There's no reason adventure seekers shouldn't be roughing it in style. Kick their adventures up a notch with these items that are both efficient and easy on the eyes.
1. BIOLITE CAMP STOVE; $130
Creating a wood fire in this stove charges smartphones and other devices using a USB. The compact, 2-pound device packs down small for easy transporting and can also be outfitted with the grill accessory to get campers cookin’.
Find it: Amazon
2. MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR SHIFTER 2 TENT; $199
Whether the camper in your life is looking for privacy or a view of the campsite, the Shifter 2 tent provides both. The tent sleeps two and can be configured for various weather conditions; the fly can be set up as a vestibule or storage area.
Find it: Mountain Hardwear
3. LEATHERMAN SIDEKICK MULTITOOL; $50
Tim Leatherman found out the hard way what it’s like to travel with a tool that can fit a variety of needs—that’s why he created his line of multitools. Make sure your favorite camper is always prepared with the Sidekick, which features 14 tools, including two blades, three screwdrivers, pliers, a wood/metal file, and more.
Find it: Amazon
4. REI EVRGRN CRASH SACK; $119
The Crash Sack, which is suitable for temperatures as cold as 45°F and comes in three sizes, can be used as a puffy jacket when sitting around the fire and converts to a sleeping bag for snoozing under the stars. It has a hood and arm holes and is equipped with interior pockets for electronics. The bottom clips up and out of the way.
Find it: REI
5. THERM-A-REST NEOAIR TREKKER AIR MATTRESS; $114
Regular air mattresses can be big and heavy, and lugging them on camping trips is a drag (not to mention how they seem to leak as the night goes on, leading to an uncomfortable dip in the middle). Them-A-Rest’s NeoAir Trekker Air Mattress is thin and compact, with more than 100 air compartments that ensure stability. It also features ThermaCapture Radiant Heat Technology, which keeps the mattress extra warm. Comes with a stuff sack and repair kit.
Find it: Amazon
6. IGLOO ICE CUBE 60 QUART ROLLER; $70
You giftee will never run out of beverages with this wheeled cooler, which can hold 90 12-ounce cans. A handle makes it easy to pull, and handles molded into the side make lifting it out of the car a cinch. It also has a recessed plug for easy emptying.
Find it: Igloo
7. ICEBREAKER OASIS LEGGINGS; $90
There’s nothing worse than being cold on a camping trip—so base layers like these merino wool leggings are essential. Merino wool is soft and doesn’t itch like regular wool. It’s also stays cool in the heat but warm in the cold, and it breathes so the wearer doesn’t get clammy. Another perk: it resists odor, so it can be worn for a few days without smelling.
8. AHNU HIKING BOOTS; $165
You never know where a camping adventure might lead, so make sure your loved ones are properly outfitted with these waterproof hiking boots, which are comfortable right out of the box. (Consider picking up some good socks as a stocking stuffer, too.)
9. ALITE CLOVERWEAR 2.0; $7
Save the environment—and room in your loved one's bag—with this four-in-one set of utensils. The spoon, fork, and serrated knife nest together; connect the fork and knife to create a cooking tool for grilling (they're heat resistant up to 400°F). They can kick back in one of Alite's comfy camping chairs and dig in.
Find it: Alite Designs
10. SNOWPEAK HOZUKI LANTERN; $100
This Japanese-designed LED lantern has a normal mode, a candle mode, and a sleep mode, where the brightness of the light is determined by the sound in the tent. When everything falls silent, the light goes out. The hook can also be used as a stand, turning the hanging lantern into a desk lamp.
Find it: Snowpeak
11. STANLEY MOUNTAIN VACUUM COFFEE SYSTEM; $60
A boiling pot, French press, and leak-proof insulated thermos in one, this system ensures the best possible coffee at the campsite. The lid even separates into two cups for sharing.
Find it: Stanley