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September 23, 2021

June is National Camping Month and if you’re thinking of hitting the road to enjoy the great outdoors, you’re not alone. According to KOA’s North American Camping Report, more than 60% of first-time American campers who tried the activity out during the pandemic, plan to camp the same amount or more in 2021.

If you’re planning your own trip, we’ve put together a list of essential items for your camping kit.

Tent

This is one of the most important gear choices for your camping trip. It’s your home away from home at the campground. When choosing a tent, it’s important to understand the full range of tent categories- camping tents, roof-top tents, backpacking tents, shelters, and hammock tents. Make sure you consider the type of tent, tent sleeping capacity, tent season ratings, and tent features. REI has the perfect tent for any campsite.

Sleeping Bags

Even though you’re outside, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep and choosing a sleeping bag is crucial in making your dreams a reality. Make sure you choose a sleeping bag with a lower temperature rating than the lowest nighttime temperature you expect on a trip. It’s also important to consider the insulation level, sleeping bag shape, and additional features like a hood or stash pockets to store personal items. REI has you covered when it comes to choosing the right sleeping bag for your next outdoor adventure.

 

Cooler

When you’re on your trip, you need to make sure your food and drinks are still staying cool, no matter the temperature at your destination. YETI has hard coolers built to carry your food and keep it fresh throughout your entire adventure.

 

Emergency Weather Radio

Severe weather can always occur when you’re on your trip and it’s best to be prepared. The Midland ER310 E+Ready Emergency Crank Weather Radio will keep you informed with sustainable power options. Plus, you can recharge your USB compatible devices, use the flashlight when navigating low-light areas, and be found with the high frequency dog whistle in case of an emergency. This radio is sure to give you and your fellow campers peace of mind.

Walkie Talkies

It’s important to be able to stay in touch when you’re off the grid. Grab a set of Midland’s X-TALKER T51VP3 Walkie Talkies. With these walkie talkies, you’ll get clear reception, clear transmission, and clear sound quality. The two-way radios have up to a 28-mile range if some people leave the campsite to explore on trails nearby. They come with Weather Alert technology so your family and friends can keep an eye on severe weather when away from the site.


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