Pack In, Pack Out

Get Geared Up!

Our guide to the year’s best gear for backpacking and camping season

By Chris Abshire September 1, 2014 Published in the September 2014 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Kelty TrailLogic TN2 Tent 

A hardcore camper but don’t want to give up comfort? The flat, rectangular design of this tent maximizes legroom inside, while a transparent fabric allows for stargazing. And if the elements get in the way, rain flaps can be easily activated from the comfort of your sleeping bag. (Kelty; $249.95)

Coleman Signature Instastart Grill Stove: 

This propane-powered cooking option is a perfect way to grill burgers or hot dogs on a family trip. At just 12 pounds and with an automatic starter, you don’t even need to pack a box of matches. (Gander Mountain; $99.99)

Turtle Shell Wireless Boombox: 

We all know about acoustic guitars around a campfire, but what if your camping party includes the, um, musically challenged? This device hooks up to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and blasts crystal-clear audio up to 30 feet for 16 hours on a single charge. Bonus: it comes in eight colors and fits in your palm. (Amazon; $129.95)

Arka USB Lantern: 

A waterproof, rechargeable lantern that burns for up to 100 hours, in five different lighting modes, and charges your phone or USB devices? Aren’t you fancy. This lightweight collapsible device can switch between a lantern and a flashlight and projects a beam of light up to 250 feet. (Industrial Revolution; $69.99)

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