How toWatch TV Outside
Getting away from it all is great, but after hours of hiking, gathering firewood, and securing your food out of the reach of bears, you might be
ready to kick back with a little living-room-style entertainment. In an RV, you may be able to get a TV signal using satellite, cable, or antenna
options. If you’re in a campground with Wi-Fi, you can simply stream video from a service like Netflix or use WatchTVEverywhere to access
channels from your home’s TV lineup. Other services, such as Amazon Prime, allow you to download shows and movies for later viewing.
Don’t forget about lower-tech options, like a DVD that just pops into your laptop.
Without an Outlet
Need a way to charge your phone or
tablet with no outlet in sight? Try a
hand-cranked charger. These chargers
are small, relatively inexpensive, and
compatible with most devices. They
work like a miniature wind turbine,
but instead of wind, a little “elbow
grease” will get your device back up
to 100 percent. Keep one in your
backpack for emergencies (or for
when you’ve been hiking all day and
want to reward yourself with a round
of Candy Crush Saga).
These Sites Can Help You Plan
the Site of Your Next Adventure
Looking for an outdoor adventure, but not sure where to start? Visit
these wilderness trip-planning sites for location ideas, descriptions,
tips, and more.
Find a National Park
U.S. national parks are a treasure, and
they offer a wide variety of places to
explore. The National Park Service
website offers detailed information
about all national parks including
things to do, programs and events, and
Hit the Trailtrails.com Trails.com
allows you to search your
area—or one you want to visit—to find
nearby hiking trails. Check out the “travel”
section to read about best times to visit, RV
parks, and more. Or, use the “browse by
activity” section for expert advice about
skiing, camping, birding, and cycling.
A good topographic map should be at the
top of your “what to pack for an outdoor
adventure” list, and National Geographic
has them for both urban and remote areas
all across the globe. Visit this site to find
maps for areas you’ll be visiting, especially
if you plan to return.
The U.S. has plenty to offer in terms of
great locations for camping, hiking, and
other outdoor activities. But when you’re
ready to expand your horizons, check out
this section of the Backpacker site. Click
on an interactive map to get descriptions
of global backpacking destinations.