This Outdoorsy Gear Will Vastly Improve Your Next Camping Trip

And yes, in the summertime, games count as gear.
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Whether it evokes visions of Alice in Wonderland or women named Heather wearing shoulder pads, croquet has been keeping the masses entertained since the 19th century. This set includes all the necessary playing pieces plus a carrying bag, which means it’s easy to bring the fun anywhere. Quest Rec Level Croquet set, $49.99, Dick’s Sporting Goods, dickssporting goods.com
Whether it evokes visions of Alice in Wonderland or women named Heather wearing shoulder pads, croquet has been keeping the masses entertained since the 19th century. This set includes all the necessary playing pieces plus a carrying bag, which means it’s easy to bring the fun anywhere. Quest Rec Level Croquet set, $49.99, Dick’s Sporting Goods, dickssportinggoods.com

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

A durable and lightweight enamel mug is the outdoors-y version of your favorite cup, perfect for bug juice or the adult beverage of your choice. Poler Camp mug, $12.50, Park + Vine, parkandvine.com
A durable and lightweight enamel mug is the outdoors-y version of your favorite cup, perfect for bug juice or the adult beverage of your choice. Poler Camp mug, $12.50, Park + Vine, parkandvine.com

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

Leave the pen and paper to the hoi polloi and go for this classed-up version of Tic-Tac-Toe. The cherry wood board and Murano-style glass balls pair well with a glass of burgundy—or a cold brew. Authentic Models Venetian Tic-Tac-Toe game, $100, Bromwell’s, bromwells.com
Leave the pen and paper to the hoi polloi and go for this classed-up version of Tic-Tac-Toe. The cherry wood board and Murano-style glass balls pair well with a glass of burgundy—or a cold brew. Authentic Models Venetian Tic-Tac-Toe game, $100, Bromwell’s, bromwells.com

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

It’s a spoon! A fork! A knife! A bottle opener! This handy gadget is great for eating on the go, and each utensil folds away safely so as not to become an instrument of destruction. Gentlemen’s Hardware Camping Cutlery Spork Tool, $13.95, Joseph-Beth, josephbeth.com
It’s a spoon! A fork! A knife! A bottle opener! This handy gadget is great for eating on the go, and each utensil folds away safely so as not to become an instrument of destruction. Gentlemen’s Hardware Camping Cutlery Spork Tool, $13.95, Joseph-Beth, josephbeth.com

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

The heartwood of old pine trees has been used as a natural fire starter since ancient times. This bundle contains enough to light 50–100 fires; just whittle the pieces down to use as tinder in your campfire or grill. VisuaLingual Ol Pine Heart Warmer, $14, GOODS, 1300 Main St.

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

Earthy types will appreciate this lemon-scented, DEET-free, all-natural insect repellent. Made with organic essential oils, it’s safe for everyone from kiddo to Fido—Zika be damned. Mighty No Bitey, $12.95, Park +Vine
Earthy types will appreciate this lemon-scented, DEET-free, all-natural insect repellent. Made with organic essential oils, it’s safe for everyone from kiddo to Fido—Zika be damned. Mighty No Bitey, $12.95, Park +Vine

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

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