Hitting the Trails? Get These 16 Fall Camping Essentials

September is the best time to go camping. Sure, Labor Day weekend is crowded. But after that, the crowds thin out, the weather’s still nice, and it’s much easier to get reservations and permits. Chances are at least one item in your go-to camping gear is in desperate need of replacement. Upgrade it with style.

So celebrate this 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system by doing what Americans do best—buying stuff. Upgrade your busted-up whatever with something new, useful, and friend-impressing, then get out there and enjoy your weekend (and all the compliments).

Forsake Trail Mens Hiking Boots

I once hiked three days straight in a pair of tennis shoes, destroying three pairs of socks, both feet and the tennis shoes. But who buys boots for one trip? If youre arent a frequent hiker, Foresakes Trail boots ($150) may be your solution. These waterproof, leather boots are stylish enough to wear around town, and theyll take care of your feet on the mountain.

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I once hiked three days straight in a pair of tennis shoes, destroying three pairs of socks, both feet and the tennis shoes. But who buys boots for one trip? If youre arent a frequent hiker, Foresakes Trail boots ($150) may be your solution. These waterproof, leather boots are stylish enough to wear around town, and theyll take care of your feet on the mountain.

Chris Reeve Nyala Insingo Blade

Whether you need to cut rope, open a stubborn package of freeze-dried stew, or perform an emergency appendectomy, your knife is your best friend. Meticulously designed by Chris Reeve, the Nyala Insingo ($230) sports a beautiful Micarta handle that works with multiple grip styles, and an uber-sharp 3.75-inch stainless steel blade.

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Whether you need to cut rope, open a stubborn package of freeze-dried stew, or perform an emergency appendectomy, your knife is your best friend. Meticulously designed by Chris Reeve, the Nyala Insingo ($230) sports a beautiful Micarta handle that works with multiple grip styles, and an uber-sharp 3.75-inch stainless steel blade.

Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Cooler

Coolers leak. Theyre bulky. They dont close properly. But they don’t have to be such a drag. The Hopper Flip 12 Cooler from Yeti ($280) is compact and has a hardcore zipper that doesn’t leak. More importantly, it boasts a soft-but-firm shell that keeps your food and drinks cool and tidy whether youre at the campsite, in a canoe, or picnicking up the mountain.

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Coolers leak. Theyre bulky. They dont close properly. But they don’t have to be such a drag. The Hopper Flip 12 Cooler from Yeti ($280) is compact and has a hardcore zipper that doesn’t leak. More importantly, it boasts a soft-but-firm shell that keeps your food and drinks cool and tidy whether youre at the campsite, in a canoe, or picnicking up the mountain.

Barebones Beacon Light

This $60 camp lamp has a retro design similar to old-school gas lanters. Able to dim from 220 to one lumen on its 5 Watt LED, its rechargeable battery lasts from three hours to 200, depending on how much bright you need. Comes with a carabiner to hang it inside your tent. Fully recharges in a few hours with the included power cord.

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This $60 camp lamp has a retro design similar to old-school gas lanters. Able to dim from 220 to one lumen on its 5 Watt LED, its rechargeable battery lasts from three hours to 200, depending on how much bright you need. Comes with a carabiner to hang it inside your tent. Fully recharges in a few hours with the included power cord.

Hoyle Clear Playing Cards

You stopped taking playing cards on your camping trips because some goofball inevitably spills their wine cooler, ruining the cards. These clear plastic playing cards ($6) will protect your poker game from your drunken friends so you can take their money all night long.

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You stopped taking playing cards on your camping trips because some goofball inevitably spills their wine cooler, ruining the cards. These clear plastic playing cards ($6) will protect your poker game from your drunken friends so you can take their money all night long.

Snow Peak Hybrid Trail Silicone Bowl

Cooking while camping — thats fun! Cleaning up after cooking while camping? Torture. This silicone bowl ($12) provides quick clean-ups due to its smooth surface. The bowl holds twelve fluid ounces, plenty enough for your Capn Crunch, and packs snugly into Snow Peaks three piece titanium cookset.

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Cooking while camping — thats fun! Cleaning up after cooking while camping? Torture. This silicone bowl ($12) provides quick clean-ups due to its smooth surface. The bowl holds twelve fluid ounces, plenty enough for your Capn Crunch, and packs snugly into Snow Peaks three piece titanium cookset.

King Cobra Paracord Bracelet with Fire Starter

Do you like the security of having sixteen feet of paracord on you wherever you go? Do you like knowing you can start a fire at any given time? Do you like wearing unique bracelets that double as convenient conversation starters? Well then The King Cobra 550 Ultimate Survival Bracelet ($20) is exactly what you need.

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Do you like the security of having sixteen feet of paracord on you wherever you go? Do you like knowing you can start a fire at any given time? Do you like wearing unique bracelets that double as convenient conversation starters? Well then The King Cobra 550 Ultimate Survival Bracelet ($20) is exactly what you need.

Traeger Grills Tailgater

Camping food: hot dogs, hamburgers, burned eggs, maybe some chicken. Its great, but we can still do better, cant we? Weighing 62 pounds and able to collapse into your SUV, the Tailgater ($450) can grill your burgers and dogs with the best of them, but can also smoke that brisket like youre down in Texas Hill Country.

