With parks and campgrounds slowly reopening across the country, for many families this summer camping will be their big vacation. So whether you’re looking for a weekend or a week, there are some products out there to really make your life (and campsite) way easier. From special tents and baby beds to accommodate the youngest campers to green products that keep your ecological footprint to a minimum, this list has it all. Scroll through for some camping inspiration!
The Best Tents for Families
Whether you are looking for a car camping tent that will fit a big family or a tent that's perfect for your first backpacking trip, we've got the list for you. Check out all of our family tent recs here.
Northside Hiking Boots for the Whole Family
You'll want to make sure everyone is protected and comfortable when you head out on your camping adventure. Northside offers all-season hiking boots that are waterproof and reasonably priced. Get the kids outfitted in the newly-released Rampart Waterproof Hiking Boot or the Monroe Low Junior Hiking Boot that has a sneaker-like fit. Made with kids in mind, it's an extremely durable, lightweight and comfortable shoe that makes longer hikes a breeze. There are hiking boots for mom and dad as well, with the Women’s Freemont Waterproof Hiking Boot and Men’s Mens Snohomish Leather Waterproof Mid Hiking Boot topping the list. They'll keep your feet dry through all sorts of hikes.
Third Eye Headlamps
Third Eye Headlamps are perfect for camping with kids—not only because of their fun designs but also because they have everything you need (six light settings including red so you don't ruin night vision) and are environmentally sound (members of 1% for the planet, recyclable, etc.). They also come with the best warranty in town—no questions asked—in case your kid breaks it. The colorful headbands mean that each family member can get his/her own design (so there's no fighting, yay!).
Get yours here.
We love these binoculars from Nocs because they are ultra durable and perfect for kid hands. Not much adjustment is needed to get these going and they are waterproof (yay!) and fogproof (yay!). Easily packable in your day pack, or keep them in your car for viewing on the go, their portable size means they can join in all your family adventures. Be sure to snag a tapestry strap to go along with your Nocs.
Buy yours here, $89.
Kelty Low Love Seat
We love this camp chair option from Kelty because it is perfect for snuggling the kids around the campfire. The height is low enough that you can use it at outdoor movie nights and concerts, but high enough that you don't feel like you are sitting on the ground. The low height also makes it easy for kids to climb up. The mesh seat version is great for bringing down to sit in the creek and watch the kids skip rocks or taking on your next beach day.
Buy it here, $109.95.
Tommy Breeze Trucker Hats & Beanies
Everyone needs a good hat for camping and this line by Tommy Breeze is a family favorite. Tommy Breeze is a California artist who customizes high-quality hats into works of localized art. Tommy's approach to design seeks to draw out the essence of local landscapes. Tommy sews every patch onto its hat, to ensure durability and quality. This process is time consuming, but simplifies small-batch customization while adding a maker's touch that can't be replicated. They come in many different styles from trucker hats to classic snapbacks. He also has beanies for those who are looking for warmth + style.
Get yours here.
Coleman 4-in-1 Portable Propane Gas Cooking System
Coleman's new 4-in-1 Portable Cooking System allows you to cook four ways—wok, stove, grill and griddle. It provides a large, sturdy cooking surface to place on your picnic table and packs up easily when it's time to head home.
Get in here, $97.
Goal Zero Zeti 200X Portable Power Station
Goal Zero provides lights and power including the perfectly sized Yeti 200X and the ultra-compact and fun that powers your camping experience, whether that is a wood pellet grill or your lights. Bonus: it's great to have on-hand for your family's emergency "go" bag.
Get it here, $299.95.
Journey PerfectFIT™ Elite Child Carrier from Kelty
A well-fitting child carrier is invaluable for parents who want to get out in nature with their little ones. The Journey PerfectFIT™ Elite child carrier from Kelty offers everything you could possibly need like extra compartments for bottles and diapers. Little ones sit high in this carrier offering them better views of the world (instead of just the back of dad's head). It is designed for kids 16-40 pounds and you can even add your hydration pack. We especially love the two side pockets that make it easy to access your water bottle and cell phone while on your hike.
Get yours here, $299.95.
California Cowboy High Sierra Shirt
This shirt will be your camping favorite as it combines comfort with useful pockets for everything you want to carry on your person during a camping trip. Flannel lined with cotton modal thermal will keep you warm and the special pockets for your phone, bottle opener, pen and frosty beverage will have everything at the ready. Men's and women's styles are available with short sleeve as an option as well.
Get yours here.
Moon Shade Portable Awning
This easy-to-carry portable awning can be set up anywhere to provide instant shade cover from summer heat. It comes with two industrial magnets for quick attachment to the side of your car or RV, or can be a stand-alone shade cloth for any campsite. It's lightweight enough to take outdoors for a picnic, too.
Shop now at moonfab.co, $315
Snuggle Nest Adventure Portable Infant Sleeper
Even the youngest campers have a spot to lay their heads when you bring along the Snuggle Nest for your next adventure. Set it up in your tent for nap time and night time, it packs up small and is easy to bring along with you. The backpack strap makes it easy to throw it over your shoulder for a hands-free carry. A removable canopy and mesh bug netting are included to help protect your little one from the outdoor elements.
