Camping trips are always a fun idea, whether it’s with family or friends. Enjoying the outdoors, sitting by the fire, pretending you like s’mores (OK, maybe that’s just me) and having good conversations make for a perfect summer activity. Whether you’re staying in a tent, RV or small cabin, you’ll need some essentials to keep you prepared and comfortable for the night.
Cabela’s Alaskan Guide Model Geodesic 6-Person Tent
You’ll need a tent that’s as comfy as possible — the bigger, the better. This UV-resistant option from Cabela’s can sleep up to six people, and it was field tested in Alaska to withstand all four seasons. The setup will be worth the work because you’ll be able to sleep comfortably in any unexpected weather.
Your sleeping bag is just as crucial as your tent, since it provides cover on chilly summer nights. The better your sleeping bag is, the warmer you’ll be. This Moosejaw option feels like you’re sleeping in a cushy winter coat with plenty of insulation to keep the cold air out at night.
Therm-A-Rest Trail Scout Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
If you’re looking for extra comfort throughout the night, you should consider a sleeping pad. They go under your sleeping bag to provide a cushioned surface that will have you sound asleep in no time. Another huge plus is that it’s lightweight, making it easy to hike up to your camping spot with it in your backpack.
Sit by the fire with these easy-to-set-up lawn chairs. They have convenient cupholders for your drinks and a phone holder so your device doesn’t slip out of your pocket while you’re enjoying the smell of the bonfire. The chairs are more affordable than many others, so it may be worth investing in a few for your family and friends.
Cooking while camping can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be, but we’re going to choose the easy option. Just bring along a small propane tank to set up this stove anywhere you want and make anything you want on its two burners. You’ll instantly become a “Top Chef” winner to your family and friends when they wake up to the smell of bacon and eggs outside their tent.
Provide some light in the pitch-black night with a 360-degree lantern that lights plenty of area. You’ll especially appreciate it when you wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. These lanterns also have great battery life, so it should last your entire trip.
Store all your food and drinks in a cooler that won’t spoil in the summer heat. RTIC’s coolers provide hours of temperature protection thanks to their thick insulation. They’re also surprisingly lightweight for the amount they can hold!