By now we hope that you’ve followed our guidance and have acquired the basics for constructing the perfect kit for car-camping weekend escape—your tent, your sleeping bag, your sleeping pad, maybe even a fancy camping cot. Now it’s time to up your game with a cache of products that, while not essential, still make living in the side country an experience equivalent to hanging at home, only with better views and none of the perpetual obligations.
1. Jetboil Genesis Base Camp System, $350; 2. GSI Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set, $50; 3. Big Agnes mtnGLO Tent Light Accessory Kit, $40; 4. Snow Peak Cast Iron Oven, $250; 5. Dragon Fire Tinderbox, $5; 6. Light My Fire Grandpa’s Cooking Stick, $10 for Two; 7. Brunton Lightwave Amp Lantern, $199 (on sale now for $149).
Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).