Spring Gear Guide

After what seemed like endless winter days and waiting for warmer weather, spring is finally here!  I am over the moon excited about the change in season.  Even more so, I am thrilled for all of the trips that we have planned ahead this year.  Are you ready?  Now is the time to take stock of what worked last camping season and what you need to add to your gear.

Here are 7 pieces of gear that are perfect for the change in weather and outdoor activities that you might be planning.

1. Coleman Camp Oven

The Coleman Camp Oven is a compact little oven that fits over a gas burner to heat and cook at the campsite.  If you have a camp stove that you are currently using, you can add this tool for about $32.  Having an oven also increases what all you can cook and prepare at the campsite for meals.

The oven has a nice roomy interiror for cooking with a rack.

The door locks nicely to remain shut.

There is a temperature gauge on the oven.
One thing that campers love about this oven is that is folds up to stow away easily.  For tent and pop up campers, this takes up minimal space and accomplishes the goal of baking.  I love anything that I incorporate into what I already have.  This item checks all of the boxes for me!

Once you are done, it folds flat.

RV ovens tend to be small.  And, if you are cooking in a toaster oven or even the Coleman Camp Oven, this compact ovenware set will get the job done.  Nordic Ware makes excellent cookware.  The fact that they make a compact set takes it to the next level.  I think of it as my grown-up easy bake oven set!

Well constructed with a stick-free coating.  There is a muffin pan, baking pan and sheet along with a rack and lid.  Perfection!

Plus, I like having a set of bakeware designated for my camper that I just know that I will have on hand.  Having to pack one more thing is just one thing to forget in my book.  
Get yourself armed and ready for bugs!  We were literally eaten alive by ticks last Easter.  I am itching just thinking about it now.  I have a recipe for natural mosquito and bug repellent that works really well.  Make up a batch and keep it in your backpack for hiking.  Also, keep some on your outdoor table so you are ready whenever you are outside hanging out.  This stuff smells great and cools your skin off when you are hot.

4.  ENO Eagles Nest Outfitters - DoubleNest Hammock

You need a hammock for camping.  It's not a want or a negotiable.  If you don't' have one, just do it.  Right now.  There is no better way to nap, read a book or listen to your favorite music than in a hammock.  These hammocks are durable and will really last you a long time.  And get the double one so that you and your favorite can snuggle up together if you want.  Your welcome!

5. S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 25 oz, Neptune

I have an S'well Insulated Bottle that is a couple of years old.  It is still one of my favorite pieces of gear.  It keeps the water nice and cool.  Or you can pack hot liquids.  The lid stays on nice and tight and won't spill.  Speaking of water?  The water you put into your bottle is pretty important!  You will also need - 
We are ditching the water bottle habit at the campground this year.  We are using the ZeroWater Pitcher at our campsite and love it already.  The spout at the bottom makes it easy to fill up your glass or water bottle.  Our son gets his own drinks as he needs them.  I fill up our pitcher during the day and keep it on the table for us to use at meals or just a drink.

There is even a testing meter that allows you to test your water to see what all it is filtering out.  

7. FRESHeBAG Dry Bag

Warm weather means being on the water.  If you are canoeing, kayaking or on a boat, these bags come in handy to keep your gear dry.  Use it to toss in phones and gear you don't want to lose.  Anytime that water is part of the activity, you can use this.  For less than $10, your electronics are protected.  We keep ours in the camper for whenever we might need it.

These warm-weather ideas should take your camping to the next level this season.  Any one of these items would make an excellent Easter happy or a spring birthday gift.  This list may even give you an idea for a Mother's Day gift for that camping mamma in your life.  If you are looking for more gear ideas, check out my Camping Gear Page.  I also have a page devoted to the Camping Kitchen.

What is some camping gear that you can't live without when the weather warms up?  I'd love to hear from you.  And while you are at it, share this post.  Share on social media.  Pin it to your Pinterest page so you can come back to it later.  And if you have gear that you would like to share with me on social media, be sure to tag me @southernglamper or with the hashtag #southernglamper on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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