Pulling up to a nice, flat campground site with a familiar, rusty fire ring/grill combo and a well-worn picnic table is a welcome relief from urban life. You get to enjoy the outdoors with minimal fuss—no having to worry about where to find water or how much food to carry. All you have to do is unload your vehicle, and sit back and let nature soak in.
And for those who are more adventurous, having a base camp close to outdoor activities makes it easy to wake up early and do everything you want to do—day hikes, whitewater rafting, bouldering, fishing—without the hassle of hauling all your gear around.
To find the best and most useful camping products of 2017, we scoured the outdoor gear world and found the goods to turn your campsite into a comfortable and practical base camp—and outfit you in cutting-edge and extra-functional gear that will ensure your time in nature is a blast.
Here are our picks.