Available at babydelight.com, $79.99.
LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger
Combat fear of the dark with these amazing inflatable light sources that charge up via the power of the sun! The PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger is a solar inflatable lantern and phone charger that packs flat for easy carrying and charging on the go. It's the perfect all-purpose solar device to light up your campsite, family tent, or provide backup power to your devices when you need it most. On low mode, you'll get the perfect amount of ambient light to get the kids to sleep, and it can go all night if you need it.
Available here, $49.99.
Redwing 36 from Kelty
This reliable pack from Kelty just got an upgrade and we are loving it. This super lightweight pack (2 lbs. 9 oz.) is perfect for your day out in nature. It's roomy enough to carry the gear for the whole family and let's you stash your Nalgene bottle and personal items within reach. Adding your hydration bladder lets you get out for longer trips and the AMP-Flow ventilated back panel keeps you cool.
Get yours here, $99.95.
Pang Wangle Bug Repellant Leggings
Leggings that are comfy, stylish and actually repel mosquitos? We were skeptical too, but after trying a pair out on a Midwestern summer eve at mosquito-o'clock we are here to say...they actually work! They are stretchy and super soft cotton blend and lightweight enough for sticky warm evenings. Petite women may find they are a little on the long side, but this is better for mosquito coverage anyway. They are high waisted and easy to wear, with a built in Insecta-Shield. You can wash them as normal, but recommended to wash separately and not put in the dryer. While they might not keep the bugs off your face, they are a great alternative to heavy bug sprays, especially great for pregnant and nursing moms.
Shop them here, $69.95, in black or blue.
Camp Chef VersaTop Portable Flat Top Grill and Griddle
Camp Chef’s versatile cooktops are ready to go as soon as you connect them and are perfect for burgers at night and pancakes and bacon in the morning to keep your campers fed. They pack up small and are super easy to clean before you head home.
Available here, $165.
CINEMOOD Portable Movie Theater
Whether you are looking to up your camping game or give the kids some chill-out time before they hit the sack, CINEMOOD is the ultra-portable option for your next outdoor movie night. Set up a sheet on the side of your tent or project onto the side of an RV. Choose from a huge CINEMOOD digital library that includes 40 Disney e-books and 25 safety videos and stories. You can also download Netflix or Amazon Prime videos directly on CINEMOOD to enjoy anywhere, without WiFI or Internet connection.
Get one here, $399.99. Use code REDTRI to save $100!
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ASMOKE Portable Applewood Pellet Grill
When you want to up your camp grilling game, this is the grill for you. Grill masters can create mouthwatering BBQ dishes infused with real, fruit-smoked flavors on this ultra-portable grill. Perfect for RV camping, the ASMOKE Portable Applewood Pellet Grill needs an electricity source to get it up to temperature. Fill the hopper with ASMOKE's applewood pellets, set the temp and get grilling. There's no waiting around for your charcoal to heat up and wondering what temperature you are cooking at.
Currently available on indiegogo.
If you don't have a half dozen of the ZizzyBee Bags in your life then you are definitely missing out. These reusable and washable bags are perfect for toy organization, but we love to bring them camping for all sorts of reasons. Keep your toiletries in them for when you head to the showers or use them as dunk bags at your dishwashing station. Use them to bring along some art supplies or LEGO bricks, and throw them in the wash when you get home.
Buy them here, three bags for $20.95.
There's something so relaxing about hanging out in a hammock in the woods. We love the new TRUNKTECH line of hammocks from Grand Trunk as they weigh just 15.5 ounces but can hold up to 900 times their own weight (perfect for a crew of kids). The TRUNKTECH sets up in no time and packs down super small when the weekend is over. Bonus: it has a lifetime guarantee if things get a little wild in the woods.
Available here, $69.95.
Stylish and camping go hand in hand when you choose Snowfox glassware for your green drinking option. They’re shatterproof, lightweight and the double-walled design prevents condensation, so the glass won’t sweat. While they are geared more towards adults with a martini, wine or a champagne option, the highball glass and rocks glass are great sizes for big and little kid drink options.
Snag a set here, $24.99 and up per pair.
CGear Original Sand-Free Mat
Keeping the dirt out of your tent is a major issue when you are camping, especially when you have kids going in and out all the time. We like to set up the CGear Original Sand-Free Mat outside the tent door where it serves as a spot to take off your shoes before your head inside. The mat has corner D-rings so that you can secure it to the ground with tent pegs. Plus, it's basically invincible—sand and dirt don't stick, it's water resistant and UV-treated to prevent fading.
Get yours here, $59.99 and up.
Coleman RoadTrip 285 Grill
You'll definitely want to get your grill game on when you are camping, and the Coleman RoadTrip 285 Grill is a great option. It comes equipped with sturdy quick-fold legs and two wheels for a hassle-free setup, take down and transport. The Swaptop interchangeable cooktop allows for grilling at dinner time and pancakes on the griddle for breakfast. Three burners let you adjust the temp to your needs, and the two side tables are perfect for storing your cooking gear and prepping your meals.
