 Mini Expresso Makers
Exquisite espresso for your expedition. Exceptionally easy to use, brews up a shot in 90 seconds.
Ultra-rugged, construction for years of reliable stove top brewing-
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#7 Lexan Gear Boxes
Watertight, crushproof utility box. Made of virtually-unbreakable, food grade Lexan® resin.
Clear & Colors, five sizes with dual lash points to secure-
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#8 Flasks Glacier Stainless, Leather Wrapped & BPA-Free lightweights
7 models, elegantly rugged, classic hip flasks, Lightweight, low-profile easy to stash-
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#9 Halulite 3 piece Ring Cutlery
The ultimate lightweight, nesting ring cutlery set. Proprietary, hardened, ultralight alloy-

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#10 FairShare & Collapsible FairShare Mugs

Eat, drink, measure and store. Secure, screw-on lid insulates and prevents spills-

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#11 Infinity Tableware
Multicolor, Rugged Ultra-compact nesting tableware systems. Bowls, Mugs & Plates. Jewel-like, color-coded items provide personalized tableware settings. Clean and green construction is non-leaching & 100% recyclable-
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#12 Pivot Tools
Backcountry utensils take a turn for the best. Handles pivot from stored to working position-

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