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Nothing is more relaxing than spending a day — or several days — out in nature. No artificial structure can replicate the sights, sounds and smells of Planet Earth. These 12 camping items will help you relax in nature and maximize your limited time.
1. Rumpl Merino Soft Wool Throw Blanket
Surprisingly, not many people like the traditional mummy sleeping bags. This dislike has led to the creation of many sleeping bag alternatives to make camping more comfortable. This classic Merino soft wool blanket from Rumpl is the best of the bunch. The responsibly sourced wool and cotton blend is smoother than silk and will keep you warm in below-freezing temperatures.
2. Therm-a-Rest Airhead Lite Inflatable Travel Pillow
Therm-a-Rest is famous for its world-class travel pillows. This airhead lite model is perfect for your nature excursions. It won’t add much weight or space to your camping gear, and it provides 4 inches of comfortable polyester padding that mimics a cool, firm bedroom pillow.
3. TETON XXL Camp Cot
You can’t bring your bed into nature, but TETON’s XXL camp cot is the next best thing. It’s larger than a twin bed and supports up to 600 pounds, but it only has a lightweight 26-pound frame. No more sleeping on the ground!
4. ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent
It’s always best to stick with the basics regarding tents. You don’t want the hassle of setting up a massive 12-person tent. This five-person version from ALPS Mountaineering is the perfect setup for a family camping trip. It’s waterproof, breathable and effective in all four seasons.
5. COMLIFE Camping Fan and LED Light
Tents often get hot and stuffy, especially if multiple people are inside. COMLIFE’s camping fan solves that problem, emitting a cool relaxing breeze to help you fall asleep. It also provides an energy-efficient light source. If the temperature gets too cold, turn off the fan and reheat your tent’s interior to get comfortable again.
6. ENO DoubleNest Lightweight Hammock
ENO’s lightweight hammock is the perfect sleeping arrangement if tents aren’t your style. It has a ridiculous weight capacity of 400 pounds and enough room for two people. It weighs just 19 ounces and can fit into a small backpack pocket, helping you travel as light as possible.
7. FengChi LED Camping Lantern Set
Darkness in nature is no joke. Without light pollution, nighttime is pitch black in the wilderness. This simple LED camping lantern set will help you illuminate your entire campsite without expending too much energy. The lights will cut through the darkness, letting you relax in nature and enjoy the night.
8. Helinox Ultralight Compact Camping Chair
Are you tired of dealing with clunky, uncomfortable camping chairs? Helinox solves both problems, providing a lightweight chair with a design that conforms to your body type. It’s the perfect fireside seat for any outdoor occasion.
9. Instafire Fire Starter Packs
Building a fire in the wilderness can be tough, especially if the weather is bad. Instafire’s fire starter packs can help you get a blaze going in adverse weather conditions. Rain and 30-mph winds are no match for the dry wood pellets. They will produce a small, powerful flame in almost any situation.
10. GSI Outdoors 11-Piece Kitchen Set
Cooking in nature can be extremely difficult if you’re used to regular kitchens. GSI Outdoors’ 11-piece set helps you bring the kitchen to your campground. It includes a spoon, spatula, spicer, whisk, cutting board, scrubber, scraper, two condiment containers, a camp towel and a waterproof nylon bag. You can make lots of gourmet meals with these versatile utensils.
11. Chill-O-Matic Instant Beverage Cooler
Bringing a heavy cooler into the wild simply isn’t practical. You’re much better off with a portable cooling device. Look no further than Chill-O-Matic’s instant beverage cooler. Just fill the compartment with a handful of ice, and the device will completely chill your beer or soda can in just one minute.
12. Bug Bite Thing Suction Tool
Insects are one of the worst things about the outdoors. How can you relax in nature when you have itchy, painful bug bites? Bug Bite Thing’s suction tool offers a solution, sucking out the bug venom that causes irritating symptoms. This sounds too good to be true, but the thousands of rave reviews prove this product is legit.
Use Tools to Help You Relax in Nature
You’ve already done yourself a favor by spending more time in nature. If you’re still uncomfortable, you can enhance your experience by adding these 12 essentials to your repertoire. Sit back, relax and enjoy the outdoors with your new gear.
Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.