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Featured in Popular Mechanic‘s “12 Ways to Dominate Summer”
By: The Editors


2. Go Camping:

A few things to take with you:Eagles Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock ($100; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com). This ripstop-nylon hammock adds a bug net, in case you want to wake up without malaria.

Windcatcher AirPad 2 ($100; windcatchergear.com). An air mattress that inflates with only a few breaths, thanks to a phenomenon called entrainment, which captures the air you force into it and the surrounding air as well.

Meet Earl Survival Tablet (from $299; meetearl.com). Once you lose cell service, your phone becomes little more than a camera. But Earl works anywhere you go. It has a 6-inch e-ink screen to view preloaded topographical maps and a 20-hour, solar-powered battery. Earl can even take care of you when there’s trouble, thanks to a two-way radio for emergencies, and the ability to signal for help.

Big Agnes Entertainment Center Loft ($50; bigagnes.com). A water-resistant pouch for your iPad that hooks to the gear loops in your tent for easy viewing. Why? What did you think you were in the woods to look at? ”