It’s not summer until you’ve made an escape to the great outdoors—and maybe cooked a S’more on an open fire. As we quickly approach August, those in the Northern Hemisphere are taking time out in the wilderness; floating in rivers, hiking, and swimming. Immersion in nature offers undeniable rejuvenating and its own form of entertainment. Some city folk, however, might need help with both. With that in mind, we’ve selected several items that will make your next camping trip extra fun, relaxing or pragmatic—from games to hammocks, sunscreen, hats and kayaks. Be sure to check out all our previous camping suggestions, as well.
Two brands that love the outdoors and great design, Topo Designs and Kammok have teamed up for a seriously fun hammock kit. Included is the 500-pound capacity Kammok Roo ($128), which is designed for comfort and easy set-up (and the all-important packing away) in a custom Topo colorway of bright red and aqua. Made from durable ripstop fabric and with double-certified climbing strength carabiners, this hammock is built to last. Also in the kit, you’ll find tree-hugging Kammok Python Straps, to ensure you’re safe while you snooze.
If you’re going to be dodging sunlight with cap, it might as well be a statement-making one. 100% eco-friendly and fair-trade, this one ($40) by Slow Factory is part of their Resist collection, and introduces a new, alternative voice in the politicized red hat movement. The cap is made in the USA and boldly embroidered “NO.”—with that all-important period in place to reminds us that this one word can be a complete sentence. Of course, it’s also practical for staying sun smart when outdoors in the height of summer.
Project Blue Book UFO Sighting Guide
Not just a blank notebook, the Project Blue Book UFO Sighting Guide ($5) is full of important factors to record in case you ever see an alien craft. It’s a copy of the declassified official government UFO sighting survey which used to be issued to members of the US Air Force—in case they saw anything out of the ordinary. With sections asking whether the object changed shape, gave off smoke, flickered, etc, there is plenty of information to fill out. Embrace your inner Mulder or Scully, and find the truth out there.
Surf Mud Sunscreen
This Brooklyn-based brand was founded by Jun Lee to develop natural, healing remedies that kept up with her active lifestyle. There are no frou-frou formulas here, just effective protection and recovery: like non-toxic Surf Mud sunblock (made using coconut oil, cocoa butter and zinc), an extra-strength menthol oil roll-on for headaches and muscular pain, tea tree and myhrr-infused antiseptic balm for rashes to scratches, and natural deodorant in push-stick form (no more scooping with a spoon). The eco-friendly cardboard and tin packaging seals the deal.
Keith Haring Voyage Poncho
Herschel’s newest collaboration is with the estate of the beloved iconic pop artist Keith Haring. Our pick from the collection is a cute and practical poncho ($70), which features a wind-resistant and water-repellent coating, as well as a snap closure at the neck. Available for all genders, the poncho’s charming print emits cheer even on the rainiest of days.