Camping doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. In fact, just because you choose to to sleep outside for a few nights doesn’t mean you choose to throw cozy out the window. For us, camping is all about staying connected to the places we love. And, after spending many nights in tents, we’ve found some great gear to help make it a little more comfortable.
Here are six must-have camping accessories to help make your time outside as cozy as possible.
Helinox Lite Cot
If you need a little more cozy in your camping sleep kit, the Helinox feather-lite Lite Cot might just do the trick. Pressure-fit legs create maximum weight savings without skimping on comfort so whether your base camping or backpacking, this 2lbs 13oz backcountry bed can come along for the adventure. The Cot sits 5” off the ground and, just like the Helinox chairs, is super easy to set up. Our favorite part: no lung-busting sleeping pad to blow up! helinox.com
Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow
No matter the trail or camp site, this Down Pillow will quickly become your new best friend. While it is ultralight and packable, weighing in at 4oz, don’t let it’s small stature fool you – this pillow is perfectly cozy on its own or, for added neck/head support, stuff a shirt and pull the drawcord. It features 650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down for comfy, drool-proof loft; and brushed polyester so it’s soft on the skin. We spent several nights snuggled up with the Down Pillow and plan to take it on many more trips to come. thermarest.com
Feathered Friends Flicker UL Quilt Sleeping Bag
Maybe it’s the ultralight weight of the feather-packed Flicker or perhaps the incredible versatility and ability to go from single mummy bag to two-person quilt in seconds, but the fact is: this is one of the coziest sleeping bags/quilts on the market. Available in 20, 30 and 40 degree temperature ratings, the ultralight Flicker series features 950+ down fill and water-shedding outer fabric, making it perfect for solo adventures or family camping excursions. featheredfriends.com
Melanzana Microgrid Hoodie
Are you ready for game-changing comfort? This sewn-in-Colorado, pullover hoodie is the perfect companion for a day on the trail, summiting peaks, fishing the Rio Grande, or lounging in camp. It features a slightly loose fit (making it perfect for layering) and it’s made of super soft, fast drying, made-in-USA fabric. And, thanks to the micro-sized fibers and “grid” pattern, this hoodie will stay soft (even after dozens of washes) and keep its breathability for years to come. We’ve worn ours from the lowlands to the highlands and everywhere in between. melanzana.com
Chaco Z1 Sandal
Ready to let your feet BREATHE? After a day of being cooped up, grab your favorite beverage and snack and slip your toes into some fresh air. Chacos come in all shapes and sizes, but one of our favorites is the customizable Z1 Sandal. Thanks to their Print Shop, your imagination can make nearly anything happen. Want to strap mountain scenes to your feet? Do it. What about some paint splatter or good ol’ USA colors? They have you covered. Favorite foods (tacos anyone?) and rainbows? Yep, you can do those, too. Perfect for wading creeks and rivers, following where the trail leads us and lounging in camp make the Z1 our go-to cozy sandal, every time. chacos.com
Hydro Flask 12oz Coffee Mug
Speaking of favorite beverage…there are few things better than slowly sipping hot camp coffee in the morning. And, thanks to this newer release from Hydro Flask, you can sip coffee, tea, or any of your favorite beverages in a camp-ready handle-adorned mug! The TempShield™ insulation keeps beverages cold or hot for hours and it features an insulated press-in lid for travel (or to keep camp dust at bay), a soft touch finish for a cozy feel in your hands, durable 18/8 Pro-Grade stainless steel construction and BPA-free and phthalate-free materials. Get ready for some cozy sipping! hydroflask.com