8 Camping Essentials For, Uh, Camping

Want to stay warm, fed, and armed on the chance you tussle with the chupacabra? Then don’t forget these items when you brave the great outdoors.

By Indy Drake

sleeping pad camping essentials
Exped — SYNMAT 12 LXW ($200)


Providing for both comfort and warmth, the SynMat 12’s generous size allows you to spread your limbs and it’s thickness ensures that you won’t feel the cold, uneven ground beneath you. At a lightweight 3 lbs., this mat includes a Schnozzel Pumpbag for easy inflation and the slip proof surface will help keep your sleeping bag in place. This mat is so plush that it might end up in someone else’s tent when you’re not watching.

shelter the cave camping essentials

Heimplanet — The Cave ($670)


It may be a bit on the lazy side but it’s lazy luxury. In less than a minute, the five, double-layer, modular beams inflate the air-frame structure into the aptly named, Cave Tent. Waterproof and durable materials – including a built in mosquito net -ensure that you stay dry and nibble free. The Cave Tent’s rounded floor construction is roomy enough to comfortably sleep up to three people. Add to that, five ventilation openings and sewn-in bags to store your gear, you may find yourself camping more often.

*pump not included

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