May 7, 2012

Summer Camping Essentials

By Belinda Romano

Summer is just around the corner and the time to get out and explore the outdoors will soon be here. A fun way to enjoy the beauty of nature is by camping, and there's a lot you can bring along on a camping trip, but there are a few essentials you cannot go without. So whether you're roughing it for a weekend with a couple of friends, or going on a week-long back country adventure with the entire family, you'll need the basics. To help you prepare and pack for your next outdoor adventure, we've rounded up these summer camping must-haves for a fun, comfortable and safe experience in the great outdoors.


Big Agnes Big House 6 Tent, $360, available at REI. Not sure which tent you need? Read more about finding the best camping tent for your trip here.

Sleeping Bag & Mat

Ledge Rocky Gap 0 Degree Sleeping Bag, $120, available at Altrec; Thermarest BaseCamp Large, $70, available at Campmor. Recommended Reads: How To Buy The Best Sleeping Bag and Buying Guide For Camping Pads, Mattresses And Cots

LED Lantern

Coleman Twin LED Lantern, $45, available at Walmart .

Hiking Backpack

Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Pack, $179, available at REI. Recommended Read: The Best Backpacks For Travel

Portable GPS

Garmin Montana 650t GPS, $450, available at BeachCamera .

Portable Grill

Coleman PerfectFlow Insta Start Grill Stove, $95, available at Amazon. Recommended Read: Wood vs. Charcoal vs. Propane: Which Camping Grill Should You Buy?


Rubbermaid 5-Day Wheeled Cooler - 50 qt., $55, available at REI. Recommended Read: A Buying Guide For Camping Coolers

Insect Repellent

Sawyer Jungle Juice 100 Pump Spray Insect Repellent, $8, available at REI .

First Aid Kit

Adventure Medical Kits World Travel Kit, $55, available at Amazon. Recommended Read: How To Buy The Best First Aid Kit For Any Occasion

  • Summer Camping Essentials
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag & Mat
  • LED Lantern
  • Hiking Backpack
  • Portable GPS
  • Portable Grill
  • Cooler
  • Insect Repellent
  • First Aid Kit
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