There’s a unique satisfaction to finding your comfort zone in the outdoors. It doesn’t take much for nature to do good; apparently just looking at a photo of a tree can brighten your mood!
But the feeling of being suspended between two trees with a breeze and a touch of sun? Yes, please. Give me a dose of that nature therapy.
From camping chairs to hammocks, there are certain products that enhance your experience in the outdoors to its fullest.
Here’s a look at some of the gear we sell to help you reach ultimate relaxation:
Put Your Feet Up With A Hammock Or Camping Chair
This isn’t a traditional hammock. Instead of being suspended from trees, you’re comfortably lifted off the ground (or water – yes, you can absolutely float on these! (Stay tuned because we’ve got plans to test this out in a video in the future). Honestly, once you settle down in one of these, it’s difficult to gain the motivation to get back up.
Bring one to the beach, the lake, the woods – whether you’re camping, going to an outdoor music festival or concert, or just picnicking for the day – the possibilities are endless.
NEMO Cloudview Hammock
We carry an awesome variety of hammock brands, including Kammok, ENO, and Grand Trunk. They’re all great, and you can choose from a hammock for two people, a stand or tree straps to set it up, and even hammock pillows and sleeping pads if you plan to spend the night in your hammock (you need some form of insulation or your back is going to get cold).
We just got this new NEMO Hammock in, more designed for comfortable socializing than hiding away a lot of fabric (aka, it doesn’t have that “cocoon” effect most hammocks do).
So, you want to take your hammock game to the next level? Invest in a hammock-tent hybrid! This product was presented 50 Campfires’ 2015’s Gear of the Year Award for a reason. You have the option of suspending it or leaving it on the ground like a normal tent (if I had this, I would definitely suspend it).
Just like hammocks, we also carry a bunch of different types of camping chairs! Whether you’re looking for a traditional model like the Kelty Essential Chair or a more compact, legless one like the Kelty Camp Chair, the fact is you don’t want to be sitting cross-legged around a campfire. Both are affordable picks, but size matters when you take into account transportation (if you’re car camping, you may have more space to fit a bulkier chair than if you’re paddling or hiking to your destination).
Keep Your Drink Cold With A Cooler
Let’s be real, part of comfort in the outdoors is a cold beverage. With the weather warming up and more opportunities for day trips, bringing along the right kind of cooler makes the difference between feeling like you’re missing something and knowing you did right. The YETI Roadie is a great size because you can use it as your primary cooler for a shorter trip or a back-up cooler on longer trips.
Tip: It’s good to keep drinks and food in separate coolers because you know you’ll probably be opening the drink cooler more throughout the trip!
From the get-go, this cooler’s colorful design catches your eye. Just like the Roadie, its compact size makes it an ideal cooler for shorter trips. But if you’re planning on hiking to your destination, its backpack straps are a huge advantage.
I’m all about products that double in function, and this cooler does double duty by keeping drinks cold AND giving you a padded seat. It’s also round with a lid that pivots 270 degrees, meaning you can reach into it from any angle. Your friends and family will be grateful you brought it.
Cozy Up Your Base Camp With Convenience
Although our focus is on kayak fishing, we’ve got quite the selection of camping gear and we want people to know! Spread the word: ACK’s into camping. You can get a 4-person 3-season tent like the Eureka Copper Canyon Tent for under $200. That’s a steal.
I once had a friend describe her mom’s impression of camping as something like, “Why would I pick up my whole home and put it in the dirt, only to pack it back up again the next day?” Well, when you put it like that… But the truth is, it’s nice to get away. It’s nice to switch routines, wake up to natural light, and live simply, even if for a short time.
Everyone’s “style” of camping is different; some are more into “glamping” while others go the primitive route. I won’t judge your preference, but it’s nice to be prepared when it comes to food! I’ve had nicer meals camping than I cook on my own at home (thank you, boss).
Maybe this item seems weird on a blog about chilling out outdoors, but it takes 100% of the work out of doing your laundry, which is super handy for longer backpacking/camping trips when you smell like sweaty campfire at all times. 30 seconds gives you a quick traveler wash and 3 minutes is machine-quality! I bet you didn’t know this existed.