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Camping & Survival

Throw Back Thursday: How To Buy A Tent

Enjoy this post on what to consider when heading out to buy a new tent for your camping trip. Read on to discover what to look for in a tent, how to shop for one and and strategies to prevent an unpleasant outing. Covers many types of tents for all uses.

Picture shows a woman beside a tent, setting up camp under the shade of a rock overhang.

Camping & Survival

Quick Camping Tip: 10 Tips to Keeping your Tent Cool

With about 40 million Americans pitching a tent this year—summer is peak camping time. July and August will also be our hottest months. Since camping is about leaving the luxuries behind and getting back to nature, you can’t exactly take the air conditioner with you. How do you survive 100-degree weather while camping? These 10 suggestions will help make tent camping in the summer a little more comfortable.

Picture shows an OD green military surplus German M65 gas mask with filter.


The 5 Best Military Surplus Items Under $20

Summer is the perfect time to browse through our newest military surplus gear—especially if you are looking for durable, high quality and cheap camping gear. We have been adding a ton more military surplus items to the Cheaper Than Dirt website and more are on the way. In the following post, I highlight five of our newest, in-stock military surplus gear for under $20.

Picutre shows a gray, blue and black tent set up in the backyard of someone's house.

Camping & Survival

Quick Camping Tip: Perform a Gear Check

It has been a year since you have packed up the tent and other camping gear. That gives mice and bugs plenty of time to make a meal out of your stuff. Before finding problems out at the campsite, set up your gear in the backyard to avoid disappoints and heart ache. Performing a gear check gives you a chance to repair, patch and replace.

Picture shows a blue tarp strung between three poles to make a shelter.

Camping & Survival

Quick Camping Tip: Take a Tarp… or Two

You learn a lot of lessons when you are still a wet-behind-the-ears camper. Through numerous camping fails, I have learned that packing a few extra multi-purpose items can turn a potential camping disaster into a weekend of camping success. One of those items is the humble, plastic tarp.

Picture shows a pitched tent and picnic table by the lake.

Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 10: Gearing up for Spring Camping

If you are like me, at some point it just gets too dang hot to tent camp in the summer. Spring weather in North Texas is optimal for camping—nice, warm and sunny during the day, with temperatures dropping in the night for a cool and comfortable sleeping environment. Plan your trips now before the heat turns sweltering. To get you ready, I have complied Cheaper Than Dirt’s! top six camping posts.

Camping & Survival

Camp Like Champ!

Even though I’m a very independent woman, I’m not afraid to admit there are things that I just don’t do when single. Camping was one of them until my best friend in college and I decided we needed to float the Guadalupe River. This trip required an overnight stay in a campground. In a tent. Without electricity. She grew up participating in Camp Fire and had all the skills needed for us to not only have a fun, but also a successful and safe camping trip. Since then, I have not let anything stop me from spending a few nights out on the lake camping with the girls. With a few basic skills and equipment, you can too!

Around the bottom of the tent are large grommets, some with thick rope knots.


How to Put Up a U.S. Military Surplus Pup Tent (MGR-812)

For a review I wrote on repurposing military-surplus gear for camping, I set up’s U.S. military pup tent—product MGR-812—for a photo shoot. The product does not come with instructions, so I asked our resident surplus expert how to assemble it. With the help of my trusty photographer, it only took us about 15 minutes to set up.