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Essentials: Arid

Associated with untouched expressionism and centuries-old mysticism, the deserts of North America — if nothing else — represent the final frontier of man’s insatiable desire for development. Often times, with a little effort and the right vehicle, you can find yourself truly alone in the wilderness, surrounded by nothing but warm dry air and shifting rock formations as the unrelenting sun dances across the sky from dawn to dusk.

It’s here where the quintessential desert camping excursion comes into play, as long as you come prepared. That means, layers of outerwear for those drastically chilly evenings and warm days, a pair of boots that won’t let you down, protective eyewear, and — why not — a flask to keep yourself reminded that this is indeed a vacation from reality. Keep in mind these are just the basics, dare we say essentials, for personal comfort. Shelter and cookware can come later. For now, it’s all about your on-person well being.

Iron & Resin Tradesman Pant

At first glance, the Tradesman Pant somewhat resembles the classic chino. However, that’s where the similarities end. For each USA-made pair is built from breathable cotton and selvedge twill for an almost denim-like rugged durability. Needless to say, they are right at home in the backcountry while doing a fine job of looking the part for a night on the town.

Purchase: $180

Iron & Resin Marksmen Beanie

An easy addition, this USA-made Marksmen Beanie is a folded cold weather classic. Each beanie is 100 percent acrylic and sure as hell won’t steer you wrong this winter. No matter what.

Purchase: $24

Iron & Resin Anchor Piston Belt Loop Keychain

Falling asleep by the campfire is no crime. Losing your keys on the other hand… That’s where the Anchor Piston Belt Loop Keychain come in handy. Each reliable piece is built right here in the USA from stainless steel for longevity and comes equipped with hand-stamped leather clasp. No argument here.

Purchase: $30

Iron & Resin Del Sol Blanket

Boasting some bold Southwestern colors and measuring in ta 5×6’ the Del Sol Blanket is a more-than-suitable camping blanket for dry desert climates. Each handsome blanket is made from a thick cotton and acrylic blend and can even function perfectly as a wall hanging piece when you’re not busy roaming the backcountry.

Purchase: $45

Iron & Resin No Cure Flask

“What whiskey will not cure there is no cure for.” Frankly, no truer words have been spoken. There is also no better way to spend a weekend off the grid than with this trusty flask by your side and at the ready to cure whatever ailments you may encounter. Just don’t forget the water.

Purchase: $65

Iron & Resin Sequoia Fleece

For those chillier evenings, Iron & Resin’s Sequoia Fleece is one fine cocoon of warmth. That’s because this cotton/rayon/French Terry blended jacket is both soft and comfortable beyond belief. Made here in the USA, the zip-up hoodie also hosts a YKK zipper front entry, kangaroo hand pockets, and cover-stitched seams for added durability.

Purchase: $120

Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck Sunglasses

Here’s a simple must-have. A pair of sunglasses. Because nothing spells misery in the desert like 12 hours of blinding sun. Instead, pick up this stylish and durable pair of Gregory Peck sunnies from Oliver Peoples. Need we say more?

Purchase: $185

Iron & Resin Rambler Vest

Made right here in the USA, the highly versatile Rambler Vest is made from heavy-duty 10oz Martexin waxed canvas that’ll handle rugged and unforgiving environments for years on end. Each cut also hosts a corduroy collar, interior cuff, under pocket flap, side welt hand pockets, and a zippered front closure for good measure.

Purchase: $200

Benchmade 940K Osbourne Knife

As you may have guessed, this USA-made pocket knife was designed by master knife-maker Warren Osborne and is highly touted as one of the greatest EDC blades ever built. We’re referencing, of course, the 3.4” CPM-S30V reverse tanto black-coated blade that falls in conjunction with an anodized aluminum handle, AXIS locking mechanism, and reversible tip-up pocket clip.

Purchase: $200

Danner Ridge Boot

Nothing says outdoor prowess like a pair of American-made boots. Luckily, Danner has this craft down pat. Case-in-point, the Danner Ridge Boot built with a full-grain leather and waxed canvas upper, 100 percent waterproof GORE-TEX liners, a Vibram outsole, and handcrafted stitch-down construction. Can’t go wrong here.

Purchase: $360