Planning a vacation isn’t easy. It doesn’t help that the airlines are colluding to keep ticket prices high. But you don’t have to get on a plane to an exotic locale to have a great vacation. And you don’t have to settle for a staycation either.
Camping is a great way to visit a new place, experience nature, and spend time with friends. There is something awesome that happens when you sit around a campfire, drinking beers, and shooting the shit that can’t be replicated at any bar. And nature is cool.
But just because you are camping doesn’t mean you have to completely rough it. Glamping is the phrase that’s arisen in recent years to describe getting outdoors in style. To get you equipped for your next glamping adventure, we’ve assembled 10 pieces of gear that you won’t want to leave home without.
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Why sleep in a tent on rocky ground, when you can have one of these babies? The silver bullet design of an Airstream doesn’t even deserve to be classified as an RV. These trailers are works of art. A work of art with a kitchen, a bathroom, and a full-sized bed. The Sport model is light enough to be towed by a standard SUV and has all the comforts of home, which could come in handy if you ever get kicked out of your real home.
For its Napsack, Poler basically combined the technology of a sleeping bag with the utility of a Snuggy. And it’s surprisingly awesome. Instead of a bag that you have to get in and out of, the Napsack’s zippered shoulders allow you to stick your arms out and the bottom opens up so you can walk around. It’s ideal for those chilly mornings or nights outdoors.
STUMPTOWN RAMBLER COFFEE KIT
Not matter what kind of camping you do, you are going to wake up early, most likely at sunrise. It’s a brutal fact. Thankfully, there’s coffee. Stumptown’s Rambler kit has everything you need for a great cup of joe in the great outdoors, including a grinder, filters, press, mugs, and, most importantly, the Portland company’s Hair Bender coffee. It all comes packaged in a sharp canvas and bridle leather bag. After one cup, you’ll be wired enough to start chopping down logs, climbing mountains, and all kinds of other manly outdoorsy stuff.
YETI TUNDRA 35 COOLER
Forget those struggle styrofoam coolers that always break before you’ve even had your first beer. Yeti makes the toughest coolers out there. Featuring three inches of insulation, your ice will remain ice, not some cold soup. And it’s rugged as hell. It just so happens that it also fits securely inside an inner tube, making it the ultimate companion for a float down the river.
TOPO DESIGNS MOUNTAIN PACK
You are not climbing Everest on some Into Thin Air quest, so no need for a pack that’s taller than you are. The Mountain Pack from Topo Designs is handmade in Colorado and features more than enough storage and compartments to hold an additional layer of clothes, a towel, water bottles, and some snacks. Two daisy chains on the exterior allow you to attach other gear with a carabiner. It also looks great when you return from your trip and simply need a bag to transport your laptop on your commute.
CIVILWARE GRIPPER KNIFE
Whether you’re cutting up your dinner or playing knifey-spoony a good piece of cutlery is essential on every camping trip. The Gripper has an extremely low profile design and is razor sharp owing to its carbon steel construction. It comes with an equally durable sheath so that you can attach it to you bag or keychain without worrying that it will fall out.
EVRGRN LOWBOY LANTERN
Unless you are God and can simply pronounce “Let the be light,” you will need some way to see after the sun goes down. This lantern has a modern design and a clip that attaches to anything from the inside of a tent to a tree branch. It even has a dimmer so you can set the perfect outdoor #mood.
COLEMAN FYRESARGEANT 3-IN-1 STOVE
You may remember the look of this stove from that Boy Scout camping trip back in the day when you pegged a kid between the eyes with a slingshot. The classic Coleman stove design has been updated with two 1,100 BTU burners and 360-degree wind protection. With space for two pans, you can do your best gourmet chef routine in the outdoors.
BURTON HONEY BAKED HAMMOCK
Why sit in a chair, when you can sit in a hammock? Seriously, there is nothing more relaxing than swaying away in a hammock (other than the fear that comes from getting out of it gracefully). This one from Burton even features an attached koozy so your beer can be as comfy as you are.
THE NORTH FACE ULTRAFASTPACK MID
Blending the weight and comfort of a running shoe with the support of a hiking boot, the Ultrafastpack Mid will get you where you need to go and you won’t be complaining about your feet when you get there. They don’t take time to break in and a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane means you can walk through anything.