6 camping gifts that make the outdoors even greater

No matter the season, nothing beats the brisk embrace of the great outdoors. You may be “roughing it” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a few creature comforts. After all, I’m sure the pioneers would treat themselves to afternoon siestas in a hammock if the option was available.

Your favorite camper likely has the essentials. These tools will enhance the experience while still keeping the ruggedness of camping in tact. One look at any one of these gifts, and they’ll be eager for their next time the wild howls their name.

1) Dry Bag Coolers

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When you’re on a hike, it’s best to stay hydrated. This rugged bag stores ice and a bar full of drinks effortlessly and keeps them chilly for hours. Don’t forget to pack a few IPAs to treat yourself to when you scale a mountain (or heck, a hill).

Price: $48

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2) BaseCamp Blankets, 2-pack

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Insulated blankets are cozy, but are typically heavy and cumbersome to pack. These blankets not only keep you toastier than a batch of s’mores, it rolls up neatly to store or travel with. Wrap yourself in a camping blanket that even has pockets. This pack comes with two. Share with a loved one, or hoard both and build a beautiful camping cocoon.

Price: $164 (regularly $188)

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3) HiRise Hammocks, 3-pack

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Nothing beats a nap with a cool mountain or oceanside breeze rocking you to sleep. Except, usually, the part where you have to actually assemble and pack up the hammock. Not only do these hammocks store neatly in a tiny backpack, even the most novice of campers can easily set one up. They hold up to 330 pounds.

Price: $132 ($162)

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4) Micro Towels

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Just try and fold a conventional towel in your pocket. (Spoiler: You can’t.) These micro towels are crazy portable, ultra absorbent, and dry twice as fast as regular towels. Perfect for lounging on the beach or toweling off after an intense excursion.

Price: $18-$75

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5) Forever Cold Insulated Water Bottles

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It’s hard finding a nice, cold drink when you’re surrounded by trees, insects and bears. Put icy cold water in one of these water bottles and it will stay just as cold for 24 hours. Your favorite camper will enjoy each sip of water from the beginning to end of a hike.

Price: $34-$90

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6) Floating Sunglasses

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Never choose between looking cool and going for a dip. These sunglasses float to the surface, should they slide off your face when you land a sick cannonball. Polarized lenses protect your sensitive eyes from glares brought on by reflective surfaces (like say, water). Plus, it offers all the great UV protection you should aim for in a good pair of shades.

Price: $24-$101

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Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.