let's nerd out on gear, shall we?
HERE'S SOME OF what WE USE & LOVE, ON TRAIL MAVENS ADVENTURES AND ON PERSONAL TRIPS.
Most of what you'll see below is backpacking gear. Why? While you can use backpacking gear to camp, it's a lot harder to use camping gear to backpack. Example: you can take a lightweight tent to a drive-in campsite, but carrying a 10 lb. tent on a backpacking trip would be miserable.
If you see camping and backpacking in your future, start by investing in backpacking gear. If you know you'll only be car camping, scroll down to the camping-specific section below (and let's talk, because backpacking is great).
*Most of the products below are linked to an Amazon product page. Should you purchase anything via these links, an eensy fraction of your purchase will support Trail Mavens, at no additional cost to you. Bottom line? Shop around and find the best prices! If you end up selecting Amazon, we'd be super grateful if you went through us.
backpacking & camping gear
The first backpacking tent I ever loved.
Exceptionally comfortable, functional, and classy looking.
The first bag I've had that gets my butt, thighs, and feet warm quickly!
I used to use pump filters. Never again! Gravity filters do all the work for you.
Durable and comfy. Plus, even if your pad is punctured, you still have some padding and insulation between you and the ground.
I love knowing where my food is in this transparent container! No more blindly digging around.
As durable a pot set as you'll find, and appropriate for 1-4 people.
I admit $10 is a lot to pay for a spork, but it's so darn cute.
A Tupperware and lid works as well, but this Delta bowl is a lot more durable and boiling water-friendly.
I don't actually own one of these, but I really, really want one. There's nothing wrong with a pop of color in the backcountry!
Ambient light + phone charger = win.
Luxury item, but totally worth it in my book. FYI, you can buy titanium versions that cost 10x as much.
To me, there's nothing more satisfying than kicking back into a chair after a long day of hiking, glass of wine in hand. It's just not the same when your sitting on a log or on the ground.
The ultimate anti-stink tee! I don't backpack in anything else.
I searched long and hard for the perfect backpacking pillow, and found it.
The magnetic bite valve holder is a tiny detail that makes all the difference.
I thought hiking poles were incredibly dorky...until I started using them.
I really, really love this bucket. When your tent is a good distance from your water source, it means you don't have to spend the night tromping back and forth getting a liter at a time.
I'm not against using my hands for cleanup, but this little guys makes things a lot easier.
Roomy enough for you, your tallest friend, your gear, and a dog or baby. So spacious!
I frequently considering bringing this stove into my kitchen. It's considerably better than my electric range.
When you're camping with a group and picnic table space is at a premium, this is an excellent option! Rolls into a tube and fits easily into any car, plus it's waterproof.
Once you throw size and weight out the window, your pad options are limitless. I feel particularly princess-y on this mattress.