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How to Camp Like a Boss

Updated September 2023, How To Camp Like A Boss was originally written in September 2017

Never camped before? Looking to up your camping game? Want to create a kit for multi-day treks?

In this post, you’ll learn the items you may want to camp like a boss. For many of the locations, I travel to camping is a must and through trial and error, I’m about to share with you my favorite camping gear so you too can camp like a boss.

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1. Get a Great Tent

If you regularly follow along on my blog you’ll already know this one. I recommend the MSR Hubba NX line. These 3-season tents are as lightweight as it gets.

Other tents I’ve tried and tested and recommend is the Mountainsmith Morrison Evo tent.

2. Grab a Sleeping Bag

I have two sleeping bags I recommend for different temperatures. For cooler nights down to 20°F/-7ºC I recommend Nemo sleeping bags. It’s very similar to the North Face Campforter that I currently use, which seems to no longer be in production.

For warmer summer nights I recommend this 50ºF+ sleeping bag.

3. Get Matted

I don’t always bring a sleeping mat when I’m doing a long-distance hike in order to cut weight. But when I do I can recommend the Thermarest Neo-Air X-Lite as it’s extremely lightweight, the only downside is the price.

4. Pull Up a Good Pillow

My favorite pillows are made by Thermarest. It packs up super small and if you need a little more fluff you can easily stuff a t-shirt or two inside. A good alternative is to take a stuff sack and toss some of your clothes in it.

5. Light It Up With a Tiny Campstove

I use the Coleman Peak1, it’s tiny, lightweight and cheap. Another I’ve gotten to use and like is the MSR Pocketrocket Stove.

6. What’s Cooking?

I use the MSR duo cookery set if I’m camping with others or the solo cookery set if I’m going alone.

7. Dish It Up!

I’m a huge fan of collapsible bowls and cups. Try the Sea to Summit sets.

For utensils try these lightweight titanium free sporks.

8. Need a light?

Headlamps are much easier than trying to do something and hold a flashlight.

9. Don’t forget your towel

Get one of these microfiber packable travel towels.

10. Bring a solar panel

Wanna keep your electronic gadgets charged? I like the super lightweight Goalzero Nomad 10.

Bonus: Want easy meals?

Grab some super-simple dehydrated backpacker meals! Just add boiling water, zip the pouch closed for the defined amount of time anemic voile! Dinners ready.

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