Thinking about going on a camping trip? We feel you; it’s a fun way to spend a weekend–under the stars, one with nature, all that good stuff. But, you’ve got to be prepared, or else you’ll end up soaking wet, freezing in the woods with just some frozen hot dogs. You don’t want that. And we don’t want that for you. So, we’ve collected some cool gear for you to bring on your next camping trip.
Onja Stove (Primus, $140): Grill up those frozen hot dogs on this two-burner stove. It’s compact and easy to carry, so swing it over your shoulder when you’re going into the woods or just to the park for a picnic. Also, the oak top doubles as a cutting board or a plate to serve food on, which is pretty cool.
Evergrn Cold One Bottle (REI, $25): If you want your coffee hot and your beer cold (who wants cold coffee and warm beer?!) this bottle can do both. It might be magic, we’re not sure, but somehow the insulated bottle keeps a drink cold for up to 24 hours or hot up to 12 hours. Good stuff.
Keen Men’s Saltzman WP (KEEN, $130): These shoes are great for camping because they’re ready for anything. Made in a waterproof mesh they’ll protect your feet from rain and will dry quickly, plus keep your feet cool on hot summer days. The shoes also have both a springy midsole and a high-traction outsole that add cushioning for your hikes.
Master Vest (Konus, $210): This vest is awesome because it’s lined with fleece and so it’ll keep you extra warm once the sun sets in the woods. Also, if you really do lose 90 percent of your body warmth through your head, this vest is perfect—it has a hood!
MSR Windburner Stove System (MSR Gear, $130-$150): This tiny stove is great if you’re adventuring into the backcountry or just going on a weekend camping trip. It features an enclosed windproof design that allows the stove to boil water quicker and still work in crazy weather conditions. The all-in-one system can be stored easily within its pot for easy packing.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Max SV, (Therm-a-Rest, $160): If you’re all about comfort, this inflatable mattress is what you need for your adventure. The specially designed valve makes the mattress insanely easy to inflate and just as easy to deflate, so you can set up and pack up camp without a hassle. It’s a fast way to feel at home in the backcountry.
SealLine Blocker & BlockerLite Dry Sacks (SealLine, $16-$27): These sacks are great for packing and ease. They’ve got it all—they’re lightweight, which make them easy to carry, strong, waterproof and block-shaped to maximize packing efficiency.
PackTowl Nano (PackTowel, $10): This ultra-compact, quick-drying towel is super versatile—it’s perfect for drying faces and hands, wiping off glasses and can also be worn as a headband to keep the sweat out of your eyes. It fits in your pocket or can be clipped to your backpack for easy use.
Mountainsmith Cooler Tube (Mountainsmith, $22): Want to carry a pack of beers with you while you hike to enjoy on a mountaintop? Who doesn’t? This cooler tube is a six-pack that you can wear. Just sling it over your shoulder and enjoy a cold one.
Life Straw Go (Life Straw, $30): A water bottle and a filtration device in one, this is a necessity for camping. It’ll keep you hydrated at all times. You can now just stop at a river, stream or even a puddle to and fill up the bottle and sip filtered water through the mouthpiece. Also, for each life straw you buy, one school child in a developing community gets safe drinking water for an entire school year, which is awesome.
Scout Mosquito Repeller Camp Lantern (Thermacell, $40): The classic camping problem—you want to turn on your light at night but also don’t want to be swarmed by mosquitos. Problem solved. Look no further than this cool lantern that also repels pesky mosquitos, black flies and other annoying insects.
TN4 Tent (Kelty, $380): This tent is light to carry and sets up easily. It’s also pretty awesome because it has a zip down feature on the top so you can see the stars while you fall asleep. The tent boasts two doors, two vestibules, a vestibule window and a vent with plenty of space for all your essentials!
Merinolux Go Everywhere 1/4-Zip (Royal Robbins, $65): A durable ¼-zip wool shirt with temperature regulation—what could be more fitting for camping? We suppose if it were also moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant with UPF 50+ protection. Oh wait, it is.
VT Hoody (Ibex, $135): This knit jersey hoody is an all-year-long layering option thanks to its Merino wool function, which keeps you cooler in hot, sticky weather and warmer when it gets cold and wet outside. It's also naturally odor-resistant and doesn't hold a flame in case you get too close to the campfire.
Ferrosi Pants (Outdoor Research, $79): They're lightweight but rugged, wind-resistant but highly breathable, and offer ample stretch so you can take them rock-climbing, hiking and pretty anything you've got planned to do outside.
Drift 20 Semi Rec Sleeping Bag (Brooks-Range, $590): Filled with DownTek down, this bag will keep you toasty in temps down to 20 degrees—plus the Halo Neck Collar traps heat. It also boasts a second zipper around the footbox, which allows it to be fully unzipped to lay flat in case you get too warm.
RinseKit (RinseKit, $89): This tub holds two gallons of water but weighs just 24 pounds when full so you can lug it anywhere. It'll retain water pressure for a month and offers up to three minutes of spray time, so you can take a very quick shower or spray down dirty camp dishes.