Don’t go camping without these must-have essentials
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Going ultralight with your cook kit is weather-resistant with the MSR Windburner 1.0-Liter. The brand’s advanced radiant burner and heat exchanger are engineered to boil one liter of water faster than conventional convection stoves by channeling all heat up through the pot. The air combustion system is enclosed in the stove so this system delivers windproof performance. A cooking-slash-eating pot and an eat-and-drink mug with insulated cozy are included.
Cooking for an entire family of happy campers? Coleman’s EvenTemp delivers three burners and 28,000 BTUs of power. As promised, the burners radiate heat equally across the stove so you can cook in three 8-inch or two 12-inch pans at the same time. This is the official stove of the National Park Service Foundation, and it’s sturdy enough for your outdoor adventures, with a rust-resistant aluminized steel cooktop and stainless steel burners. Now, all you need are the ingredients to make a delicious meal.
Be your own barista with the JetBoil Java Kit. The Flash cooking system lights with the push of a button and in less than three minutes your boiling coffee fills the one-liter cooking cup via French Press. The cooking cup clips onto the burner preventing spills, and the insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator so you know when to press your coarse-ground coffee. The entire system weighs just under one pound, so you can pack this coffee shop anywhere the trail takes you.
On one hand, Gregory’s Baltoro backpack is just a great pack backed by years of experience in the backcountry. The
Gregory’s removable lumbar insert adjusts to the curvature of your lower back for customized support that will keep you on the trail. It also has a removable daypack with hydration reservoir that you can zip off on ultralight day hikes. However, where this pack separates itself from the rest is with its integration of Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panels on the top exterior that allow you to charge your battery, smartphone, tablet or camp lighting system while you hike.
Back in the day, camp lighting was powered by propane, and if you needed even the smallest bit of electricity, you had to haul along heavy batteries or a noisy generator. Now, Goal Zero’s Nomad 7 solar panels allow you to generate electricity wherever your legs can take you. The 7-watt, weather-resistant solar panels can charge handheld USB and 12-volt devices — most smartphones, tablets, GPS, headlamps, and certain camp lighting systems. The entire kit weighs just over one pound.
Add the MSR Alpine Deluxe Kitchen set for a chef’s kitchen in your pack, which comes with a calibrated spoon for common measurements; a strainer that doubles as cheese grater; a serrated-edge spatula; a moisture-resistant salt and pepper shaker; a dish brush-slash-scraper fitting MSR cookware; a 4.5-inch Sanoku-styled knife with sheath; a small cutting surface; and a bottle opener-slash-corkscrew. The whole thing fits in a semi-rigid case.
Do not underestimate the importance of a comfy camp chair. The right perch not only helps you rest tired feet after a day on the trail, it will also keep your tukhus out of the dirt, rocks and pine needles, so that you don’t crawl into your tent a filthy mess. The Quadra is the latest camp chair solution from Therm-A-Rest. It is constructed with aluminum poles used in tents so that the chair is can hold up to 300 pounds. It packs down into an easy-to-stow package by folding into its own base and weighs just two pounds, 14 ounces.
Top this stove off with the BioLite Portable Grill (sold separately) to disperse the fire over a 55-square-inch grill, enough space for four burgers or six hotdogs. You can even go gourmet and throw in a hickory stick or two, or just burn dry pine twigs. Either way your meat grills up tastier than when it’s cooked over a petrol-fueled flame.