Before you can get back to nature, you need the right gear. Here are five items you’ll want to pack. (Plus some Rebel Yell, of course.)
Rustle up some grub with the durable yet lightweight grill from Wolf Grizzly (shown above). Weighing in at a mere 2.2 pounds, it’s made of only two pieces — a stainless steel grill that rolls into a compact, portable cylinder and a collapsible frame. The more you use it, the better the patina starts to look, and the easily adjustable height of the frame means you can cook over charcoal, wood, or gas fires.
Stainless steel percolator
Camping calls for strong coffee made over an open fire, and this nine-cup stainless steel rig does the job. An insulating hardwood handle keeps your fingers burn-free, but the heavy gauge construction means this percolator might last longer outside than you do.
Inflatable solar lantern
You’re not afraid of the dark (right?), but you’re still going to need light at some point. Compress and strap the PackLite Nova to the top of your backpack — or anywhere else that’s guaranteed to get sun — and you’ll have 24 hours of LED light (in low mode) after just 10 hours of solar charging.
Ultra-light sleeping bag
Bed down for the night in material that was originally developed for NASA. L.L. Bean’s roomy sleeping bag features aerogel, the lightest insulator on Earth, which adds warmth without adding even an ounce of weight.
Portable water filter
Not everyone drinks their Rebel Yell neat. The LifeStraw is good for all hydration emergencies, filtering up to 1,000 liters of liquid in its lifetime and providing fresh, drinkable water in all situations.
Not all rebels want to rough it while camping. Enter: Vintage Overland. Brothers Britton, Cody, and Cullen Purser, along with Britton’s wife, Ami, build single-axle rolling campers inspired by Danish design but made with all-American parts, preserving the quality and heritage of handmade craftsmanship.
They piece together each custom caravan in their Colorado studio, with one goal in mind: helping adventurers escape to the middle of nowhere.
“Britton and I were ready to take a leap of faith, so we gathered his skills as a craftsman, his passion for design, a life-long love of vintage autos, and our dream of seeing the world,” Ami says. “Vintage Overland represents so much of what makes us tick. For us, it’s less about building teardrop trailers and more about meeting amazing people and offering a unique way to get out there and away from it all.”
You can currently choose from three models and several additions, and each caravan can be towed by almost any vehicle. They also have cool names.
The Tuco, named for Eli Wallach’s character in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, is the smallest. It features a UV aluminum exterior, LED lights, solar panel, vintage-style tail lights, memory-foam mattress, and Baltic birch interior (that’s where the Danish design comes in).
Great Escape pays homage to old-school rebel Steven McQueen. It sleeps two and opens up in the back to reveal a kitchenette, prep station, or more storage space.
Lawrence of Arabia himself inspired the biggest model, T.E. Lawrence. Although it has the most room for people and equipment, it’s still light enough for one person to handle it.
“We emphasize finding simplicity and wellness in a complicated world,” Ami says. “It’s a privilege to make a product with an individual in mind.”