2016 Camping Gear Guide

2016 Gear Guide: Camping

Whether you are a camper or a glamper, there are some creature comforts just about everyone needs to make a trip in the outdoors memorable. We’re talking about the kind of memories of scenic landscapes and good food enjoyed around the fire. Not the memories of cold food, poor sleep, and rain soaking through the tent floor. This list will help you make memories to keep you going during the 9-5 work week.

1. Keep the bugs and the rain out with the Springbar Canvas tent. It’s durable. Plenty tall for your tallest friends. Can be set up by one person. And…it’s watertight.

Springbar Tent

2. Nothing can ruin an overnight trip, or weeklong trip in the backwoods, like a cold night of sleep. The Big Agnes Encampment, with its 15°F rating will keep you warm from head to toe.

Encampment 15

3. Sometimes the hardest part about finding a quality camping spot is finding an equally quality spot to sit down by the fire and enjoy your meal. The Helinox Chair One is the ultimate solution. It’s lightweight, compact, and for its size, surprisingly comfortable.

Helinox Chair One

4. If this past year of drought and forest fires is any indication of what this year will be like…you can nix the idea of a traditional camp fire. But, the fine folks at Camp Chef have what they call a “forest friendly” portable gas campfire. As always, check with your local ranger station on current fire restrictions.

Sequoia Fire Pit

5. A hot shower in the forest is possible with the Zodi Shower. It’s portable and self-contained and provides hot water in just seconds.

Zodi Shower

6. Few things can beat a meal cook over an open flame. With the Lumberjack Over Fire Grill, you have enough room to make your coffee, fry some eggs and bacon, all right over the fire.

Over Fire Grill 24

7. When you are cooking over an open flame, you need a skillet that can handle the heat, and cook food well enough to keep Paul Bunyan happy. The 16″ Lumberjack Skillet will help tackle cooking food for the biggest of appetites. With a non-stick surface, and deep-dish sides, you’ll keep everyone happy.

Lumberjack Skillet 16"

8. Power and light doesn’t have to be miles away. With the Goal Zero Yeti 400, your power can be in your tent, giving you light to enjoy your favorite book. Or to keep your GPS powered while you are away from your base camp.

Goal Zero Yeti 400

9. When in the backcountry, water can be a limited resource. Don’t let it be. With the Reliance Aqua-Tainer, you can easily store water, get water, and when you are done, reverse the spigot to keep things clean.


10. Who ever said when you are in the outdoors and you have to eat bad food has not met the Camp Chef Denali Stove. This powerhouse stove is rugged, durable, portable, and can simmer, sauté, boil, and grill with its three 30,000 BTU burners. Each burner is adjustable and it comes with a griddle so you can start cooking right out of the box.

Camp Chef Denali Stove

11. With two-thirds the power cooking power of the Denali Stove, the Camp Chef Yukon Stove is just as portable and rugged, just a bit smaller. Snag a grill box or griddle and you can cook for a few or a crowd with ease.

Camp Chef Yukon Stove

12. Your car camping game will be on point with the Rainier Campers Combo from Camp Chef. It packs a punch with its 10,000 BTU burner and 8,000 BTU grill. With matchless ignition, non-stick grill and griddle, and included carry bag…you’re set for adventure.

Rainier Campers Combo

13. Stumbling through your tent at night, with no light, is akin to walking through a minefield with your eyes closed. You’re not sure what you’ll step on, or, who. The Goal Zero Lighthouse 250, with its 250 lumens of bright, LED light, and ability to be charged via solar or included hand crank, you’ll have power to light your tent floor and your map on your next adventure.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 250

14. Whether you are on your back patio, or in the back country, you can use a tried and true cook method that has been around for well over 200 years. With a Classic 12” Dutch oven from Camp Chef, you can cook over charcoal, a Camp Chef stove, or in your oven at home. It’s versatile, durable, and can cook just about anything.

Classic 12" Dutch Oven

15. Nothing beats a cold drink on a hot summer day. Nothing can ruin a day like a hot drink on a hot summer day. With a Pelican ProGear Elite Cooler, keep the important stuff cold iseasy. It’s assembled in the USA, has a 7-10 day ice retention, and is rated for bear country.

Pelican Cooler