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.
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 2017 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.
HAUL IT ALL
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.
RUGGED & CUSTOMIZABLE
We love this OtterBox tumbler for its versatility and convenience: the tumbler features additional accessories that let us completely customize our experience, and help to save weight in our camp duffel and backpacks. This rugged stainless steel tumbler features a copper plated inner lining for exceptional temperature control and a sweat resistant design to keep things dry. Accessories like a french press, shaker lid, flavor infuser, thermal lid, and sleeve keep us moving through the day, from morning coffee to evening cocktails by the campfire.
PLENTY OF PORTABLE GRILLED FLAVOR
The UCO Flatpack Grill and Fireplace provides a lightweight, portable grill that’s perfect for the park, camping adventures, or the backyard. The grill sets up super quick, and is ready for charcoal or firewood in seconds. The durable stainless steel sides provide an effective windbreak for grilling or enjoying a fire in blustery conditions. And the best part, it folds down to under 1.5 inches thick for easy packing in a backpack.
THE PERFECT OUTDOOR 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
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.
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.
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.
BRING THE CREW
The Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 provides plenty of space for three people – while weighing only 4 lbs. The freestanding tent features two arched poles that help increase the interior dimensions for roomy headroom. Easy-to-use pole clips make set up and tear down a breeze. The tent’s rain fly creates a large vestibule with tons of space for boots, bags, and gear, and a large door makes for easy entry and exit.
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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.
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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.
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ROOMY AND SPACIOUS
The uber-spacious Big Agnes Yellow Jacket 4 mtnGLO is the ultimate tent for car camping adventures, sleeping up to four people. The integrated mtnGLO Tent Lights provide ambient light inside for reading, games, or just hanging out. Steep sided walls provide ample space and the tent’s ceiling height reaches a lofty 5’ 5”. Set up is a breeze thanks to the color coded buckles, press fit connectors, and plastic clips that attach the tent to the frame. It’s our new favorite for car camping, and we have to admit – we seriously love this tent.
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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.
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RETRO MOOD LIGHTING
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?!)
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CLEAN AND EFFICIENT
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.
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WOOD GRILLED PERFECTION
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.
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We love the space saving multi-functions of the BioLite KettlePot. The KettlePot does triple duty as a cook pot, kettle, and also a space saving carrier for the BioLite CampStove 2. It features an easy pour lid, drip-preventing silicone seal, and handles with cool-touch silicone covers for comfortable cooking. Whether it’s a gourmet camp dinner or morning coffee with the BioLite CoffeePress, the BioLite KettlePot makes campsite mealtime a snap.
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HOT COFFEE FOR HOURS
Super stylish and functional, too, the MiiR 20 oz. Wide Mouth Bottle keeps hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. The BPA free, medical grade stainless steel vacuum bottle features a leak-proof lid, double wall insulation, comes in three sizes, and fits most cupholders. Pair it with the MiiR 12 oz. Vacuum Insulated Camp Cup to share with a friend. And each MiiR purchase helps fund clean water projects around the world.
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MUSIC ON THE GO
A waterproof, sand-proof, floatable, Bluetooth speaker. What’s not to love? The Barnacle+ holds 4GB of music on a built in flash-drive, or connects through Bluetooth to a smartphone. Designed to help make the most out of any adventure, the Barnacle+ features accessory mounts for bikes and boards (surf or paddle) so you’ll always have your favorite tunes ready to roll.
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GIVE BACK WITH ENO
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.
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Camp Kitchen Essentials
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.
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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.
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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.
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Ultra Light, Ultra Strong + Made in the USA
This awesome tote bag is perfect for grabbing a few items at the farmers market, toting to the campsite or packing for a day at the beach. The Zip Porter is made from ultra-tough nylon that’s weather resistant, keeping everything secure and dry inside the water-resistant zippered pockets. And, all Flowfold products are made in the USA and boast a lifetime guarantee!
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The Halulite 1.8 L Boiler is super light, durable and packs up nice and tight with a locking fold-up handle. The pot’s uncoated, anodized aluminum resists scratches and stains, and transfers heat quickly and uniformly making anything from boiling water to heating soup quick and easy. The interior easily nests a 220 g fuel canister and compact stove, keeping everything neat and organized in our backpack.
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