National Parks Centennial
100 reasons to love the parks (and a few things we'd improve)
NEMO Concerto Sleeping Bag ($400)
The 700-fill down in the NEMO Concerto sleeping bag is so plush, we’ve considered using this sack as our comforter. On warmer nights, the built-in sheet provides snuggly coverage.
L.L.Bean Deluxe Swedish Folding Cot ($139)
No need to sacrifice comfort for weight on a car-camping trip, particularly when a good night’s sleep is on the line. L.L.Bean’s Deluxe Swedish folding cot is as cushy as it gets, with a three-inch foam mattress and wood slats that won’t sag in the middle.
CamelBak Forge Vacuum Travel Mug ($30)
CamelBak paired an ergonomic lid with vacuum-sealed double-wall stainless steel for its Forge Vacuum travel mug to keep coffee hot during the hours it takes to get everyone up, dressed, fed, and on the trail.
Fjällräven Rucksack No. 21 Medium ($180)
The rugged cotton-polyester body of Fjällräven’s Rucksack No. 21 Medium tolerates serious work in the woods. With a 20-liter capacity, it’s roomy enough for sandwiches, water, and extra layers.
REI Evrgrn Campfire Rocker (from $99)
REI replaced spindly camp-chair legs with sturdy bamboo skids for its Evrgrn Campfire rocker. It’s ideal for kicking back after a big day on the Cadillac South Ridge Trail.
Big Agnes Chimney Creek 6 MtnGlo Tent ($600)
With a generous 83 square feet of floor space, Big Agnes’s Chimney Creek 6 MtnGlo tent easily fits a family of six. Integrated LEDs offer soft illumination for bedtime stories or late-night hands of Texas Hold ’Em.
Eddie Bauer LED Tube Lantern ($20)
The three bulbs in Eddie Bauer’s LED Tube lantern provide increasing levels of brightness: one is good for early risers who don’t want to disturb the neighbors, two help you find the loo, and the 60 lumens provided by all three are more than enough for after-dark dish duty.
Outpost Titanium Three-Piece Cutlery Set ($22) and Three-Piece Portable Pan Set ($85)
The nearly indestructible fork, knife, and spoon in Outpost Titanium’s Three-Piece Cutlery set will stand up to a lifetime of scraping the last morsels from the plate. And its Three-Piece Portable Pan set will have water boiling in no time.
Coleman National Parks Edition FyreKnight Stove ($150)
The two burners on the Coleman National Parks Edition FyreKnight stove each produce a whopping 12,000 BTUs, so you can have both pancakes and bacon piping hot and ready to go before the kids are out of the tent.
Pendleton Acadia National Park Pet Bed (from $99)
Pendleton’s Acadia National Park pet bed is handsome enough for your living room. And the zip-off fleece liner can be tossed in the wash after a weekend sitting fireside.