Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean camping season is over just yet. In fact camping is even better this time of year: the temps are cooler, crowds are smaller, and fall foliage can be seen everywhere from the golden aspens of Colorado to the vibrant colors across New England.
Getting ready for the upcoming season, we found ten essential things that make fall camping a lot more enjoyable. You can also use these handy items at tailgating parties, sporting events, and even backyard BBQs.
1. Mini portable grill (and travel cooler)
You can have a BBQ almost anywhere with these mini charcoal grills. They also come with an insulated carrying bag that doubles as a cooler for drinks. They’re about $25 on Amazon.
2. Multi-purpose water bottle
Lunatec’s Aquabot isn’t just a water bottle: it’s a gadget of many functions. You can use them to clean off dishes, hands, or gear, put out campfires and more. The multi-purpose bottles have a twist nozzle that changes from mist to shower, stream, and spray. Check them out here.
3. A covered camping chair
You don’t know outdoor comfort until you’ve tried one of these folding chairs with canopies. They provide much needed protection on sunny days (and during light rain showers) for camping, tailgating, as well as kids’ sporting events.
The shade easily pulls up when needed, and can be pushed back when not in use. When you’re done the chair folds up quickly and the canopy snaps into place as its own carrying bag. They’re less than $50 on Amazon.
4. 12-volt cooler & warmer bag
Take note car campers and tailgaters: these bags are the best for chilling drinks and warming food. They simply plug into your car’s cigarette lighter and keep the contents warm (or cold) for up to four hours without power supply.
The large bags have an 18L capacity, which holds about 20 cans. Made with an aluminum lining, the insulated bags will either cool your beverages as low as 45 degrees F or warm food up to 120 degrees F. They also have tons of great reviews on Amazon.
5. 12-volt heated blanket
Another useful 12-volt accessory for car camping is this electric heated blanket. They’ll plug into any car adapter and automatically turn off after 30 or 45 minutes. The blankets are offered in red plaid and navy blue.
6. Compact cookware
Compact cookware like this ten-piece set saves a ton of space. They come with almost everything you’ll need (sans food) to cook a meal while you’re outdoors.
This set includes: an aluminum pot, a pot cover, a non-stick pan, two BPA-free bowls, a folding spork, soup spoon, wooden spatula, and cleaning sponge, all neatly stored away in a nylon bag with a drawstring. The set also comes with an e-book that features ten recipes for making s’mores and tips for perfect marshmallow roasting.
7. Wind-proof camping stove
Windproof stoves, like these ones from Etekcity, make cooking a lot easier this time of year. They feature adjustable wind shields as well as retractable legs underneath for easy storage.
8. A folding table for extra cooking space
Unless your campsite has a picnic table, there isn’t usually a lot of space to set things down. These portable tables only take 30 seconds to fold out and provide a sturdy extra surface for dining or cooking. They’re available on Amazon here.
9. Thermal insulated socks
Anyone who has gone camping knows the importance of a good pair of socks (especially during the fall and winter). These ones are warmer than cotton, softer than wool, and non-itchy like other materials. They come in a variety of colors and striped patterns.
10. Folding hammocks
No need to find the perfect tree alignment for a hammock; these folding ones from Guide Gear can easily set up anywhere. They also come with their own carrying bag for easy transport. You can get them on Amazon here. ‘
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