Camp Essentials

A few things that a great for backpacking, car-camping, RV camping, or whatever it's called when folks set up so much equipment that it only be called a "compound" rather than a campsite.

Rambler 20oz Tumbler With Magslider Lid

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Taylor Squires

Like to burn your tongue on scalding hot coffee after several hours of it ‘cooling’? This is the perfect tumbler for you!

The 20oz Yeti tumbler keeps your drinks hot, even when you are in sub zero temps. The lid stays on tight, but it’s not one of those fancy types that’s impossible to clean. Simple design, yet very effective. Works for cold drinks too!

$

29.99

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Yosemite National Park Gaiter

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Detailed map of Yosemite on a gaiter. Incredibly helpful if you get lost...in Yosemite. Is that a lake, or a sweat stain?

$

15

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Coleman Camp Chair

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Look, it's nothing fancy but it's hard to beat it for car camping. Comfortable, durable, cheap.

Look, it's nothing fancy but it's hard to beat it for car camping. Comfortable, durable, cheap.

$

34.99

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GSI Outdoors Pioneer Mug

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It's a $5 camp mug that will last you a lifetime. You don't *really* need all titanium cookware. Just get in better shape.

$

4.95

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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Tent

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Year after year, this tent remains a favorite of backpackers everywhere.

This lightweight (only 3lb 4oz packed) tent from Big Agnes remains a favorite of *many* backpackers year after year. Between the simple setup, durable materials and roomy design, you can't ask for much more. It's a great 2-person, 3-season tent. I have no jokes.

$

449.95

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YETI TrailHead Camp Chair

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Why spend $100 (or less) on a perfectly serviceable camp chair when you could spend $300?

With four legs, armrests, and a cup holder, this chair might look a lot like other camp chairs, but you'd be wrong. It'll also support the weight of a full-grown grizzly bear and withstand the blast of a small thermonuclear device. Hence the $300 price tag.

$

299.99

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Therm-a-Rest Vesper Quilt: 32 Degree Down

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Awesome option for the summer months when paired with a pad. Or as *another* layer for winter camping.

Awesome option for the summer months when paired with a pad. Or as *another* layer for winter camping. I put it to the test on a few river trips, summer camping, and in the desert (before it got cold). It packs down to almost nothing, and still has the warmth for most conditions in the summer. I paired it with the NeoAir Uberlite.

$

319.95

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Thermarest NeoAir Uberlite

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For those who like to go light and fast, this pad weighs almost nothing and takes up less room than a Nalgene.

$

194.95

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MSR TrailShot Microfilter

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Filter your water while working on your grip strength.

Filter your water while working on your grip strength. The filter weighs in at only 5.2 oz, and takes up hardly any room in my running vest or backpack. I'll have to grant that the squeezing can get tiring after a while -- but I think I would only bring this when I don't need to filter large quantities.

$

49.95

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Cocoon Camp Pillow

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Stop piling extra clothes to create a "pillow" in your sleeping bag. I used to do it too. It's not worth it. Spend the $30. You'll thank me later.

You've probably spent years using jackets and extra clothes to create a "pillow" while camping. After all, pillows are an unnecessary luxury. I couldn't have been more wrong. Splurge on this $30 inflatable pillow and you'll thank me later. It weighs practically nothing and doesn't take up much room -- but your sleep quality will be massively improved. Really. Do it.

$

28.95

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Jetboil Flash

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Boil water in 100 seconds

Compact, lightweight, fuel-efficient, and really good at getting water really hot, really fast.

$

99.95

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MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Lantern

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A great light to always have in the car or take backpacking. Please don't use as a flotation device.

These little lights are a delight. They take up almost no room, don't weigh anything, and are great to have around whether you're doing a dinner in your backyard, car camping, or on a backpacking trip. At 300 lumens, they're quite bright and easy to use.

$

19.95

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Garmin InReach Mini

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This is more of a stocking stuffer for its size, not the price. What a cute little life-saving talk to anyone from anywhere device.

$

349.99

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Alpine Start Original Blend Medium Roast Instant Coffee

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Instant coffee that tastes dang good.

I don't really have a ton to say about this one. There are a lot of instant coffees that taste bad. This one is good. It has been a lifesaver on many a backpacking trip.

$

8.99

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Good To-Go Mexican Quinoa Bowl

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In a sea of mediocre backpacking meals, Good-to-Go's mexican quinoa bowl stands alone.

In a sea of mediocre backpacking meals, Good-to-Go's mexican quinoa bowl stands alone. Perhaps you've experienced the disappointment of less superior products. You arrive to camp after a long day on the trail, with only the prospect of an unexceptional, bland (or judiciously over-spiced), freeze-dried *something* to look forward to. Instead, treat your taste buds to the notes of mole, perfectly balanced spice, and an ingredient list you can actually understand. Bon appetite.

$

12.95

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