Everything You Need to Build a Campsite on a Budget

10 superb pieces of camping gear. And they're all on sale.

July 28, 2017 9:00 am

Camping is oft considered the most egalitarian summer vacation. You just need a plot of land, a sleeping bag and a bottle of bourbon.


Sure, if you want to do very uncomfortably. Otherwise, that gear — sleeping bag, boots, all-weather duds — is gonna add up.

Thankfully, our friends at Huckberry are in the middle of their ridiculous summer clearance sale. We picked through the inventory to find you the 10 items you need to build out a decent campsite — without draining your bank account.

Hey, you’re gonna need some left over for permits and provisions.

Items listed clockwise to middle starting top left

  1. Penfield Weatherproof Woods Jacket $175 $100
    Bring a heavy jacket and you’ll have to lug it in your pack or on your back. This is the best of both worlds: light enough to carry, sturdy enough when the rain rolls in.
  2. Kammok Wallaby Hammock and Python Straps $94 $70
    Pack down this 10-oz. hammock to hold it in your palm … or string it up and it’ll hold 400 lbs.
  3. Eureka Camping Suite Dream 2-Person Tent $250 $200
    Thanks to a full-cover top and bathtub-style floor, unexpected weather stays out.
  4. Vasque Sundowner GTX Hiking Boots $220 $128
    The trusted hinterlands hiker. Classic enough to break in around the city.
  5. LuminAid Solar-Powered PackLites (2-Pack) $50 $39
    Flashlights need batteries. Fire isn’t weatherproof. Solar-powered lanterns? Bingo.
  6. YETI Coolers 36 oz. Rambler Bottle $50 $45
    An all-beverage insulated bottle from your favorite cooler company.
  7. Iron and Resin A/T Hybrid Shorts $75 $60
    Go from the trail to the lake and back to the trail in one all-purpose short.
  8. Rumpl Puffy Throw Blanket $129 $100
    Extra warmth for the campfire, hammock or tent — or naps in the car on the way home.
  9. Topo Designs Klettersack $169 $145
    No need to go full-on Everest pack. This 22.4L bag is sturdy enough for the backwoods and handsome enough for workdays.
  10.  Kammok Thylacine Down Sleeping Bag $329 $300
    Built-in straps allow the sleeper to cinch the 750-fill down bag around his or her body.

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