Summer Camping Essentials

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I’m as shocked as you by the title of this post. I am not a camping expert. I went to Girl Scout camp when I was younger and probably hated every second of it, except for the part where you ate banana boats (you cook a banana in aluminum foil stuffed with chocolate chips and other treats on the campfire) and flirting with the boys who worked the fishing and canoeing stations or whatever.

Moving to California has made me way more outdoorsy. Emily and I joked that only in California would a park over-flow on a weekend and not let any more people enter until others left. Now I’m getting peer pressured into going camping and things like that so I’ll fit in better. (#glamping forever.) My friends asked me while I was home if I was going to hike the Pacific Crest Trail because I mentioned I watched Wild one night. Who am I becoming?

REI has designed a new line of camping gear with people like me in mind – girls who are too lazy and blonde to set up a tent and think wine is a hiking essential. It’s called evrgrn and it puts the West Elm back into camping, basically.

I was lucky enough to hang out with the awesome folks from REI last week and check out some of the new gear. Check out some of my photos below for my summer camping essentials. The line launches online and in-stores today, so check it out!

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Indoor camping – my kind of camping.

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The Starry Night Tent pops up pretty foul-proof without stakes!

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Grab your air mattress and favorite pillows and comforter for a super-luxe camping experience.

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This table is super-light and pops up – and can fit into the 24-pack cooler.

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I think I can get over my fear of the grass with this awesome picnic mat.

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Don’t worry about having to sit on the ground with this rocking camping chair.

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Beer and wine are summer camping essentials, right?

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Upgrade your s’mores with granola bars.

Chat with me:
Do you enjoy camping? What do you hate/love about it? Do you have any good camping stories? Am I completely losing it?

25 comments on “Summer Camping Essentials

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on May 26, 2015 8:16 am

Glad to see our idea of camping looks very similar. That tent bed though!! So cool.
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:52 pm

That’s why we are friends ;)

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 26, 2015 8:42 am

Omg I want those s’mores! My friend was just raving to me about REI! I’m not an outdoorsy girl but I am trying to work on that!
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:52 pm

REI also has the best snacks, FYI :)

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Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie on May 26, 2015 9:26 am

I love camping! I grew up spending my summers camping with my family and friends, though I’ve never really done the whole tent thing. My mom and I like to call our version of camping, “glamping” as we don’t do the traditional camping routine. I love the look of that tent bed- that’s the kind of tenting I could do!
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:52 pm

UH yes, tent bed for life. I can’t wait to try GLAMPING!

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Sarah @pickyrunner on May 26, 2015 10:46 am

I kind of laughed when I saw this post because it describes me to a T. My parents were shocked when I told them I was going camping a few weeks ago. I’m not high maintenance by any means, but I like clean showers, bathrooms, etc and I’m not a fan of bugs or dirt. So camping was NOT my thing. I can get on board with glamping though ;) My requirements whenever I go somewhere with KBT include bathrooms, showers, and all the extra amentities to make it feel less like a campground and more like a hotel. I bought us air mattresses and a regular comforter because I’m not about that sleeping bag life haha
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:52 pm

HOW WAS IT?? Did you love it??

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Lora on May 26, 2015 11:23 am

I have NEVER gone camping. But this indoor camping thing, maybe I could give that a try! ;) Love this post!
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:51 pm

Haha I can do indoor camping FOR SURE.

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Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog on May 26, 2015 12:13 pm

I don’t mind roughin’ it but I could still really get into some of this gear! I love those tent lights and I think I may just need that rocking chair. Fun!
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:51 pm

Plus you can use it all on your patio, right?

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Jessica @ Nutritioulicious on May 26, 2015 1:13 pm

I am so not into camping, but my husband is insisting we go for a night with his high school friends and all the kids. That tent looks awesome. Sending to him now!!!

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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:51 pm

I hope he buys it for your trip!

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on May 26, 2015 2:07 pm

OH MY GOD I NEED THAT TENT!

No, you are not using it. I’m fairly certain I would be the laughing stock of the forest if I showed up with all of this fancy glamping gear. Hahahaha
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:51 pm

Haha I think I probably would be the laughing stock of the forrest here, too.

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on May 26, 2015 2:10 pm

Losing it* haha

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Lex @ Flecksoflex on May 26, 2015 2:35 pm

I love this! I’ve been wanting to go “glamping” since I saw it on one of my favorite trashy reality shows lol Thank you for sharing! Definitely going to check it out!
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:50 pm

I can’t wait to try either!

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Mags on May 26, 2015 3:24 pm

Wow! You’re speaking my language. I’ve never been very “outdoorsy”, but I could get behind this kind of camping!

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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:50 pm

Same! They had a real mattress in the tent :)

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on May 26, 2015 5:26 pm

I am in the same boat as you, I become soooo much more outdoorsy since moving to Cali! I never hiked until I moved to the West coast – because, well, there are not many mountains in New Jersey – and now I’m obsessed with hiking as often as I can. I’ve been camping just a few times, and I’m good with it until the actual sleeping part – then I like to be back in my comfy bed! Or maybe I just need to upgrade my camping gear to more fancy stuff?!
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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:50 pm

Haha maybe that’s what I need too – fancy stuff to actually want to sleep outside.

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Whitney on May 26, 2015 10:46 pm

“Glamping” hahaha I love it! I do go camping.. but we have a camper. That counts still right?! Haha This camp gear looks super awesome.
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Kristen on May 27, 2015 1:39 am

Haha this post! I love camping and feel like none of this stuff is practical, especially here in Alaska, but it really is cute! Camping is fun if you go to the right place – showers and flush toilets make all the difference. I say ease into it with one night and I’m positive you’ll have fun!
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