Camping has evolved far beyond the traditional tent and campfire
scenario you envision in your head. There are so many unique
camping styles, both in terms of places to go and ways to camp,
that camping gear has become ultra-specific. Styles range anywhere
from backcountry minimalist to high-end glamping, but with all
preference aside camping still offers a lifetime of memories for
families, friends and loved ones! Read on to learn about the gear
that will benefit each type of camper.
The goal is to hike off the grid, bringing only what is
Our Advice for Blending In
Lighter and quicker to assemble, hammocks can hang anywhere
between two trees. You'll never have to worry about finding dry or
flat ground, and being elevated can lead to a better night's sleep.
Laying on your back with your head raised increases blood
circulation and allows for unobstructed breathing, while being off
the ground eliminates annoying pressure points. Rather than lug
around a tent, sleeping bag, AND pad, a hammock is lightweight and
Cook your meals with
The tiny Westwind Stove from Liberty Mountain is
unbelievably quick to assemble and easy to carry. Weighing in at
only 4 ounces, you won't even feel it in your pack. It runs on
rubbing alcohol, which takes up less space than the tanks of gas
that most camp stoves need. This stove will help you save space,
time and weight in your pack!
instantly! Instead of worrying about carrying enough
water, just refill and filter from any stream or lake you pass. The
new Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System purifies water instantly so
you can drink right through the filter. The device can easily slip
into your pocket, weighing in at 2 ounces.
Take notice of the color of
your tent! If you're camping on the fly, blending
into the surrounding environment will help you hide from any
unwanted visitors. The North Face Tadpole 2-person tent has neutral
coloring and low profile, maintaining a reduced footprint and lower
height. It's quick and easy to disassembly and packs down to under
Looking to do it all, they're packing all the equipment
to enjoy hiking, biking, and cooking over the
Our Advice for Staying
Stick to the campgrounds and
go car camping!
Having your car with you is more than convenient-it allows you to
pack all the essentials and more! Most campgrounds let you pull
your car right up to the campsite, so coolers, bikes, and blankets
are easy to reach. Don't be afraid to over-pack!
Take advantage of your roof
Loading the big stuff such as bikes and boards onto your roof
frees up valuable space in your trunk. A THULE Box holds anything
from duffels to frisbees for even more room inside. Another
advantage to racks is that they keep dirt from getting into your
car when it's time to pack up and go home, as dirty equipment like
bikes can go on the roof.
Never run out of
Don't waste power from your car battery to charge your
devices--use the Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro! This little device has
a USB port to charge your phone and other devices; it also triples
as a flashlight AND a portable speaker! Coming in bright colors
it's easy to spot, so it won't get lost!
Bring all your food and more!
No one wants to leave the campsite for more food, and
strategically packing food and drinks together to stay cold can be
tough! The Tundra 75 by YETI is enormous and has space for all the
meals and beverages you'll need on your trip. If you throw a few
frozen YETI Ice packs into your YETI Tundra, your food and drinks
will stay cold for days--that's right, days.
Camping in comfort, with the whole family in
Our Advice for Staying
Take advantage of new
Camping has come a long way in terms of gear and
technology; our advice is to take advantage of it! There is no need
to rough it anymore; it is easy to make the outdoors feel like home
for an extended period of time. From showers to fridges and even a
kitchen sink, you can live in luxury deep in the woods.
Laundry and dishes can stay
The Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink is great for washing dishes, but
that's not all you can do with it. This pop-up container is perfect
for hand-washing clothes, a quick way to carry water back to your
campsite, and it makes an excellent dog bowl! It's easily
collapsible when empty, and a stiffening ring prevents the bowl
from tipping over when full.
Rinse off after a hot
If you're going to be camping for more than a couple of days, you
are going to need a way to stay clean. Some camp showers need to be
hung and offer very minimal pressure, but the Helio Pressure Shower
from NEMO is actually a tank that sits on the ground, with a
handheld hose that offers fantastic pressure. It's not only ideal
for showering, but also for rinsing off your gear, your dog, or
anything that gets dirty!