Shop the best tent and bedding camping gear

The National Park Service offers guidance on what to look for.

June 3, 2024, 4:40 PM

Taking hold of the great outdoors can be a rewarding activity to take part in as temperatures begin to rise at summer's doorstep. "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks," wrote the famed Mark Twain.

In order to maximize return, it is crucial to confront the outdoors with the proper gear and equipment to make sure every "walk with nature" is taken with comfort and safety.

The National Park Service (NPS) offers specific guidance on the right gear for backpackers looking to enjoy the great outdoors via an overnight adventure.

The National Park Service suggests the most efficient tents to bring while maximizing space for shelter.

"Dome tents are popular because they offer the most interior space with the least amount of material, which saves weight if you're backpacking," notes the NPS, also adding that during summer months in some outdoor environments campers may find it preferable to sleep under the stars in a hammock, though use of hammocks may depend on specific park rules.

Shop the best products for shelter while taking on the great outdoors.
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The sleeping set up for campers in a tent will generally require three items, a sleeping pad, to soften the terrain, a sleeping bag for warmth and protection and a pillow.

The NPS offers three different types of sleeping pads to maximize comfort.

"Foam pads are the most inexpensive solution, but they're bulky and not terribly cushioned. Air mattresses can be more comfortable but usually require an air compressor to inflate. Pads that are a hybrid foam and air offer the best of both worlds," reads the guidance.

The guidance offers flexibility for sleeping bags, noting that consumers should take into account their personal preference for size, comfort and weather conditions, also noting that several blankets can function as an alternative to sleeping bags.

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Finally, the guidance suggests rather than packing a bulky pillow, campers can stuff a pillowcases with clothing.

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Dome Tents for multi-person camping

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Coleman Sundome Camping Tent

Coleman's camping tent offers a dome shape and, according to the product description, a simple set up to save time on the trail.

  • $91.00
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EchoSmile Camping Instant Tent

For a family camping trip, this tent is capable of fitting up to four sleeping bags inside, according to the product description.

  • $84.99
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Coleman Camping Tent with Instant Setup

Designed to increase airflow, this dome tent can take one minute to set up, according to the product description.

  • $174.99
  • $199.99
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Inflatable and multi-room tents

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Easy Setup 4 Season Portable Inflatable Glamping Tent

This inflatable camping tent can be set up quickly with a "self-supporting structure."

  • $199.99
  • $219.00
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CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

This tent, which can be set up in minutes, can sleep up to six campers.

  • $349.99
  • $399.99
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Hybrid sleeping mats for camping

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Self Inflating Sleeping Pad, Foam Camping Mattress

The hybrid air and foam option offer the best of both worlds, according to the NPS.

  • $89.99
  • $99.99
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Elegear Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Memory foam on this sleeping pad offers a "high resilience performance" for comfort while on hard surfaces.

  • $79.99
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tuphen Self Inflating Sleeping Pad for Camping

This self inflating pad offers a warm sleeping surface as well as a sturdier bottom side, according to the product description.

  • $49.99
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Camping sleeping bags

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FARLAND Sleeping Bags

This sleeping bag can withstand freezing temperatures and has waterproof capabilties to perform in a a variety of environments.

  • $39.99
  • $49.99
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REDCAMP Cotton Flannel Sleeping Bag

This cotton-lined sleeping bag option can add comfort to a rugged terrain.

  • $42.99
  • $45.99
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Backpacking Sleeping Bag Camping Gear

According to the product description this sleeping bag is made with hollow cotton, padding the ground with similar function to a mat.

  • $45.14
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