Camping Gear: New England's Finest
1. L.L.Bean’s four-person Ultra Dome tent ($189) sets up fast, keeps bugs out, and provides plenty of ventilation for cozy sleeping quarters.
2. Adults sleep tight in a Katahdin Climashield sleeping bag ($109 and up), while kids rest easy in an Adventure sleeping bag ($59).
3. Add a layer of comfort with a flannel camp pillow ($12.50).
L.L.Bean, Freeport, ME 800-441-5713; llbean.com
4. Take a seat by the campfire (or the side of the trail) on a Pangean Comfort Stool (about $25) or Lounger (far right; about $27), crafted of sustainable eucalyptus.
Byer of Maine, Orono, ME 207-866-2171; byerofmaine.com
5. Lightweight, durable, and safely reusable, earth-friendly recycled plastic tableware ($4.50-$7 for sets of 8-10) can survive assault by the hungriest campers.
Preserve, Waltham, MA 781-893-1032; preserveproducts.com
6. Set a civilized outdoor table, even if it’s on the ground, on a reversible oilcloth picnic blanket ($68). Pack your provisions in a coordinated cooler ($46-$58).
Flee, West Newton, MA 617-244-5526; fleebags.com
7. Stainless-steel water bottles ($11-$15) don’t leach chemicals into liquids, so hikers stay healthy and hydrated.
AffirmWater, Loudon, NH 603-568-5575; affirmwater.com
8. Who could be scared of the dark with a charming animal flashlight ($7.50 each) in hand?
Rich Frog, Burlington, VT 802-865-9225; richfrog.com
9. Should rain (or boredom) strike, keep everyone occupied with activity kits ($16.99 each) illustrated by Eric Carle.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA 413-658-1100; picturebookart.org
Where to camp? Family Camping in New England