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What to Pack for a Camping Trip

Heading out into the wild doesn’t have to be a grueling test of your mettle: you can reap the benefits of the great outdoors just as well with a warm sleeping back, a comfortable camp chair, and a great cup of coffee. We searched out some of the best camping gear available—pieces that will keep you warm, safe, and comfortable while you explore the great outdoors.

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Kuju Pocket PourOver is an organic, small-batch roasted, specialty coffee, inside a filter that anchors to your mug. Each pouch is Nitro-Flushed to ensure a truly fresh, quality brew and is 70% less wasteful than French press style "bags".

Portable Pourover Coffee: Kuju Basecamp Blend

Being out in the wild doesn’t mean putting up with lousy coffee. Kuju’s Basecamp Blend is organic, small-batch roasted coffee packed into a filter so tiny that you can pack a week’s worth into a backpack without taking up a ton of space. This simple anchor system lets you filter the coffee pourover style, which brings out the Basecamp Blend’s more delicate flavors of honey, chocolate and oak.

$41 at Amazon

Stove: MSR Windburner

Boiling water is an essential skill in the outdoors, and MSR’s Windburner stove is one of the fastest ways to get your water from zero to boiling. The internal pressure regulator and enclosed design makes the stove totally windproof and allowed our testers to get their water boiling and coffee started in minutes. Bonus: The boiling pot doubles as a mug, and with the right accessories, a French press.

$150 at Amazon

Camp Chair: Alite Mayfly Chair

Alite rides the fine line between comfort and portability with the Mayfly Chair. The supportive, low-slung camp chair weighs less than two pounds and barely takes up more space than a Nalgene bottle when packed down. It’s no lightweight, though—it can hold up to 250 pounds and is the perfect way to kick your feet up after a long hike.

$55 at Amazon

Tent: NEMO Galaxy 3P

Thanks to some great design features, NEMO’s Galaxi two-person tent feels much more spacious on the inside than it looks on the outside. Huge vestibules let you store your gear outside without it getting soaked in a rainstorm, and near-vertical walls give the interior a roomy feel. Bonus:Magnetic tiebacks make it easy to roll your door up and out of the way.

$200 at Amazon
Big Agnes Crosho UL -20 Down Mummy Sleeping Bag by Big Agnes

Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Crosho UL

Down is a near-perfect insulator—warm, lightweight, and amazingly compressible, its only downfall is that it won't keep you warm if it gets wet. The Crosho has all the benefits, minus the downside: it’s 850-fill down is treated with DownTek (a hydrophobic down), so it’ll keep its loft and warmth, even if the bag gets wet.

$448 at Amazon
Klymit Double V Double-Wide Two-Person Sleeping Pad

Sleeping Pad: Klymit Double V

What’s the only thing better than sleeping in the great outdoors? Sleeping next to your significant other in the great outdoors. Klymit’s Double V is a double-wide version of its lightweight, supportive Static V pad. The v-shaped baffles adjust to your movements while you sleep, and the 47-inch width lets you and another camper huddle for warmth. Bonus:Save your breath—the included air pump/stuff sack will inflate in just 10 pumps.

$75 at Amazon

Hiking Shoes: Vasque Breeze III GTX

One of the most popular boots in Vasque’s lineup, the Breeze III is a perfect blend of comfort and support: pliable enough to use as a heavy-duty day hiker, yet firm enough for weeks on the trail with a heavy pack. The Gore-Tex lining keeps feet dry during creek crossings, while heel and toe vest let excess heat and moisture escape the interior.

From $123 at Amazon

Socks: Injinji Toe Socks

The right pair of socks is your first defense against getting blisters on the trail, and Injinji’s toe socks are the best ones we’ve tested: the mesh top lock vents heat, while the polyester/nylon/lycra blend wicks away sweat. But what really makes them stand out (in more ways than one) are the individual toe sleeves, which are by far the most effective way to prevent those painful between-the-toe blisters.

$12 at Amazon

Backpack: Thule Versant 50L

Thule may be known for their roof rack and accessories, but their packs are gaining a faithful following as well, thanks to their well-organized interiors, streamlined, durable exteriors, and soft, cushy shoulder and waist straps. Thoughtful details like the waterproof roll top on the hip belt (perfect for storing electronics) and the top lid that turns into a small summit pack round out the Versant as an excellent all-around pack.

$125 at Amazon

Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle

When it comes to keeping your drinks hot or cold regardless of the weather, you have to go with a double-wall vacuum-sealed stainless steel bottle. Hydro Flask makes some of the best in the industry: we’ve had ice cubes last from morning until night in hundred-degree weather, while hot soups stayed hot during sub-freezing hikes. Pro tip:The wide mouth bottle makes it easy to pack full of ice cubes and easier to clean when you use it to transport chili or soup.

$31 at Amazon

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