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Camping Style 101

Rough it in style with this year's hottest camping accessories.

Best Backpack

The North Face Solaris 40 Pack is a great lightweight backpack that can hold your clothes and gear for a 2-4 day camping trip. It features multiple compartments, sits comfortably on your back while hiking or biking and is waterproof for rainy travel or setting on wet ground. It comes in several colors for coordinated, stylish camping!

Best Day Pack

The Osprey Stratos 24 Daypack is the latest in stylish, hi-tech, lightweight, multi-feature backpacking. Leave the campsite for the day with this light pack for easy-access pockets, a built-in removable rain shield, cushioned comfort and a ventilated back for sweat-proof hiking in any weather. The unconditional lifetime guarantee makes this an excellent investment for many years of comfortable hiking.

Best Sleeping Bag

The Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30 can go from hot to cold weather in the blink of the eye for year round camping comfort. The removable Dual Temp down torso panel allows for a quick change if the temp changes. Remove the torso panel in warm weather and use it as a pillow!

Best Hat

Our favorite hiking hat comes from Down Under in Australia. The BC Hats Cool as a Breeze Australian Leather hat is crushable, lightweight, made with water resistant leather and lined with a breathable mesh crown for hot days. It comes in easy-fit sizes for men and women, and has been seen on celebrities including The Duchess of Cambirdge, Princess Kate.

Best Way to Stay Hydrated

The Vapur® Element and integrated SuperCap™ is a flexible, lightweight, reusable, BPA-Free, environmentally friendly super bottle that folds flat when it's empty. Available in two high-capacity sizes, the Vapur Element keeps you hydrated wherever your travels take you. Add on the "Sweater" to insulate and cover your bottle for high-temperature hikes.

Best Hiking Shoes

Merrell always delivers on their promises for fit, comfort and features. Their mid-length lightweight hiking shoe comes in several colors as well as both men's and women's sizes, and provides cool comfort to keep you going on day or multi-day excursions. Be advised, though, that they are not waterproof or insulated, and are better for warm-weather hiking.

Best Hi-Tech Accessories

The coolest accessory award goes to the Gorillatorch LED Light by Joby. This flashlight has flexible, wrappable legs and magnetic feet to easily attach to tent poles (inside or out), or stand up tall on a camping table, even on uneven, slick or wet surfaces. It's water-resistant, adjustable up to 65 lumens, and can last from 20-80 hours on three AA batteries.

Best Tent

REI Kingdom 4 Tent features a zipper divider wall for extra privacy. Great when camping with parents, siblings or for personal space when changing or sleeping, there's a door on each side for easy private access. It comes in 4, 6, or 8 person sizes.

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"Lulu335" wrote: I live in a military family, which means we have to move A LOT. I'm halfway through 6th grade, and I'm really stressed out. The reason is because I have a guy who really likes me, and we liked each other back in the 5th grade, and he's even got me presents and everything, but now I'm starting to doubt whether I still like him or not. And he is a great guy; he's silly, funny, kind- but I just don't know if he's the right guy for me. Plus there's a friend of mine who I know likes me as more than a friend, and he's a great guy, too. I really need advise!! Oh sweetheart, your situation is so, so very far from being complicated. In fact, it's actually, entirely simple. But I'm here to help you see that, because you can't see it yourself quite yet. Brace yourself, you may never hear such advice in your life ever again. Or you might, I can't predict the future. You're in sixth grade, you said. Assuming you live in the United states and weren't held back, you're probably 12, maybe 11. The problem is, the human brain isn't fully developed until a person hits the age of about 25. This means, without debate, that your brain unable to fully grasp what being in a relationship actually entails, what it means, what the consequences are, and so forth. You can't even fathom it, my dear. I couldn't at your age; no one can. You've just begun to hit puberty at this point in your very young, completely normal life. Certain hormones are now being developed by your body that, up until puberty began, your body did not produce. Let me explain, in simple terms, what this means: these new hormones are giving you fuzzy feelings for boys, but these feelings are not what people with fully developed brains call "love." Love means being self sacrificing, compromising, giving and taking, communicating clearly and honestly, and so much more. What you're feeling is a part of love-romance-but it's not all there is to love. It's actually just a few simple chemicals being released in your brain: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and few others. Your brain releases those chemicals when, say, you see a boy you like, and those chemicals make you feel all fuzzy inside. In fact, (brace yourself,) there's nothing inherently special about the boys you like, or the boys that like you; in fact, they're also, entirely normal, and aside from a few minor differences in character, completely like most other boys their age. Had you been born in another town, gone to another school, you would have gotten the same fuzzy feeling about whatever boy you thought you liked at that school. You see? I'm not saying this to make you feel insignificant, but perhaps the insight will make moving easier for you. The next place your militant parents settle down in will also have a middle school, with a bunch of normal 11-14 year old boys and girls, all doing the exact same things the kids at your school do right now. Does that put things in perspective for you? The world is a very, very big place, and it's home to billions upon billions of people. Your situation is far from being a needle in a hay stack; it's more like a blade of grass, in a vast field of foliage. The feelings you're feeling aren't uncommon or complicated, they just feel that way to you. (Now, really brace yourself, because this is going to get uncomfortable.) We, as people, tend to think that we're special. Each one of us a unique snowflake, drifting about in big blue sky, that exists solely to show the world how special we are. The problem is, the other seven billions snowflakes (people) think exactly like we do, and in this way, we are all the same. We think our problems are new problems that no one has ever dealt with before, and no one else could possibly understand the pain and suffering we're going through. We all think this way, by nature; but it's simply naive. Heartache and suffering have existed since people existed, and possibly before then. Your situation may not be ideal to you, but once you come to terms with the fact that life isn't ideal for anyone, you might actually feel comfort. The easiest way to cope with our many problems, is to accept them for what they are: a part of the human experience. Natural, normal, repeating generation after generation without end. Again, these are concepts that require some deep thought, and you might not fully grasp them quite yet. But remember them. With time, as you grow, think about them more, and you will find peace with your life. And remember this: although you're stuck (for now) on a giant rock hurling around the sun at an incredible speed, you're not alone. With billions of other people stuck here with you, you'll never be without friends.
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Fun_125
I personally think that when you ARE ready then go for it! As long as the person you like isn't a jerk to anyone or you go for it! Just don't get too serious. It's middle school. Good luck!
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Error44
"Lulu335" wrote:I live in a military family, which means we have to move A LOT. I'm halfway through 6th grade, and I'm really stressed out. The reason is because I have a guy who really likes me, and we liked each other back in the 5th grade, and he's even got me presents and everything, but now I'm starting to doubt whether I still like him or not. And he is a great guy; he's silly, funny, kind- but I just don't know if he's the right guy for me. Plus there's a friend of mine who I know likes me as more than a friend, and he's a great guy, too. I really need advise!!I know, it is too late but I think you should not go for a deeper relationship, don't make it hard for yourself and try to be his just friend because you are so young .
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Error44
"queenslay173" wrote:I was at school when I noticed people started to tell me this boy liked me and I thought it was cool because I'm used to that type of stuff then we started to dated in October we broke up right before christmas and it was so strange. we got back together in the beginning of January and we broke up again on the 4 my friends are really mad at me and he seemed really upset I like him but I just don't want to be with him anymore what should I do ?- confused lover Tell him your reasons and make it clear for both of you
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lottie_h141
lottie_h141 posted in Style:
thank u!!! acc helps so much. Obvs going to superstars aswell 
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