Just because your weekend plans involve sleeping in the wild doesn’t mean you can’t bring along some small comforts of home. Used within reason — like when you have capacity for a little extra equipment — these luxury items can help you relax and have fun outdoors.
Bringing your poofy pillow from home isn’t cool. An inflatable portable pillow is. My favorite is the COCOON ULTRALIGHT AIR CORE PILLOW ($31, cocoon.at), which has an inflatable core surrounded by a layer of synthetic filling.
Rock out — or not — with the removable rocking feet on the HELINOX CHAIR TWO ROCKER ($180, bigagnes.com). Redesigned to feature a deeper seat, taller back and single shock-corded pole structure, this lightweight camp chair will make you think you’re rocking away in your living room.
You know the saying that everything tastes better when cooked over a campfire? This includes popcorn. The ROME POPCORN POPPER ($31, romeindustries.com) makes 3 quarts of popcorn, and its baked-enamel cooking surface makes it safe to use with a campfire. The long wooden handle doesn’t heat up when held over an open fire.
Keep sharing your experiences all weekend long thanks to an extra boost from the GOAL ZERO FLIP 10 POWER PACK ($25, scoutshop.org). This recharging unit fits in the palm of your hand, weighs a mere 2.5 ounces and reliably recharges one phone, headlamp, GPS or other small device. Recharge the FLIP at home or connect the unit to solar panels like the Goal Zero Nomad 7 (sold separately).
Get a great night’s rest on the lofty KLYMIT STATIC V ($60, klymit.com). The mat offers 2.5 inches of thickness, its V-shaped air tubes prevent flat spots and the side rails keep you from bouncing off. And at $60, the Static V is an excellent value.
Kick off your hiking boots after a long day on the trail and sink your feet into the super-comfy KEEN UNEEK O2s ($90, keenfootwear.com). Sure, a pair of $20 Crocs can do the job, but the Uneek O2s elevate your average camp shoe to a running-shoe feel. The cord design covers your toes, keeps your feet cool and dries quickly.
LAMZAC THE ORIGINAL ($60, fatboyusa.com) might be as much fun to inflate as it is to lounge on. A giant nylon ripstop sack with a roll-top closure inflates by swinging it through the air. It transforms into an outdoor couch suitable for two people. Deflate and fold it up for easy storage.
All prices are MSRP — manufacturer’s suggested retail price. You can often find better deals in stores.