Travel | Camping Soon? We’ve Got 12 Items to Enhance Your Travels
My family loves camping. My boys love going out to the desert, getting dirty and exploring with their dad. When I first started dating my husband we went camping in a remote location (cue the Dateline music!) and we spent the night in a tent surrounded by the sounds of nature and blanket made of stars. Throughout the years the way that we camp has evolved. We now have a toy hauler, complete with a queen-sized bed, fridge, shower and most of the comforts of home. I definitely prefer glamping to roughing it, but appreciate that for our family its all about coming together, unplugging (mostly) and creating lasting memories.
If you’re planning a camping trip anytime soon, we’ve gathered up some items that will add to your experience, no matter how you define camping.
12 Items To Enhance Your Camping Experience
Our favorite camping locale is the desert where the days are hot and the nights are cool. I love to cuddle up with a blanket and a book at night and the Everywhere Blanket fits the bill perfectly. Its large enough to cuddle up with and crazy soft; great for camping or home. ($129)
Our camping trips to Alamo Lake always include traversing through the nearby BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, uncovering abandoned ranches and historical sites. This means heading out on a UTV and that undoubtedly includes hair flying all over the place and lots of dust. If you want to keep your hair out of your face and still look cute Sugarsky Headbands are a must have. There are several designs to choose from (I love the ones with maps of national parks) and they are hand-sewn and sturdy. Bonus: They are made from 79% recycled water bottles and offer a 35+ UV rating for sun protection. The company also offers bandanas and tubes and can be worn a variety of ways. ($22-30)
I love to be comfortable and traditional camping chairs can be stiff. The AirChair is just what it sounds like, a big fluffy blow-up chair. The lightweight chair easily fits in a bag and is compact enough to take anywhere. It blows up quickly without a pump and the recliner style provides ample support for catching rays or reading a book. In addition to being a great camping chair, it will also come in handy at concerts or the beach. ($49.99)
I feel like camping and hiking go hand in hand. While I’m certainly no expert on the matter the one thing I do know is that you need comfortable shoes and socks to make your trek as enjoyable as possible. Farm to Feet creates ultralight roll-top socks that are specifically designed for an active lifestyle. Their socks provide compression from the top of the sock through the middle arch which minimizes foot fatigue. ($17)
If you’re headed to a campground where you have access to showers, you need to protect your feet from potential germs and bacteria. Showaflops have a unique drainage hole design along with antimicrobials and slip resistant soles. These all work together to protect your feet from mold, bacteria, and fungus on floors. They’re great for public showers as well as the beach, pools, and saunas. Their fun designs will make you want to wear them all the time. ($22-34)
If you’re planning on doing some camping on or near the beach, you’re going to need a bathing suit. The straitSwim collection struck me with their designs inspired by the islands of the Torres Strait. The designs seem to tell a story and are stylish and made from high-end fabrics. The company offers full bathing suits and bikinis in bright colors and patterns. ($90-180)
I sometimes have a tough time falling asleep while camping. While you may experience a stillness in the air that’s not found in the city, there are a new set of noises to contend with. Sometimes its just difficult to sleep anywhere but your own bed. If you need a little help like me, you’re in luck! The Sound Oasis Glo to Sleep mask helps to slow down your brain activity which ends up helping relax in an unfamiliar environment and allows you to fall asleep easier and have a restful night. ($39.99)
Being cool and comfortable is the start of a good night’s sleep. The Brave Era travel sheet is 100% silk and lightweight. The sheet easily folds into a bag the size of an iPhone. It’s naturally hypoallergenic, temperature regulating, machine washable, and critter resistant, making it the best travel sheet on the market, whether you’re camping, backpacking across Europe or just distrusting of hotel sheets. ($79.99)
I can’t count the times that I have “brushed” my teeth with my finger because I forgot a toothbrush, or have had to buy an overpriced disposable toothbrush while traveling. Forgetting essentials is the worst so make sure to plan ahead. These travel toothbrushes help keep germs away while you’re on vacation with their silver brush technology. Their even foldable, taking up less room in your dop kit! ($5.99)
With two small-ish boys easing their way into that phase of life where their friends become the focus of their lives, I want them to remember how much fun we have camping. I want to give them a way to cherish the memories of our trips together. I can’t think of a perfect way to do that than with a travel journal. Writing down their experiences not only expands their creativity but gives them memories to look back on once they move away and start to craft their own path in life. The Outdoor Observation Journal is a perfect spot to draw pictures of what they see or records all the things they see on our outings. ($11.99)
You can never have enough water in the desert and hauling around water bottles while traversing rugged terrain can be cumbersome. Matador has introduced the world’s first backpack with built-in water filtration. The HydroLite is the first travel pack that filters water as you drink, providing 100,000 liters of clean drinking water over the life of one filter. Now you can comfortably carry clean, filtered drinking water instantly anywhere! The Hydrolite holds 2 liters of clean drinking water, is ultra-light, 100% waterproof and puncture resistant and comes with a compression case for travel. ($189.99)
What’s better than hiking with man’s best friend? After all they do, help safeguard your dog’s eyes with Rex Specs! Rex Specs are goggles designed for the active dog to keep protected from debris, environmental hazards, and harmful rays of the sun. Designed with UVA/UVB protective lenses that help treat canine eye conditions. They are stable and secure while allowing for full jaw motion and field of view to satisfy the needs of any dog. Rex Specs offers goggles from dogs of all sizes, from four pounds to over 80 pounds! ($79.95)
If you’re planning a camping trip for Spring Break or the upcoming summer, I want you to be prepared, pampered and comfortable and these products will definitely enhance your experience. Happy camping and memory making!