10 Must-Have Registry Items For Campers

Your outdoor gear checklist for a blissed-out weekend in the woods

Updated 11/23/16

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If you and your fiancé’s idea of a perfect romantic getaway is to jump in the car and head to the great outdoors, we've got you covered. Cue roaring bonfires, S’mores, and major cozy time with your beau, and you have a recipe for some happy campers. Adding outdoor gear to your wedding registry is an obvious choice for couples that prefer hiking to hosting cocktail parties (not that you have to choose). But with so many products on the market these days, how do you know which things are indispensable (hint: coffee falls into this category) and which ones you can leave behind? Whether you’re brand new to camping or a pair of seasoned outdoor adventurers, these products will make you want to book that next camping trip right now.

1. Tent: REI Kingdom 6 Tent
Yep, you heard correctly: a six-person tent for two people. Here’s why: lots of extra space means that there’s tons of room to move around comfortably (without tripping over each other) and an excess of interior pockets helps for stashing important gear like headlamps and toiletries. This tent also features a separate chamber that can be used as another room or as a storage space for your bags. If you have more limited space (or less stuff), this tent also comes in a four-person version. ($439, REI)

2. Coffee Maker: Aeropress Coffee Maker
Compact and easy to use, this on-the-go press yields a super smooth cup of coffee. Simply add ground coffee and the microfilter to the bottom section and fill the top part with hot water. Because the coffee only steeps for 20-30 seconds, you’ll have a steaming cup ready in flash to warm up a chilly morning. ($30, Aeropress available at William-Sonoma)

3. Camera: GoPro Hero Session
A single button controls this tiny but super durable outdoor camera and is waterproof up to 33 feet, which makes it perfect for paddle boarding and kayaking adventures. Automatically upload photos and video directly to your camera and edit footage and images using the GoPro app on your smartphone. ($230, GoPro available at Zola.com)

4. Popcorn Maker: Campfire Popcorn Set
An extra-long handle keeps hands safely away from the fire and makes up to four quarts of popcorn to share. The popper includes a kit with buttered corn kernels, popping oil, and seasoning salt. ($40, L.L. Bean)

5. Mattress and Sleeping Bag: Therm-A-Rest Dreamtime Mattress, Ventana Duo Sleeping Bag/Quilt
A good night’s sleep is crucial to the success of your camping trip (and it’s a lot more likely you’ll wake up to every tiny sound in the night if you’re uncomfortable or cold). This self-inflating mattress is roomy (you’ll still want one for each of you, unless you want to get really cozy) and a plush foam topper creates a super cushy surface. The Ventana sleeping bag works for a single person, but can also turn into a quilt with a zip-in mattress coupler that covers your mattresses. The result: a luxe double sleeping bag for two. (Mattress, $200, and Sleeping Bag, $270, available at Cascade Designs)

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