Hit the backwoods, yurt or campsite with better necessities, luxe additions and gourmet touches.
With the weather warming and the REI Anniversary Sale underway, it’s high time to pick up another camping comfort or two.
Here are items for old hands and newbies, those who want to travel light and those looking for a little more luxury. Because we don’t judge — as long as you’re outside, making the most of the Pacific Northwest summer.
Pack the multitasking VSSL First Aid Cylinder ($66.50 at vsslgear.com) and know you’re covered for camp-side scrapes. The Washington company’s clever system includes a complete first-aid kit, with bandages, tweezers, ointment, antiseptic wipes and much more, all packaged in an aluminum canister with a flashlight and compass on either end.
The new, locally designed Filson Duffle Backpack ($245 at Filson, Sodo; due out in June) is perfect for staying organized in the tent or yurt. The nylon material is rugged but lightweight, and padded backpack straps make it easy to tote to the site. Big exterior pockets keep swimsuits and muddy shoes away from clean clothes, while a padded computer pocket protects a tablet or e-reader.
Power campers should check out the new REI Magma 17 Sleeping Bag (on sale for $260–$277 through Monday), in men’s and women’s versions and regular and long lengths. The fitted silhouette, lightweight materials and water-resistant goose-down filling give it an incredible warmth-to-weight ratio for those who like to get out in the shoulder seasons.
No need to haul a heavy air mattress into your glamping tent. The new Therm-a-Rest Synergy Coupler ($50 at thermarest.com) holds two camping pads securely together to create a double bed. Perimeter loops mate with the local company’s blankets and quilts to create a complete, cozy bed system.
For the campfire, on early mornings or even for your pet — it’s always nice to have extra blankets that are both sturdy and warm. The new Rumpl Super Fleece Blanket ($149 at gorumpl.com) is water-resistant and antimicrobial, and soft enough that it may end up on your bed at home.
Rather than hanging an ultra-bright headlamp in your tent, cast a soft glow with the Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern ($43 at snowpeak.com), a compact LED lantern with three brightness settings and a magnetic hanging loop so it can be placed almost anywhere.
Relax at the campsite or go minimalist on a trek with the REI Quarter Dome Air Hammock (on sale for $164 through Monday). Use it with the bug net and rain fly as an alternative to a tent, or flip it over and chill out in a traditional open hammock.
Warm & dry
Protect your good time from drizzle or too much sun with the Therm-a-Rest Arrowspace Shelter ($300 at thermarest.com). Its height is adjustable to cover a picnic table or play area, or to create an extra-large vestibule on your tent. It mates with Therm-a-Rest’s new Tranquility 6 Tent for a super luxe setup.
Like the idea of the wearable sleeping bag? It just went to the next level with Poler’s Shaggy Napsack ($107 at swell.com), which adds a faux-fur lining to the Portland company’s already excellent camp-lounge design. Zip up the arm holes and pull the drawstring at the feet and you’re ready for bed.
Light, modern and wearable out of the box, the Lowa Arco GTX Hiking Boots ($235 at REI; eligible for 20 percent off member discount through Monday) have a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane, leather upper and Elika rubber outsoles for superior traction.
Eating & drinking
Pack a more versatile water bottle with the new Platypus DuoLock SoftBottle ($12–$14 at platy.com), a flexible, rollable bottle with a handy clip handle and a dual-locking cap to prevent leaks.
Tote lunch or drinks in the Snow Peak Soft Cooler 11 ($79 at snowpeak.com), a perfectly sized, insulated cooler for a bite away from camp. Fold it down when you don’t need it to save room in your mess kit.
Take a wood-burning camp kitchen with you anywhere with the smokeless BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle ($200 at bioliteenergy.com), which includes a steel grill grate and kettle attachment. Four fan speeds control the size of the flame, and as wood is burned, the unit generates and stores electricity to charge devices.
Do more with less with Brown Family Farm Maple Sugar ($5.69–$28.50 at coombsfamilyfarms.com). Use the crystals to sweeten coffee or tea, or mix it with a little water to create syrup without the risk of sticky spills from a bottle.
Finally, from the company that brought you Two-Buck Chuck, comes Simpler Wines ($4 for four at Trader Joe’s), sparkling canned wine at a price that’s hard to beat. Toss a few of the white or rosé cans in your pack or cooler for an alternative to beer or hard liquor.