With These Cool Accessories
Whether it’s a car or an article of clothing, the right accessories make the experience all the more pleasurable. Same applies to camping. You need items to keep your food cold and safe, to keep bugs away and to enable you to truly let the stress of everyday life melt away. Consider the following next time you hit the great outdoors.
In the last issue of this magazine, we asked you which outdoor camping item tops your list of “must haves” this summer. The clear winner, with 44 percent of the vote, was the Yeti Tundra cooler. Available in a variety of sizes, these coolers are designed to keep ice for several days.
“Yeti coolers were developed out of necessity in 2006 by two brothers who are extreme hunting, fishing and outdoors enthusiasts. They created premium coolers with a focus on quality, not price. Yeti coolers have very few working parts and feature locks and handles that simply won’t break,” said Yeti’s Ken Smyth.
All Tundra models feature roto-molded construction – the same process used on whitewater kayaks – for optimal durability and permafrost insulation to keep food and beverages cold longer. Tundra models also feature the company’s Barefoot non-slip feet, a no-sweat design and handles made with a military-grade nylon rope with a heavy-duty textured grip.
“Our Tundra coolers are certified bear-proof and come with a five-year limited warranty against defects in material and workmanship. This is the perfect cooler for any camping trip,” Smyth added.
For baseball and soccer games or a day kayaking or canoeing, Smyth recommends the Yeti Hopper line of coolers.
“These are soft-sided coolers that are constructed with material that is used in white water rafts. They are 100-percent leak-proof, double-stitched and use the same heavy-duty zipper found in hazmat and survival suits,” Smyth explained.
To keep beverages cold for days, Hopper coolers feature an inch of closed-cell foam insulation on the sides and 1.5 inches on the bottom. They are backed by a three-year limited warranty.
Grand Trunk Hammocks
One reason to go camping is to get away from the life’s stressful situation and one way to melt the tension away is in a Grand Trunk hammock.
“Grand Trunk was founded in 2001 when the owners, Jon Neff and Kevin Kaiser, met during a backpacking trip in Thailand. They shared a passion for travel and a desire for letting people sleep suspended, rather than on the ground. Today, Grand Trunk offers some of the widest and longest hammocks on the market,” explained Mike Clark, the company’s national sales manager.
Check out Grand Trunk’s Ultralight Travel Hammock. It’s lightweight (weighs just 12 oz.), durable – thanks to triple stitching – can hold up to 200 lbs. and stuffs down to the size of an apple.
“This is a great option for budget-minded travelers looking for a compact, reliable hammock,” Clark said.
For those looking for a longer hammock, we recommend Grand Trunk’s Parachute offerings. They’re 10.5-feet long (versus 9.5 feet for the Ultralight) and can accommodate up to 400 lbs.
“We call our Parachute Hammocks the do-it-all, hang-anywhere hammock. It’s lightweight and compresses down to the size of a softball. You can enjoy it hiking, backpacking, camping or in your own backyard,” Clark stated.
Camping or any outdoor activity can be much more pleasant if we can repel annoying insects and we’re especially intrigued by offerings from Thermacell. They create a 15-foot by 15-foot insect-free zone without spraying something on our skin.
“Our products provide a 15-foot dome of protection, which is the average size of campsite, and work on a number of insects, including mosquitoes, black flies and gnats,” Thermacell’s Mike Bergeron said.
Available as a lantern or a portable device that Bergeron describes as “a TV remote on steroids,” these products are virtually odor free, have no open flame and use the Allethrin repellent. This is a copy of a repellent that naturally occurs in chrysanthemums and will not harm humans or pets.
“We are the only company that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) allows to make a statement that these units are 98-percent effective,” Bergeron said.
Sawyer Repellents and Filtration
Another method for controlling insects is to apply repellent to clothing, tents and other gear with Sawyer Permethrin products.
“Our products repel and kill ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects on contact. When applied to clothing, Permethrin binds to the fabric, creating the largest surface areas of protection. A single application lasts six washings,” said Sawyer’s Nick Capisciolto.
As he explained, Permethrin is odorless when dry and will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or any outdoor gear.
Ensuring our drinking water is safe while camping is always a prime concern, so are glad to hear about the Sawyer MINI water filter. It’s rated to 0.1 micron absolute, weighs only 2 ounces and filters up to 100,000 gallons!
“Our MINI filter can be attached to the included collapsible drinking pouch, inline on a hydration pack, on a standard soda bottle, or simply use the included drinking straw to drink directly from the water source,” Capisciolto added.
Like all Sawyer filters, a proper backwashing can restore up to 98.5 percent of the filter’s flow rate. That means no expensive cartridges to replace, ever.
Pair up these accessories with the tents described in our other camping article for a more pleasant and enjoyable camping experience.
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With These Cool Accessories