No matter what the weatherman may say, we know that camping is always in season. Sure, temperatures have dropped, but that won’t stop most outdoor enthusiasts for getting into nature whenever they can.
We’ve put together a list of gear that we know will make your winter camping experience (and really, any camping experience), more enjoyable. Check out our selections below.
Biolite Lantern ($100)
Easily the camping accessory we're most excited about this winter, the question isn't what can the Biolite BaseLantern do, it's what can't it do?
This camping lantern emits 500 lumens of light, and one charge will burn for 54 hours on low setting and 5 hours on high setting.
But a lantern is not all you can use this device for: It has two USB ports for charging phones, GoPros, cameras, etc. The ports can also be used to plug in Biolite's SiteLites, so you can extend string lighting throughout your campsite.
The BaseLantern can be operated via Bluetooth on your phone, through which you can control dimming, set a timer, and change the color of the light. You can even set the lantern to automatically turn off when you (and your phone) are a certain distance away from it.
Rumpl Super Fleece blanket ($149)
We're big believers in making your car camping setup as comfortable as possible. After all, the better rested you are, the more energy you have for activity throughout the day. That's why we put the Rumple Super Fleece Blanket on our campervan bed, and are keeping it there for good.
The blanket is made from anti-microbial fleece fabric, the anti-microbial part of which is a must when dirtbagging-it outdoors, and the fleece part of which is a must on those cold nights under the stars.
The top of the blanket is covered in a DWR knit, to repel water and spills. The result is a stain-resistant, super comfy camping comforter (but if you do manage to stain it, the Rumpl Super Fleece is machine washable).
For a great gift idea, check out the new Super Fleece Ltd. Prints series. Rumpl partnered with three artists to create illustrated blanket prints, featuring images of Yosemite, wavescapes and forest scenes.
Yeti Hopper Flip 12 ($280)
While a standard Yeti cooler is most every camper's dream piece of gear, the Hopper is a great option for those with a more limited camping budget, or those focused on day trips and urban excursions.
At about 12 in. x 12 in., the The Yeti Hopper Flip's cubed shape and ergonomic strap make for an easy-to-carry package that, even when full, doesn't feel that heavy. (It can fit 12 cans of beer or a 15-pound bag of ice.)
In our testing, the Hopper Flip easily kept food cold for a full day, but definitely needed a morning ice swap after overnight use.
Our favorite features were its compactness (because your car is already overflowing with the rest of your gear) and the wide-mouth opening (like that of an old-school cooler), which made it easy to dig around and find your snack or brew of choice.
Primus Onja Stove Duo ($140)
The modern camper knows that culinary masterpieces are never far away, and won't let lack of a proper stove top get in the way of a gourmet meal.
For those passionate about clean design and cooking, the Primus Onja double stove is for you. The double-propane capabilities of the stove are only slightly outweighed by the fact that you can carry the Onja anywhere you want, utilizing the attached straps for cooking on the go.
But what most sets the Onja apart is that it’s just so good looking. It’s like you put a suit and tie on your trustiest camp stove, and its good looks also make it a great gift.
Goal Zero Flip 30 ($50)
For campers looking for a portable power source for their smaller devices without taking up too much room, check out the Goal Zero Flip 30.
Able to be charged by USB or solar power, the Flip 30 can charge small mobile devices and tablets on the go. If the Flip 30 is low on power but you still need to power up your phone, connect the Flip to a power source, and both will charge simultaneously.
Weighing in at just 6.8 ounces, a fully-charged Flip 30 is powerful enough to charge your phone, GPS, fitness tracker, or tablet.
Cotopaxi Sueño Sleeping Bag ($350)
Sleeping in the Cotopaxi's Sueño Sleeping Bag is like sleeping on a cloud that keeps you toasty in the coldest conditions.
This mummy-shaped sleeping bag gives everything you need and more with its 800-fill water-resistant duck down and 15-degree rating. It also houses an integrated pillow pocket and extra roomy foot box.
The Sueño is perfect for car or tent camping, and those colors can’t be beat.