29 Picks for Camping or Traveling
By Aaron Lovell, Melissa McGibbon, and Jenny Willden
1. Pocket Poppet Cardigan
Cool nights call for a cozy cardi, but toting one around gets tiresome. The Poppet resolves that by stowing in a small, concealed pouch built-in to the back that fits in a purse! $99 pocketpoppet.com
2. Columbia Suburbanizer Jacket
Urban styling meets functional design in this mid-thigh length coat made of water-resistant fabric with storm hood for summer showers. $90 columbia.com
3. Black Diamond Castle Valley Hoody
Keep yourself snuggled up in this soft, warm hoody that fits loose so you can wear it over your harness. This lightweight stretch hoody is made from a super blend of merino wool fabric and makes a great layering piece.
4. Icebreaker Aria Dress
Stay-fresh Merino wool fabrication and a fitted silhouette make this breathable dress a knockout for summer travel. Dries fast in the shade too! $120 icebreaker.com
5. Keen City of Palms Sandal
The perfect travel sandal. This chic style looks great with a summer dress, but the supportive leather sole lends itself well to long walks with no break-in time required. $95 keenfootwear.com
6. Sperry Top Sider SON-R Flex
Ultralight and packable, this flat’s made to wear wherever since its Wave-Siping outsole provides traction in and out of the water. The removable footbed is surprisingly supportive and dries fast too. $75 sperry.com
7. Icebreaker Men’s Tech Lite Summits Tee
Icebreaker blended a nylon core with Merino wool to create this durable tee that fights odors for backcountry adventures. The set-in sleeves add comfort under a backpack.
8. Sierra Designs Dri Canvas Pants
Stay out in any weather with these cotton pants treated to absorb 50% less water to keep you drier. Barely visible thigh pockets hold maps, compasses, or cell phones.
9. Vasque Inhaler GTX
Structured to support your ankles on full-throttle, steep hikes, this GORE-TEX® boot has a breathable, waterproof liner that keeps feet dry without making you sweat.
10. Keen Uneek Sandal
Known for their innovative designs, Keen constructed this sandal from two cords and a sole. The simple design allows the upper to move and adapt to the shape of foot for insane comfort, and the razor-siped outsole ensures you won’t slip on slick surfaces.
11. Sanuk Knock Outs
This laid-back sneaker is lightweight and supportive, making it the perfect travel companion. Plus, the anti-microbial, anti-odor footbed keeps bacteria at bay for fresh-smelling feet. $65 sanuk.com
12. Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat
Sun protection is a big deal, and these hats offer great coverage and packability. Available in kids’ sizes too. $39–$49 sundayafternoons.com
13. GoodWipes Deodorizing Body Wipes
When you can’t shower, freshen up with these large, alcohol-free body wipes made from natural ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint, and Ginseng. 10 wipes for
14. GoVino Wine/Cocktail Glasses
Class up a campsite or picnic basket with these elegant, shatterproof glasses crafted from food-safe polymer. Also available in beer and flute styles. 4-pack $15 govinowine.com
15. Platypus Platypreserve
When traveling with wine bottles is less than convenient, take it to go with this BPA-free bag that keeps wine fresh longer and won’t leak. $10 platy.com
16. Lifefactory Food Storage
Ditch the plastic and convert to glass food storage. These handy containers are dishwasher safe, BPA/BPS-free, phthalate-free, and microwave-friendly. Designed responsibly with recyclable materials and a protective silicone sleeve for non-slip grip and cushioning. $19 lifefactory.com
17. Thule Capstone 32 Liter
From the people who brought you award-winning car racks and luggage comes a hiking pack designed for comfort. Features like micro adjustment suspension, gender-specific harnesses, and a mesh back panel makes you (almost) forget you’re wearing one in the first place. $180 thule.com
18. Osprey Celeste Daypack
This fully featured women’s specific pack is incredibly comfortable so wearing it all day is no problemo. Borderline genius construction with specific compartmentalization and thoughtful details make this a must-have for road trips and air travel. It’s separate padded laptop sleeve, side stretch mesh pockets, and sunglass pocket are key. $100 ospreypacks.com
19. Hummingbird Travel Pak
Fannies are back! Relive the ‘80s with this waterproof version that admittedly offers the comfort of day trekking hands-free. Sure, it can be converted into a shoulder pack, but what’s the fun in that?
A compact camp chair is easy to pack, but short seats lack the classic comfort of their big chair brothers. Choose the Treo for full-sized sitting that packs to a size that fits in even a Fiat’s trunk. $100 thermarest.com
21. Rumpl Blanket
Imagine turning your favorite sleeping bag or puffy coat into a cozy indoor/outdoor blanket…that’s a Rumpl. Available in baby through king sizes with included stuff sack. $65-$229 gorumpl.com
22. Olympia WD180 Lantern
Get big light from this little 180-lumen lantern with four brightness settings. The built-in clip and magnetic base make it easy to hang or stick anywhere.
23. Nomad Clip
Keep a USB cord within reach with this rugged carabineer with USB/Lightening or USB/Micro USB cable built inside for on-the-go charging from a solar panel or external battery. $35 hellonomad.com
24. Olympia Solar Battery SB5500
Harness the power of Utah’s sunny skies by storing energy in this power bank to charge cell phones or flashlights in two hours and larger electronics, like tablets, in five hours. $60 shop.olympiaproducts.com
25. BioLite NanoGrid
Illuminate a campsite—or even your backyard—with this kit containing a USB-rechargeable power hub/lantern and two chainable overhead lights. Hub also charges USB electronics. $100 bioliteenergy.com
26. Polaroid Cube
Snap pics and shoot video anywhere with this 1.5-inch cube, one-button action cam that’s magnetically mountable to any metal surface. Splash- and shockproof with mounts available for a helmet, bike, tree, and more. Records HD 1080p or 720p video.
27. Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Tent
It’s no wonder this tent is winning so many Editor’s Choice awards. Campers who need easy, lightweight construction and like airy design will love the extra room and adjoining mesh doors in this 2-person tent. It weighs a scant 6.3 lbs and is made from nylon, knit mesh, and polyester taffeta.
28. Grand Trunk Compression Pack Cubes
Available in three sizes to accommodate everything from short weekenders to extended international travel. A spiral expansion zipper system opens additional storage space with multiple compartments for organization of gear and clothing.
29. Grand Trunk Getaway Toiletry Bag
Don’t sacrifice your grooming routine on the road to adventure with this modular toiletry bag. The Getaway holds more than a week’s worth of personal care items and features a compact LED light and mirror. A sturdy buckle closure system doubles as an attachment hook. $80 grandtrunk.com