Let’s face it – camping, though an all-season past time, is really the best during select times of the year. Like now. That’s because nothing goes better with long hot hikes (followed by ice cold PBRs) than a quick dip in the lake or river your campsite is planted next to. Bring the trunks, some SPF, and ideally that dog you rescued last winter – and get ready to have your best camping adventure of the year.
Camp City: High Tide
While it’s certain you can camp year round, summer is the time to enjoy a waterfront adventure.
Ticla TeaHouse 3 Tent
The brilliant folks over at TIcla asked themselves a very important question before inventing the TeaHouse 3, $345. Why travel to a beautiful landscape and then pitch a tent out of which you can’t see a thing? While your tent is shelter from the weather, and a place to lay your tired head at night, it turns it out it could also be a super cozy spot to enjoy morning coffee, or better yet, evening stars.
Sundolphin Aruba 8 SS
Sundolphin Aruba 8 SS, $150, is perfect for beginner kayakers and campers. The lake & river ready equipment is lightweight & easy to carry, plus features storage and drink holders, and is really affordable.
Scout Seattle Semaphore Square
Scout Seattle is a namesake for creating super high quality, super functional pieces that would benefit anyone’s wardrobe and camp master collection. Fitting this description are their multi-use squares. These well made scarves can be used in a barrage of ways, including but not limited to a hankerchief, neckerchief, headband – and the less likely but equally awesome uses, like as a coffee filter or (bring the camp indoors) as a headboard.
The scarf is big – at 20x20 – and pictured here is the
Scout Seattle Semaphore Square, $58. It’s 100% cotton Japanese chambray, and made in the USA.
Jack Black Sun Guard Sunscreen
Don’t head to the woods unprepared - pack bug spray, lots of water, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Jack Black’s Sun Guard, $22.50, will keep you sunburn and freckle free, even after long hours in the rays.
Igloo All-Terrain100 Quart Cooler
If you’re going to be dragging your beverages from the car, through the woods, and to the lake, it’s important your cooler is up for the trek. The rugged,
All-Terrain Igloo Cooler, $149.99, is just that. And we dig the stark white color – let your cooler tell a story by picking up stickers at all the convenience stores you stop at on your journey.
Chuckit! Zipflight Dog Frisbee
The way to really have the best summer camping trip is two fold:
Adopt a dog.
2.) Take said dog, maybe named Dog, to the lake, enjoying this: the
Chuckit! Zipflight floating frisbee dog toy, $8
FYRKAT Charcoal Grill
A lot of campsites come complete with in-ground grilling areas for your convenience. But what if you don’t want to grill at the site, you want to grill at the beach? The FYRKAT picnic charcoal grill will be your go-to staple for grilling just about anywhere. It’s a decent size – enough to fit 4 (veggie) burgers (or real burgers), or maybe some freshly caught fish?
Silicon handles make sure for easy handling, and the cooking rack is removable for easy clean up. You can pick up the
Fyrkat Picnic Charcoal grill (there’s also a mini-er version) for just $85.
Quiksilver Quad Rock Scallop 18
Nothing better rocking a pair of boardshorts out in nature that are made with nature in mind. The
Quiksilver Quad Rock Scallop boardies, $65, are constructed with 80% recycled Repreve polyster fibers.
Polk Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
Listening to the subtle sounds of nature is one way to enjoy the great outdoors. Listening to Evidence is another. The
Polk Waterproof Bluetooth Swimmer, $59.99, is the perfect seaside accessory. Lasting for up to 8 hours, and waterproof up to 3 feet, this little speaker is durable enough for the woods, portable & sleek enough to keep in your bag all the time.
Bigmouth Toys Gigantic Donut Pool Float
An underrated bonus of camping is that you can totally nerd out and who's going to know? This means that giant, ridiculous donut pool float that reminds you of what Homer Simpson's vacation dreams must be made of you now have a use for.
Bigmouth Toys Gigantic Donut Pool Float, $25
Slpy, The Original Sleepy
What a way to multi-task. SLPY is the first ever wearable sleeping bag, complete with hood. While it is warm out, the evenings can still get chilly. After you put out the fire, (actually even better, right before), slip into your bed, and skip any chance of shivering in nature. SLPYs are quite the advanced sleeping bags – able to be used in three different ways: to sleep, to wear, or to explore. That’s right, the bottom of the bag can be cinched up allowing you to walk in your bed.
SLPY, The Original Sleepy, $150