It’s that time of year again—time to buy everything in sight at REI and head to the great outdoors. If you’re looking for an upgrade to your average instant coffee and pot of baked beans routine while camping, look no further. The list below can be your guide to gourmet camping—or glamping, as they say these days—so you don’t have to settle for sub-par booze and grub on your back-to-nature adventures.
From boxed wine to the most impressive cooler you’ve ever seen, check out the list below to give your next camping trip a gourmet makeover.
Boxed Wine ($5-$50)
Lugging bottles of wine on your camping excursions is exhausting and bourgeois, so grab a box of wine instead. Whoever told you boxed wine is less tasty than bottled wine is just flat out wrong. “A bag in a box is the best possible way to keep your wine fresh and tasty. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be using this fantastic technology for wines of a higher quality. It’s simply the stigma we need to get over,” David Driscoll of K&L Wine Merchants told FWF.
Hario V60 Plastic Dripper ($12)
Weighing in at just under three ounces, the Hario V60 Plastic Dripper ensures a simple yet richly flavored camping coffee experience. The editors at Outdoor Gear Lab gave the dripper their Editors Choice Award, and it has a five-star rating. Far easier than a French press, this coffee contraption also outperformed all competitors in taste tests. Though its competitor is only $3, the editors at Outdoor Gear Lab say this dripper is well worth the splurge. (Photo: Luke Lydiard)
The Coolest ($299)
The cooler of your summer dreams is here. The Coolest boasts an 18-volt battery-powered blender for making frozen drinks, a removable Bluetooth speaker, a USB charger, storage for plates and knives, a cutting board, and a bottle opener. While the Coolest may seem a bit pricey, think about how each of its features would cost individually, and you’ll realize it’s priced pretty reasonably. It might not be ideal for backwoods camping, but if you want to listen to music and make margaritas in an open meadow, this is definitely the cooler for you. (Photo: Cool Material)
Beer-Carrying Tube ($25)
Moutainsmith’s new Cooler Tube, a cylindrical-shaped bag that you can sling over your shoulder, might just be the G.O.A.T. beer carrier/cooler. It has an adjustable shoulder strap, and the Cooler Tube is also waterproof and insulated, so your brews will still be cold long after you begin your hike. “Is that a yoga mat on your back? Going fly fishing? Nope, it’s time to party!” says the Mountainsmith website. Party on the low with this Cooler Tube. (Photo: Mountainsmith)
Collapsible Kettle ($35)
This collapsible kettle holds up to six cups of water and collapses down to 2.5 inches, so it’s definitely an camping no-brainer. You can use it on your outdoors adventures, as well as in your cramped apartment when you’re back home. It’s colorful, affordable, and useful—what’s not to love? (Photo: Design Launches).
Mini Espresso Maker ($25)
“Easy espresso for on-the-go lifestyles,” writes GSI Outdoors. This durable, lightweight mini espresso maker brews one double shot (2.5 fluid ounces) on a burner in 90 seconds, making it the most clutch way of getting your caffeine fix while camping. (Photo: GSI Outdoors)
Beer Concentrate ($50)
The camping beer of your dreams is right in front of your eyes, courtesy of Pat’s Backcountry Beverages. Brew Concentrates come in uber-light 50ml packets and can be reconstituted with carbonated water using the trail-ready 16-ounce carbonator bottle. Though the entire process requires a lot of attention, the final product is well worth it. The Pail Rail is 5.2% ABV, while the Black Hops is 6.2% ABV. (Photo: Pat’s Backcountry Beverages)
U.S. Forest Service Cocktail Guide
Mixing cocktails in the forest just got a lot easier. We previously ran a story about the 1970s cocktail guide, which details how to properly mix drinks like Old Fashioneds, Tom Collins, and Negronis. You can find the entire infographic at the National Archives, so print one out for yourself and stuff it in your backpack for classic drinks you can make camping. (Photo: National Archives)
Instant Coffee ($3)
Backpacker.com calls Medaglia D’oro Instant Espresso “robust, with a hint of cinnamon.” Use this instant coffee in lieu of the espresso maker or plastic dripper above for a fresh taste of coffee every morning. You can get a six-pack at Amazon for only $28. Depending on how much of a coffee addict you are, this could definitely be the right call. (Photo: Amazon)
Barocook Flameless Cooking System ($22)
If it’s raining or windy while you’re camping, cooking with a flame-burner is the last thing you want to do. Thanks to the Barocook Flameless Cooking System, weather doesn’t have to dictate in your hunger. Simple and lightweight, the Barocook uses water and a heating pack to cool/warm food (like ramen). You can grab one at your local Sears for quick, effortless cooking in the woods. (Photo: Cool Material)