6. Buy a quality tent
A good tent is almost better than a good hiking buddy when out in the backcountry, especially if some wet and windy weather hits. Nowadays, there’s a range of watertight, thoughtfully designed tents that’ll make your outdoors time dry and enjoyable. Go for the smallest you can find—a two- or three-person model, if you plan on doubling up with a buddy—with a full mesh canopy for maximum ventilation, stormproof rain fly, fully seam-taped tub floor, and aluminum poles. We like the Galaxi 2P backpacking tent by Nemo Equipment. ($249.95, nemoequipment.com).
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