For dads who enjoy getting out in nature, camping gear makes a great Father’s Day gift. After all, Father’s Day lands in June, the ideal time to plan a family camping trip — or send dad off on his own backpacking adventure. And, many dads also appreciate gear that does cool things, which is true of everything on this list. From technical sleeping bags to portable fire pits, the following Father’s Day gifts are sure to impress the dads in your life.
Venture 25 Cooler by Otterbox, $229
For the dad who has had his eye on a high-performance cooler, this Venture 25 Cooler by Otterbox is perfect for weekend camping or a day at the beach. With a 25-quart capacity, this cooler weighs only 16 pounds and can keep ice for up to 2 weeks, making it perfect for a road trip (or simply bragging rights!). The durable construction is meant for being lugged around and includes tough latches to keep animals out — including bears. As a bonus, the cooler drains easily with a slanted interior bottom and an exterior bottle opener leaves dad with one less item to pack for trips.
Yellowstone National Park Original Towel by Nomadic, $44.95
When it comes to camping gear, the more compact, the better. This Yellowstone National Park Original Towel by Nomadix weighs only one pound, folds up into a small pouch that takes up a fraction of the space of a beach towel, and really does work. It’s also sand-resistant and dries quickly, which are added bonuses when camping. The original towels by Nomadix come in a variety of appealing designs, including a fun National Parks line. Made from post-consumer recycled materials, it will also satisfy the eco-conscious recipients on your gift list.
Spark Ultralight Mummy Sleeping Bag by Sea to Summit, $269-$589
Stuffed with down, this Spark Ultralight Mummy Sleeping Bag by Sea To Summit is surprisingly roomy for a mummy sleeping bag while still maintaining warmth. It is ultra lightweight and so compact it fits into a bag the size of a water bottle, making it perfect for backpacking (or the back of the car when you’re tight on space). And, the responsibly-sourced premium goose down makes this sleeping bag luxuriously cozy.
Ultra 3R Sleeping Mat by EXPED USA, $149.95
Having a comfortable place to sleep is key to a successful camping trip and this Ultra 3R Sleeping Mat by EXPED USA delivers the comfort needed for a good night’s sleep. Lightweight and compact enough to carry while backpacking, the mat also features the insulation needed to ensure overnight warmth. Eco-conscious consumers will appreciate that the mat is constructed from recycled materials and certified carbon neutral. And, the mat is easy to inflate with an innovative Schnozzel pumpbag that prevents moisture from entering.
FirePit+ by BioLite, $299.95
What’s a camping trip without a fire pit? This BioLite FirePit+ not only provides a safe and easy way to start a campfire, it also doubles as a hibachi-style grill that’s perfect for cooking under the stars. Thanks to patented airflow technology, you can enjoy all of this without the typical smoke of a campfire. And, dads will love the tech features: flame height can be controlled remotely with a BlueTooth app and the design promotes highly efficient fuel burning of either wood or charcoal. The compact design makes for easy transport but is still large enough to gather around for campfire stories and marshmallow roasting.
LifeStraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Bottle With Filter, $37.95
Most dads love cool survival tools and this LifeStraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Bottle With Filter is sure to capture his interest. Whether he’s an avid backpacker or a survivalist-in-training, this LifeStraw water bottle is what he needs to be able to safely drink the water he finds out on the trail. The LifeStraw filters out bacteria, parasites, and microplastics to make water potable. It’s also incredibly versatile — the filter can be used as a straw alone or in conjunction with the water bottle. And, not only is LifeStraw a Certified B-Corp that’s climate-neutral, it also provides a child in need with a year’s worth of clean drinking water with each product purchased.
Men’s Natural Boxer Briefs by Ibex, $55
Camping calls for no laundry, which makes packing the right clothing extra important. These Men’s Natural Boxer Briefs by Ibex are made with anti-microbial merino wool that’s odor resistant and moisture-wicking for extended wear. They’re also super soft, which dad will appreciate.
Inlet Oru Kayak, $949
Inspired by origami, the Inlet Oru Kayak folds into a small box that fits in the trunk of a car or a closet for compact storage. And, weighing just 20 pounds, it’s easy to transport. Made for use on calm water, this kayak is perfect for camping at the lake and cool enough that dad will be blown away by how simple it is to unfold and use.