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Car Camping Holiday Gift Guide

If you can’t afford one of REI Adventures 1% Glamour Camping Tours in Africa and need to keep your vacations closer to home, here are some lovely car camping gifts for you and your family to bring a little luxury to next car camping expedition.

1. Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace

Do the old rusty fire rings and grills at campsites turn you off? If so, bring your own Snow Peak Pack & Carry Portable Fireplace for grilling or just sitting around the campfire. Made out of stainless steel, this portable fire pit is easy to set up or fold away, and comes with lots of accessories for grilling and cooking over an open fire. It also prevents scorching the ground and enables leave no trace camping.

Kelty LumaTwist Lantern
Kelty LumaTwist Lantern

2. Kelty LumaTwist Lantern

Imagine being able to direct the light of your camping lantern with panels like stadium lights. Twist and turn the 360-degree panels on the versatile light Kelty Lumatwist Lantern to get the light direction and intensity you’re looking for. Perfect for all-around camp, the Kelty LumaTwist lasts up to 105 hours and outputs 140 lumens when on high.

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Stemless Wineglass
GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Stemless Wineglass

3. GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Stemless Wineglass

Camping is always a occassion for a little celebration and a chance to break out the champagne. But if the ground beneath you is a bit uneven or you’re a bit unsteady, GSI’s Outdoor Glacier Stainless Stemless Wineglasses come in real handy. Design to resist tipping and easy to clean, they help you make the most of your ambrosia and are much more romantic than drinking out of plastic Dixie cups!


NEMO Helio Pressure Shower
NEMO Helio Pressure Shower

 4. NEMO Helio Pressure Shower

If civilization is defined by hot showers, then the NEMO Helio Pressure Shower can make any primitive campsite seem civilized. Unlike gravity camp showers that need to be hung overhead, Helio sits on the ground and delivers the pressure you need to wash hair, do dishes, rinse off gear or wash the dog. The people I know who have this shower, rave about it.


The North Face Dolomite 3S Sleeping Bag - Double
The North Face Dolomite 3S Sleeping Bag – Double

5. The North Face Double Dolomite Sleeping Bag

The North Face Two-Person Dolomite Sleeping Bag provides plenty of room to sleep two comfortably, providing lightweight performance for a weekend of summer camping. The heatseeker synthetic insulation offers a great warmth-to-weight ratio and is extremely durable, providing years of comfort for you and your sweetheart.


Kelty Sleep Eazy Queen Air Bed
Kelty Sleep Eazy Queen Air Bed

6. Kelty Sleep Easy Queen Air Bed

The Kelty Sleep Eazy Queen Air Bed provides for comfortable nights of blissful slumber on your family camping trips. It can be rapidly inflated with the included easy-to-use rechargeable air pump and fits standard queen-size sheets.


Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Power Generator and Battery
Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Power Generator and Battery

7. Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Battery

A plug-and-play, gas-free mini powerhouse, the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Power Generator and Fuel Cell cranks out portable power to keep your lights, phones and laptops juiced up when the power is down. Chargeable using a solar panel or from the wall at home, the Yeti 150 can run a 12V light (50 hrs.); smartphone (15 recharges); tablet (6 recharges); laptop (2 recharges). Plenty of power to get your kids and SO through a weekend.


REI Kingdom 6 Tent
REI Kingdom 6 Tent

8. REI Kingdom 6 Tent

The REI Kingdom 6 Tent is a 3-season campground palace if you’re camping with your family. A center divider creates 2 private rooms, or you can roll the fly back to convert one room into an airy, bug-free haven or storeroom for bikes and toys. This freestanding tent is easy to set up, with near vertical walls for maximum livability and a front and rear vestibule for extra storage. Camp large and live large!


YETI Tundra 45 Cooler
YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

9. YETI Tundra 45 Grizzly-Proof Cooler

The YETI Tundra 45 Cooler is built to be indestructible and keep ice for days, including dry ice.  Built for going toe-to-toe with hungry grizzlies and are approved for backcountry food storage by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC). Yeah! Tough and pink.


Bar Harbor 4 Person Croquet Set
Bar Harbor 4 Person Croquet Set

10. North Meadow Croquet Set

Still made in Maine (USA), the high quality Bar Harbor 4 Person Croquet set is made out of northern hardwoods. Open this set and you’re ready for an afternoon of pure outdoor fun with friends & family. The durable hardwood mallets and rigid steel hoops will last many summers and become a family keepsake. Each mallet can also be individualized with custom laser engraving.


REI Table Top French Coffee Press - 32 fl oz.
REI Table Top French Coffee Press – 32 fl oz.

11. REI Table Top French Coffee Press – 32 fl oz.

There’s no need to give up on good coffee when you camp. Enjoy the rich, smooth flavor of French press coffee from the comfort of your campsite with the 32 fl. oz. REI Table Top French coffee press.

Vargo Titanium Flask with Pouring Funnel Cap
Vargo Titanium Flask with Pouring Funnel Cap

12. Vargo Titanium Funnel Flask

Titanium is one of the lightest, strongest metals on earth and very inert making it one of the best metals for flasks. It produces no off metallic flavors preserving the taste of any scotch or whiskey. The Vargo Funnel Flask’s integrated silicone funnel is always right where you need it.  Simply flip it up for easy filling, then fold it down to sip. Perfect for a little nip when you’re kicking back in camp.

Are you a camping enthusiast? Did I miss anything from your wish list? Tell us in a comment below!

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  1. Saw an Advertisement in a Boat Catalog for half a dozen 12 Volt items for your Boat that you can also use for your Car Camping i.e: Coffee Makers, and an Electric blanket…

      • Yes a 12 Volt System works off the Boat Battery, Car Battery or if you know how, a Separate Stand Alone Truck Battery. The Portable Battery you show in the pictures MAY work, but you have to test it at home First to see how long the charge lasts on whatever you plug into it…I have a Black and Decker Portable Battery that came with Jumper Cables and a Tire Inflator with two regular plugs and two 12 Volt Plugs…I have Run a Portable CD/AM/FM Unit off it for six hours. And a small Fender guitar Amplifier for an hour and a friends 12 Volt Coffee Maker. One item you have to do is recharge before EVERY trip…Sitting in Storage it loses it’s charge over a week or so…I bought it to back up my Trolling Motor on my Bass Boat..Haven’t had to use it yet for that reason so I have no information on that..

  2. FYI, boat batteries are different than car batteries. They are ‘deep-cycle’ – designed to be regularly discharged nearly completely over a time period. Car (i.e. starter) batteries are designed to deliver a burst of current, then be immediately recharged: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_cycle_battery

  3. Wow, $350 for that cooler.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Okay, I need those stainless steel wine glasses just for around the house. After a half a bottle of wine, things get knocked over easily enough just sitting at home! If I’m outdoors and drinking, I almost need a stainless steel sippy cup :D

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