Need to refresh your camping gear, but feeling buried in options?
We chatted with our friends at MEC about outdoor gear priorities. We found a lot of neat options and gadgets for every adventuring style, but, at the end of the day, we settled on three staples.
Shelter. Supper. Shoes.
Choose a tent that keeps the rain out and the climate comfy (whether you need ventilation or insulation).
From there, fine-tune your shelter according to your priorities. Built-in lights? Quick setup? Extra storage space? You name it, there’s probably a tent that’s got it.
Spoiled or spilled food puts a real damper on your trip.
Find a cooler that’s airtight and well-insulated. Think about how easy it is to carry and what type of trip it needs to tackle.
Warm, dry feet can make the difference between a bucket list dream and a blister-filled nightmare.
Keep safety in mind when packing footwear. Flipflops might be nice for the beach, but they’re a recipe for injury on a scramble-y trail.
Other camping staples
With the basics covered, other gear depends on personality and destination.
For some campers, dishes are a must. Others won’t head out without their trusty hatchet. Safety gear — from First Aid supplies to tick removal kits to sunscreen — is a great choice for any outdoor adventure.
And, of course, some of us simply can’t forego our morning cuppa.