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.
RV Camping Gear List
Camper camping, RV camping, van life. If the road life appeals to you, check out this list of our favorite campsite and road-tested gear that will elevate your trip from “just ok” to awesome.READ MORE
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
Waterproof, windproof, and long burning, the UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit makes quick work of getting the campfire burning in even the worst weather.READ MORE
BioLite NanoGrid campsite lighting and string lights
Campsite lighting that’s functional and beautiful: the BioLite NanoGrid lighting collection keeps our camp illuminated through the night with SiteLight string lights, and the PowerLight lanterns keep our phones and small electronics powered up when we’re adventuring off-grid. Our campsite-tested review.READ MORE
LOWA Boots: our four favorite GTX hiking boots, compared
LOWA boots have long been our trusted choice of hiking footwear for adventures in the South. We compare our long-time favorite, the Renegade GTX, with some of their newest hiking and trekking boot styles, the Innox GTX Mid, Sesto GTX Mid, and Irox GTX Mid.READ MORE
Camping Gift Ideas
Looking for camping gift ideas? Our gift guide features our favorite tents, sleeping bags, camp furniture, sleeping pads, and camp accessories from our adventures throughout the South.READ MORE
BioLite CampStove 2, KettlePot and Portable Grill
BioLite’s innovative power-producing CampStove, Portable Grill, KettlePot and CoffeePress keep our hunger filled, our devices powered, our crew caffeinated, and our campsite cuisine equally efficiently simple and deliciously decadent.READ MORE
Our favorite must-have camping gear for summer
From gourmet trail food to cook stoves and camp kitchen supplies, these are a few of our new favorite must-have campsite essentials we’ve been testing (and loving) on our summertime adventures in the South.READ MORE
Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 Tent Review
It’s lightweight and spacious, with fast assembly and great ventilation: the Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 is a thoughtfully designed three person tent, perfect for car camping and backpacking adventures in the South.READ MORE
Editor’s Choice: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017
We scoured the massive floors at Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market ’17 for the best, most Southern-worthy outdoor gear and apparel. Here are our editors’ top picks from the show.READ MORE
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