Countless studies name nature as one of the best ways to bring down your stress and pick up your mood. Plus, spending time outside means seeing awe-inspiring sights and hiking some of the prettiest paths in the world.
So this summer (and fall!), we suggest you hit the trails for a sojourn amongst the trees. And to make your time in the wild feel like home, we found the best must-get camping gear. From your tent to your hiking shoes, here’s what you need to survive and thrive in the woods.
13 Cool Finds for Your Next Camping Adventure
1. Affordable Sleep Set
Score a three-for-one deal with the REI Co-Op Camp Bundle, which will make your nights much more comfy. The pack includes a two-person tent (complete with several mesh pockets for organization, a rain cover and waterproof flooring), a self-inflating sleeping pad and a sleeping bag. Your cozy lodging awaits. ($239, rei.com)
2. Extra Leg Room
If you’re heading into nature with a few friends, you’ll want some roomier shelter. Enter The North Face Homestead Domey 3 tent. The waterproof, single-wall tent has three different doors, so you don’t have to worry about crawling over your sleep mates in the middle of the night. It also comes stored in a duffle, offers an easy set-up and has a skylight for stargazing before you shut your eyes. ($250, thenorthface.com)
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3. Two’s Company
The Big Agnes King Solomon 15 double sleeping bag is worth the hefty price if you’re looking for a good night’s rest — that feels just like home. With a fill made of DownTek water-repelling down and a microfiber soft shell, this two-person sleeper keeps you snuggly and dry. It also has a draped design that wraps around your shoulders, as well as sleep-pad sleeves for a soft cushion. Talk about the perfect place to cuddle. ($400, bigagnes.com; sleep pads sold separately, $20, bigagnes.com)
4. H2O to Go
Hiking mountains and setting up camp requires lots of water to keep you going — especially in hot temperatures. Thankfully, the L.L. Bean Woman’s Day Trekker Day Pack has you covered. With a pouch to story a bladder sleeve (sold separately), two water bottle pockets on the sides, and a design that’s made for women’s bodies, you can easily sip and walk simultaneously. The Boa closure system (plus numerous zip closures) also keeps belongings extra secure if you’re climbing up rocks. Plus, the thick padding on your back and around your hips means you can trek for miles. ($129, llbean.com)
5. Carry-All Cooler
What’s a weekend in the woods without some cold ones? Tote a bunch of your favorite brews with the Dakine Party Pack. You can stash up to 15 cans in a separate, insulated compartment on the bottom, which has a convenient side zipped pocket. (Nope, you don’t even have to take the pack off when you get thirsty!) It also has two insulated koozies on the front, a bottle opener, two straps to hold a blanket or sweatshirt and a fleece-lined pocket to protect your phone or glasses. ($70, dakine.com)
6. Under Cover
If you’re camping in colder temps (like at the top of a mountain), you’ll want a little something extra to snuggle up to. The Cotopaxi Kusa Blanket is the ideal way to stay warm, since it’s super lightweight (weighing less than a pound) and comes in a convenient portable sack. The poly insulation and nylon cover also keeps you cozy, but never overheated. ($90, Cotopaxi.com)
7. Sight and Sound
The oh-so-durable ECOXGEAR EcoSlate wireless speaker brings more than just 12 hours of your go-to pump-up jams. It also has a wide-beam built-in lantern, and you can hang it in your tent when the sun goes down so you’ll still see what you’re doing. It also has backlit buttons and ports for recharging your devices. What’s more: The quality sound machine is waterproof, can float and won’t break if you drop it on the gravel below. Basically, it’s the camping gadget you won’t ever want to leave home without. ($150, ecoxgear.com)
8. Oh So Bright
With six hours of battery life and a shock- and shatter-proof casing, the Ledlenser L7 flashlight will increase your visibility in any condition. You can also easily switch from a more focused beam of light to see long distance, or a wider cast to see close up. Either way, it keeps things shiny and bright. ($40, ledlenserusa.com)
9. Master Chef
Whip up a quick meal with the Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium. The metal won’t corrode or make your food taste metallic, yet it’s light enough to carry wherever you go. Pop a fuel canister (sold separately) in the bottom and the accompanying frying pan goes on top. Light the fire and you can cook up eggs, meat or whatever you’re craving that day in a flash. ($53, snowpeak.com)
10. Take-Anywhere Stove
For those camping on the beach or anyplace without a fire pit, pick up the Primus Kamoto Openfire Pit. The stainless steel stove comes with a grill gate and an ashtray on the bottom to catch any debris. Use it with wood or charcoal to roast hot dogs, burgers, pizza — or some tasty s’mores. ($130, primus.us)
11. Feet First
While you’ll want some lightweight clothes to scale the mountains, the most important gear for trekking new terrain is what’s on your feet. And the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator hiking shoes isn’t dubbed the Mother Of All Boots for nothing. It offers support for your arch and heel (where you’ll also get more stability and shock absorbance), a super grippy outsole that’ll stop you from falling, plus breathable, mesh paneling for when temps pick up and your toes need some air. ($100, merrell.com)
12. All-Day Lounger
The Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock’s best attribute is all in the name: It weighs just over five ounces. When you reach your base for the night and just want to kick back and relax, this is the perfect way to do so. The nylon fabric won’t take up much room (or weight) in your bag, but it’ll still hold up to 300 pounds when secured with the aluminum buckles. ($90, rei.com)
You don’t need to skip your morning cup of Joe while away in the woods. With the collapsible Sea to Summit X-Brew Coffee Dripper, you can easily prepare two cups of piping hot coffee. Even better: No paper filter is necessary, thanks to the reusable stainless steel mesh. Simply add hot water, let it drip and get sipping. You can even attach it to a wide-mouth water bottle to slurp on the go. ($18, rei.com)
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