PACK TIGHT, CAMP RIGHT

With the right gear, a compact camp kit leaves lots of room for fun

By MICHAEL ROBERTS

When outdoor enthusiast Cade Collister needs a breather from his work with Scout Retail in Bentonville, he takes his wife and five children out camping. With that many people, being efficient and compact is a vital part of his preparation. Here, Cade shares with us some of his must-haves when getting ready for a new adventure.

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COMPACT, COMFORTABLE AND COMPLETE

 “My company, Scout Retail, met the founder of TAXA Outdoors, Garrett Finney, last October. We were so taken with his TAXA Outdoors Cricket Camper and passion for camping, design and outdoor life that we invested in the company. For those who camp to fully enjoy the outdoors, the Cricket camper is a must have.”
Various Prices
taxaoutdoors.com


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TREETOP RETREAT

“My kids absolutely love the Double Cacoon from Cacoon USA. Getting it in the tree can be a chore, but worth the good times to follow.”
$500
cacoonusa.com

 

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MUSIC MAKER

“We must have tunes when camping, and this Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker from Trendwoo has a rechargeable battery with a 15-hour life.”
$60
trendwoo.com

 


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STAY SHARP

“With camping you need a sharp, durable knife. The Kershaw Lock Blade will not break. And it looks cool.”
$110
kershaw.kaiusaltd.com

 

 

HANG AROUND

The Grand Trunk Double Hammock is made from parachute material. It’s a chair...a lounger...a swing...a bed. Enough said!
$70
grandtrunk.com

 

 
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HOLD IT TOGETHER

“Carabiners like this one from Petzl are the safety pin of camping. They have a million-and-one uses. Never leave home without a couple.”
$20
petzl.com

 

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