Five Must-Have Items for Staying Warm while Cold-Weather Camping

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Camping in fall is glorious, but if you pack as you do in the summer, you’re going to get cold. Here are five cold-weather essentials to bring along

A Warm Layer

Best of the Best: Patagonia Lightweight Snap-T Fleece Pullover

Very warm but not in a heavy way, this sweater is perfect for chilly mornings at the campsite. Contrast-color breast pocket and snap-up neck give it a unique, trendy look. It’s also Fair Trade Certified and made with 85% recycled polyester.

A Cozy Hat

Best of the Best: The North Face Made in the USA Beanie

With the temperatures dropping, you’ll need a good knit hat to secure your ears when it gets a little too chilly. This beanie is 100-percent woold and is perfectly toasty. Skip the synthetic hats and opt for this wool one, you won’t regret it.

The Puffiest of Blankets

Best of the Best: Rumpl Puffy Blanket

These big, bright, puffy blankets from Rumpl are the ultimate camping luxury that will for sure keep you warm. The outer layer is soft ripstop nylon, like a sleeping bag, that repels dirt and water and is easy to wash. Pack it down into its stuff sack for easy transport.

The Best Thermos

Best of the Best: Klean Kanteen Insulated Mug

The Klean Kanteen Insulated Thermos will keep all your hot beverages scalding hot for hours. So hot that you might want to let it cool a bit before you screw the cap on. Once you twist on the leak-proof café cup top, you can be sure it won’t spill a drop, even when you toss it in a backpack.

The Ultimate Shelter

Best of the Best: REI Half Dome 3 Plus

A good 3-season tent will keep you perfectly comfortable during a cold-weather outdoor adventure. Just be sure you don’t forget to bring a cozy sleeping bag, an insulated pad, and extra blankets, The Half Dome from REI is a quilty, no-frills, weather-tight model that won’t disappoint. It has a full rainfly to keep out showers and drafts and is designed to maximize interior space.