If you are taking a trip into the wilderness this summer, it might be a good time to start thinking about the essentials. Make sure you are ready to brave the great outdoors with these must have items.

Here’s how it adds up:

Tent – $140.00 – When choosing a tent you may want to consider one with a screen porch. This is a good place to leave your shoes and also creates an extra barrier to keep bugs out. You will also want to ensure it comes with a rain fly to keep you snug and dry on a wet night. The Coleman Evanston Screened 8 Tent is a great way to start.

Air mattress – $49.99 – An air mattress is the way to go if you are going to be sleeping on the (let’s face it) ground. Look for one that is extra high and feels more like a real bed. You will rise and shine when you are not struggling to get off the floor. Try the Coleman Comfort Smart Airbed.

Solar Lantern – $19.59– A solar lantern is great when you need a few hours of light at night. You never need to worry about running out of fuel and they are bright enough to light your path even in the darkest areas. Many solar lights also come with a hand crank to power the light so you can count on it to brighten things up, even on a cloudy day. Try the Whetstone 36 LED Solar and Dynamo Powered Camping Lantern.

Cooler – $39.99 – Make sure you invest in a good cooler. Generally, camping revolves around food and drinks so make sure you are fully stocked and can keep your items cold. Don’t forget to lock your cooler up a night to avoid the critters – or even worse, the less than friendly bears. Try the Igloo MaxCold Cool Fusion 36 Cooler. This one is on wheels so it’s easy to take to the beach or on a picnic.

Total: $249.57

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