Camping Gear Essentials For Cold-Weather Camping

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Camping Gear Essentials For Cold-Weather Camping

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    Camping in the winter may sound like a glutton for punishment's idea, but if you're properly prepared, it can be an incredible outdoor experience! These cold-weather camping essentials are designed to protect you from the elements and keep you comfortable throughout your adventures. Browse our top camping picks now, including tents, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, lighting, and, of course, plenty of warm and moisture-wicking clothes.

    Solo Stove Portable Campfire Gear Kit

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    This Solo Stove Campfire Set stove is a TravelAwaits favorite! This stove bundle has everything you need to cook up quality meals after a long day in the chilly outdoors. No more surviving on granola bars and pre-packaged snacks, this stove makes it so easy to cook anything your camping family desires. This bundle includes the Campfire ultra-lightweight stove, two cooking pots (3L and 1.5L), and a tripod to simmer with precision.

    REI Co-op Base Camp 4 Tent

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    This four-person freestanding REI Co-op Base Camp Tent is specifically designed to be durable throughout all four seasons. It features dome architecture to ensure it’s highly stable while maximizing interior livability, offering 60 square feet of floor area. It’s also designed for a simple setup with color-coded poles and sleeves. The reflective trim and details will help you spot the tent in the dark. The heavy-duty storage bag includes a shoulder strap for ease of transport from campsite to campsite. Don’t use the cold weather as an excuse to stay indoors anymore; this tent will ensure comfort in all types of weather.

    REI Co-op Frostbite 5 Sleeping Bag

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    This cold-weather REI Co-op Frostbite Sleeping Bag is temperate-rated for 5 (!) degrees. The polyester shell is water repellent and stain-resistant, filled with four layers of synthetic insulate to protect against the cold. The mummy style ensures plenty of room and has a face muffler to protect against any cold drafts finding their way in. It comes in three different sizes for a snug fit for all body types.

    Stoic Double Cloud Camp Bed

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    The Stoic Double Cloud Camp Bed is a Backcountry Exclusive that ensures a quality night of sleep after a day of exploring. The cloud-like cushion is large enough to fit two people and is treated with TPU for water-resistance and long-term durability. This bed also comes with a stuff sack for compact storage and transport. One reviewer raves, “I had been looking for a mattress for two that wasn’t going to deflate after one use. This mattress is so easy to use with amazing comfort. The foam core provides plenty of support with similar comfort levels as my memory foam mattress.” Don’t sleep on the uneven or rocky ground again; this Cloud Camp Bed is a must!

    Editor’s Note: Act now; this bed is 50% off for the holidays!

    Ignik Outdoors Heated Blanket

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    The Ignik Outdoors Heated Blanket is a battery-powered blanket for quick heat anywhere you are exploring. The blanket offers three heat modes to adjust the temperature based on your preference and is lightweight and durable to bring with you everywhere. Cold-weather camping means you must be prepared for all elements, and this heated blanket needs to be on your next packing list.

    Editor’s Note: Act now; this blanket is 25% off for the holidays!

    ALPS Mountaineering Roamer Chair

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    The ALPS Mountaineering Roamer chair is a low-profile chair designed for camping, beaching, tailgating, and any other outdoor activities. The tough steel and polyester fabric ensures durability but keeps it lightweight enough at 6 pounds for no-hassle carrying. This 5-star chair can hold up to 250 pounds and comes with a lifetime warranty.

    Editor’s Note: Act now; this chair is 30% off for the holidays!

    Luci Lights by MPowerd Solar String Lights

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    These Luci Lights Solar String Lights are our newest favorite camping find. These come with warm white LED 20 bulbs per strand, each with a 20-hour burn life. The best part? These lights are solar-powered but also have a USB port for recharging in the dark or to charge other devices. The strand has two clips on it for simple hanging on trees, tents, or even your backyard porch.

    YETI Roadie 24 Hard Cooler

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    The YETI Roadie Hard Cooler is the upgraded version of a YETI customer favorite. Redesigned based on feedback, this cooler holds 20% more yet is 10% lighter and performs 30% better thermally. It can also now carry bottles of wine for those that need their vino while experiencing the great outdoors. YETI’s Permafrost Insulation keeps ice in the hard cooler for days, so this is a great option for summer and winter campers alike. Finally, it’s available in six different colors with the signature logo to appease all preferences.

    GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Camper Cookset

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    The GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Camper Cookset is a must for all campers. This set comes with all the cookware needed on your outdoor vacation, including a 3L pot, 2L pot, 2 lids, frypan, 4 polypropylene plates, 4 bowls, 4 mugs with sip-it lids, a pot gripper, and a storage sack. It is designed for durability with an aluminum core and covered with a protective painted finish. The packable storage sack also doubles as a sink or washbasin for all your camping needs.

    Camelbak Rim Runner™22 85 oz Hydration Pack

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    For all your hydration needs, the Camelbak Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack is the perfect solution. This camping and hiking backpack offers 22L of cargo capacity in addition to the 2.5L Crux Reservoir for water. One reviewer comments that it’s “amazingly versatile and durable. Space is great. Weight is lite. You can use it for many outdoor sports and day camping. Great product.”

    Adventure Medical Mountain Series Medical Kit

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    Whether camping for one night or a weeklong adventure, a first aid kit is a necessity. The Adventure Medical Mountain Series Medical Kit is available in six sizes so you can easily select the kit for your needs. While each size offers different types of supplies, every kit has complementary guides so you know how to effectively treat emergencies without panic.

    Women’s Waterproof Insulated Gloves

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    These Carhartt Waterproof Insulated Gloves are designed to keep your hands warm regardless of the weather. The outer is made of tough ripstop fabric with a reinforced synthetic palm for added grip. The inner soft lining is sweat-wicking and the stretchy fleece cuff keeps these snug around your wrists. A pair of quality gloves is a necessity for wintery adventures, and these will instantly become your go-tos for years.

    The North Face Jim Beanie

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    The classic North Face Jim Beanie is a staple of the winter. It’s designed with a fleece ear band to keep it snug and cozy. This beanie is perfect for those campers concerned more with functionality than frills.

    Wool Blend Crew Sock 4 Pack

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    It is imperative to have quality socks while spending time in the cold outdoors. These Wool Blend Crew Socks by Carhartt are designed to keep feet warm and dry with their moisture-wicking fabric blend formula. The reinforced heel and toe help protect against blisters and keep your feet cozy all day long.

    KEEN Women’s Revel IV Polar Boot

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    The KEEN Women’s Revel IV Polar Boot is specifically designed to keep your feet warm and dry without adding bulk. In fact, these boots are constructed with 200 grams of KEEN.WARM Recycled PET bamboo insulation, rated to -25 degrees F! The 5mm multi-directional lugs ensure traction even across snowy terrain. One reviewer comments that they “finally found the Keen Revel IV, and besides being roomy in the toe, this is everything a winter boot should be: warm, waterproof, well made … just what I’ve been looking for!” Check out the Men’s Revel IV Polar Boot here.

    Base Force® Heavyweight Poly-Wool Crew

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    Carhartt is known for its outdoor rugged wear and the Base Force Heavyweight Poly-Wool Crew is no exception. The thermal crew is made of polyester and wool with Force FastDry technology to keep you dry and Rugged Flex stretch technology to make it the ideal base layer.

    Rain Defender Fleece-Lined Sweatshirt

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    The Rain Defender Fleece-Lined Sweatshirt by Carhartt is “the hoodie that keeps you working through light rain.” This comfy full-zip hooded sweatshirt offers a full range of motion while keeping you extra warm and insulated thanks to its water-repellent coating and fleece interior. The front pockets are even hand-warmers! Snag this men’s or women’s sweatshirt for yourself or the outdoorsman on your list.

    Editor’s Note: Act now; this hoodie is 33% off for the holidays!

    Classic Waterproof Dog Leggings

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    These Waterproof Dog Leggings may look a bit ridiculous but are actually the coolest new find for our camping pooches. These leggings have an adjustable tie grip that goes over your dog’s back to keep them snug in place. The booties are waterproof rubber to keep paws dry and warm in outdoor elements and over rough terrain. Available in three sizes and multiple decorative patterns, dogs of all sizes will appreciate their new protection.

    RVshare RV Rental

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    And finally, if the idea of winter camping sounds great, but you’re unsure about giving up modern amenities, check out an RVshare RV rental! Camping in an RV gives the same outdoor experience without sacrificing indoor plumbing, a comfortable bed, and heat. This rental trend has grown immensely in popularity this year, so grab your Airbnb on wheels and hit the road!