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Camping food: hot dogs, hamburgers, burned eggs, maybe some chicken. Its great, but we can still do better, cant we? Weighing 62 pounds and able to collapse into your SUV, the Tailgater ($450) can grill your burgers and dogs with the best of them, but can also smoke that brisket like youre down in Texas Hill Country.

Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8×42 Binoculars

Some people go camping for peace and quiet. Some to get back to nature. Some for exercise. And some for the birds. If youre a birder, check out these 8×42 binoculars from Eagle Optics ($330). Their extra low dispersion glass and multi-coated lenses mean the image is always bright and sharp, whether its a speedy warbler or the hottie a couple of campsites over.

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Some people go camping for peace and quiet. Some to get back to nature. Some for exercise. And some for the birds. If youre a birder, check out these 8×42 binoculars from Eagle Optics ($330). Their extra low dispersion glass and multi-coated lenses mean the image is always bright and sharp, whether its a speedy warbler or the hottie a couple of campsites over.

Osprey Stratus 34 Day Hiking Backpack

A good hiking pack is all about comfort. This $150 Osprey bags suspension keeps your load stable and creates enough space between the bag and your back to allow the breeze to cool you down. Comes with an easily stowable rain cover in case you get stuck in some weather or an impromptu water balloon fight.

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A good hiking pack is all about comfort. This $150 Osprey bags suspension keeps your load stable and creates enough space between the bag and your back to allow the breeze to cool you down. Comes with an easily stowable rain cover in case you get stuck in some weather or an impromptu water balloon fight.

Counter Assault Bear Spray

Youve seen The Revanant, right? You havent? And youre going camping this weekend!?! Dont watch it! Please, were begging you. But definitely get this bear repellant spray ($47). We cant be more serious about this. Tomorrow. Were not kidding. Just trust us, OK? Please!

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Youve seen The Revanant, right? You havent? And youre going camping this weekend!?! Dont watch it! Please, were begging you. But definitely get this bear repellant spray ($47). We cant be more serious about this. Tomorrow. Were not kidding. Just trust us, OK? Please!

Biolite Camp Stove

Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I could just charge my phone with my cooking fire! Neither have we. But Biolite has. The Camp Stove ($130) is a wood-burning, smoke-abating stove that can boil your tea, fry your eggs, and charge your electronic devices. Comes with a little USB lamp that you can use to illuminate your cooking surfaces.

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Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I could just charge my phone with my cooking fire! Neither have we. But Biolite has. The Camp Stove ($130) is a wood-burning, smoke-abating stove that can boil your tea, fry your eggs, and charge your electronic devices. Comes with a little USB lamp that you can use to illuminate your cooking surfaces.

TC Electronic Polytune Clip

Everyone knows that even the worst guitar players sound like Django Reinhardt when fingerpicking around the campfire. But only if youre in tune. TC Electronicss little gizmo ($35) clips to your headstock. It identifies which string is out of tune from a single strum, then helps you get that string where it needs to be. Rock on.

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Everyone knows that even the worst guitar players sound like Django Reinhardt when fingerpicking around the campfire. But only if youre in tune. TC Electronicss little gizmo ($35) clips to your headstock. It identifies which string is out of tune from a single strum, then helps you get that string where it needs to be. Rock on.

Big Agnes Tumble 3 MtnGlo Tent

If you rent an apartment or buy a new house, its almost certainly coming with ceiling lights. Why cant your tent? Big Agnes Tumble 3 mtnGLO tent ($330) covers the basics: three season support, a lightweight design, and LED lights integrated into the tents seams for a fully lit interior achieved without endlessly bonking your head on that annoying hanging lamp.

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If you rent an apartment or buy a new house, its almost certainly coming with ceiling lights. Why cant your tent? Big Agnes Tumble 3 mtnGLO tent ($330) covers the basics: three season support, a lightweight design, and LED lights integrated into the tents seams for a fully lit interior achieved without endlessly bonking your head on that annoying hanging lamp.

Hydro Flask 40-Ounce Wide Bottle

You want three things out of your water bottle: water, an easy way to drink it, and an exciting selection of colors. Hydro Flasks 40-ounce bottle ($48) sports a straw lid that prevents leaking while making it easy to sip with one hand. And it comes in more than a dozen colors so you can be your authentic, color-coded self at the campsite.

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You want three things out of your water bottle: water, an easy way to drink it, and an exciting selection of colors. Hydro Flasks 40-ounce bottle ($48) sports a straw lid that prevents leaking while making it easy to sip with one hand. And it comes in more than a dozen colors so you can be your authentic, color-coded self at the campsite.

The North Face Dolomite Double 20 Sleeping Bag

You wear matching outfits on the weekends. You cuddle on the sofa at your friends parties. You even bought a double-seated bicycle. At last, theres a sleeping bag for you as well. The North Face’s Dolomite Double 20 Sleeping Bag ($160) is a 20 Fahrenheit-rated, two-person bag that keeps your co-dependent relationship strong through the night.

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You wear matching outfits on the weekends. You cuddle on the sofa at your friends parties. You even bought a double-seated bicycle. At last, theres a sleeping bag for you as well. The North Face’s Dolomite Double 20 Sleeping Bag ($160) is a 20 Fahrenheit-rated, two-person bag that keeps your co-dependent relationship strong through the night.

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