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Cultivora's Must-Have Camping Gear For Summer Festivals

posted by Kelsey Stoulil on March 22, 2013

  • FieldCandy Patterned Tents
  • BioLite Stove and Charger
  • JakPak Sleeping Bag and Tent Combo
  • Luci Inflatable Lanterns & Petzl Headlamps
  • NEMO Helio Pressure Shower
  • ruckus Solar Speakers
  • Camping is all about weathering the elements and living with nature, but camping festivals can be a whole other beast of their own. This special sect of outdoorsmanship brings its own set of rules and requirements.

    With an array of camping festivals just around the corner, we decided to put together a list of essential camping items. From the novice to the experienced, we've got a selection of picks that suit any camping festival experience level. So if you're heading to Coachella, Sasquatch!, Firefly, or any other campground accompanied festival, be sure to take a look.

  • FieldCandy Patterned Tents

    One of the most important things to have at a camping festival is a tent. Seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised. From unexpected showers to bugs, a sturdy tent is a necessity.

    At crowded campgrounds, it can be pretty difficult to distinguish one generic tent from another. The folks at FieldCandy have designed dependable tents in a variety of patterns to help you find your way home, no matter what state you're in. Safari-themed cheetah print (above), book cover, and water melon slice are just a few of the bizarre options available for these 3-person tents. ($400+)

  • BioLite Stove and Charger

    When creating your weekend home away from home, a kitchen is essential. Camping stoves come in all shapes and sizes, but this little creation by BioLite definitely takes the cake. The light 33 oz stove uses sticks and other natural debris as fuel, and while you're cooking your meal, the heat given off by the flame is converted into energy which you can use to charge your smart phone or other devices. Water boils in as little as four minutes, and the improved combustion results in lower emissions than normal stoves. If there's one thing you remember to bring on your camping adventure, make sure it's the BioLite. ($129)

  • JakPak Sleeping Bag and Tent Combo

    Now that we've covered food and shelter, it's time to get down to the simple luxuries of camping. Sleeping bags can make or break a night of sleep, which is a crucial element during a festival. Most camping festivals take place in dry regions during the summer months, which means it can be hot during the day, but temperatures drop pretty quickly once the sun goes down, so a warmer sleeping bag is usually a good idea.

    For those lone-wolf festivalgoers, check out the JakPak. This sleeping bag/tent combo folds up into a waterproof windbreaker. When it's time to recharge, just roll out the sleeping bag and pop open the tent compartment and you're good to go, whether you're at your campsite or not. ($199)

  • Luci Inflatable Lanterns & Petzl Headlamps

    Portable lights are a handy tool to bring along for lighting up a campsite or navigating those late night trips to the bathroom. This inflatable, solar powered lantern called Luci lasts a total of 12 hours when fully charged, offering plenty of light for a weekend festival. ($24)

    Headlamps are also good thing to pack, the lightweight, hands free design is especially convenient when you're stumbling through the dark after a few drinks (c'mon, we've all been there.) This model from Petzl projects light up to 29 meters and can last up to 120 hours. ($29)

  • NEMO Helio Pressure Shower

    While many people assume that a shower is out of the question during a camping festival, some people just can't go without one. For those of you that want to freshen up during your festival adventure, try the NEMO Helio Pressure Shower. This compact device holds enough H2O for up to 7 minutes of continuous water. ($99)
    Dry off afterwards with this super absorbant, quick dry multi-towel , which can come in handy even if a full-on shower isn't part of your plan. ($17.50)

    For more tips on low-maintenance grooming at camping festivals check out these essential items.

  • ruckus Solar Speakers

    And now, the most important part, music. If you've been to a camping festival you're well aware that the party doesn't end when the music does. This solar powered speaker setup, the ruckus Solar is the perfect campground companion. Play songs wirelessly from your smart phone or MP3 player, or hook up your device to the USB and charge it while you get your groove on. ($149)

    Happy camping festivalgoers!

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