Our Favorite Camping Essentials
With fall’s arrival comes the invariable shift to brisk hikes, crisp nights on the beach, trekking into the backwoods or sitting around the campfire. Whether heading out for the day or a few nights, check below for some gear staples from well-loved brands and stylish indie up and comers, for toting into the great outdoors.
Portable Log Fire
Stay toasty around these chic-rustic, hard-working kiln dried pine wood logs from Plymouth, Minnesota. A whiz to light, each log provides two hours of fire, designed to bring a warm, welcome heat and light source. And, non-toxic fire starters won’t taint your meals so get ready to grub.
Master your flame! This compact burlap satchel includes deliciously-scented cedar firestarters, handmade using salvaged scrap wood and also includes Marbles Match Safe and small kindling to help create a warm, healthy fire.
Handmade Pewter Flask
Forever an outdoor essential, keep this made-in-England, pocket-sized polished pewter flask fits in your pocket and when dusk arrives, ideal for a swig of your favorite spirit. And for the ladies, the pewter purse flask makes for a lovely albeit boozy companion.
Snow Peak Cook Set
From the minimalist brand Snowpeak, this lightweight, made-in-Japan set includes rounded bottom edges for heating efficiency and handles that fold in for packing (and fit into a tidy mesh storage bag). It’s also delightfully easy to clean. With some pals? We suggest making these badass chef’s recipes.
Camping Popcorn Popper
Straight Hold Hatchet
The beloved family of outdoor everything, Best Made Co., produced a handsome hatchet comes with a straight handle (made of Appalachian hickory). With a blade of 1060 alloy steel, it’s the perfect companion for hammering those tent stakes or chopping fire wood. Then, all you need is to strike the match.
Pendleton Twin Blanket
This classic, made-in-the-USA blanket from Pendleton is designed to keep you warm. Modeled after the blankets early shepherds used to brave the unknown elements of the Pacific Northwest, the tradition of durable wool continues. And, of course, with use, it looks even better with age.
Opinel Safety Knife
A smart, utilitarian choice, the Joseph Opinel safety knife traces back to 1890’s. Sturdy, simple and functional, this wildly popular model includes a rounded 3”stainless steel blade tip, beechwood handle and is perfectly useful for camping. Fact: more than 200 million have been sold and the model has appeared at both the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (NYC).
Forest Trees Oak Candle
OK, it's not really for camping per se, but you can channel nature’s great outdoors with this at-home soy wax candle from a new tree-inspired line, hand-poured in Brooklyn, NY. Featuring three scents: a spicy cedar, an earthy oak and floral magnolia, there’s no need for the bonfire, this candle translates to 50 hours of steady burn time.