After camping hundreds of times – from clear beautiful skies to stormy nights, we have been through the full gamut of seasonal conditions.

We have made several mistakes and learned some difficult lessons. It seems fairly simple to assess the importance of each item of gear and balance the weight vs. utility while packing. The priorities change very quickly and the needs vs. wants become apparent when you are battling a storm, and at times trying to keep the tent from flying away even when you are in it!

We will save our near-death experiences, bear encounters, philosophical breakthroughs and life lessons for another post and cover our favorite camping gear recommendations on this page.

Also, see our favorite hiking gear recommendations here.