So you’ve got the basics (sleeping bag, camping stove, maybe even a water filtration system), and you’re looking to move beyond the bare essentials and support smaller, hyper-focused outdoor brands. We’ve put together the perfect list of cool camping gear to take your camping game to the next level:
NEMO EQUIPMENT - based out of Dover, New Hampshire
The Galaxi tent is a light, durable, easy setup tent for 2. This one is perfect for multi-day backpacking trips or a quick weekend camping trip. High quality material that is both breathable and protects against rainy and windy weather.
Bringing your whole crew out for a glamping trip? Definitely take a look at Nemo’s Wagontop tent. In addition to the tent’s durability and easy setup, you’ve also got separate rooms and space to stand up and stretch.
WILDISH - based out of Bend, Oregon
This “blanket” is really more of a cozy tarp, and is perfect to set down and sit on a rocky waterfront, grassy field, and by the campfire. It also stuffs down into a small stuff sack, and is the ideal size to go wherever you go!
FLYING SQUIRREL - based out of Northern Thailand
Ever wish you had a hammock that can fit all of your friends? You can all pile in the biggest hammock available (21ft!) and relax together after a long day of hiking, climbing, paddling, or hanging around the campsite. Just like the Mr. Big Stuff blanket, the hammock fits in a cool portable stuff sack.
COTOPAXI - based out of Salt Lake City, Utah
Being cozy is one of the best feelings there is (especially after a long day of outdoor activity). With the Kusa blanket, the days of cold or uncomfortable camping nights are over! Cotopaxi uses llama-poly insulation from the Altiplano of South America to make a cozy, super durable blanket that you can cuddle up with inside your tent or outside on the trail.
The Adventure Mat eases those tent-to-campground and car-to-trail transitions by providing a durable, clean, and grippy layer between your feet and the ground. The mat packs up into a compact 7x7inch-square, so you can carry it with you or just leave it in the glove compartment.
This solar-powered device will charge your phone AND provide hours of light after the sun goes down so you can keep the good times rolling. The lantern is inflatable, so the whole thing packs down flat for easy portability.
It’s always a good idea to bring a journal to remember whatever epiphanies or hilarious situations come up on the camping trip. The leaf leather journal is 100% animal free, tearproof and waterproof.
Enjoy your downtime on your camping trip with this cool social word game! You are guaranteed to have a blast and lots of laughs while you’re trying really hard to read your teammate’s mind. You can play Codenames with 4 or more players, so it’s perfect for a weekend camping trip with the crew.
Grab some of this awesome gear and add a little more character to your next camping trip! Plus you’ll be supporting some really rad outdoor startups while you're at it. Happy camping!
Elissa loves striking that perfect balance between outdoor adventure and organized sports. Her ideal week is full of basketball, soccer, and rock climbing followed by a weekend of hiking and camping. She works on the website migrations team at HubSpot and is based out of Cambridge, MA. Elissa is passionate about startups, particularly in the outdoor industry, and her life goal is to one day win a Reddy Yeti gear giveaway.