“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you’re anything like Wilder, we’re guessing your happy place is deep in the woods or on a grassy plain with a canopy of stars overhead. While outdoor enthusiasts can be low-maintenance, even the most adventurous souls should be prepared with the right equipment and tools. The following list details our top picks for essential camping gear to ensure your next stint off the grid is both adventurous and hassle-free. From a waterproof tent to a water filtration straw, here are seven essentials to take with you on your next camping trip.
Sleeping under the stars can be blissful if weather permits. On rainy nights, you’ll want to hide out in this waterproof dome tent, big enough for up to four people. The tent is made of 180T silver-coated polyester, which makes it breathable, tear-resistant and UV-proof. Glass fiber poles offer extra durability. The tent is lightweight for easy transport in its own portable bag.
This water filtration straw can literally save your life. Using a filtration membrane cartridge, it removes 99.99 percent of bacteria and protozoa from up to 1,000 liters of water. Using no chemicals, batteries, or moving parts, the straw allows you to drink straight from a stream, puddle, or pond if you run out of water mid-hike.
You’ll love returning to base with your just-caught fish and throwing it on this portable grill. Made of stainless steel in a suitcase design for extra portability, this grill features a charcoal tray with chrome net and can serve up to five people. No assembly is required, so you can focus on catching and grilling, not setting up.
Don’t be fooled by the size of this camping lantern, which is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The light is extra bright, with five settings. The lantern also features a magnetic base and a retractable hook so you can hang it in your tent or anywhere you need more visibility.
This portable multi-tool is made of stainless steel and folds easily into your pocket for instant access whenever you need it. The tool features a knife, pliers, screwdriver, and file to assist you in any unexpected challenge. Lightweight with a keychain design, you can carry it anywhere at anytime and will probably use it more than you expect.
Every long hike, fishing expedition or kayaking trip must come to an end, and that’s when these camping chairs will come in handy. Sit and go over the day’s adventures, enjoy a meal, or roast marshmallows while lounging in comfort. The chair features a sun umbrella to shade you on scorching days, but it’s removable if you prefer to look up at the stars at night.
Why sit when you can swing? This portable hammock offers convenient storage in its own drawstring bag and all the hardware necessary to hang it from the nearest tree. It’s made of durable nylon fabric that can safely handle up to 441 pounds, and it features a mosquito net so you can relax and listen to the sounds of nature without having to slap nature’s smallest critters away.
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.