Do I really need to bring this? This is the question that defines car camping (hint: if you’re in a truck, the answer is always yes). As our gear gets lighter and better designed, we increasingly ask this question for backcountry missions, too. It’s hard not to shoot a glance at the Bialetti as I stuff my pack full.
There are also those pieces of gear that you wonder how you ever functioned without. Below are a few items that have added simple pleasures to camping trips—backcountry or truck. And while they’re not essential, they have all become gear we never leave home without.
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