The Best Camping Gear for Summer

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If you're not already enjoying the sunshine, a little extra time off this 4th of July weekend gives you a chance to get outdoors, and if you're lucky, you can turn it into a camping adventure. 

Now that things are opening up, we can expand our groups to include a lot more people for our summer escapes. And right now, getting outdoors is more needed than ever -- especially when you've spent most of the last year in the confines of your home and seeing only a handful of familiar faces. 

Whether you're the type of person who loves to take regular camping trips or a camping novice, it's never a bad idea to have trusted gear on your hands. To help any camper prep for the next trip to the great outdoors, or inspire gifting ideas for loved ones who enjoy getting outside, ET Style gathered the best camping essentials and travel gear you'll need to comfortably (and safely) enjoy days under the sun and nights under the stars, even if it's your first camping trip.

You don't have to go all out -- you can pack your bags and hit the road for a car camping trip nearby at a national park (and maybe bring a swimsuit or two while you're at it). Or, create the ambiance of a campsite right in your backyard to create a unique staycation. Either way you do it, now you'll have the gear to make your camping experience complete.

From a sleeping bag that doesn't cost a fortune to tents, coolers, sun shelters and high-tech equipment, shop our selection of the best camping gear below. 

Ultralight and ultra-compact, this is the portable grill you want for your outdoor overnight excursions.
$48 AT BACKCOUNTRY (REGULARLY $60)

Whether you need a camping lantern or you're looking to add a lantern to your disaster emergency kit, you can't go wrong with this rechargeable LED lantern. With an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5, it's a great value with a price under $25. 
$20 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $23)

Go tent camping in luxury with this Coleman screened porch Dome Tent. Don't want a mess in the tent or a place to sit and play a game of cards while feeling the cool breeze? At 40% off, that's a steal!
$118 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $200)

You don't have to sleep on the ground if you're camping with this Coleman Trailhead II Cot.
$50 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $60)

This Coffee Maker French Press, made with stainless steel and heat-resistant glass, is the perfect coffee maker to take on your outdoor adventure for a good cup of joe when you need it.
$17 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $26)

If your next camping adventure is a family affair, this Coleman Camp Wagon makes transporting your camping gear a bit easier. 
$105 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $110)

You don't want to get caught in the dark in the woods without a good headlamp. This lamp has almost 1,000 5-star reviews and there's no wonder: it's rechargeable, waterproof and super light-weight. 
$20 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $30)

This portable, waterproof solar charger is compatible with all smartphones, tablets and other USB devices. It features a flashlight and compass in case you get caught in the dark. 
$23 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $30)

Protect yourself from bug bites with a camping mosquito net. 
$20 AT AMAZON

On any camping trip, Insect Repellent is a must have. This Repel 100 Insect Repellent is a necessity you might not remember to pack until it's too late.
$49 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $60)

If you're planning the ultimate camping adventure in your car this summer, this rooftop tent is worth the investment. 
STARTING AT $1500 AT BACKCOUNTRY

This wine tumbler is like no other -- especially when it comes to camping. The shape is elegant and keeps your beverage at the right temperature -- whether it's chilled wine, hot coffee or cold water. It's also light-weight if you're concerned about over-packing. 
$25 AT AMAZON


If you're into minimalist travel and you need a simple travel bag, this Oakley Enduro Backpack is great for all your trips, even to the park. 
$70 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $100)

Don't get dehydrated on your next camping trip or beach visit.
$35 AT NORDSTROM

This UCO Stormproof Match Kit comes with waterproof case, 25 matches and three strikers. They're not just good for camping -- having them on hand in emergency situations like tornados and hurricanes can be a lifesaver. 
$12 AT AMAZON

These Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boots are a hiker's staple. 
$71 AND UP AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $90)

These Sorel Winter Fancy Lace II Boots are fully waterproof and insulated for the winter months. Get a jump on the winter season and get these boots for 33% off, while supplies last.
$91 AT ZAPPOS (REGULARLY $150)

This propane stove will make your campsite feel a little more like home. 
$33 AT AMAZON

This Sierra II Ez Up takes only a minute to set up. This lightweight canopy weighs only 31 pounds and is made for easy transport from place to place, be it the beach, your backyard or a campsite.
$103 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $100)

Whether you're RV camping or you're pitching a tent at a campground, a sleeping bag is one of the basic camping accessories for outdoor adventures. This one is on sale at Backcountry, while supplies last. 
$64 AT BACKCOUNTRY (REGULARLY $90)

The GoPro HERO8 Black Camera is the perfect camera to chronicle your action and adventure moments outdoors. This camera contains smooth stabilization and voice control so you can make the most of your time outdoors and have something to relive the memories once your trip is over.
$299 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $349)

The ENO Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock is a two-person hammock weighing only 19 ounces. It is built for portability with trustworthy material and is a hammock for two.
$70 AT AMAZON

This is a complete survival kit to keep you stay safe and attract help if you get lost, get caught in bad weather or have another emergency. It includes 32 different items, including a raincoat, a flashlight, a multi-tool, fishing line and a bunch of other items that will help you in an emergency during your outdoor adventure.
$45 AT AMAZON

The Solo Stove Titan is a natural convection inverted downgas gasifier camp stove. This kit comes with the pot, alcohol burner and accessory kit. This camping stove can cook for two to four people and only weighs 16.5 ounces. The Solo Stove has more efficient burn, which means you'll use much less wood compared to an open campfire.
$80 AT SOLO STOVE (REGULARLY $110)

This super-lightweight Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator is perfect for hikers and geocaching enthusiasts alike. 
$90 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $123)

Whether you're a novice camper or outdoor activity is part of your lifestyle, this set makes cooking easy when you don't have the creature comforts of home. This Coleman Camping Cookware 5-Piece Aluminum Nesting Mess Kit includes an 8-ounce cup, a 7-inch frying pan, a 16-ounce pot with lid and a 6-inch deep-dish plate.
$13 AT AMAZON

If you're ready for a night in the woods, the Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent is great for a family camping trip or a couple's weekend getaway in nature. The best part: It only take 60 seconds to set up.
$147 AT AMAZON

The 50-ounce CamelBak HydroBak Hydration Pack is the quintessential apparatus that allows you to fight off dehydration and drink water on-the-go. You can wear this Camelbak alone for a run or underneath your backpack if you're out hiking. 
$100 AT AMAZON

The Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool, Fieldmaster Pocket Knife is the classic choice in a pocket knife.
$35 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $52)

A good lantern is essential camping gear for outdoor enthusiasts. This Coleman LED Lantern runs on high for 85 hours and on low for 299 hours.
$50 AT AMAZON

If you're into winter camping in addition to summer camping, this Coleman Brazos Cold Weather Sleeping Bag is the right gear for you. It will keep you warm in weather as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
$38 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $60)

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