There’s just nothing like a night out under the stars. And with the South’s usually temperate climate and moderately mild seasons, our camping adventures last year round! We test tons of camping gear throughout the year, and we’ve wrapped our favorite tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and camp accessories into our 2018 Outdoor Gift Guide. Find the perfect camping gift idea – or find some new gear for your own adventures. And check out the list of our favorite campsites in Georgia for some great destinations to break in your new gear.
ENO Lounger DL
The ENO Lounger DL has us relaxing in no time, wherever we go. The easy-set-up shock-corded legs snap together, and the study fabric seat slides onto the poles in seconds. The chair features two adjustable seating heights, a pillow headrest, two cup holders, and cargo storage for small items. From sporting events to concerts, or camping trips the Lounger DL is the perfect chair for ultimate lounging, and it’s just oh-so-comfy.
HAUL IT ALL
Tepui Expedition Duffle Bag
The Tepui Expedition Duffle Bag provides plenty of space for all of our car camping equipment. The super durable duffle is constructed of heavy duty canvas and covered with a synthetic resin making it abrasion resistant and easy to clean. Two comfy hand-held straps or a padded shoulder harness let us comfortably carry heavy loads, and the reinforced bottom panel adds to the bag’s durability. It’s tough, roomy, weatherproof, and perfect for hauling camping gear.
SNUG AS A BUG
ENO Blaze UnderQuilt
The ENO Blaze UnderQuilt keeps us toasty when the weather turns cold. The DownTek filled under quilt features a ripstop nylon shell and DWR finish to keep us warm, dry, and comfy in our ENO Hammock. No more drafty, cold breezes to freeze our backsides! The Blaze pairs with the ENO Ignitor TopQuilt for a complete ENO Hammock sleep system.
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE
HydraPak Seeker Water Storage
The Seeker Water Storage system lets us keep hydrated with plenty of water for camping and backpacking adventures. The soft-sided construction allows the Seeker to collapse when empty, saving space in our packs and camp duffels. And the durable abrasion resistant material stands up to bumps along the way. The Seeker is available in both 2L and 3L versions.
SOLAR POWERED ILLUMINATION
LuminAID PackLite Max & Nova
Lightweight, portable, and solar powered: the inflatable LuminAid PackLite Max and PackLite Nova provide hours of illumination for lighting up the campsite, pool party or backyard BBQ. The larger PackLite Max comes with a USB connection for faster recharging, and both the Max and the Nova feature a strap for hanging from tent hooks and trees. When not in use, both models deflate and pack down for easy storage and travel.
TUCKED IN TIGHT FOR THE NIGHT
ENO Ignitor TopQuilt
There’s nothing better than chilling out in our ENO Hammock. And now the ENO Ignitor TopQuilt takes the chill out of chilling out. The ripstop nylon shell features a DWR finish to protect against the wet, and water-repelling DownTek insulation blocks the cold (and unlike untreated down, retains its warmth even when it meets moisture). Paired with theENO Blaze UnderQuilt, we’ve got the perfect system for cold weather ENO adventures.
STYLISH, FUNCTIONAL + MADE IN THE USA
Flowfold Denizen Limited 18L Tote Backpack
The Denizen Limited 18L Tote Backpack is perfect for hauling small gear around the campsite. Inside, the durable, water-resistant bag features a 15″ laptop sleeve, zippered pocket, and plenty of space for books, snacks and water, or hiking gear. And outside, a deep zippered pocket keeps necessities close at hand. The versatile Denizen wears like a backpack with two comfortable padded shoulder straps, or carries like a tote with two handles.
THE PERFECT OUTDOOR BLANKET
Rumpl Puffy Blanket
There’s nothing more comforting than snuggling up under a warm, soft blanket. Rumpl’s Puffy blends the technical performance of a sleeping bag with the convenience and comfort of a blanket. The soft, lofty blanket is perfect for car camping adventures, concerts in the park, or just relaxing in front of the fireplace, watching the snow flurries.
KEEPING IT ORGANIZED
Cotopaxi Del Dia Dopp Kit
The Del Dia Dopp Kit is our favorite way to keep all our travel toiletries neat and organized when we’re out chasing an adventure. The unique bag is part of Cotopaxi’s Del Dia collection and features one of a kind designs. Each bag is created from repurposed nylon and the fabricator is given complete control over the bag’s color combination. We love the Dopp Kit’s simple design, durable construction, and unique, playful style.
Cusa Premium Instant Tea
Caffeinated mornings at the campsite are a must for us, and when we’re not in the mood for a strong cup of coffee, we reach for Cusa Tea. Cusa’s delicious varieties of instant tea can be prepared hot or cold, and are the perfect way to energize for an early morning sunrise hike or chill out and relax after a long day of adventure. Each individually packaged serving makes 12 – 14 ounces of tea in seconds, and the packets are easy to toss in a backpack or bag for delicious, refreshing tea on the go.
