When one pictures the modern gentleman, the image is usually that of a suited, clean, groomed man quietly enjoying a cocktail. There may be some leather, some mahogany, maybe a companion. But most important for the purposes of this story, he’s inside.
It can be tough to maintain a gentlemanly pose when camping. But we’re here to tell you it’s possible.
With the right gear, you’ll not only survive the night outdoors, but you’ll do so in style. What is the right gear, you ask? See below.
1. Nau Tripoly Jacket ($139)
Two of the most important things when camping are staying dry and keeping warm. A wet, cold man is just no good. The Nau Tripoly jacket is waterproof, features multiple pockets on both the inside and outside, has a detachable hood and just looks good. Nau.com, $268
2. Fjällräven Kaipak 38 ($199)
Camping means lugging tons of gear. You’ll want to do so in as efficient and stylish a manner as possible, and that’s where the Fjällräven Kaipak 38 comes in. As hinted by its name, this pack stores 38 liters of gear—that’s a lot. It’s also super comfortable with compression straps and a hip belt. Plus it looks pretty damn cool.
3. Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair ($70)
It may not be aged leather or mahogany, but the Therm-a-Rest Treo chair provides a comfy resting pad for your hiked-out self after a day of hiking and other outdoor activities. Even better, it’s super lightweight (2 lbs, 6 oz) and packs into itself to form a diminutive and backpack-friendly 10-inch tube.
4. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper sleeping pad ($120–$150)
Don’t let anyone tell you that sleeping right on the ground is awesome. It may sound manly, but it’s a rock-poking, back-aching exercise leading to a bad morning. The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir sleeping pad inflates in seconds, will resist punctures (it’s made of 75-denier polyester), and is more generous in width than most other pads. Trust us on this: Don’t skimp on the sleeping pad.
5. Vapur Incognito Flask ($7)
A gentleman should always be ready to offer a drink, but camping can make doing so a bit of a challenge. Enter the Vapur Incognito Flask, a pocketable, flexible flask that stands when full and, most importantly, can be filled with your favorite whisky. It’s only $6.99 and comes with a pourer to make booze transfers easy.
6. Outdoor Research Astroman Shir ($42.50)
Looking good while running around in the woods or desert usually means looking something like a mix between a lumberjack and a college student who just discovered the Grateful Dead (not that there’s anything inherently wrong with either). The Outdoor Research Astroman shirt appears at first glance to be just another decent short-sleeve plaid number. But hidden in the threads of this shirt is UPF 50+ protection from the sun along with a stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric. The collar even snaps up for additional protection.
7. Outdoor Research Goldrush Jeans ($99)
You’re not about to ruin your good jeans on a camping trip, are you? No, of course not. Instead, these Goldrush jeans combine good-looking denim with stretch and durability. They’re colored right, fit right, feel right, and are priced right for a weekend of camping.
8. Avex Brazos Autoseal Stainless water bottles ($37)
As coach said in high school and as Made Man says today, no matter what you do in the great outdoors, stay hydrated. Sure, you could litter the world with dozens of disposable water bottles, but with one of these Avex water bottles, your hydration will remain cool, germ-free, and sealed in a bulletproof container. Pick from tons of options, but we loved the camo design because, well, camo.
9. Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Set ($88)
There will be fire. There will be roasted things. But you’re not just any camper. Ask any chef and he or she will tell you that their most important tool is a good knife. The Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Set includes super-sharp knives that can be used for everything from cleaning a fish to prepping a meal to—most importantly—slicing up garnishes for some campfire cocktails.
10. Biolite CampStove ($129)
Let’s be honest—there are two things you will never give up, even when camping. Those two things are: hot coffee and smartphones. With the BioLite campstove, you use simple kindling from your campsite to heat up a convection-like jet stove that naturally spins a generator to power a USB port that—you guessed it—charges your smartphone (or other USB device) and can also heat up water for coffee, cook some eggs, whatever. It’s remarkably easy to use and packs small.