Camping essentials shopping list

Make camping comfortable with our roundup of essential gear

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Campsite-friendly cups

These colourful plastic goblets from Canadian Tire are safe, easy to pack-and a little glamorous. They are part of a nine-piece set that includes plates. ($30)

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Tera Gear’s Streamlined LED Torches have optional side lights ($9). Multi-Function LED Lights act as lanterns, too. ($14).

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Bug-zapping light

Keep mosquitoes away and light up your camp with a ThermaCell Patio Lantern. Slide the insect repellent mat into the top of the lantern and bugs will stay 4.5 metres away for up to four hours. ($30, includes 3 mats)

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This Thermos 1L Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle will keep hot food and drinks hot for eight hours, and cold items cold for 24 hours. Perfect for long canoe trips. ($30)

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Air pump

This 120V Coleman Quickpump has a six-foot-long cord and is powered by your car’s lighter to make quick work of water toys and air mattresses. ($40)

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Air mattress

This twin-size Aerobed Airbed (also available in double and queen) comes with its own hand-held AC air pump for fast inflation, and a quick-deflation valve. ($100)

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Personal flotation device

Stohlquist BetSea PFD is made to fit a woman’s body. Two zippered front pockets provide easy storage, and reflective strips make you easy to spot ($125)

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sleeping bag

Kids’ sleeping bag

Keep little ones warm in a Tera Gear sleeping bag made for kids. Made of breathable polyester, it includes a pillow and carrying bag. ($19)

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The Coleman Fold N Go grill is a breeze to transport. It cooks using standard charcoal briquettes, and the dishwasher-safe grates have adjustable heights. ($50)

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Pots and pans

The GSI Bugaboo Base Camper non-stick cookware set comes with a frying pan, a cutting board, a removable handle, and two small, medium or large pots. It all stacks neatly in a mesh sack. ($54-$72)

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Water-resistant shoes

Timberland’s innovative Radler Trail Camp water-resistant shoes come in five colour options, and zip closed to half their size for easy packing. ($75)

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Bottle opener

No more picking up bottle caps! With this Trudeau Bottle Cap Catcher, remove a cap and it goes into the chamber. Just remove the base to empty it. ($12)

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Gloves for the grill

Gloves for the grill

These Trudeau Kitchen & Grill Gloves have a fire-resistant exterior (up to 482°F) and silicone anti-slip grips for safe handling of hot pans. ($40 per pair)

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