With Fall now in full swing, we can finally breathe easily (quite literally) now that the heat, humidity, and accompanying insects have finally faded out as summer finally made its exit earlier this month. Now, Sunday football, tailgating, and MLB playoffs reign supreme during the weekends at home. Also, if you’re looking to get away from the homesteadand clear your mind for a day or two, autumn is a premier season to spend some time outdoors pondering how this year has treated you thus far, and how to properly tackle the rest of 2017. It’s this time away, either deep in the backcountry or even at a well-known campground, that makes fall such a fantastic time of year for camping.
Crisp mornings, hot coffee, temperate afternoons, and chilly nights. These are the days we look forward to all year long; the perfect camping climate. Not too hot, not too cold. Just the right amount of clean mountain air to leave you feeling refreshed before heading back into the hustle and bustle. It’s why we choose to get away – because clearing our heads is a necessary means of remaining grounded in this technologically-driven world. And just like there is a right and wrong way to camp in the summer and winter, we wanted to outline some essential camping products and gear to facilitate a proper fall getaway deep in the wilderness.
ZIPPO MATTE BLACK WINDPROOF LIGHTER
Without fire at the campsite, there will be issues. Therefore, there’s no reason why owning a windproof lighter shouldn’t be an option. This sleek lighter from Zippo doesn’t mess around thanks to its lifetime guarantee, all metal construction, and ability to work just about anywhere a spark is needed.
ESBIT FOLDING TITANIUM UTENSILS
If you’re planning on eating during the trip (obvious we know) then some reusable utensils are in order. And while we’re at it, why not pick up some foldable cutlery made from titanium? Esbit offers the basis in a reliable and packable manner. No secrets here.
DARN TOUGH MERINO WOOL HIKING SOCKS
Spend a chilly weekend in the woods without a pair of warm wool socks and we can almost guarantee it’ll be your last. So, before ruining your trip before it even starts, pick up a pair of trusted merino wool socks before heading out. This pair from Vermont-based Darn Tough is a darn good place to start.
THERM-A-REST Z LITE
It’s no secret that sleeping on the cold hard ground isn’t exactly a way to get a great night’s sleep. So, if a cot isn’t an option, supplement your sleeping bag with this lightweight and trusted sleeping pad from Therm-a-Rest. It actually reflects radiant heat the back to your body amplifying your warmth and is insanely durable thanks to their indestructible closed-cell foam.
OPINEL NO. 8 OUTDOOR SURVIVAL POCKET KNIFE
Almost just as important as keeping a fire lit at the campsite, keeping a reliable pocket knife at the ready is invaluable when out there. So if you’re looking for a solid option that won’t break the bank, be sure to check out the Opinel No. 8 that’s built for the outdoors thanks to a stainless steel blade, fiberglass reinforced polyamide handle, shackle key, and a 110-decibel emergency whistle.
STANLEY ADVENTURE COOKSET
Along with utensils, keeping a cookset handy is one way to enjoy hot meals during the trip – almost a necessary means to remain warm during these cooler months. Plus, this Adventure Cookset is highly modular and built out by Stanley so you know it’s of the utmost quality.
THE NORTH FACE ETIP GLOVES
Don’t let that chilly fall weather prevent you from checking in – even though we support checking out during these trips. However, if you must, there no better option for keeping your hands warm when checking emails than these Etip Gloves from The North Face, equipped with full finger and palm conductivity.
JACK SPADE RIBBED BEANIE
Beanie season is among us. That’s a fact, so why not add a bit of form and function to your camping get-up with this olive-color Jack Spade knit beanie that’ll certainly keep your cranium warm during those cool fall nights.
ZIPPO 12-HOUR HAND WARMER
Despite the warm afternoons the may accompany a fall camping trip, early morning hunting trips could certainly be a chilly expedition. And since this is no time to be distracted, Zippo offers a way to keep your hands nice and toasty with their 12-hour hand warmer. It’s lightweight, refillable, and the perfect option for just about any cold weather activity.
GOAL ZERO LIGHTHOUSE 400
Keep the lights shining long after the sun sets below the horizon with the Goal Zero Lighthouse. It’s powered off an internal Lithium battery with 4,400 mAh and features a 1.5A USB output that can charge a smartphone or tablet without any issues.
YETI RAMBLER 1/2 GALLON
Built for weekends in the wild, this 1/2 gallon rambler jug from Yeti is yet another formidable addition to their lineup. It’s built with an 18/8 stainless steel construction, a double-wall vacuum insulation, No Sweat design, will no doubt keep drinks cold for several days.
ARC’TERYX SATORO AR CREW TOP
Let’s face it, as we get deeper and deeper into the fall season, knowing how to layer for those chilly nights is essential. This crew top from Arc’teryx functions as an ideal base-layer made from merino wool and boasts a slim fit for comfortable mobility.
BIOLITE CAMPSTOVE 2
As far as camping gadgets are concerned, BioLite produces some of the most unique options around. Their newest CampStove, for instance, comes complete with an updated LED dashboard, and uses wood to make a smokeless fire that can cook meals, boil water, and even charge your mobile devices.
FJALLRAVEN VIDDA PRO TROUSERS
Please, please don’t commit the crime of sporting jeans at the campsite. Instead, get yourself some hiking pants that are outfitted to house essential gear such as maps, axes, and pocket knifes. They’re also both wind and water resistant, and boast reinforcements at the knees for enhanced durability.
OSPREY ATMOS 65 AG BACKPACK
Along with all the gear, odds are you’re going to need a backpack to keep everything organized. And not just any backpack. For extended stays in the woods we highly recommend a hiking backpack built to get the job done – much like this option here from Osprey. It boasts an anti-gravity suspension system to help save your shoulders and spine, ample internal and external pockets for superior organization, an adjustable harness for enhanced comfort.
ARC’TERYX BORA 2 BOOTS
Hiking boots, clearly a necessity in situations like these. These Arc’teryx Bora 2 boots boast a Gore-Tex performance comfort stretch membrane, a seamless upper, speed hook laces, and a Vibram Arc’teryx sole for added traction in the outdoors.
NEMO LOSI LS BACKPACKING TENT
As Nemo’s best-selling tent, this 3-season option boasts enough room for two and is lightweight and packable enough to accompany you and that special someone on any number of fall backpacking excursions.
TAYLOR STITCH HAWKINS JACKET
One of the newest releases from the Taylor Stitch workshop, their Hawkins Jacket is the real deal for outdoor expeditions. Thanks primarily to a custom developed Polartec Neoshell, waterproof seams, a waterproof zip front, and a three-layer construction, camping in the wetter regions this fall won’t be a problem at all.
MARMOT PHASE 20 SLEEPING BAG
Complete with a goose down construction and rated for 29.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the Marmot 20 sleeping bag is the ideal option for keeping you warm on those chilly fall nights but without too much insulation. It’s also water resistant, boasts smoothly curved baffles, and a full-length locking YKK 2-way zipper.