⌘ May 26, 2023

7 Things (Which Are My Go-To Camping Essentials) This Week [#95]

A weekly list of interesting things I found on the internet, posted on Sundays (and sometimes Thursdays when I’m camping in the boonies). Sometimes themed, often not.


I just got back from an excellent camping trip down in the Smokey Mountains with my wife, sister, brother-in-law, and young niece and nephew. Sorry about the late post, and you can expect a return to regular 7 Things programming this weekend.

But in honor of that camping trip, here are 7 Things that I always take with me when camping.

1️⃣ Patagonia R1 Hoodie. My favorite piece of clothing, ever. It’s so cozy and versatile.

2️⃣ ENO SingleNest Hammock. Don’t let the name fool you, we (somewhat) comfortably snuggled me, my wife, and our niece an nephew all into one hammock.

3️⃣ Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Pad. Honestly, this comes with me anytime I’m out hiking, too. It’s just so convenient to have a dry, comfortable sit pad that also doubles as overnight insulation from the ground. I use the small size to save bulk and weight.

4️⃣ Petzl Actik Core Headlamp. Don’t mess around with any other kind. This one functions with just one button (important when wearing gloves and don’t want to press the wrong one), has plenty of lumens, and can be powered by both Petzl’s rechargeable Core battery and standard AAA batteries.

5️⃣ Jetboil Stove Kit. I’m all for minimal dishes when camping. For most meals, boiled water is all I need so no cleanup is necessary, and the Jetboil is the best. For others, I can usually cook whatever I need right in the pot and eat out of it too. It also holds my lighter and spork.

6️⃣ Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Inflatable Pillow. It’s only recently that I’ve converted from a shirt stuffed with other clothing as my pillow to an inflatable one. It’s so worth it. And by worth it, I mean you’re carrying something that packs down to the size of a salt shaker, so it’s hardly noticeable.

7️⃣ Kobo Libra 2. I had to throw a tech thing in here. When I’m outdoors, I try to disconnect completely, so I get a lot more book reading done. The Kobo is my favorite e-reader so far. It’s waterproof, so no worries about it getting a little wet, and I can pack it with books (and Pocket articles if I want). This trip, I got a little further into Rabbits.


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