Car Camping Essentials

Base camp essentials that take the rough out of roughing it

REI Nodder Sleeping Bag

REI Nodder Sleeping Bag

REI Nodder Sleeping Bag

REI's 25-degree Nodder Sleeping Bag grows with your kid. An attached stuffsack lets you lengthen the bottom as needed. $70; rei.com

Big Agnes Sleeping Giant

Presenting Big Agnes's Sleeping Giant pad cover.

Big Agnes Sleeping Giant

Big Agnes Sleeping Giant

Big Agnes Sleeping Giant
For the best night's sleep you can get in a tent, insert your pad into Big Agnes's half-inch-thick, memory-foam Sleeping Giant pad cover. $60; bigagnes.com

Platypus CleanStream Gravity Filter

Presenting Platypus's CleanStream gravity filter.

Platypus CleanStream Gravity Filter

Platypus CleanStream Gravity Filter

Platypus CleanStream Gravity Filter
Time to purify water? Just fill Platypus's CleanStream Gravity Filter and hang it; in 2.5 minutes, you'll have four clean liters. $100; cascadedesigns.com

Kelty Loveseat

Presenting Kelty's loveseat.

Kelty Loveseat
Kelty Loveseat (Kelty)

Kelty Loveseat
Kelty's two-person Loveseat has a sturdy steel frame and, yep, a bottle opener. $80; kelty.com

The North Face Docking Station

Presenting The North Face docking station.

The North Face Docking Station
The North Face Docking Station

The North Face Docking Station
If you're hosting a small army, The North Face's already huge (97 square feet), six-person Docking Station connects with optional “docks” (from $149) to become a multi-room HQ. $429; thenorthface.com

GSI Glacier Stainless Slotted Spatula & Spoon

Presenting GSI's glacier stainless slotted spatula & spoon.

GSI Glacier Stainless Slotted Spatula
GSI Glacier Stainless Slotted Spatula (Compliments of GSI Outdoors)

GSI Glacier Stainless Slotted Spoon

GSI Glacier Stainless Slotted Spoon

GSI Glacier Stainless Slotted Spatula & Spoon
Get a nice set of camping utensils like GSI's Glacier Stainless Slotted Spatula and Spoon ($7 each; gsioutdoors.com), plus some nonstick cookware.

MSR Flex 4 System

Presenting MSR's Flex 4 dining system.

MSR Flex 4 System

MSR Flex 4 System

MSR Flex 4 System

MSR Flex 4 System

MSR Flex 4 System
MSR's Flex 4 System, which comes with color-coded insulated mugs and deep-dish plates. $160; msrgear.com

Brunton 2 Burner Stove

Presenting Brunton's 2 burner stove.

Brunton 2 Burner Stove
Brunton 2 Burner Stove

Brunton 2 Burner Stove
At $63, Brunton's 2 Burner Stove offers the most BTUs (24,000) for the buck. brunton.com

GSI Gourmet Camp Kitchen

Presenting GSI's gourmet camp kitchen.

GSI Gourmet Camp Kitchen
GSI Gourmet Camp Kitchen (Compliments of GSI Outdoors)

GSI Gourmet Camp Kitchen
You can even bring the kitchen sink: GSI's Gourmet Camp Kitchen includes cutting boards, wire-rack storage, and a double wash basin (with optional foot pump for running water). $160; gsioutdoors.com

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