Spring Camping Checklist

Spring Camping Checklist

Light: Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp

The birds may be chirping more, but daylight is still a hot commodity in the spring. A headlamp ensures you’ll never be fumbling for tent stakes in the evening or spilling precious coffee in the early morning. Compact and energy efficient, the Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp is a 35-lumen ready-for-anything light that’s useful in more places than you can imagine.
$19.95; rei.com

Sleeping Pad: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir All Season Mattress

Staying off the possibly-still-frozen ground is the key to a cozy night’s sleep if you’re tenting it in the spring months. The “Triangular Core Matrix” technology creates over 100 internal cells with reflective barriers to trap warm air in the mattress, meaning it’s not only lightweight and durable, but extremely warm.
$160; moosejaw.com

Shades: Oakley Frogskins Polarized Sunglasses

A dreary winter can leave your peepers a little more sensitive to the sun’s rays than usual. Polarized shades offer up more protection than plain old tinted lenses, and the classic Frogskins will look good even after you get back to civilization.
$100-$190; usoutdoor.com

Something To Sit On: Alite Designs Mayfly

Keeping off the muddy spring ground will keep you not only dry, but happy.  Just shy of two pounds, this comfy chair collapses into a compact cylinder about the size of a thermos. But don’t think the Mayfly is some dainty little thing: this chair can hold up to 250 pounds of burly camper.
$64-$69; moosejaw.com

A Towel: Cascades Designs Packtowl

Snowmelt means trails, your boots, and pretty much everything else in your camp is going to get sloppy. Instead of schlepping a damp beach towel everywhere, try these super soft and packable towels. At only a few ounces they aren’t going to slow anyone down and they wring out and dry in less than an hour.
$24.95; ems.com

Tunes: Eton Rugged Rukus

Want to blast those tunes you’ve been saving up that are just perfect for a bonfire? The big solar panel on this Bluetooth speaker from Eton harnesses the power of the sun and recharges the internal battery as it plays. The battery, when charged, can last 8 hours in the dark for that all-night dance party you’ve spent all winter planning.
$100; ems.com

A Hatchet: Gerber/Fiskars Back Paxe

Nothing says camping like a new hatchet, and this easy-to-carry steel model can chop kindling with the best of them. The Gerber Back Paxe combines a full-sized forged head molded into an unbreakable handle—a combo that’s sure to be a go-to no matter what season you camp.
$53.95; appoutdoors.com

A 4-Season Tent: MSR Fury 2-Person Tent

A 4-season tent is one of the best camp investments you can make, and the MSR Fury is a real trooper. Warm, durable and lightweight, the Fury is easy to pitch in wind and rain thanks to color-coded clips and a versatile floor plan, which includes a roomy vestibule for stripping off wet gear.
$600; moosejaw.com

A Shower: Liberty Action Wipes

A body wipe could be a godsend to your tentmates when it’s too chilly to totally submerge in that gorgeous mountain stream. Action wipes are all-natural and remove sweat, dirt and odor to keep you smelling as good as those budding flowers on the side of the trail.
$0.99; ems.com

A Sleeping Bag: Mountain Hardwear Lamina 0

Having a warm sleeping bag could be the difference between waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed or heading back to town early with your frozen tail between your legs. The mummy cut and Thermal.Q insulation of the Lamina allows for maximum heat retention when the sun goes down.
$220-$240; moosejaw.com

A Multi-Use Jacket: Patagonia Men's Torrentshell Plus

Unpredictable weather calls for gear that can do double duty. Patagonia’s tried and true Torrent Shell is toughened up with a warm layer for damp and chilly days while still being very packable when the sun is shining.
$118-$169; moosejaw.com

Energy: Starbucks Via Colombia Instant Coffee

The best way to get yourself up and about on a chilly spring morning is the same in camp as it is at home. Coffee. Instant coffee may never be the same as the stuff lovingly made by your favorite barista, but Starbucks Via line has definitely improved on the concept with these quick, simple, one-serving packets.
$3.99; ems.com

Socks: SmartWool Men's Adventurer Sock

Nothing will quell a nagging late-spring chill around the fire as well as a pair of trusty wool socks—and SmartWool knows how to make wool socks. The merino wool is so plush you’ll hardly remember you wore them all day in your hiking boots.
$21.95; moosejaw.com