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Summer camping essentials 2021

Summer camping essentials

The longer, sunnier days of summer can make it an ideal time for camping; plus, nighttime temperatures won’t drop too low, meaning you can opt for simple gear. Plus, immersing yourself in nature is a great way to spend some quality time with family or friends. Whether you want to spend just a few nights away at a local campsite or you have summer road trip plans, we’ve outlined the camping essentials you need before you set off this summer

A summer tent

Best of the best

Naturehike Cloud-Up 2 Ultralight Tent: available from Amazon

Super lightweight and compact, this tent doesn’t compromise on strength and durability. It weighs only 4.5 pounds, so it’s a sensible choice if you’re planning on backpacking. It’s easy and quick to set up, only taking a few minutes to assemble, and it’s designed to withstand water and wind. Bear in mind, this is a two-person tent, so if you’re camping with a larger group of friends or family, you’ll need something a bit bigger.

Best bang for the buck

Coleman Cabin Tent: available from Amazon

Available in multiple sizes, this tent promises an "instant setup," meaning you can raise it in minutes. It's spacious, waterproof and durable so you'll get years of use out of this Coleman classic.

A lightweight sleeping bag

Best of the best

Omnicore Designs Multi-Down Hooded Rectangular Sleeping Bag: available from Home Depot and Amazon

Even during the summer, temperatures will drop at night, so a reliable sleeping bag is a must. The hooded design of this bag keeps your head warm by trapping heat, so you’ll stay cozy even when temperatures drop during the night. The sleeping bag has a built-in pillow pocket that you can stuff with your own camp pillow for extra comfort. It also comes with a compression bag for easy storage and transportation.

Continue reading the complete list of summer camp essentials written by Heather Roy here.


May 5, 2022

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