NEMO Helio Shower and Clover Mat
Campsite clean up just got a lot easier! The NEMO Helio Shower makes showering, dishwashing, and gear rinsing quick and easy. The portable unit is pressurized with a foot pump and, unlike gravity fed camp showers, pumps out an impressive stream of water. Pair the Helio Shower with the Helio Clover Mat to keep your feet clean, protected and comfortable while cleaning up after a day of adventure on the trail.
FOOD WITH A MISSION
The Provisions line of delicious packaged meals and snacks are perfect for any adventure, on the trail or at home. Patagonia packs its Provisions with organic grains, fruits, and vegetables, and each meal is full of bold flavors and nutrient-filled ingredients. Delicious menu options include creamy banana hot cereal, black bean soup, savory grains, buffalo jerky, and an outstanding wild-caught salmon. And Patagonia’s pledge to conservation means each ingredient and product is sourced responsibly from farmers and fishermen committed to sustainable environmental practices.
Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed
The ultimate in car camping luxury! The Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed is the perfect way to rest up after a full day of adventure. The sleeping bag’s innovative, zipperless design features an integrated comforter with hand pockets, allowing us to comfortably sleep on our backs, sides, or stomach. It’s the perfect bag for those that just can’t get comfy in a traditional mummy style sleeping bag.
Big Agnes Helinox Chair One
Lightweight, packable, and comfortable, the Big Agnes Helinox Chair One makes chilling easy, just about anywhere. It takes literal seconds to set up, and has us relaxing at an outdoor event, campsite, or in the back yard in no time.
GSI Outdoors Gourmet Kitchen Set 11
Who’s ready for dinner? The GSI Outdoors Gourmet 11 Kitchen Set has just about everything we need to make our favorite campsite meals. The 11-piece set includes a spatula, spoon, whisk, waterproof salt & pepper shakers, two condiment bottles, a cutting board, a scraper, a scrubber, and a towel in a durable nylon case. The days of forgetting the salt (and spatula) are long gone.
RETRO MOOD LIGHTING
ENO Eclipse Lantern
ENO’s Eclipse Lantern gives a funky, 70’s era vibe to campsite mood lighting. The lantern features six light settings, from a functional bright white to a fun, multi-colored, lava-lamp-like party mode. (Disco party at the campsite, anyone?!)
CLEAN AND EFFICIENT
BioLite CampStove 2
The second-generation BioLite CampStove features 50% more power, an updated LED interface, and an integrated battery that allows USB charging, even with no fire. The adjustable-speed fan helps control the intensity of the flame, so boiling water or cooking dinner is fast and easy. And unlike most stoves, there’s no heavy fuel canisters to carry: just find a bundle of small sticks, and we’re cooking in no time.
WOOD GRILLED PERFECTION
BioLite Portable Grill
Gourmet camp dinners have never been easier! The BioLite Portable Grill lets us cook our favorite grilled dishes using the BioLite CampStove 2, giving dinner an amazing wood-smoked taste. The grill attaches easily to the top of the stove, and the flame cover swings open to allow re-stoking of the fire. We love car camping with this fun accessory, and it’s great for backyard grilling, too.
Light and Roomy
REI Quarter Dome Backpacking Tent
The latest Quarter Dome tent is lightweight and packs small – perfect for backpacking adventures with two adults and our favorite backpacking buddy, our large pup. Setup and teardown is extremely fast and easy, thanks to quick attachments and a hubbed pole system. A roof vent helps prevent condensation, even on warm Georgia summer nights. And three vestibules under the rainfly offer spacious room for dog gear, muddy boots and backpacks.
GIVE BACK WITH ENO
ENO Special Edition DoubleNest Hammock
We love giving back to our favorite organizations, and we love to help support companies that do the same. $10 from the sale of each of these special-edition hammocks is donated to one of our favorite trail organizations. Help support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Pacific Crest Trail Association, National Parks Foundation, or Leave No Trace.
Camp Kitchen Essentials
GSI Outdoors Halulite 2.0 L Pot
We love cooking with the Halulite series from GSI Outdoors, and the 2.0 L Pot is a staple of our camp kitchen. The pot’s durable, uncoated, anodized aluminum construction heats up quickly and doesn’t mark or scratch. And the pot’s silicone thumb pads and integrated strainer make it easy to strain water when we’re cooking up a campsite masterpiece.
Compact illumination + power
Simply beautiful lighting for the campsite. The NanoGrid’s foundation is the PowerLight, a pocketable 4400 mAh rechargeable battery with a built-in lantern that throws an evenly-distributed light 360 degrees, or a concentrated light stream in torch mode. The kit also includes several SiteLights, a daisy-chained system corded lights that stretch up to 40 feet.
REI Kingdom Table
We love the REI Kingdom Table for our car camping adventures. It’s decadently large but still light enough to easily load, unload and move about the campsite. It folds up easily and stores compactly in a durable, handled duffle bag – and offers ample seating for four.
Let them choose!
REI Gift Card
What’s not to love about an REI gift card?! With a huge selection of top outdoor brands, envy-worthy gear and a staff of outdoor-loving experts, it’s like an outdoor gear paradise. Not sure what to gift this year? Let them decide!