Summer may be coming to a close, but that’s no excuse to forgo some quality outdoor camping time while the weather’s still warm. And just to ensure you’ve got all the camping gear required, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite items to help keep you in the Great Outdoors.
First we have the Napsack by Poler, which kills two birds with one stone by combining a sleeping bag with a hooded coat, making it so you never have to leave your warm bed. It comes in two colors, hunter orange and standard black, and is well worth $130 smackers.
To keep all your beverages ice cold, check out Poler’s insulated, flexible, soft-sided cooler that can keep a six-pack cold for several hours. It has other uses, as well, including as padding for camera equipment or as a reflector for emergencies. At $25 a pop, there’s no reason not to bring this little multi-purpose gem on your next trip.
If you prefer sleeping under the stars as opposed to within a tent, the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest hammock is roomy enough for two–even if you both weigh 200 pounds. With 13 colors to choose from, the DoubleNest is made of durable, breathable nylon and triple-interlocked stitching, and it can fasten to trees, posts, and pretty much anything you can find. It’s also trek friendly with a built-in stuff sack that packs up small and light. It costs anywhere from $50 to $75, depending on where you purchase it.
If luxury camping is more your thing, consider the Kelty Dream Eazy Air Bed. It’s stretch-resistant and sturdy, as it’s made of puncture-resistant thermoplastic polyurethane. It also includes a rechargeable 6v pump that plugs into a car lighter, and it rolls up neatly in storage bag once you’re awake. Its price tag is about $110.
Patagonia’s Synchilla Snap will keep you warm while you’re camping. The sweater is made of recycled double-layered fleece and comes in both men’s and women’s styles. With so many colors and prints to choose from, it may be hard to walk away with just one, despite its price tag of just under $120.
Finally, you’ll need something to pack all your goodies in, and the North Face Recon Backpack is a great option. It’s endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association and has ample space for all your gear, including your laptop. Its features include mesh pockets, bottle pockets, and FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps that have foam for added comfort. It comes in eight colors and will run you just under $100.