My Favorite Camping Gear: Recommended Packs, Sleeping Bags, and Gadgets

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Whether I’m spending the night out in the backcountry in Alaska’s Denali National Park or car camping somewhere much closer to home like Illinois Beach State Park, I always bring a few of my favorite items along to enhance the experience.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite camping gear items, along with Amazon links in case you’d like to be a stalker and meticulously recreate my own camping experience.

Teton sleeping bag
I finally took the plunge and went for one of those mummy-like sleeping bags. Man, does it make a huge difference when it comes to staying warm! This one is great because it keeps me warm and is very lightweight, which makes it simple to transport.

65L backpack
I wouldn’t bother with packing up this sucker for a single night of car camping, but for multiple days in the backcountry, this guy is my best friend. I can fit my tent, sleeping bags, clothes, and every other necessity inside it. My pack is orange, which I don’t believe is for sale on Amazon anymore. Sorry, you’ll have to settle for black, gray or navy :)

Leatherman multi-tool
You don’t have to be much of an outdoorsman (I’m certainly not) to get your money’s worth from a good multi-tool. The knives, mini-scissors, and/or pliers are bound to come in handy when you’re cutting firewood, setting up the tent, or preparing dinner over the fire.

First Aid Kit

If you’re camping for more than a single night, or if you’re heading to the backcountry, a first aid kit is a no-brainer. And be sure to buy an emergency mylar blanket to add to your kit. As much as we’d all like to think we’re capable of surviving alone in the wild for several days like everyone on the Discovery Channel, the emergency blanket can be a lifesaver, and it’s less than $5.

Coleman propane stove

Those grills at state parks can be grimy and disgusting at times, which is where the propane stove comes in. I’ll still use the campground firepits for toasting up some marshmallows, but when it comes to preparing actual meals, the Coleman is the way to go.

Frisbee golf discs

These are purely for fun. Frisbee golf is a great outdoor, woodsy activity that the whole family can play. I love hiking through the forest while playing Frisbee golf, trying to weave the shots between trees and over streams.

frisbee golf camping gear

The golf discs are my favorite silly personal item to take camping. What’s yours?

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