Get one here: amazon.com, $229.
Even if your camping days are warm, the nights can get chilly. That's where the Kijaro Kubie comes in. Kubie can be used as an insulated poncho with hood, ground cover, sleeping bag, pillow and more. You can even set it up as an insulated hammock. The kids will love snuggling with you by the campfire as the Kubie is definitely big enough to share.
Available here, $80.
Kanga Car Top Carrier
Don't let all the gear get you down. Kanga Car Top Carriers are the perfect option to store your tent and sleeping bags on your way to your destination. These bags are made of heavy-duty vinyl and attach to cars with and without roof racks. You'll be the talk of the campground with this colorful car topper!
Get yours here: seattlesportsco.com, $99.95.
Estiva series by HYDY
We love the new Estiva series by HYDY and the kids will too. Fill the bottle with fruit and the center strainer filters it into a delicious, naturally flavored drink. It's perfect to bring along on your hike as it motivates the kids to drink more while avoiding sports drinks and soda. What fruit combo will be your favorite? Lemon-strawberry or watermelon-mint?
Get one here, $25
We love to bring the Buddha Board along when we go camping as it is the perfect option for keeping the kids busy while you cook. Buddha Board is a clean slate that lets you paint on it with water and then watch as your design slowly fades away! Kids will love the creativity the Buddha Board offers, and parents will love that it doesn't make a mess! We particularly love the mini as it takes up no space at all.
Get yours here, $14.95/mini, $34.95/original.
There's nothing worse than running out of ice in the middle of your camping trip. Ice takes up room and leaves you with a slushy mess by the end of your trip. Harness the power of the sun to keep your drinks cold and your popsicles frozen with GoSun Chill. Recently launched on Indiegogo, the Chill is more than a cooler, it's an off-grid refrigerator without the noisy generator. You can even choose your own temperature if you want to keep things cool or even frozen.
Get yours here: gosun.co, various packages available.
As parents, we love the Kijaro Rok-It because it offers one feature that other camp chairs don't have, the ability to rock back and forth! This portable rocker folds down and can easily fit into the carry bag making it easy to store with your other camping gear. The chair also has padded armrests and a flip out cupholder. This collapsible rocking chair will keep you cool with the mesh back, and the custom rear chair feet help you rock smoothly all day long.
Get yours here, $49.95.
Keyport Anywhere Tools
Anywhere Tools are what MacGyver would carry if he went camping. They are fully customizable and allow you to keep essential tools like a knife and screwdriver multi-tool tucked away from the kids. Add the Pocket Flare Module to make sure you are never in the dark.
Get it here: mykeyport.com, starting at $19.99.
PeaPod Travel Bed
Your big kids love snuggling in their mummy bags, but your tot needs a special spot when it comes to tent sleeping. We’re crushing hard on KidCo’s PeaPod Travel Bed, an easy pop up that functions as a tent within your tent, so your little one has his own space. It collapses flat and pops up with ease, which is entertainment in and of itself for wee ones. And if they think that’s amazing, just wait until they crawl in and curl up at the end of a long day of outdoor adventuring. They’ll sleep like a cozied up log!
Available here, $66.86.
Stinger on the Go Insect Zapper
You know what's the worst about camping? Mosquitos! Ditch the heavy-duty bug spray and set up the Stinger-on-the-Go Insect Zapper. It zaps mosquitos in a 400 sq. ft. radius—perfect for your campsite. It uses a UV light to attract and zap 40% more bugs, and it includes a USB plug as a power source as well as an electrical adapter and a battery power option.
Find it online at stingerproducts.com, $19.99.
Mpowered Luci Light
Turn your campsite into a forest fairy hangout, with Mpowered’s inflatable solar Luci lights. They’ll add a splash of fairy fantasy that your kids will love, with a side of practicality to win parents over. What starts out as a collapsed lightweight disc becomes a fully functional lantern when you charge it in the sun and then inflate it. Expect up to 12 hours of the shiny good stuff when it’s fully charged.
Available at mpowered.com, $14.95-34.95.
Because wrangling a toddler around the campfire during mealtime isn’t on your camping to-do list, pack ciao! baby’s portable high chair with the rest of your must-take gear. Just like mom and dad’s camping chairs, this high chair easily unfolds and snaps into place—but unlike yours, it comes with a durable plastic covered tray that goes from messy to clean as a whistle with the swipe of a wet cloth. Don’t forget to add on ciao! baby’s Clip-on Umbrella to keep baby shaded while she eats.
Available online, $59.95.
Nano Dry Microfiber Towel
Let’s be honest, camping is a dirty business. Between the campfire, wooded trails and your kiddo’s seemingly innate ability to find dirt anywhere, it’s hard to avoid the mess. That’s why we’re crushing on this easily packable microfiber towel you can throw in your pocket, clip to your daypack or keep tucked in your tent. Dirty faces and hands—be gone!
Available at matadorup.com, $19.99.
—Kate Loweth & Allison Sutcliffe
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