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Read reviews of the best outdoor gear for your family’s travels and outdoor adventures.

The Grayl: The Easiest to Use Portable Water Filter/ Water Bottle Purifier

We were standing in the main square in Antigua, Guatemala. At the very center of this UNESCO World Heritage city is Parque Central. At the center of Parque Central is a beautiful fountain. And that’s where we first put our Grayl water bottle purifier to the test for the first time. Don’t miss the limited...
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The Best Hammocks for Family Fun, Camping, and Backpacking

I remember thinking it was a good idea. Hanging a hammock in Yosemite along the river and resting in the shade was what I really wanted to do. But as I lugged my 20 pounds of Ecuadorian cloth woven into a beautiful hammock complete with tassels over a mile from the Curry Village camp, I...
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Gear Review: Tenba Messenger Bag for Photography, Cameras, and Parents

Does your camera just float around in a bag when you travel with your kids? Or do you simply leave that bulky DSLR at home? I know so many moms who have fantastic cameras that take the most amazing photos- but they rarely bring them on daily adventures with kids. Either the camera is too...
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Sharklens Full Face Surface Snorkel Mask

Photo Courtesy of Sharklens When I was a kid, I wanted to be an oceanographer. Then, since I didn’t have a deep desire toward photography, I learned about marine biology and that was my new calling. No matter where I set my sights, one thing was certain: I wanted to be part of Ariel’s world,...
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Gear Review: Matador Beast28 Pack-Away Technical Backpack

From the airport to the beach to the mountain backpacking trail, the Matador Beast28 can do it all. This versatile pack is lightweight and designed for travel. It comes with a compression sack that makes this pack small enough to easily fit inside a suitcase for adventure in far-off destinations. The many pockets, water bottle...

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