Camping isn’t just a summer activity. We might think the warmer months are camping season, with their longer days and milder evenings, but fall can be even better. Massive crowds don’t descend on campgrounds in the fall like they do in summer, you don’t have to worry about baking in the heat, and you can wake up surrounded by colorful foliage. Since you’ll likely be dealing with cooler weather, however, it’s important to have the best fall camping gear.
According to Matador Network’s outdoor experts, this is the fall camping gear you need to keep on your radar this season.
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Kootek Camping Hammock
Let’s be honest — there are two types of campers. Those who forge into the wilderness set up camp, and immediately embark on a strenuous hike, and those who drag a cooler full of beer 50 feet from the parking lot and waste no time cracking it open. For the second type of camper, this hammock is for you. Lightweight and foldable, this convenient hammock can be set up in mere minutes and offers a more comfortable alternative to sleeping on the ground.
Price: $21.99 — $25.99
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent
The more time you spend setting up your tent, the less time you can spend hiking, fishing, grilling, and drinking. The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx tent really simplifies your tent set up. Make sure this tent makes your fall camping gear list. It’s free-standing, resistant to water and UV damage, and can be erected in a matter of minutes.
Helinox Chair One
Sitting on the ground would probably be a more authentic camping experience, but since when has comfort not trumped authenticity? The Helinox Chair One packs down to a carrying size smaller than a fanny pack, and can be set up within seconds.
Sleepingo Camping Sleeping Pad
With two inches of sleep support, this sleeping pad will enhance any outdoor sleeping situation. The portable mat pad is easier to inflate and more convenient than an air mattress while providing a comparable level of comfort.
MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit
Sure, you could struggle to cook dinner over a fire using sticks and planks of wood, or you could make life a whole lot easier with this camping cookware set. The 10-piece set includes a nonstick pot, pot cover, nonstick pan, two bowls, a folding spork, soup spoon, wooden spoon spatula, cleaning sponge, and a nylon travel bag. It might not be rugged, but when you’re hungry — who cares?
As Blink-182 once said, it’s “all the small things” that really matter. Indeed, the small stuff can easily make or break your camping experience, like not having a lighter for your grill. The RONXS Lighter ensures that you can actually cook your food at night, which can be a literal lifesafer. When fully charged, the lighter is good for 600 uses — more than enough to get you through the camping season.
Coghlan’s Pop-Up Recycle Bin
“Leave no trace” is a common mantra among outdoor enthusiasts, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Coghlan’s Pop-Up Recycle Bin helps you do it. Portable and easy to carry, the collapsible trash can hold a 30-gallon trash bag and will go a long way toward keeping your campsite clean.
GoSports PVC Framed Cornhole Toss Game Set
Is camping without cornhole really camping? Rather than try to Tetris-squeeze a heavy wooden cornhole set into your trunk, just bring this foldable, compact set weighing only 10 pounds. Both targets can be assembled and ready-to-play in under a minute.
Coleman Rolling Cooler
It’s not quite winter yet. You still need a cooler to keep those drinks cold, and this Coleman cooler gets the job done. With extra insulation, the cooler keeps ice up to five days in temperatures as high as 90 degrees. It can hold up to 95 cans — perfect for a large camping group — and has durable wheels that roll over any terrain.