in Camping / by Nick Jaynes
Roofnest’s 10 Best Gifts for Roof Top Tent Camping
It’s that time of year again in which brands pull together their favorite holiday gifts for specific types of people. Roofnest is no different.
Rather than simply list our favorite Roofnest products in a list, we decided to gather some of our favorite camping accessories and accouterments from around the web that enhance camping with a Roofnest roof top tent.
Ranging from sizes and prices small to sizable, here are the best camping gifts for 2021.
Pop-up recycle bin
One of the most unpleasant parts of camping is dealing with trash and recycling. You can bring along a loose trash bag, but these inevitably tear or fall over and spill, etc. Essentially, they make a mess of trash and recycling collection and disposal. However, a handy pop-up recycling bin, like that from Coghlan make throwing food wrappers and containers away at camp a lot more enjoyable — and less messy. Plus, since it folds down flat when not in use, it doesn’t take up much space in your vehicle. And at $19.99 you can’t beat the price.
No matter the time of year, having a good pair of socks on a camping trip is essential. Even warm summer camping trips can get chilly. Keep your favorite camper’s toes nice and warm with a fun pair of socks. What’s more, these socks not only serve a purpose at camp, keeping your feet warm and dry, they also broadcast the wearer’s love for camping. That means that even if they’re not wearing these at camp, they can at least display their passion for camping on a weekly basis.
Waterproof Bluetooth speaker
Good tunes are essential for any good camping experience. That is, so long as you keep it to a reasonable level. Sure, you can spend hundreds of dollars on high-end Bluetooth speakers. You’re camping, though, and you don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s why we recommend you pick up a relatively inexpensive speaker that you don’t have to worry too much about. A word to the wise: even if you’re dispersed camping, and especially if you’re at a campsite, we recommend you keep your music to a lower volume. Your neighbors — be they animals or human — do not want to hear your favorite jams blasting at full volume.
Collapsible wash bin
Unless you’re the kind of person who reuses dirty dishes on an extended camping trip, you’ll want to clean your dishes, if not at the end of every meal at least once a day (c’mon, we’re not animals). And if you’re doing dishes, you’ll want a good wash bin. The problem with traditional hard-sided wash bins is that they take up a lot of space when not in use, but not a collapsible wash bin.
Even though a Roofnest tent might have a battery-powered LED light strip inside it, that doesn’t mean it’s not handy to have some auxiliary light from something beside your smartphone. This is where the UCO Leschi Lantern comes in handy. It’s compact, powerful, and a darn good price at only $12.95. It can run for 3.25 hours and puts out a healthy 110 lumens, which is good for 122 meters of illumination.
Not every campsite has a fire ring and not every camper wants to dig one when they get to a new campsite. This makes a portable campfire a really great addition to a camper’s gear collection. Pop this in the trunk of your car and should you need an impromptu campfire, you’ve got one handy. This one burns for 3-5 hours. Unlike other fire products, this one is made from soy oil. That means it’s purportedly better for the environment, which is a good thing. And at $28, you can’t beat that price for some fireplace piece of mind.
Collapsible water bottle
In keeping with the collapsible accessories theme, let’s add a collapsible water bottle to the mix. No matter what you’re doing at camp, you need to keep hydrated. Why take up space in your camping kit with an empty bottle if you don’t need to? Pop this one in your bug-out bag and when you’re ready to refill and rehydrate, it’s waiting for you. Warning: Water not included.
Survival gear kit
Nothing says “I see your love for camping, I worry about you, and so here’s a gift that will keep you alive.” like a survival gear kit. For a mere $33, this one includes most of the stuff even a novice outdoors person would need to survive — even for just a little while. It has a light, a knife, a compass, and other handy items that — let’s be honest, given the cost of the kit — may not be the highest of quality. But they’d work in a pinch. And that’s exactly what this kit is for: planning for the unexpected.
You’ve tried voodoo. You’ve tried mysterious powders. You’ve tried shouting. But nothing keeps the bugs away on your summertime camping trips. That’s why you need the Thermacell MR150 portable mosquito repeller. Fire this baby up and it gives you a 15-foot protection zone from those pesky blood-sucking mosquitoes — for up to 12 hours. And it does it all in a compact package. For just $45, you can’t afford to not have one in the camping kit.
We said we weren’t going to offer up a bunch of Roofnest products on this list. But, c’mon, at least one had to make the list. What better than a down blanket? It might seem a bit frivolous, but, trust us, it’s not. This blanket packs down small thanks to its down filling but offers a heap of heat retention. If the nighttime temperatures dip lower than you were expecting and your sleeping bag isn’t up to the task of keeping you tosty, you will be glad you had this nifty down blanket on hand to pull on.
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