The weather is warm and the trails are inviting. It’s camping season, high time to strike out for a few days of life in nature, but first you have to gear up. Use this guide to pick the best new (and some classic) essentials for your next excursion. 

REI Kimtah Jacket

Light and strong, the REI Kimtah jacket keeps the elements at bay without packing too much bulk. The wind and waterproof nylon shell is built to take a beating, while eVent technology lets the sweat out to keep you breathing easy. $239, rei.com

Osprey Atmos 65 Pack

It’s never easy going when you’re hauling a pack full of gear, but the Atmos 65 features lightweight materials and a sturdy alloy frame to help offset some of the strain you’re bound to feel on a daylong trek. The full-adjustable torso lets you customize the pack to your height, and there’s plenty of space for all your belongings with over 65 liters of capacity in the main compartment. $239, osprey.com

Exotac Nano Striker

An updated version of the traditional flint and tinder, the Exotac Nano Striker features a tungsten carbide insert for efficient spark production and a grooved handle to maximize control. It boasts over 1000 strikes for each replaceable ferrocerium rod, so you won’t be lacking for fire out on the trail. $27, exotac.com

Primus ETA Packlite Stove

Boil your beans and oats in style with Primus’ collapsible Packlite stove. The 1.2-liter pot is ideal for smaller parties, and a built-in windscreen keeps the flames alive while you cook. When you’re done, the whole thing packs up into the pot again for easy transport. $129, primuscamping.com

Therm-a-Rest Jembe Seat and NeoAir XLite Mattress

Tired of squatting on rocks and logs? Then pack in a Jembe Seat, Therm-a-Rest’s compact inflatable arse-perch. With a reinforced fabric bottom, you can set it down just about anywhere without fear of the thing tearing, making any campfire instantly more enjoyable. When it’s time to call it a night, roll out the NeoAir XLite Mattress and hunker down.
Jembe: $40, cascadedesigns.com; X-lite: $180, cascadedesigns.com

REI Igneo Sleeping Bag

Ride out those cold backcountry nights in comfort with the Igneo’s 800-fill-power goose down and waterproof shell. The tapered shape is designed to reduce weight while maximizing insulation where it matters, and additional features like an external chest pocket and face muffler only sweeten the deal. $329-$339, www.rei.com

SylvanSport GO

It’s a tent, it’s a trailer, it’s a camper, it’s… pretty much anything you could want it to be, short of an off-road vehicle (but you can haul it off road). The SylvanSport go is probably the smartest, most versatile travel trailer on the market, and at only 840 pounds you can pull it with just about any vehicle, be it a Suburban or an ATV. Pictures really don’t do it justice, so take a look at this video to see the GO’s full range of abilities. $7,995, sylvansport.com

Patagonia Hog Tie Boot

Hiking boots are all good and fine, but when you need to transition between trail and street the Hog Tie offers a discrete style that’ll fit in just about anywhere. Featuring full-grain leather uppers, pigskin leather panels and an injection-molded arch, these things make for some seriously durable footwear. $130, patagonia.com

Woodman’s Pal Machete Sure, a 17-inch machete might seem a little over the top for your standard weekend camping trip, but you’re not going on a standard weekend camping trip, are you? No. You’re going on an adventure, and every adventurer needs a good piece of steel at his side. $75, www.woodandmetal.com

Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool

For tasks that require a little more finesse than a machete might offer, turn to the Rebar Multi-Tool. Blades, openers, screwdrivers and the rest of the essentials make it an indispensible gadget for any trip, all packed into a sturdy stainless steel body that looks sleek in either oxide black or a basic raw finish. $60, leatherman.com

Survival Straps Wide Survival Bracelet

In any given situation, it never hurts to be packing 23 feet of high-weight military paracord. Slap one of these on your wrist and you’re that much closer to being prepared for anything. $28, survivalstraps.com

Stanley Adventure Multi-Use Bottle

Stanley calls this bottle “the MacGyver of hydration,” and for good reason. No, it can’t build a raft out of paper plates and toothpicks, but it does open multiple ways—including a quick drink spout and a canteen pouring lip—and the bottom half screws off to turn into a 24-ounce open drinking cup. $12, shopstanley-pmi.com