1. Camp Brand Goods Happy Camper Tank Top, UO // 2. Opinel Folding Saw, Brook Farm General Store // 3. Stanley Classic Thermos, Target // 4. Coleman Green Valley Sleeping Bag, Target // 5. Camp Get Enough Sandwich Maker, Modcloth // 6. UCO Original Candle Lantern, The Clymb // 7. Camp Chef Cast Iron Teapot, Kohls // 8. Cascade Glacier Trail Crew Liquid Soap, Juniper Ridge // 9. Light My Fire 6-Piece Meal Kit, The Clymb // 10. Trail Remix Radio, Modcloth // 11. Alps Mountaineering Morado 2, The Clymb
Although we're only a month into spring here in the northern hemisphere, and the weather of the midwest is only just beginning to climb into non-winter temps, I can already feel myself itching for a camping trip. The art of camping, in one way or another, fills an almost infinite number of summer memories for me. I remember sitting aside the lake with my parents in Door County, Wisconsin, maybe 3 years old, eating s'mores we'd just made on the fire, listening to the waves. I remember on my first road trip to New York City spending a couple of days in a tiny tent deep in the Pennsylvania forest, cooking veggie burgers on a camping stove and making big city to do lists with my girlfriends. I remember hiking deep into the Rocky Mountains on an impromptu midsummer Colorado adventure, and waking up in the morning to the sweet smell of sage after a night of barefoot dancing and the deepest sleep under a massive sky.
Now that I have a four month old baby, I'm not quite sure if camping will play a role in this summer's festivities. But that hasn't stopped me from daydreaming about being back under the stars - or perusing around online for gear and compiling this camping-themed wishlist. I'm pretty minimalistic when it comes to camping, and although I like to be comfortable, I can usually make do pretty well without a lot of extras. I do think that there are certain pieces of camping gear that can make or break your experience though, like your tent and sleeping bag. I'd love a small, high quality tent like #11 from The Clymb, and an equal parts practical/affordable/cute sleeping bag like #4 above, from Target. And because I'm not one to turn down fun details in any experience, I've also included some more trivial goodies, like #1 from Camp Brand Goods, and #10 from Modcloth.
Whether you're a seasoned outdoors enthusiast who likes to rough it or someone who prefers a slightly more pampered/less rustic experience, I hope that this little roundup inspires the summertime camper in you.