Spring is in the air which means that summer camp is right around the corner. Whether your little camper is a first timer or you’ve been sending them off for seasons in a row, it’s time to start thinking about what gear they’re going to need. Here’s 5 quick items that will ensure a successful season for your favorite little camper.

Slumberjack Big Scout 30 Sleeping Bag – $69.99

The Perfect Summer Camp Sleeping Bag
The Perfect Summer Camp Sleeping Bag

Whether they’re backpacking up north or sleeping in their bunks, the SlumberJack Big Scout 30 Sleeping Bag is the perfect sleeping bag to keep them comfortable at night. Cabins can be warm and stuffy environments so finding the balance of warm enough and too warm can be tricky. The comfortable 30 degree temperature rating will ensure that they stay warm at night without overheating. The synthetic fill is designed to handle the rough and tumble sleepers and withstand year after year of camp experience and will keep your camper warm even when wet. The Big Scout will pack down small enough to hike with and weighs in at just over 3 pounds, appropriate for any trip.

The North Face Base Camp Duffle Bag –$135.00

The North Face Base Camp Duffel is available in a variety of sizes and colors
The North Face Base Camp Duffel is available in a variety of sizes and colors

These bags are bomb proof. This is the single greatest purchase you’ll make throughout an entire summer camp career. The staple of professional travelers all over the world, these bags are designed to be dragged, dropped, dunked, kicked, slid, stepped on and rolled – only to keep on working they way they should. Made with ultra-durable fabric and ballistic nylon, the base camp duffle can handle anything you throw at it. A massive main compartment allows you to stuff and shove anything inside and is made of a plastic-like material that you can hose out at the end of the year. A mesh pocket for personal or easy-to-grab items is affixed to the “D” shaped opening and a number of lash points are affixed to the side. Heavy duty zippers ensure that they’ll never bust no matter how full the bag gets. This is a one-time, life-time purchase (I’ve personally owned a set of these for over 15 years) that will stand up to anything you put it through.

Black Diamond Cosmos Headlamp – $34.99

The Black Diamond Cosmos Headlamp - Perfect for summer campers
The Black Diamond Cosmos Headlamp – Perfect for summer campers

Headlamps make everything easier. Hands free lighting allows your summer camp enthusiast to run around safely in the dark without worrying about holding onto a bulky flashlight. The battery life in these is outstanding and it even comes with a red, low light option for late night star gazing trips. Made to be water-resistant, these headlamps can be worn in any weather conditions and is sure to last summer after summer. The multiple settings of distance and brightness ensure top performance during those late night games of ghost in the graveyard. Keep your little camper safe by sending them off with the perfect headlamp setup.

Klean Kanteen 40oz Sport Cap Water Bottle – $40.99

Klean Kanteen - Available in a variety of colors
Klean Kanteen – Available in a variety of colors

The Klean Kanteen bottles first hit the market place as highly durable, easy to clean alternatives to the standard plastics available. These bottles are made of 100% stainless steel and are designed to take a beating. BPA free, anti-microbial and rust-proof, these bottles will outlast the years of summer camp and continue to carry on. The addition of a highly durable plastic sport cap allows for easy hydration during the hot summer months. Finally, Klean Kanteen has affixed a bombproof plastic loop so it can be clipped, tied and towed to backpacks, canoes, or waist belts so they won’t get lost.

ENO Double Nest Hammock – $69.95

ENO Double Nest Hammock Orange/Silver
ENO Double Nest Hammock Orange/Silver

Make all the other kids jealous with the ENO Double Nest Hammock. Able to hold up to 400lbs, your little one will be able to hang with a couple of friends. These highly durable, easy to setup hammocks are designed to handle, wind, water and sun all while providing a comfortable experience and enjoyable day. String this up on the front porch of a cabin or between two trees on the trail and your kid will be the coolest kid at summer camp.

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