Kelty Hacks & How To’s

Kelty’s 9 TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME BACKPACKERS premium
So. You tried your hand at car camping, and you feel like it went pretty well. Tent set-up? Only two pieces left over! Day hikes? Just three blisters in a six-person crew! Meal planning? Beer is food, right? But now you’re kind of wondering: what would it be like to ACTUALLY commune with Mother Nature, […]
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SURVIVING THE WEIRDEST SUMMER OF ALL TIME: CAMPING WITH KIDS EDITION premium
Unless we’re talking specifically about Chuck E. Cheese establishments, the phrase “closed until further notice” is not typically something that parents want to hear—particularly with summer’s hot breath on the backs of our necks. We’ve all fought the good fight through this year’s bizarro spring, our offspring surviving on a steady diet of Pop-Tarts and […]
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7 REASONS CAMPING AT HOME IS ACTUALLY PRETTY GREAT (+ A FEW GOOD THINGS THAT CANNOT BE CANCELLED) premium
  So, it’s possible that your March hasn’t turned out *quite* as planned? SAME. So far, 2020 has felt a bit like being thrown from the frying pan into the dumpster fire. PJs are the new power suits, our peaceful home sanctuaries have been invaded by endless Zoom calls, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to […]
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5 SANITY-SAVING TIPS FOR STORING CAMPING GEAR premium
Unfortunately for most of us here at Kelty HQ, the average human dwelling was not exactly built with tons of extra storage space. On the upside: our species’ collective need for storage has inspired magical places like the Container Store and Shed Warehouse (yep, it’s a thing) to help us wrangle the mountains of clutter […]
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7 SUSTAINABLE LIVING TIPS TO PROTECT THE PLANET: CAMPING EDITION premium
Hiya happy campers! It’s a new year—a brand-new decade, even. So, although our New Year’s resolutions don’t typically go a whole lot further than “play more,” your friends at Kelty would like to step onto the Sincerity Bus for a hot second. Because let’s be honest: the Built for Play lifestyle we’re all dedicated to pursuing would be a lot […]
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ALL THE STEEPS WITHOUT THE PEEPS: SHOULDER SEASON BACKPACKING TIPS premium
There are reasons everybody wants to go camping in the late spring and early summer, and none of them are wrong—the days are long, the weather’s nice, and *some* schedules are looser. Which is all cool, until you’re trying to share the “solitude” of nature with 1,000 other happy campers.  It can feel like doggone […]
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3 REASONS TO PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY + 3 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD premium
  If you’re reading this post (probably on your phone, am I right?), we probably don’t have to tell you that nature is basically AWESOME. But for those of us who live in a city and work indoors, staring at some kind of screen all day long (not to mention the “downtime” we spend scrolling […]
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HOW TO RAISE AN ADVENTURE DOG premium
  August 26 may be National Dog Day, but it’s just another Monday to us Kelytans; we basically worship at our dogs’ feet 24/7/365. Still, the so-called Dog Days of Summer are a perfectly good time to turn some focused attention to our canine companions—and what better way to do that than to meet some […]
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OUR BEST BEACH CAMPING ESSENTIALS + WHERE TO TAKE THEM NEXT premium
Of all the literal happy campers out there, beach campers are probably the happiest. If you think about it, beachfront camping offers nature’s version of all the stuff you spend cash money on to keep you comfortable at home: the softest mattress (sand), a soothing sound machine (crashing waves) and a combination fan/humidifier (balmy ocean […]
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IS VAN LIFE FOR YOU? HERE’S HOW TO FIND OUT premium
  At some point during the past few years, our beloved Instagram feeds have transformed the thoroughly unromantic idea of “living out of a van” into the highly aspirational, always envy-inspiring concept of “van life.” If you’re not sure of the difference, the first one is about your brother’s weird-ass friend from grade school. And […]
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HOW TO GET BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING PERMITS: POPULAR WILDERNESS PERMIT TIPS & TRICKS premium
The powder season is winding down and our thoughts are turning to counting down the weeks it is ‘til shorts season. So allow us to remind you that there are important things to think about this time of year: backcountry camping permits! In fact, this is the perfect time to start your fair-weather wilderness permit planning. […]
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Planning a Group Camping Trip: Tips for Enjoying the Outdoors with the Whole Squad premium
  It’s finally spring and our BFF, sunshine is fixing to hang around for the next few months so your friends here at Kelty are officially gearing up for our favorite kind of outdoor adventure: camping with friends. Whether it’s your first group camping rodeo or you’ve done this every year for a decade, planning a […]
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