When I saw the Dean Ready-2-Go Backpack Bundle being demonstrated at an outdoors gear show, I knew I had to have it. Like so many things we like to feature at Girl Camper, this is one of those, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?” items. The Dean backpack weighs just 3.6 pounds alone; with its included 25 standard items, it’s just 16 pounds. As is, you could simply add some food and clothes (there is space for them) and just walk out the door for a weekend camping adventure with everything else you need, from a sleeping bag to a tent.

Near Zero, an outdoor gear brand based in Arizona, aims to make all its products as lightweight as possible (near to zero), but what sets its Dean bundle backpack apart is its unique labeled storage system which makes being organized a breeze. Everything included in the bundle is high quality and tested for endurance. There’s even an included rain cover. You can also customize the backpack to suit your own needs. From novice tent campers to experts, this pack is so handy, you’ll want to head out as soon as you get it. And costing around $900, it’s a great deal. Buying all the items in the pack would be far pricier, not to mention, more time-consuming.

Inside the Dean Backpack Bundle


  • Backpack
  • Two-person tent
  • Down sleeping bag
  • Insulated sleeping pad
  • Pillow
  • Headlamp
  • Footprint tarp
  • Rain poncho
  • Hydration bladder
  • First aid kit
  • Titanium trowel
  • Stove
  • Kettle
  • Fuel
  • Mug
  • Titanium spork
  • Fire-starting kit
  • Hygiene kit
  • Compass
  • Chair/stool
  • 32oz water bottle
  • Paracord (50 ft)
  • Knife
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen

This article, written by Kim Foley MacKinnon, first appeared in the Summer 24 issue of Girl Camper Magazine.

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