Camping is one of those things that you either love or hate. Obviously, we here at CreekFire Motor Ranch love camping.
WE. LOVE. CAMPING.
Is there anything better than the smell of the outdoors, crackling campfire embers, a sky full of stars and that feeling you get when you’re just away from it all? But as much as we enjoy camping and the RV lifestyle, there are a few essential things that make the great outdoors a bit more enjoyable.
Here’s 5 camping items we can’t live without:
Carrying a flashlight is out of the question for serious campers. Lightweight, compact and easy-to-use, LED headlamps by Petzel start at $30. Be sure to get one with red lighting, which maintains night vision and prevents blinding your friends around the campsite.
Therm-a-Rest Sleep Pad
There’s roughing it, and then there’s ROUGHING IT. Sleeping on the cold, hard ground is almost no one’s idea of a great camping experience. A Therm-a-Rest sleep pad (starting at around $50) is a camping must for anyone who wants to be ready for that early morning hike.
Snow Peak Titanium Trek Mug
It’s a cup…it’s a piece of cookware…it’s both! You can use this ultralight, all-in-one piece of cookware to heat up soup (or really anything) and you can eat right out of it. The best part about the Snow Peak Titanium Trek Mug ($45): Only one dish to clean up after dinner!
Camelbak Hydration Pack
Who wants to carry around a jug of water? A Camelbak Hydration Pack is a lifesaver for anyone who likes to go on long hikes. They’re easy to fill, easy to carry and easy to use. Some of the packs can be bit pricey at $200, but the basic ones start at around $50.
Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Kit
Camping and camp gear has come a long way since the 1960s. And as technology has changed, so has what we would consider “essential gear.” Most people who go camping usually bring a mobile device, even if it’s just for emergencies. A Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Kit ($170) with a USB port uses the sun’s energy so you can charge that portable device. Ain’t technology grand?