Gear Up for a Weekend of Adventure with 5 Camping Essentials

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributor

With summer rolling in, what better time than now to plan a camping trip? With deals on a new tent, hammock, and even an all-purpose multi-tool, you'll be a mountain man in no time. (S'mores not included.) Be sure to check out our daily camping and outdoors deals for more goods.

  1. Coleman 9-Person Stonewall Tent with LED Lights
    Store: VM Innovations via eBay
    Price: $219.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $80

    Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice tent is ideal for a family outing, and you won't feel cramped! This 14x9-foot tent features 7-foot headroom, six oversized windows, space for up to nine people, and built-in LED lighting system. What's more, the heavy duty 75D fabric, steel legs, a fiberglass roof mean it's weatherproof.

  2. Outdoor Folding Chair
    Store: Home Depot
    Price: $6.88 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $14

    Is It Worth It?: Gone fishing? If so, you'll need a place to park your keister while your lure bobs in the water a few feet away. For minimal investment, this folding chair is ideal. It even has a mesh cup holder to secure the most important item of all, your can of beer or mojito or margarita. It features a steel frame, polyester seat, storage bag, and can support up to 200 lbs.

  3. Ozark Trail Portable Hammock
    Store: Walmart
    Price: $59 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $11

    Is It Worth It?: The most important piece of outdoors equipment you can buy is a quality hammock, because you can't beat a mid-afternoon nap after a morning of hiking or fishing. As such, this one is 100" x 36" x 29" and features a steel frame, carry bag with backpack stripes, 4-step setup, and more.

  4. Cabela's Pro Guide Casting Rod
    Store: Cabela's
    Price: $29.99 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: At least $15

    Is It Worth It?: Should you be in the market for a good casting rod, check out the pictured Cabela's Pro Guide Casting Rod. The handle is made of Portuguese cork for maximum comfort, and the improved graphite reel seats with padded hoods secure your reel effectively. The fast-action tips ensure fast, precise casts and rapid hooksets. It comes with a limited two-year warranty, so don't be afraid to work it. Be sure to check out the other Cabela's fishing rods on sale.

  5. Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multi-Tool
    Store: Walmart
    Price: $10 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $4

    Is It Worth It?: Bear Grylls is the host of the popular TV show Man vs. Wild on Discovery Channel — since he's been stranded in so many barren locations and managed to find his way back to civilization so many times, one would have to assume that any useful camping device he endorses is totally worth it. This is the only compact tool that features two full-size Gerber Legendary Blades, nose pliers, wire cutters, both fine-edge and serrated knives, Phillips screwdriver, small and medium flat drivers, lanyard ring, tweezers, and, most essential of all, a bottle opener.

In the mood for more camping fun? Check out our review of Meritline camping gear.

Front page photo credit: California Fire

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