The Essentials from Big Agnes
The Stanley Growler Thermos
Often the first thing you miss after a night sleeping off-grid is your beloved coffee machine. When you’re groggy and disoriented in the middle of the woods the last thing you want to do is start a fire, especially before your morning dose of caffeine. But the ever trusty Stanley has got you covered. This Stanley Growler, like all Stanley products, comes with a lifetime guarantee and is built to keep liquids hot for 18 hours. All you have to do is brew up your coffee before you doze off and it will remain hot and ready to kick-start your exploring the next day.
Guilt-Free Drinkware from United by Blue
To hold your hot coffee (or something stronger round the campfire later on) it's hard to beat copper coordinates mugs from United by Blue. With these beautiful cups you can savour every guilt-free sip; not only are they plastic-free, but purchasing them actively helps reduce plastic-pollution since United by Blue have pledged to remove one pound of trash from the worlds oceans and waterways (through organized clean-ups like this) for every product they sell. They also offer a great range of bags and toiletry cases made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The Crest Trail Case and the Summit Convertible Tote Pack are perfect for camping and all come backed by our favourite - a lifetime guarantee.
The Solar Device Charger
Escaping to the wilderness is all very well, but even off-grid you're likely going to want a decent camera and your phone for emergencies. The Solar Lite Charger from Anker is a light and eco-friendly way to keep your devices topped up on the go with BuyMeOnce approved durability. Made from solar panels sewn into weather-resistant polyester canvas, this charger has industrial-strength and is extremely durable. It can charge two devices simultaneously and runs on 15 watts - great for keeping you connected and safe as you travel.
The Indestructible Cooler from Orca
Keep your bacon cool with a durable Orca Cooler. This company offers a lifetime warranty on all of their coolers with a portion of each sale donated to charities supporting wounded warriors, conservation projects and breast cancer research. The Orca 40 Qt Heavy Duty Cooler keeps ice frozen for up to 4 days and is great for storing meat, butter and other perishables. In order to extend the cooling time of this box, pre-freeze it the night before by adding ice and a frozen drinks. These coolers are Made in America and resilient – even a determined, 700 pound grizzly bear won’t be able to crack one of these.
The Lasting Lunchboxes from Dalcini
Minimize what you leave behind by minimizing what you bring. Food packaging is one of the most common items left near hiking trails and campsites and yet it is fully avoidable. To put a stop to energy bar wrappers getting caught in the wind, store your camping snacks in reusable containers such as this set of 3 Twist-Top Containers from Dalcini. Durable, safe and stylish, stainless steel lunchboxes can be chucked in your backpack for small snacks or hearty lunches and will fit into almost any cooler - a great way to store your perishable campfire cuisine.
The Outdoor Research Raincoat
Having a trusted raincoat on hand is always useful, even if you’re just hanging around the campsite. Outdoor Research has created the Helium raincoat (available for both men and women) that is lightweight and folds up into its own pocket, so it won’t take up much room in your backpack. If you’re looking for something that offers a bit more warmth, check out the Uber Layered Hooded Jacket (available for both men and women). It’s water and wind resistant and is insulated to keep you comfortable. Outdoor Research products are guaranteed for life – they will replace any product that fails to meet your needs at any time, leaving you covered whatever the weather.
The Amazingly Useful Multi-Tool
For any unforeseen challenges that might get thrown at you around the campsite, this nifty multi-purpose tool from Leatherman will probably be able to help you out. It comes with an excellent 25-year warranty and includes, amongst other things: a combo Knife; a bottle opener; a can opener; a screwdriver; scissors and wire cutters. What more could you need?