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The Best Camping Gear You Can Buy for Less Than $50

Camping essentials like a tent and sleeping bag may cost well over $100, but the rest shouldn’t have to.

the view from inside a tent of a group of people sitting around a stone fire pit
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Given the comforts that we’ve created for ourselves in modern civilization, camping can seem a little inane. We rationalize the endeavor though; we go camping to get away from it all, to get in touch with nature, to find ourselves or, like Thoreau, “to live deliberately.” Or, unlike Thoreau, to get dirty and drink beers next to a roaring fire. The common denominator here is a notion of simplicity, but camping gear can become complicated, and expensive. Most of the essential items — a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad — typically cost over $100. And yet, quality can still be found on a budget. We set a per-item limit of $50; here’s some of our favorite stuff in that range.

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