From car camping with your family to base camping at the foot of your next serious adventure, you’ll want to have the right gear for the occasion. Below our staff at Switchback Travel breaks down the best camping gear of 2018 from tents and sleeping bags to cookware and chairs. Because weight and packability aren’t nearly the concerns that they are with backpacking, camping gear provides much more in the way of creature comforts and bells and whistles. The sleeping pads are plush, the tents spacious, and the cooking experience much more gourmet than you would have deep in the backcountry where you carry in everything on your back. Enjoy!

Best Camping Tents of 2018

Spacious, user-friendly, and feature-rich, tents for camping are made for a relatively luxurious experience in the outdoors. Many of these behemoths offer enough room to set up cots or even chairs and a table for card games on a rainy day...

Best Camping Sleeping Bags of 2018

No matter where your travels take you, from national parks to backwoods to back porches, a sleeping bag for camping remains a trusty companion. Since space and weight are not at a...

Best Headlamps of 2018

If you've ever gone camping, hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, trail running, or nearly anything else in the outdoors, chances are you've used a headlamp. While this handy piece of technology requires little introduction...

Best Camping Stoves of 2018

You can leave your dehydrated, salty and unsatisfying meals at home—today’s camping stoves bring a whole new level of gourmet to your car camping and base camping adventures. Unlike for backpacking...

Best Camping Chairs of 2018

Thoughts of camping chairs may conjure up images of $10 specials out front a big box retailer, but let’s reorient ourselves to a slightly higher standard. We expect a proper camping chair to not only fold up...

Best Travel Duffel Bags of 2018

Whether you’re traveling by air, driving up to a cabin for the weekend, or venturing across the world on an expedition, you’ll likely be using a duffel bag to get your gear from one place to the next. Duffels...