24 Essential Camping Gear Finds for Summer


Our Summer Camping Gear Favorites

From car camping to backpacking to glamping, this camping gear covers the basics you need to opt outside this summer. Find detailed reviews on water purifiers and tents online at sportsguidemag.com.

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MSR Guardian PurifierMSR Guardian Purifier

Keep yourself out of the outhouse with a purifier designed for the dirtiest backcountry water. Uses hollow fiber technology to rid water of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and sediment with a fast, self-cleaning pump, negating the need for chemicals or batteries.

$350 guardianpurifier.com

gobi gear hobo roll

Gobi Gear HoboRoll

Simplify packing with this 5-pocketed roll that works like a stuff sack to organize and compress all your goods.

$40 gobigear.com

goal-zero-lighthouseGoal Zero Lighthouse Mini Lantern

When you want all the light but none of the weight, take this dimmable lantern along. Runs 500 hours on low and has a built-in USB port to recharge your smartphone.

$60 goalzero.com

lifestraw-goLifeStraw Go Filter Bottle

For on-trail use, get to Go bottle to filter water as you drink it through the straw. Pairs activated carbon with hollow fiber technology to remove bacteria, viruses, sediment, and poor taste.

$30 lifestraw.com

simple showerSimple Shower

When you NEED to shower outside, fill a 2L bottle or Platypus bladder with warm water, attach Simple Shower, and hold it above you for a real shower experience. Also for dish washing or spraying off dirty feet.

$13 simple-shower.com

oboz echo shoeOboz Women’s Echo Shoes

For light hiking, this shoe offers protection, breathability, a flexible fit, and cinch lock closure system for ladies who hate tying laces.

$100 oboz.com

packtowl luxePackTowl Luxe

As soft and absorbent as your home towels, but also quick drying, these are available hand and bath sizes. Stow them small with included zippered bags.

$13-$45 packtowl.com

therma-rest mondo kingTherm-a-Rest® MondoKing 3D

Bigger is better when it comes to car camping with this massive self-inflating mattress. A foam core and 20% more sleep surface than its last iteration make it (almost) as comfortable as your bed.

$180 thermarest.com

eagle creek gear warriorEagle Creek Gear Warrior ™ 32

It’s tough to beat this durable, high-capacity bag for hauling gear near or far. With unique laundry chute for dirty clothes, straps for attaching a helmet or large items to the top, and sturdy wheels and handle for lasting power. A wheeling bag may seem unneccessary for camping, but storing it in your car and just grabbing what you need from it is easy, and it’s easy to transport everywhere else you go.

$289 shop.eaglecreek.com

coleman hyperflame stoveColeman HyperflameFyreKnight Stove

Freshly painted for the National Park Centennial, this stove is big enough for full-size pans and boils water in half the time of standard boilers…all while blocking wind without side panels. Push-button ignition makes matches obsolete.

$150 coleman.com

thule versantThule Versant 60L Backpacking Pack

A backpacking bag made better. Features unique U-zip panel for easy access to goods throughout. StormGuard design pairs a waterproof bottom with included rain cover. Plus, lid converts into summit daypack sling.

$260 thule.com

coleman carlsbad tentColeman Carlsbad Fast Pitch Dome Tent with Screen Room

With ‘Dark Room’ technology blocking 97.5% of sunlight thanks to a coating on the windows and rainfly, you might finally sleep in while camping. And the whole family stays mosquito bite-free thanks to a screened in front room.

$190 coleman.com

stinger insect lantern

Stinger Insect Zapper Lantern

Zap biting bugs fast with this lantern that uses UV light to eliminate 40% more bugs than similar products. Runs for 3.5 hours without needing a recharge.

$30 stingerproducts.com

googdwipes guys

Good Wipes

Get clean in the wild with these gender-specific shower-in-bag wipes, including a variety made specifically for your nether regions.

$7 goodwipes.com

cotopaxi sueno camping gear sleeping bagCotopaxi Sueno Sleeping Bag

Local do-gooders, Cotopaxi, are new to the sleeping bag business, but they’ve already smartly designed a responsibly sourced, 800-fill duck down bag. Features integrated pillow pocket, half zipper option, and full blanket conversion.

$350 cotopaxi.com

sunski seacliffs

Sunski Seacliffs

Your shades break, Sunski sends a new pair. This warranty and their affordable prices make these shades an affordable partner for every adventure.

$55 sunskis.com

goal zero nomad solar panelGoal Zero Nomad 7 Plus

Charge your lantern, smartphone, or other electronics from the sun with this now lighter, smarter solar panel. Kickstand assures it gets enough sun, and it automatically matches device output to prevent overcharging.

$100 goalzero.com

helly hansen enroute jackethelly hansen enroute pant 

Helly Hansen Women’s Enroute Shelter Jacket & Enroute Pant

Pretty and protective, this light jacket keeps wind and water out. The hybrid pant pairs softshell on front for rain protection with stretchy fabric on back for fast-paced activities.

Jacket $200, Pants $130 hellyhansen.com

lululemon core pololululemon-abc-pant

Lululemon Men’s Core Polo & ABC Pants

Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you need to look like it. This combo goes from trail to tavern thanks to sweat- and odor-wicking performance fabrics teamed with a modern design.

Polo $88, Pants $128 lululemon.com

outdoor research playaOutdoor Research Playa Hoody

Stay sun safe in this fast-drying, UPF 50-protective top that’s ideal for paddling, camping, and hiking.

$75 outdoorresearch.com


Turn your iPhone or Android into an off-grid texting and GPS machine! Sold in pairs to connect two or more friends. Includes free app with offline maps to keep you from getting lost in the woods.

$199 gotenna.com

coleman camping gear malletColeman Mallet with Tent Stake Remover

Pound tent stakes with ease and keep your fingers unsmashed with this rugged mallet. Handy tent stake remover on other end makes this a camping gear kit essential.

$20 coleman.com


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Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.