With Father’s Day right around the corner, it may be time to start thinking outside the home for gift ideas. If the dad in your life is adventurous and loves the great outdoors, then they’ll love the chance to score new camping gear for Father’s Day.
Maybe they’ve been dying to try a secluded backpacking trip throughout the Grand Canyon or just need a refreshing overnight stay at Glacier National Park. Whatever their outdoor plans, the right gift can inspire the outdoorsman inside of them again.
We’ve rounded up the best camping deals on gift ideas dad will really use and love this year.
Camping Combo Sets
Get the most bang for your buck by shopping deals on camping combo sets. While the included supplies might be a little less durable than what you’d get if you purchased them individually, the plus side is you get all the camping gear you’ll definitely need for one low price.
This Stansport 99805 2 Person Camp Set is on sale at Amazon for $157.99 (down from $180) and comes with the following:
- 1 2-person tent, 2 shock-corded poles
- 2 sleeping bags, 2 foam sleeping pads
- 2 chairs
- 2 roasting forks
- 1 lantern
This is a great gift idea for those who are new to the camping scene. While these camping sets aren’t built for long-term use, they do make it easier to shop for your upcoming camping trip.
You can slowly replace the pieces of your set you use the most with higher-quality items designed to last for years.
No one expects to get hotel comfort when they invest in a tent, but it is still important to feel you are sleeping in a quality piece rather than a thin tarp. Your tent can make or break your camping trip.
Pro tip: don’t buy a tent based on the exact number of people you plan on camping with — sharing a three-person tent with two friends can feel more claustrophobic than you might anticipate.
If your budget allows, upgrade the size of your tent to give yourself plenty of room. This Hikergarden 8-person tent is 20% off making it a great deal for $159.99.
Solo campers can pick up an ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1-Person Tent for just $78.99, and is an easy and lightweight option for backpackers. It retails for $179.99, so you’ll be getting about a 56% discount.
Sleeping Bag, Pads and Pillows
If you’re going to splurge on something, let it be your sleeping gear. It is essential to get a good night’s sleep under the stars if you want the energy to hike or explore in the morning.
Opt for higher-quality sleeping bags like the North Face Wasatch 20 Synthetic Sleeping Bag or The North Face Cat’s Meow Sleeping Bag, which is 20% off at Al’s Goods. Coupon code NEW20 will also give you 20% off select items. Even in the softest sleeping bag, it’s hard to forget you’re laying on the ground.
If you think you’ll have a hard time getting cozy, it’s a good idea to bring along an inflatable pad for extra comfort. The Therm-A-Rest® LuxuryMap Self-Inflating Pad is currently 33% off MSRP, making it $93.97. Finally, an inflatable camping pillow can help make your nighttime better and Amazon has several highly rated styles for under $20.
For the dad who already has everything, a nice multi-weather jacket will be a lifesaver when camping in high-altitude areas, as well as doing errands in the pouring rain.
The North Face is a quality brand that will last you many camping trips. While it typically runs a premium price, you can often grab discounted North Face clothing when the new season’s styles are released.
Outdoor retailer Backcountry has several favorite camping and hiking brands on sale. The North Face Essential Jacket is only $69.95 (down from $99.95) and will protect you from harsh wind, rain and cold. Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece Jacket is also 20-25% off when you select the colors Sage Khaki and Molton Lava.
Backpacks and Bags
If you’re going to carry everything you need to camp, you’ll need a reliable bag — especially if you plan on hiking to your campsite. Since camping bags and backpacks come in a variety of sizes, it’s a good idea to figure out what you really need your backpack for and start shopping from there.
For example, if you’re planning on backpacking with all your gear, a lightweight bag that can accommodate all your supplies is essential. Look for something like this Classic 2 Series Summit 40W Frame Pack from the High Sierra, which is currently $49.99, a savings of over 50%.
However, if you’re not planning on lugging your bag up a mountain, you may want to opt for a slightly larger waterproof sack with plenty of room for everything you’ll need. The North Face Base Camp 71L Duffel is on sale for $118 when you select the New Taupe Green color (regular price $138.95). It offers the room and organizational pockets of a duffel bag but can be worn comfortably as a backpack for easy transport across short distances.
There are two important qualities to look for when it comes to a camp grill: it needs to be durable and you need to be able to cook more than one thing at a time. The Coleman Gas Camping Stove fits that bill and is also extremely affordable at $65.31. Walmart has a similar Coleman 2-burner camp stove on sale for $42.88.
Pro tip: Test your grill out at home before your camping trip.
This outdoor camping cooking table is 20% off, making it $94.99. It comes with a large flat top for holding your camp grill while in use, as well as six organizing compartments that store your cooking essentials, tableware and non-perishable foods. It folds up compactly when not in use.
Look for a cooler that will keep food cold for several days. Even if you’re only camping for a day or two, a larger cooler will ensure you have enough room for ice, perishable foods and several extra sodas or beers.
The Coleman Xtreme 70 Qt Cooler keeps food cold for five days and is just under $50. Past models have gone on sale for $60 to $65 in the past two years, so this is a solid price.
If you want something a little smaller, Walmart has the Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels on sale for under $30.
Headlamps, Lanterns and Flashlights
When you are miles away from electricity, you don’t want to be dependent on a single light source. A headlamp is a good choice for hands-free lighting, while a lantern offers a lot of soft light in one area.
You can pick up BioLite 200 HeadLamp or the BioLite 330 Headlamp for 25% off at Backcountry. They both come in a variety of colors and have a burn time of three to 40 hours depending on how high you set the output. A sturdy flashlight is also a must-have.
While it’s good to have a few, make sure at least one is waterproof, has different light settings and can be used as a weapon if needed. Walmart offers the Maglite Heavy-Duty Incandescent 2-Cell D Flashlight for a low, everyday price of $18.99.
Pastimes and Entertainment
Because looking at trees all day can get boring, right?
Items like kayaks, fishing gear, mountain bikes and water tubes can help you turn up the fun on your trip. While these toys aren’t necessary, why not snag one if you see a great deal?
This Lifetime Tahoma 10 ft Sit-on-top Kayak retails for $300 but can be found on sale for $229 at Walmart. Many times we see fun outdoor equipment go on sale for extreme discounts when retailers are trying to clear a particular style to make room for newer models. For example, right now you can save $500 on the Sportsstuff Adventure 4 ISUP Paddleboard at Al’s Sporting Goods.
Once you have the essentials, you can start keeping an eye out for secondary items like pavilion tents, collapsible furniture or a portable fire pit. To ensure you get the best prices on whatever you’re dreaming about, set up some Deal Alerts and get notified when a related camping gear offer pops up on the forum.
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