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6 great gift ideas for a happy camper

For most campers, the gear list is not complicated. It’s the extras that elevate the camping experience. Here are 6 great gift ideas for a happy camper.

Coleman Sundome Tent

When tent camping in Florida, no matter the time of year, your tent should have good ventilation and protection from the sun and rain. We strongly suggest your tent have double the capacity you need for improved circulation. For two people, we recommend a four-person tent like this Coleman Sundome. Although I camp more often now in my travel trailer, my tried-and-true Sundome is always on standby and has been for more than 20 years.

Coleman 4-Person Sundome Tent, Navy
  • Weatherproof: Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in; Included rainfly offers extra weather protection
  • Wind and rain tested: Strong frame withstands 35 plus mph winds
  • Great ventilation: Large windows and ground vent for enhanced airflow

Swiss Army Knife

The high-quality pocket multi-tool from Victorinox have everything you need for camping. I carry this one in my pocket every day, camping or not, and I literally use it every day. It’s tiny, even seems puny, but it’s multi-functional and very practical. From the makers of the original Swiss army knife.

Victorinox Rambler Swiss Army Knife, Compact 10 Function Swiss Made Pocket Knife with Magnetic Phillips Screwdriver, Scissors and Tweezers – Red
  • Always Be Prepared: The Victorinox Rambler 58mm Swiss Army Knife is your reliable companion for safety, comfort, performance, and…
  • Swiss Precision and Durability: Crafted in Switzerland, this Swiss Army Knife features stainless steel construction encased in popular…
  • Classic of Creativity: The Original Swiss Army Knife is a timeless classic, known for creativity, functionality, and quality. Compact,…

Coleman Camping Chair

There are all kinds of camping chairs out there, but there’s only one that stands out above all the rest for comfort and utility — the Coleman Portable Camping Chair with a 4-can cooler, a drink holder and a side pocket for a book and/or your smartphone. I have multiple chairs for camping, including an expensive rocker, but this is the one we take everywhere, including the beach. I have three of these chairs.

Coleman Portable Camping Chair with 4-Can Cooler – Perfect for Camping, Tailgates, Beach, Sports and More
  • Inbuilt 4-can cooler pouch ensures your cold drinks are within easy reach
  • Fully cushioned seat and back provide optimal support and comfort
  • Features a mesh cup holder and side pocket for storing personal items swiftly

Thermacell Mosquito Repeller

We like camping in the woods, almost always near water, and when dusk approaches, the mosquitoes inevitably emerge from the shadows. For protection from these monsters, I break out my handheld Thermacell mosquito repellers. Just lay it on a table, hang it from tree, or carry it in a holster when hiking. When sitting in a group around the campfire, I place three of these repellers spaced equally in an outside circle. It really works.

Thermacell Mosquito Portable Repeller; Includes 12-Hour Refill; 15 Foot Zone of Protection; Highly Effective Mosquito Repellent; Bug Spray Alternative; Scent Free
  • EFFECTIVE MOSQUITO PROTECTION: Thermacell Mosquito Repellent creates a 15-foot zone of protection against mosquitoes. Use this portable…
  • HEAT-ACTIVATED TECHNOLOGY: No cords or batteries. Powered by a safe and compact 12-hour fuel cartridge. Emits scent-free repellent that…
  • EFFECTIVELY REPEL WITHOUT SPRAY OR SCENT: Repel mosquitoes without DEET sprays or lotions on your skin. No smoke, flames, or harsh odors…

Portable Weather Radio

Florida weather can be unpredictable, whether you are camping near the coast or inland, and especially in the Everglades. Storms creep up unexpectedly, even on what starts out to be a beautiful day. I’ve tried multiple weather radios, including highly rated radios costing four times as much and had so many features they were too complicated to use in an emergency. This ER10 hits the sweet spot for size, utility and ease-of-use.

Midland® – ER10VP Weather Radio with Flashlight & Emergency Alert – AM/FM Radio – Compact and Easy to Carry – SOS Strobe Signal and Headphone Jack
  • Be Prepared for Any Weather: The Midland ER10VP is a must-have emergency alert radio for hikers, fishers, campers, and adventurers. It keeps…
  • Versatile Flashlight: This battery-operated weather radio serves as a reliable flashlight with Hi, Lo, and SOS strobe options, ensuring…
  • Portable and Handy: The slim, compact design of this radio allows easy slip into your pocket or gear bag. It comes with a convenient wrist…

Therm-A-Rest Air Mattress

Therm-A-Rest is the No. 1 name in camp sleeping gear, and this air mattress is top-of-the-line. Yes, the MondoKing 3D is a bit on the expensive side as sleeping pads go, but how valuable is a comfortable night’s sleep in the woods? I own several Therm-a-Rest self-inflating sleeping pads, but none are as luxurious and comfy as this one. Reviewers indicate it’s often deployed in the home for guests.

Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D Self-Inflating Camping Sleeping Pad, XX-Large - 80 x 30 Inches, Lyons Blue
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Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D Self-Inflating Camping Sleeping Pad, XX-Large – 80 x 30 Inches, Lyons Blue
  • Camp like royalty with the MondoKing 3D, an ultra-comfy 4.25-inch thick sleeping pad with a stretch knit fabric layer for resting better…
  • Utilizing two one-way valves, one for inflation and one for deflation, the TwinLock valve system makes setting up and breaking camp a breeze
  • 7.0 R-value insulates in the most extreme conditions using StrataCore construction that utilizes a continuous layer of thermal foam nestled…

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