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Amp Your Camp

by Lauren Braden

in Camping and Outdoors

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Camping season is officially here! In just a few short weeks, we’ll be sleeping under the stars atop a plateau in the Eastern Washington desert.

How about you? Have you made your campground reservations yet? If so, it seems the only task left is to fill in the gaps on your camping checklist.

Here at Northwest TripFinder, we’re making a list of things we need to amp our camp.

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New “Cabin” Family Tents

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Our son is officially full child-sized, and we might be getting a dog this summer. So, we need a new tent to accommodate all of us!

I’ve got my eye on the cabin-like REI Kingdom 4 tent billed as “a campground palace for families.” It has two rooms, and one of them can become a screened room when the fly is rolled up or removed. It also features a roomy, pull-out vestibule, which would come in handy with a golden retriever.

Price: $389  Buy it.

 

More Family Tents

Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  nwtripfinder.comLower Priced – Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Tent$249 

Higher Priced – MSR Backcountry Barn Tent: $849 

 

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Ultra-Lightweight Backpacking Tents

Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  nwtripfinder.comIf you spend a lot of your summer nights in the backcountry – first of all – LUCKY YOU, and second of all, you’ve probably noticed that backcountry tents are constantly getting lighter and lighter. Which means that MSR Hubba Hubba you thought was the bomb ten years ago is now officially VINTAGE.

My top pick for a mid-priced backpacking tent is the Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL2 Tent, which superlight, 3-season, freestanding backpacking shelter, the Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL2 tent offers easy living for 2 people with 2 doors and 2 vestibules.

Price: on sale for $224  Buy it.

 

More Lightweight Backpacking Tents

Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  nwtripfinder.comLower Priced – Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Tent$239 

Higher Priced – Marmot Thor 3P Tent$599 

 

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The Super Deluxe Camp Kitchen

Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  nwtripfinder.comOk, mini rant coming. You know what frustrates me most when I’m preparing dinner at the campground? The fact that everyone is gathered around with their drinks and their snacks on MY picnic table while I’m trying to cook!

See, this situation could be quickly remedied if I had the REI Camp Kitchen. It’s got a spot for my 2-burner stove, a prep area and  it collapses easily into its own carrying case.

Price: $149 Buy it.

 

 

 

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The Sleekest Camp Stove

Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  nwtripfinder.comWho wouldn’t want a burner that kicks out 20,000 BTUs when you’re making your morning coffee, huh? I’m totally in love with the  Camp Chef Everest 2-burner camp stove because, well it’s gorgeous and also, it lets you set the two burners at different levels. I know most stoves boast this feature but few actually work. All the reviews on this baby concur that it does. That means you can kick up the boil for pasta while slowly simmering the marinara. Also, the Piezo igniter sparks the stove to life with a push of the button. I like that.

 

Price: $109 Buy it.

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Camp Coffee Revamped – French Coffee Press

Making the morning coffee at camp for a crowd is always a little tricky, so I love this 48-ounce REI Table Top French Coffee Press. This makes it easy, and keeps it hot.

If you aren’t familiar with using a french press, the main thing to know is that your coffee should be ground more coarse than, say, drip coffee. I usually do one rounded teaspoon of ground coffee per cup. You put the coffee in this thing, then fill it with boiling water and let it steep for exactly four minutes. Then, slowly press down the plunger, which has a very fine-mesh screen – this pushes all the coffee grounds down to the bottom.

 

Price: $54.95 Buy it.

 

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Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  nwtripfinder.comThe Perfect Camp Chair

The days of sitting on stumps are dead to me (and my aching back). In the spirit of multi-purpose gear, REI’s Trail Flex Lite chair fits the bill. It weighs in at just 1 lb 12 oz, so I can take it to the campground as well as on a day hike. If a chair is really a priority for you, at this weight there’s no reason you can’t take it backpacking too.

How does it weigh so little? It uses the same DAC aluminum frame design found in many lightweight tents. The center seat panels use nylon mesh that dries quickly and allows moisture to drain. There’s a stuff sack for storage and easy transport.

Price: $69.50 Buy it.

 

 

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Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  ENO Doublenest Hammock A Hammock for Two

Whether you string this across your campground or just cuddle under the stars in your backyard, the ENO Doublenest Hammock is as versitile as it is affordable.

We love our hand-made hammock from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, but it’s not a good option at the campground because it easily tangles and fits only one person. We borrowed a friend’s ENO Doublenest and our entire family fit into it. The capacity is 400 lbs. It packs into its own stuffsack, down to the size of a grapefruit.

So, how does this work? It has a marine-grade line with metal snap links on each end that securely attaches it to hooks on posts, boat masts etc. You won’t find hammock posts with hooks in the campground though (well, not in most campgrounds), so you’ll need to buy the necessary accessories (ENO makes these straps) or creatively rig your own system with climbing rope.

They also sell an ENO SingleNest Hammock for one person.

Price: $69.95 Buy it.

 

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Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  nwtripfinder.comA Bright Lamp for Your Camp

Gear companies have certain niches where their products really shine. Most climbers and skiers know Black Diamond makes great climbing and skiing gear. But another thing they do really well? Lanterns.

The Black Diamond Voyager Lantern is a well-made, sharp-looking light source with a great battery life and flexible settings to meet your needs, whether you seek a soft glow or utility lamp. It even has the added ability to be used as a flashlight when you’re hiking around at night.

Specs: 2 high-output DoublePower LEDs—1 for using the Voyager as a lantern around camp and the other for using the unit as a flashlight. The LEDs can be turned on at the same time to eliminate the dark spot that you generally see below a hanging lantern. A dimming switch controls light output. The lantern is water-resistant, collapses for transport, and has rubber feet to stabilize the lantern when set on a table or the ground.

Price: $39.95 Buy it.

 

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Amp your Camp: Essentials for Modern Camping  |  nwtripfinder.comTotal Comfort on a Cot

It’s not cheap, but whatever you spend on this cot you’ll probably save by not having to book a post-camping massage.

If, like me, you’ve awoken in your sleeping bag at 2am to find yourself sleeping… on rocks…   thanks to the leak in your air mattress, you might find this cot is a fine item to invest in.

The REI Camp Folding Cot will never, ever spring a leak. But it’s good for car camping only, so don’t chuck that Therm-a-rest repair kit just yet.

This folding cot sets up quickly and easily. And although the cot takes up a pretty big footprint in your tent, you can stash your stuff (clothes, books) underneath.

Price: $79  Buy it.

 

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer March 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

We’re definitely in the market for a tent. Can’t decide whether to get a backpacking or camping tent first. And my trekking poles completely broke last week, so I need some new ones. And I’d like a 0 degree down sleeping bag, too, please. :) But the tent will probably have to come first.

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Lauren Braden March 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

Hey Jennifer, I didn’t get into the REI outlet on this post but there are some great deals on tents over there! (and you can use your dividend on many of the items to discount them further.) Check out this Big Agnes 6 that would be $186 – it sleeps 6 and the vestibule with the fly on is amazing and definitely big enough for the golden retriever we are going to get. Very tempting.

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Suzan May 18, 2013 at 5:35 am

Have you ever rated, or had any experience with a tent-cot? All one unit, tent on top of a cot.

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