We've all been there. Your friend invites you along on a weekend trip, and you happily agree to go - until you find out they're also bringing their significant other along. It's easy to feel left out when third wheeling on a trip, but with these tips you...
Camping Pro tips from the GSI Outdoors camping professionals and friends
Fire Safety Tips
2020 has brought some of the largest and most devastating fires to the west coast our country has ever seen. Our hearts go out to every family that has been affected. We thought that there is no better time to share fire safety tips, and educate ourselves about fire and smoke, than now. We’re here to answer the questions you might not have answers to, as well as provide some important reminders to help prevent man made wildfires from starting in the first place! Please join our conversation and be sure to share with others.
Eat and Drink Sustainably
We’re all about good food, but we’re also all about the outdoors (it’s literally in our name). With issues like food waste, single-use plastics, paper waste, and more, there are a lot of ways the food industry is environmentally questionable. We thought of ways to implement our resolution to make food and drink choices more sustainable and keep our outdoor spaces around for generations to come.
5 Post-Adventure Tailgating Essentials
Ever since we’ve had tailgates, we’ve had tailgating. While the idea of tailgating likely brings up images of football games and college campuses, we think the best kind of tailgating happens in a trailhead parking lot with a group of sweaty, slightly dirty, and endorphin-ridden adventurers. As we head into the season of summer adventures, make sure you have the right gear for your trailhead tailgate party.
What to Do When Your Plans Get Rained Out
It’s the nature of spring adventuring: sometimes the best laid plans get foiled by spring showers. While a little rain never hurt anybody, a torrential downpour can render climbs unsafe, trails impassable, and enjoyment difficult. Here’s what you can do when precipitation gets in the way of your plans.
How to Unplug in the Outdoors
The National Day of Unplugging starts at sundown on March 1st. Unplug Day is a day to separate from digital devices and connect to the things and people around us - and what better way to do so than in the outdoors?
The Only Eating Utensil You'll Need When Backpacking
It shovels pasta, scoops soup, and measures coffee. It mixes up dehydrated meals and stirs hot cocoa powder into mugs. It folds up to fit inside nesting bowls, mugs, or hip belt pockets. It’s the only utensil you need on your next backpacking trip.
How to Celebrate the First Day of Winter Without Snow
Today marks the first day of winter - a solstice that brings to mind snowball fights and powder days. But for many of us (especially those in more southern locales), the first day of winter can mean only dry, cold weather and no sidewalk shoveling.
8 SIMPLE TIPS FOR CAMPING WITH YOUR DOG
Our dogs are our best friends, and adventures are always better when spent with friends. Dogs keep you company, make you feel protected, and keep the tent a little warmer on chilly nights. But without the proper preparation (mentally and logistically), taking your dog camping with you can...
NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THIS KITCHEN SET
If you're a fan of cooking (or eating), you likely have a large collection of kitchen utensils at home. Whisks, spoons, spatulas, and knives jammed into a drawer so tightly they often arrange themselves to jam the drawer. Sound familiar? What if we told you it was...
MAKE YOUR NEXT CAMPING TRIP FEEL LIKE GLAMPING
Glamping - or at least pretending to glamp - is all the rage for Instagrammers and bloggers alike. While glamping takes a lot of effort (and sometimes a lot of airbnb fees), you can still get your great photo ops and fancy feelings from a simple tent camping...
HOW TO MAKE GOURMET COFFEE ON ANY TRIP
Just like you should get up on the right side of the bed (or the right side of the sleeping pad), you should wake up with the right cup of coffee. So why do so many people settle for bad coffee just because they're not at home?
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MICROLITES
These days, reusable water bottles are no longer just environmentally friendly: they’re engineered with the latest top secret temperature engineering technology. It’s come to the point where your bottle might be one of the most high-tech pieces in your gear collection.
HOW TO TELL A SCARY STORY
The practice of camping has a lot of traditions. Building a campfire, roasting hot dogs on sticks, skipping rocks across the lake, and watching the stars move across the sky from your sleeping bag are some of the classic camping trip activities enjoyed by both young and old. But is a camping trip really a camping trip without a scary story by the campfire?
5 TIPS FROM VANLIFERS TO IMPROVE YOUR ROAD TRIP SKILLS
All the signs are here: temperatures are heating up, rivers are rising, and every highway is under construction. It’s beginning to look a lot like road trip season.
HOW TO PARTY LIKE A PRO WITH DOGS THIS SUMMER
Everyone loves partying, BBQs and dogs. It’s only natural that eventually these worlds will collide and you’ll be partying on a hot summer day with your furry, four-legged friend. We’re smack dab in the middle of prime BBQ-ing season, so we thought we’d put together a few tips to ensure that your dog is dog-gone* happy while hanging around the grill this summer.