There's nothing like a great night under the stars. Our favorite camping gear picks include our favorite tents, furniture, cookware, sleeping bags and sleeping pads for a perfect, cozy time at the campsite.
Finding the perfect campsite site. Unpacking the car and setting up the tent. The smell of the campfire. The slow-moving hours that seem to pass as if they were entire days. There’s something amazing about a great camping trip, made all the better by some well-designed and crafted gear. And not to say that it can’t be done on a budget, but after foiling far too many perfect trips with leaking tents, broken tent poles and sleepless nights, we’re big believers in quality camping gear.
We’ve tested and used our favorite gear over scores of overnights and long weekends at the campsite, and feature some of our favorites in our camping gear reviews. We’re huge fans of roughing it out on the trail on a great backpacking trip. But to us, a car camping adventure offers the flip side of backpacking: weight conscious, minimalist backpacking gear is swapped for roomy comfort and campsite luxury. It’s the perfect place to chill for the weekend, down a frosty brew, and settle in for some great food, ‘smores, good company, and lazy relaxation.
We highlight only our favorite tents, cookware, sleeping bags and pads, and supplies – those that have stood up to our rugged adventures and many nights under the stars. And for more of our favorites, check out our camping gear gift guide.
Big Agnes Yellow Jacket 4 mtnGLO tent
The ultra-spacious Yellow Jacket 4 tent offers lofty headroom and a comfortable interior, perfect for a four-person car camping adventure. Add in Big Agnes’ innovative features like mtnGLO, a built-in lighting system, and we’re totally won over by this full-featured, comfy tent.READ MORE
Helinox Chair One
Lightweight but ultra-comfy, the Helinox Chair One is our go-to for relaxing at a campsite, park, outdoor concert, or around town. And it packs up small and easily, making it one ultra-portable camp chair.READ MORE
Camping Gear List
Our camping gear list includes our favorite tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cookware, coolers, campsite essentials, and camp furniture for an ultra-fun, ultra-comfy adventure under the stars.READ MORE
Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 sleeping bag & Insulated Air Core Ultra
It’s one of our new favorite sleep systems for camp. The Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 sleeping bag and Insulated Air Core sleeping pad deliver maximum comfort, high-performance insulation, and great integration for a perfect night at the campsite under the stars.READ MORE
Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed
With a built-in comforter and zipperless design, the Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed is one of our new favorite sleeping bags for car camping. It feels much more like an at-home bed than a traditional sleeping bag, and is great for side sleepers, too. Our campsite-tested review.READ MORE
Good To-Go: delicious new backpacking meal flavors
Take backcountry dining to a whole new level with these Iron-Chef-created, restaurant-worthy dishes. Our review of our four new favorite dishes from Good To-Go: Bibimbap, Mexican Quinoa Bowl, Oatmeal, and Granola.READ MORE
How to clean and waterproof hiking, camping, and backpacking gear and boots
Quality outdoor gear can be an expensive (but worthwhile!) investment. Keep your backpacks, boots, tents, rain gear, jackets, and sleeping bags performing like new with these easy tips on outdoor gear cleaning and care.READ MORE
ENO SingleNest & ENO DoubleNest hammocks
There’s simply no better way to hang out on the trail or at a campsite. Suspended from ENO’s SingleNest and DoubleNest hammocks and Atlas straps, relaxing in the great outdoors hits a new high.READ MORE
REI Flexlite Chair
The REI Flexlite is a lightweight, stable, four-leg backpacking chair that packs small offers comfy campsite seating. Our trail and campsite-tested review.READ MORE
GSI Outdoors Javapress & Backpacker Mug
There’s nothing like a hot cup of French press coffee at the campsite. GSI Outdoors delivers a lightweight, compact and super packable duo for brewing hot drinks on the go with the Commuter Javapress and Infinity Backpacker Mug.READ MORE