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Our staff-tested picks for the latest, greatest stuff you need to make your camping trip comfy and fun. Plus: Print our must-have camping list

Lora J. Finnegan  – April 10, 2009

Solera +15F Women’s Sleeping Bag
This comfy bag’s hourglass shape gives women extra wiggle room around the torso and hips, and piles on insulation in the hood, upper torso, and foot box. $100; for retailers

Eureka Rapidair Mat
Dual valves mean you won’t have to fiddle with a cap in the race against time when inflating and deflating this luxuriously cushy pad. Three different thicknesses, $70–$175;

Coleman LED Quad Lantern
Four mini LED flashlights snap together to create this four-in-one lantern. So while the main lantern’s in use, you can pop out a panel to take with you to, say, the latrine. $70;

REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent
The mesh roof on this lightweight, easy-to-assemble, three-season, two-person tent makes it perfect for stargazing. $269;

Century 4680 Matchless Stove
You can ignite this lightweight two-burner stove with the push of a button. $62; for retailers

MSR Flex  4 System
These pots, plates, and mugs for four are color-coded and easy to pack. $160;

Coleman Party Stacker Cooler
Keep like foods with like foods with a couple of these stacking coolers. Ideal for the organized camp cook. Three sizes, $18–$25;

REI Double Shot Press Mug
Join an insulated mug with a built-in plunger and ― voilà! ― it’s a French press. $29;

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
This ultracompact and fuel-efficient unit is hot and fast ― it boils two cups of water in two minutes. $100;

Freeplay Energy Indigo Lantern
It’s an area light, flashlight-style directional light, and ― with the flip of the dimmer switch ― a night-light, all in one. Bonus: The crank handle’s fun to play with. $42;

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