Tips for choosing Ozark Trail camping gear
Camping is a great way to relax and connect with nature, but sleeping under the stars doesn't mean you have to rough it. An array of backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and other essentials from Ozark Trail make any camping adventure more comfortable.
Outdoor backpacks and bags
If you're planning a week-long trip into the backcountry, you'll want a backpack with lots of storage. Choose one with a roomy, top-loading main compartment for all your camping essentials. A light aluminum frame and an adjustable padded waist belt provide extra comfort while you're tackling the trails. Hydration compatibility, trekking pole attachments and rain-fly stows are features that make backpacks even more beneficial for backcountry hiking.
You can find a variety of outdoor backpacks and bags for day hikes and other activities. For the gym, consider a duffel bag available in many sizes and colors, and carry work or school essentials in style with a commuter backpack. Handy features for commuter backpacks include cushioned straps, a padded laptop pocket, zippered side access, a protective pouch for your sunglasses and lots of additional compartments.
Whether you're at base camp or in the backyard, you can find tents for any kind of camping. Are you backpacking with your significant other? Many two-person tents split the carry load for duos to share and feature a straightforward hub design for quick and easy setup. For protection from the elements, shop for tents with a seam-taped rain fly and a waterproof floor.
Groups of friends or families have many options for tents. These can include an eight-person cabin-style tent with a ""screen porch,"" a 10-person tunnel tent, a sphere tent for 12 and a spacious four-room tent with capacity for 20 campers. For extra sun and rain protection, purchase a camping canopy; they're available in many sizes, styles and colors to coordinate with your tent.
A sleeping bag can make or break your camping trip, but an array of products offer warmth and comfort for kids and adults. For cool-weather camping in a car or tent, choose a sleeping bag with a cozy mummy style. These bags often come in a few different sizes and offer varying options for warmth.
For general use and more leg room, try a quilted rectangular-style sleeping bag. Perfect for slumber parties, many of these products unzip fully to create thick, warm blankets. For little ones, find fun sleeping bags in the shapes of animals, ice cream cones, robots and rockets.
Portable products like camp chairs, tables, benches, collapsible cabinets, cots and hammocks make sleeping in the wild extra-comfortable. Make your campsite colorful with a lime-green, bright blue or fuchsia fold-up chair, or choose from a number of different chair frame styles, including Adirondack, round, rocker, two-person or ground-level frames.
To move your camping essentials from vehicle to campsite, make use of a soft-side wagon or cart. For heavy-duty transport, look for a wagon with oversized wheels, sturdy polyester fabric, an adjustable handle, lots of storage pockets and a capacity to carry up to 225 pounds of gear or firewood. For transport of camping supplies weighing 150 pounds or less, opt for a cart featuring strong tarpaulin fabric and easy setup. While soft-side carryalls work great for campers, they also make handy products for sports coaches, grocery shoppers and beachgoers. You can use them in your daily life once camping season is over.
Outdoor cooking supplies
Stock your camp kitchen with everything you need for outdoor cooking. Campers who prefer preparing meals over a stove rather than a campfire should try a propane camp stove equipped with two 10,000 BTU burners. A three-piece cast-iron skillet and griddle set allows you to whip up lots of tasty meals, which you can serve on durable enamel dishware or cookware sets featuring plastic plates, utensils and collapsible cups.
Camping clothing and footwear
It's easy to get cold at night camping outdoors. Stay toasty with comfortable base-layer tops and bottoms. These separates come in a range of sizes and are made from polyester or wool-blend fabrics that wick moisture away from the body. Find all kinds of footwear for comfortable camping, from flip-flops and water sandals to hiking shoes and boots.
Additional camping gear
A great camping trip depends on even more supplies. Additional camping products for your trip might include:
- Camp pillows
- Water bottles
- Pocket knives
- Bungee cords
All of these products prove useful while you're exploring the wilderness, but some of them, such as lanterns and flashlights, serve similar purposes. Take what you need, but ensure you have a checklist handy so you don't leave anything behind at your campsite."