While you may be crazy about your home, sometimes you simply can’t resist the call of wild. Don’t worry. These days there’s no need to rough it. With these outdoor must-haves, your campsite can offer all the comforts of home.
For napping or catching nighttime zzz’s, there’s no need to actually sleep on the ground. All you need is two trees to set up your hammock and you can rock your way to relaxation. Buy one with a roof flap to weatherproof your siesta.
2. The biggest tent you can find
When car camping, why not? It’s not like you have to squeeze a tent in a backpack and hike up a mountain with it. Treat yourself to an expansive shelter everyone can fit into, even the pup. Look for a tent with a mesh roof so you can enjoy the stars on clear nights.
3. Air mattress & accessories
With the help of a battery-charged inflator, you’re only moments away from a cushy bed. And with high thread count sheets and a down pillow, you’re ready for the great outdoors. Throw in a patch kit, just in case.
4. Accent lighting
Sure, you’ll bring a headlamp and a few lanterns for utility, but nothing adds ambience to a campsite like solar-powered, hanging fairy lights – especially in parts of the country that lack lightning bugs.
5. Deluxe cooler
Make sure it’s big enough for all the champagne for morning mimosas and evening microbrews, plus solid enough to keep your steaks and Ghirardelli chocolate bars (for gourmet s’mores) chilled.
6. Hand-crank blender
Margaritas hit the spot after hiking – or strolling to your hammock. With a few turns of the crank and slices of fresh lime, you’ll be set to refresh. Be sure not to forget salt for your rims.
7. Stovetop espresso maker and accessories
Nature is so much better with a fine Italian roast. Pack a battery-powered, handheld milk frother and you’re set.
8. Solar/car battery-powered gadget charger
Because you’ll need the Tim Horton’s finder app on your smart-phone if you can’t figure out how to start your camp stove.
Is your campsite actually more comfortable than your house? Maybe it’s time to move. Talk to an agent to find out what’s in your budget, and your market, this season. Find one here.