If you’re a regular outdoorsy type, you’ll be familiar with the ‘Leave No Trace’ signposts placed prominently throughout campsites and trail routes. But as the used potato chip packets wafting intrusively across the open expanse reveal, leaving no trace of you and your fellow campers can be a tougher challenge than pitching a tent in torrential rain or completing a gruelling 15 mile hike. Here at BuyMeOnce we take 'Leave No Trace' to the next level and aim to find products that will last so long, that their trace on this planet will be as limited as possible. Not only will you be protecting nature, you’ll also be investing in top quality gear that will last you a lifetime and see you through every camping holiday for years to come.
WORDS: JULIE BARRIERE
Big Agnes Tents
After a long day enjoying the great outdoors, your tent serves as your sanctuary keeping you safe from the elements with enough room for you and your camping companions. If you’re planning a multi-stop camping trip, this Ultralight 3 Person Tent from Big Agnes is perfect for carrying in a large backpack, yet spacious and durable enough to keep you comfortable at night. Big Agnes offer a wide range of versatile options that can accommodate large groups or solo travellers. All of their products come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects and they encourage you to reach out to them if you aren’t 100% satisfied after purchase.
LL Bean Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags can either make or break a camping experience. If you have one that’s too thin, it can leave you shivering and vulnerable against the unexpected rock protruding like a boulder under your tent. If it’s too thick, you can find yourself uncomfortably hot and a bag that’s too bulky and cumbersome to carry. LL Bean has managed to make the perfect sleeping bag that avoids both of these extremes. All LL Bean products come with a lifetime guarantee and they offer a range of sleeping bags that suit any type of excursion. For a weekend camping trip with the family, we recommend the Camp Sleeping Bag - it’s lined with supersoft flannel that will keep you warm in temperatures as low as 40 degrees. If you’re looking for something easy to carry and compressible, check-out the Katahdin CT Sleeping Bag. It’s light, keeps you warm and even helps to heal and regenerate your muscles while you sleep - perfect for curling up in after a long day of hiking.
Stanley Growler Thermos
Often the first thing you miss after a night sleeping off-grid is your beloved coffee machine. When you’re groggy and disoriented in the middle of the woods the last thing you want to do is start a fire, especially before your much needed morning dose of caffeine. But the ever trusty Stanley has got you covered. This Stanley Growler, like all Stanley products, comes with a lifetime guarantee and is built to keep liquids hot for 18 hours. All you have to do is brew your cup of Joe before you doze off and it will remain hot and ready in the morning. Pair it with a stack of reusable, Stacking Steel Tumblers and you’re ready to have a guilt free, no waste morning beverage.
Keep your bacon cool with a durable Orca Cooler. This company offers a lifetime warranty on all of their coolers with a portion of each sale donated to charities supporting wounded warriors, conservation projects and breast cancer research. The Orca 40 Qt Heavy Duty Cooler keeps ice frozen for up to 4 days and is great for storing meat, butter and other perishables. In order to extend the cooling time of this box, pre-freeze it the night before by adding ice and a frozen drinks. These coolers are Made in America and resilient - even a determined, 700 pound grizzly bear won't be able to crack into one.
Minimize what you leave behind by minimizing what you bring. Food packaging is one of the most common items left near hiking trails and campsites and is fully avoidable. To put a stop to cracker wrappers getting caught in the wind, store your camping snacks in reusable containers. Eco Lunchboxes come with multiple compartments, which means you can safely store fruit, sandwiches, and other goodies without having to worry about flavor cross-contamination. They are made out of stainless steel and come with a lifetime guarantee. These Eco LunchBoxes fit into almost any cooler and are a great way to store your perishable campfire cuisine.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH RAINCOAT
Having a trusted raincoat on hand is always useful, even if you’re just hanging around the campsite. Outdoor Research has created the Helium raincoat that is lightweight and folds up into its own pocket, so it won’t take up much room in your backpack. If you’re looking for something that offers a bit more warmth, check out the Uber Layered Hooded Jacket. It’s water and wind resistant and is insulated to keep you comfortable. Outdoor Research products are guaranteed for life - they will replace any product that fails to meet your needs at any time, leaving you covered whatever the weather.
Leatherman Multi Tool
Being in the wilderness can be exhilarating and exciting, but it can also come with some unexpected hiccups. That’s why it’s important to always be prepared. Having a quality multi tool on hand can help combat a wide variety of camping conundrums. This Leatherman Multi Tool comes with a pair of spring action scissors that can be used for cutting through thin rope or fishing line; needle nose pliers for removing hooks from fish; and a knife to fillet your catch of the day. It also comes with a can opener, so if you’d rather cook-up a can of beans you’ll be prepared. Just make sure you take your trash home with you.
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