How To Make The Most Of The Great Outdoors

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, using the right gear is key to a successful outdoor adventure

Published November 14, 2019 8:55AM (EST)

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One of the best things about the good ol’ U S of A is that, from sea to shining sea, there are all kinds of awe-inspiring natural landscapes to marvel at. From snow-capped mountain peaks to beaches breaking with surfable waves and much, much in between, there’s no shortage of ways to take advantage of the outdoors.

Whether you’re just starting your love affair with Mother Nature or you’re a seasoned outdoorsperson looking to take your gear game to the next level, here’s what you need to help make the most of your time outside.

In the mountains

Staying cozy on the slopes is key to a full and happy day on the mountain. You’ll want to arm yourself with several warm puffers and vests, a good pair of boots, and, of course, a solid winter coat to top it all off.

On the campsite

Ah, camping—the choose-your-own-adventure that can be anything you want it to be. As long as you come prepared with cooking gear to feed yourself and all the tools you might need along with a solid source of hydration, you might never want to leave the starry skies.

At the ocean

Whether sitting on the beach and soaking up the sun is your jam, or you’re more of a hit the waves and get your adrenaline pumping kind of person, there’s something for everyone at the shoreline. A good swim suit is essential, of course, and chances are you’ll want a cooler to keep your frost beverages at an ideal temperature despite the sun as well.

On the trails

Whether it’s trail running with your pup, mountain biking on two wheels across dusty trails, or backcountry camping, one of the best ways to commune with nature is by getting lost along its paths. For backcountry campers, a good light-weight tent is a must, as are camping accessories like sleeping pads and portable stove systems. Runners will rely on good trail running shoes and bikers, of course, need a set of solid wheels.

By Compiled by Salon staff

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