Photo: The J.A. Latsch Canoe, $3,825, by Sanborn Canoe Co.
Being one with the great outdoors takes effort, as well as a small investment into the best modern-day camping products available. Certain staples you probably already have on lock down, like a good tent and some sleeping bags. While you may have shelter accounted for, we have found some of the best, new gear that you don’t need in order to get by, but we promise they will make your outdoor experience far more enjoyable.
Find your way without your cell phone: we are fond fans of field guides made by Wildsam. These books not only point out the best scenery and historic landmarks, and you will look so much better flipping through this book in those staged but necessary Insta-snaps. Meanwhile, while we know you’re headed out to embrace nature, but its the weekend and a cold brew or two is warranted. The Porter Cooler by Barebones Living holds an unbelievable 96 cans of your favorite hops-based beverage or cola.
If you are up to embrace coal-digging-style, we highly recommend getting a head lamp, and thankfully Third Eye Headlamps offers some that are as practical and cool as they come. Not willing to leash a flashlight to your dome? Pick up a totally understated brass handheld version by Best Made Co. You will use it while embarking to parts unknown, and back home it will look good up on the mantle.
At the core of our adventures, for most of us, we see a key objective in getting away as relaxing and unplugging (even if relaxing means taking a quick cat nap after a 20 mile hike.) Taking in the surroundings and appreciating nature is what it’s all about even if we put ourselves through hell first. For that reason, a couple of camp-friendly accessories are key: like a high quality hammock to rest our tired eyes and bodies, and the most beautiful canoe we’ve ever seen to rest our tired feet.
Check out more of the best camping products below, and remember: whether you’re headed out this weekend, the next, or every weekend between now and winter, never forget to bring some camp-friendly accessories and funtime friends.