You’ll hear it over and over: There’s nothing like summer in Seattle. Its magic is in its brevity — a few fleeting weeks of blue skies and low-80s, sun sparkling on the many bodies of water and dappling through the trees. It has inspired us to write and publish many stories about how to make the most of your time outdoors, from home to lake to campsite (and back again).

So, just like a well-ordered camping kit, they’re all in one place for easy access when you’re ready to get up and go. Just remember to pack the sunscreen and extra snacks. You wouldn’t want to have to come inside early.

The chef at a popular glamping resort offers tips and inspiration for your next camping feast.

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From cushy dog beds to heavy-duty cast-iron pans, when you car camp you can really deck out your site. Here's how to add even more comfort and fun to your next outdoor adventure.

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Balancing comfort and weight on a hike-in camping trip is an art, but these finds might be worth a coveted place in your pack.

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Ward off the sun's rays and get a UV-free glow with these tips for sunscreen and self-tanning on the go.

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The ocean is gorgeous, but to have a fun and relaxing time on our wild and windy coast, you need to pack right.

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Pulling together an outdoor movie setup has gotten easier, but there are some key tips for getting the right system.

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Summer weather exposes us in all our glory. Here’s how to prep your skin before you show it off.

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The FDA is taking a closer look at the safety of some common sunscreen ingredients, so what should you use to protect your skin?

cocktails

Take advantage of the long days and warm nights to revel in cocktail hour outdoors.

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The trusty Tevas in your closet are now considered chic by tastemakers around the globe.

The curated collection includes Patagonia products that are Fair Trade certified, made with recycled materials, or used and repaired.

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Prepare a beach kit now so you can make a dash for the sand whenever the mood strikes.

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How to take care of your cast-iron cookware and make it last forever.

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Top camping-chair picks for bigger bodies, couples, car campers, ounce-counters, stargazers and more.

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Deck out your yard with fun finds that will inspire the whole family to stay outside and play.

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Empowering and entertaining, this camping and hiking handbook is aimed at a younger audience.

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A few well-chosen items makes for happy campers, big and small.

Clothes and accessories that are durable enough for the woods and stylish enough for the city.

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Recent innovations in high-tech clothing can help you look — and smell — your freshest all summer long.

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Don't hit the road for Memorial Day weekend or summer road trips without making these important checks.

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Edmunds highlights five of the best drop-tops to help make the most of a sunny day on the open road.

Swimwear that has you covered — fully and securely — so you can enjoy water fun without self-consciousness.

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Whether you love retro, trendy, subtle or "fun dad," there's a great pair of swim trunks for you.

A local nature-lover caught an endangered animal on his trail camera; he explains how to get in on the addictive and rewarding hobby.

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Think about cost, brands, battery life and more when picking out the right trail camera for your needs.

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Apply Marie Kondo's organizing methods to your camping gear and you'll be able to get out of town at a moment’s notice.

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Need to drink a mainstream domestic beer for some reason? These are your best bets.

Feeling stressed? A 20-minute “nature pill” might make you feel better, according to a new study.  (Getty Images)

Taking a "nature pill" — spending time sitting or walking in nature — was found to decrease stress hormones in men and women.

Epic water balloons, far-flying footballs and updated bow-and-arrow sets lead this list of top new toys for spring.

Don't let a missing corkscrew or wilted lettuce ruin your picnic. Here's how to plan an alfresco meal that's actually fun and relaxing.

Be ready to picnic on the next warm day with with locally designed, insulated cooler bag.

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