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8 Camping Essentials You Don't Want To Leave Behind

by Virginia Buechel on July 23, 2015

If you've already picked your place to adventure to this summer, we have some of the essentials you will need to get your through your camping trip. With some of the best products chosen by our very own ambassadors and team, these items are great to check out.

No one likes to be unprepared for a trip, especially if you're roughing it outdoors and are away from civilization. So these items below can make your summer camping trip better and a bit more bearable if you're not exactly the outdoors-type.

Katadyn Hiker Water Microfilter

Although it's not the smallest on the market, this affordable and dependable little filter has seen us through a lot of outdoor adventures through the years. Every avid backcountry camper and hiker should have a filter, whether it's for a long stay at a pristine lake in the wilderness, or just for emergencies.

Hiker Water Filter System

Big Agnes Roxy Ann Sleeping Bag

I absolutely LOVE my Big Agnes Sleeping bag - to save weight, the sleeping bag has an ingenious sleeve at the bottom for your camping pad instead of insulation. This keeps the sleeping bag light and comfortable, and best of all, you NEVER wake up on the ground instead of on your sleeping pad!

Sub-Zero Sleeping Bag

Therm-a-rest NeoAir All-Season Sleep Pad

My old sleeping pad took up half of my backpack, so I love this new line from Thermarest that folds to about the size of a Nalgene bottle. And if you can't afford separate gear for car camping and backpacking, these pads are comfy enough for both!

Sleeping Pad for Camping

Nemo Losi 2 Person 3-Season Tent

Nemo is relatively new to the market for outdoor gear, but we're loving the quality and thoughtfulness of their products, from the way the tent comes together, to the organized stuff sack (a Type-A's dream). Also the neon green is fun.

2-Person Tent for Camping

Platypus Platy Water Tank

For longer backpacking trips or dry camping, grab a collapsable water tank. It'll pack up small, but store a ton of water!

Water Pack for Camping

Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

Let's face it, there's just no graceful way to pee in the woods while holding a flashlight.  Enter my favorite headlamp! Great for finding your way around the campground (even if the campground is the kid with flush toilets), or anything else you might like to do in the dark, from moonlit snowshoe treks to cave expeditions. This headlamp has a long-lasting LED, and produces a lot of light for the affordable price.


SheShreds Water Bottle

"Definitely your SheShreds water bottle, staying hydrated is super important while hiking to your spot, and just in general!" - Ambassador Jenna Malcolm

SheShreds Water Canteen

SheShreds Gear & Clothing

"I try to pack tons of clothes, bc I like options. I love to pack my SheShreds muscle tees, slouchy tanks, and black shred on hat to keep the sun out of my eyes. I like to pack my SheShreds windbreaker, just in case a small rain shower happens. Bug spray is an absolute must and a head lamp for some light." - Team Athlete Colleen Daugherty

SheShreds Rainjacket


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