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9 Fall Camping Essentials on Sale at REI

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October is a great time for camping, since the chilly-but-not-frigid nights are ideal for sitting around the fire with s'mores and apple cider. If that sounds appealing but you don't have the gear, head over to REI Garage and get up to 60% off a selection of apparel, shoes, and camping gear. (Prices are as marked. Shipping adds $5.99, or get free shipping on orders of $50. In-store pickup may also be available.)

Here are nine outdoor basics you'll need to camp in comfort.

REI Picks to Gear Up for Fall Camping


Pink Pack

Gregory Women's Maya 5 Daypack for $33.73 (a low by $11)

First things first: You'll need a bag to carry your stuff. At under a pound, this lightweight option will do the job without adding heft, and the bright pink is a fun color choice.

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Carry On

Marmot Urban Hauler Medium Daypack for $30.73 (a low by $14)

Prefer something a bit more understated? This bag comes in mahogany or camo, which is the definition of inconspicuous. The design is also super smart; the backpack straps convert into carry handles, so the bag can serve as a tote when you return to civilization.

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Walk Hard

Merrell Men's Chameleon Shift Ventilator Hiking Shoes for $64.73 (a low by $4)

The wilderness is a lot more enjoyable when you've got the proper footwear. These shoes feature ventilation and cushioning to keep you comfortable on rough terrain.

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Stay Upright

Oboz Women's Aurora Hiking Shoes for $69.73 (a low by $16)

Seriously, shoes designed for hiking and general outdoorsiness are pretty important to a positive camping experience. Traction is key when you're walking on leaves and rocks.

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Not Optional

REI Co-op Men's or Women's Classic Fleece Jacket for $27.73 ($42 off)

Even if your day starts off warm, the temperature will drop when the sun starts to go down, so keep this jacket handy. It works even if it gets damp, and there's no way you'll have any fun if you're stuck shivering by the fire.

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Stay Toasty

Celestron Rechargeable Power Pack/Handwarmer for $20.73 ($9 off)

Be extra prepared with this nifty gadget, which helps prevent your hands from freezing and allows you to keep your electronic devices charged. You could survive without it, of course, but why would you want to? Pack like a pro.

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Light It Up

Ultimate Survival Technologies Classic 30 Day Lantern for $20.73 (a low by $5)

Nature is dark. If you're not into that, a lantern is absolutely mandatory. This one lasts up to 30 days on its lowest setting, or 10 days on high. Either way, it'll probably be sufficient for whatever forest adventures you have in mind.

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Sleep Sack

Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock for $65.73 (a low by $15)

At some point during your campout, you will have to go to sleep. Might as well make that part of the experience special, too, by bringing a hammock. This one even has a sleeve for a sleeping pad, for an extra snug rest.

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You're Grounded

Marmot Mavericks 30 Regular Sleeping Bag for $48.73 (a low by $41)

If you think you might struggle to fall asleep suspended between two trees, or if you get cold easily, a traditional sleeping bag rated to 30° will take care of you. Lying on the ground has never been more pleasant.

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Readers, what's your favorite thing to do outdoors in the fall? Are you planning an autumn getaway with camping gear from REI Garage? Let us know in the comments!


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Elizabeth Zimmerman is an Associate Editor at DealNews, and she specializes in tap dancing, wearing a lot of colors, making cakes, and sneaking Beatles references into deals. Goo goo g'joob.
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