We strapped on our boots and headed deep into the woods to find the best luxe gear for kicking back at basecamp.
GrubHub Camp Kitchen Mesa Model
If you often car-camp where there aren’t any tables, an all-in-one kitchen organizer like this makes it easy to keep everything in order. The impressively well-built Mesa has ample table space, a sturdy spot for your two-burner stove, a kitchen sink (included, along with a bunch of other accessories), and supports for a gravity-fed water filter and a lantern. And it all packs up into a large cooler-sized, wheeled bundle for easy transport. ($379)
Helinox Chair One Camp Chair
Not only is this one of the comfiest camp chairs we’ve ever sat in, bit it’s also one of the strongest and sturdiest—it’s made with DAC aluminum poles, the same ones found in high-end tents. It also collapses down to the size of a two-liter bottle of soda. ($90)
Platypus GravityWorks 4L Water Filter
You can boil it, you can use a pump filter… or you can sit back and let the GravityWorks do its thing. At the bottom of the top bag is a hollow-fiber filter. Pour in up to four liters of untreated water, hang it up, and a few minutes later you’ve got filtered water. Get the universal bottle adapter ($13) and you can filter right into your Nalgene or CamelBak. ($120)
Grand Trunk Double Hammock
A sturdy, easy-to-set-up, and highly packable double-wide hammock like this should be a part of everyone’s camping kit, especially if you have little kids. This one packs down to the size of a Nerf football, weighs just 20 ounces, and, with triple-stitched seams and climbing-grade carabiners for hanging, should last forever. ($65)
NEMO Tango Duo 30 Down Comforter
To make the ultimate camp bed, grab any two 25-inch pads (we used NEMO’s Tuo Luxury, $140 each), package them together with the company’s Cosmo/Tuo Luxury Pillowtop slipcover ($190), and toss the Duo down comforter over the top. Top it off with two of NEMO’s packable Fillo pillows ($45 each). If the results don’t entice your spouse to sleep under the stars, nothing will. ($450)
Coleman NorthStar Dual Fuel InstaStart Lantern
The same warm glow as Coleman’s classic models with none of the fuss: the NorthStar’s mantle attaches effortlessly via two wire clips, and a battery-powered ignition fires it up with the press of a button. Runs on either Coleman fuel or unleaded gas.
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