Our Nomadik Adventurers have done 85+ combined trips and logged 40,000 miles on the road this year. They’ve adventured places like: Zion, Yosemite, Appalachian Mountains, PNW, Moab, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountains and the John Muir Wilderness. After tons of trial and error while testing and using products in a variety of categories we’ve compiled this list to help point you in the right direction for spring camping. Here’s our 5 essentials and why we like them.
1. Tent: it goes without saying that a good tent is critical. Here’s our favorite.
Marmot Tungsten UL Tent 2-Person, 3-Season: A great all-around tent, mid-range budget ($299) and fits two comfortably. With a nice balance between weight, space and cost it’s perfect for the trekker who is backpacking or the road tripper who is car-camping. The poles are pre-bent which gives it a little bit more head room. This one has two doors and two vestibules, plus the weight on this is the same as more expensive tents.
2. Canopy/Rain Fly:
These are incredibly useful, but many campers forget about packing one. They are used to protect you or your site camp from the sun, wind and rain. Our favorite is the Grand Trunk Abrigo Rain Fly- there’s about 12 setup options/uses for this the way they designed it.
Whether you’re going camping, on an evening hike, or a road trip, a headlamp you can rely on is absolutely critical- they always come in handy when you least expect it. We’ve tested 25 headlamps in the last 6 months. Here’s what we like best.
UCO Hundred: great all-around headlamp, awesome bang for your buck and very high-quality. It has 100 lumens (more than enough for a headlamp). It has an IPX4 waterproof rating and weighs just 1.8 oz. It runs off 3x AAA batteries, we prefer this power source because it’s easy to bring extra batteries. Rechargeable Li-Ion battery are “cool” and “techie” but can go dead when you need them most, plus you have to worry about charging them and having a power pack.
*P.S. we loved this headlamp so much it’s in our next box 🙂 If you want to learn more, here’s our past boxes and our pricing options!
4. Sleeping bag:
You don’t want to be cheap when it comes to purchasing a 3-season bag. After tons of trips in cold temperatures, here’s our favorite:
REI Co-op Magma 10 : This weighs 1 lb. 14oz. inside it’s filled with 850-fill goose down, and it’s a premium bag at a great price. It’s a 10-degree bag with 17.6 ounces of goose down, and it’s toasty!
5. The Nomadik Box (Shameless plug!):
With fun monthly box themes, an outdoor adventure challenge and up to 6 innovative gear items you’ll be prepared and excited to plan your next trip. Inside our boxes are unique and multi-functional items, past boxes have contained items such as: Grand Trunk Hammock, Power Practical LumiNoodle, Mountainsmith Cooler Tube, Outdoor Element Firebiner and the GearAid/McNett Utility Knife.