It's not too late for one more perfect camping weekend

From bestreviews.com
By
Allen Foster

Just because the warmer, sunnier months are coming to an end, it doesn't mean that camping season is over. 

Whether you're a minimalist who loves the freedom of being completely untethered to modern conveniences or you prefer a comfortable outdoor experience that includes heat, plumbing, and electricity, there's still time left for one more perfect camping weekend.

However, fall camping is a bit different than those mid-summer excursions. At night, temperatures can quickly plummet, so you will need to be prepared. We've compiled a list featuring some of the essential items that will make your upcoming camping trip the best of the season.

 

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad 

Best suited for: Tent camping and backpacking

Why you need to pack this: If you're hiking to your destination, you'll want to bring this lightweight, durable, insulated sleeping pad with you so you can spend your nights in comfort. The antimicrobial treatment prevents germ growth and the heat reflective technology will help keep you warm when the temperature drops.

 

Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner

Best suited for: Tent camping and backpacking

Why you need to pack this: Your sleeping bag may be fine through spring and summer, but in the fall, temperatures can drop well below comfortable. Instead of shivering the night away, turn up the heat by as much as 15 degrees with this Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner. The extremely lightweight and compact design makes this a must-pack item for late-season trips.

 

REI Co-op Multi Towel Lite

Best suited for: Tent camping and backpacking

Why you need to pack this: When packing for a hike, towels are often left behind because they are too bulky, giving campers no suitable way to dry off after washing. This solution is genius: a lightweight microfiber towel that can absorb up to 8 times its weight and quickly wring dry. And, to make it even more appealing, these towels are currently on sale.

 

Men's and Women's Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Socks 

Best suited for: Tent camping and backpacking

Why you need to pack this: It's always the little things that matter most. Pampering your feet with the right hiking socks can make the difference between a miserable trek and a delightful journey. The best thing about Darn Tough's trail-tested, durable, moisture-wicking socks is you won't even need to pack them because you'll already be wearing them.

 

Petzl Tikka Headlamp 

Best suited for: Tent camping and car camping

Why you need to pack this: One of the hardest adjustments to make when camping is the lack of lighting at night. With Petzl's Tikka Headlamp, that's no longer an issue. Just 3 AAA batteries power this strap-on headlamp that features low, medium, high, red LED, and strobe settings. For safety, the unit even has a built in emergency whistle.

 

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Generator 

Best suited for: Car camping and cabin camping

Why you need to pack this: Goal Zero's portable generator is perfect for the camper who doesn't want to completely detach from civilization while adventuring. This unit can be charged via a solar panel, car, or wall outlet before travel, and it offers power for lights, laptops, smartphones, gaming devices, and more. 

 

Nikon ProStaff 3S 8x42 Binoculars

Best suited for: All camping types

Why you need to pack this: One of the greatest joys of being in the outdoors is experiencing all the wonder and beauty that nature has to offer. A durable, lightweight pair of binoculars that is both waterproof and fogproof is yet another must-pack item. This offering from Nikon is manufactured using eco-glass that is free of both lead and arsenic.

 

30-Day Duro LED Lantern

Best suited for: Tent camping, car camping, and cabin camping

Why you need to pack this: More light is always welcome when camping, and with Duro's LED Lantern, you never have to worry about being left in the dark. The advanced design allows this unit to last up to 30 days on low power. However, if you're looking at taking full advantage of the lantern's 700 lumens (which will run for approximately 22 hours), the globe can be removed and the unit hung upside down to serve as an area light.

 

Nite Ize Nitehowl LED Safety Necklace 

Best suited for: Tent camping, car camping, and cabin camping

Why you need to pack this: Camping is even more fun when the whole family comes along -- including pets. However, in a strange, dark environment, it just takes a split second to lose sight of where your companion is. With Nite Ize's Nitehowl LED Safety Necklace, you need never fear losing your four-footed best friend again as they'll be wearing an illuminated collar visible from multiple angles up to 1,000 feet away.

 

Neutrogena Water-Resistant Hydro Boost Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Best suited for: Tent camping, car camping, and cabin camping

Why you need to pack this: In the fall, it's easy to neglect applying sunscreen. However, the lower temperature doesn't diminish the risk of exposure to harmful UV rays. Neutrogena's Hydro Boost not only protects you from the sun, but it's easy to apply and can help keep your skin hydrated for up to 8 hours, making it an essential item for every outdoor excursion.

 

Women's and Men's Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket 

Best suited for: Tent camping, car camping, and cabin camping

Why you need to pack this: The Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket is sleek, stylish, and eco-friendly. Made from 75% recycled materials, this fashionable coat is effective at both blocking winds and trapping your body heat so you remain comfortable on breezy fall days and crisp autumn nights.

 

Patagonia Provisions Wild Pink Salmon

Best suited for: Cabin camping

Why you need to pack this: Who says camping is for roughing it and surviving on berries and protein-rich bugs? Not us! With the Patagonia Provisions Wild Pink Salmon, you can enjoy a gourmet meal no matter where you are. In fact, just thinking about this lightly smoked and peppered wild pink salmon is probably making your mouth water.

 

Allen Foster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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