It’s a New Year, which means it’s time for some brand new camping gear! Even though the dynamics of camping haven’t changed much, the concept of it is evolving to offer new varieties for modern families to enjoy. To accommodate the many ways that families can enjoy camping, check out some of the top camping gear to hit the shelves in 2014.
Made by a few select companies, phantom jackets are water resistant and feature a down filling for warmth and comfort. They are perfect for winter camping and cold-weather sports, and some brands even offer pockets that are large enough to fit a water bottle.
Lightweight Mountain Packs
If you’re tired of lugging around a traditional backpack, check out some of the lightweight mountain packs that are on the market. They may not look that different from a regular backpack, but when loaded, they are significantly lighter and allow you to enjoy camping activities without feeling weighed down.
Stylish Camping Tents
While there are many high-quality camping tents on the market, most have the same, traditional look to them. That’s why more campers are choosing tents that have a unique, attractive appearance and will bring attention to them at the campsite. The VW Camper Van Tent from the Monster Factory is one such example, as this tent looks like the 1965 VW Split Screen Camper Vans. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and practicality, as the tent offers impressive waterproof specifications, a roomy interior that accommodates four adults and easy setup.
Tired of trying to build fires night after night? Your campsite neighbors aren’t, because they are enjoying one of the many camp stoves on the market. Some even burn twigs so you don’t have to carry gas with you! There are many options available, including propane stoves, liquid fuel stoves, portable grills, and our favorite, backpacking stoves.
With new gadgets on the market, you can enjoy a light that acts as both a flashlight and night light while also reaping the benefits of a USB charger to fire up your other electronic gadgets. Other great picks include LED and multicolored flashlights, free-standing lanterns and fuel lanterns, a great option if you don’t want to worry about carrying batteries.