Camping cover photo by Will Truettner on Unsplash

As a Scout I enjoyed hiking in the mountains and camping. When you combine the two of them, they were the perfect ingredients for a challenging adventure. I remember pulling my hiking boots off (some of my dad’s old work boots) and wishing I had something a little better to wear around camp. You only need to experience this once before learning to come better prepared next time. It felt so nice on all my subsequent trips to slip my feet into some sandals or flip flops to walk around camp. Comfort is important…even while camping.

Crocs Santa Cruz Slip-On Shoes

I came across these slip-on shoes made by Crocs called the Santa Cruz Slip-On. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and will probably be some of the most comfortable shoes you try on. There is a good arch built into them and I find I can wear these all day and not get achy feet. Here are some of the specifications of the Santa Curz Slip-Ons (from their website):

  • Made with Croslite™ material midsole for a custom, form-to-foot fit
  • There are tiny nubs along the footbed that offer a massage-like feel
  • Lightweight and comfortable

These would be great shoes to slip onto your feet for walking around camp, your next road trip, or just around the house.

Mission Canvas Belt

I was first introduced to Mission belts about three years ago when I bought a new suit. Just recently, I added two more Mission belts to my collection (canvas and nylon) and have found that they make great belts for all sorts of activities. If you haven’t tried a Mission belt you need to understand that they are not typical belts with holes in them. They easily slide into the belt buckle and click into place with adjustments every quarter inch.

This is helpful because you can always get the right fit (whether you gain or lose a couple pounds). Also, there are several different colors of buckles and belts you can mix and match, so you’re bound to find one you like. Another point of interest is that for every belt they sell they donate a $1 to fight hunger and poverty worldwide through micro-lending. Overall, I have found Mission belts to be super comfortable and convenient. Since comfort is important, even while camping, Mission belts may be a good fit for you. And let’s face it, nobody wants to lose their pants hiking up a mountain.

GCI Outdoor Wilderness Backpacker

Speaking of comfort while camping, having a good chair to sit on in camp makes a nice difference. Some simply choose to sit on a rock while others have something a little more substantial. The Wilderness Backpacker chair by GCI provides some comfort and folds up flat for easy transport and even has a little pillow with adjustable height. Despite a weight capacity of 250 lbs, the chair only weighs about 8.5 lbs so it is easy to tote around. It has four reclining settings to help you sit back a little bit. This is not a chair I would bring on a backpacking trip, but is better suited for car camping, walk in campsites, or a day at the beach. This is a comfortable chair and my whole family loves to sit in it.

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Andrew Olsen
covers gear for outdoor adventures and projects around the house and other interesting things. He worked professionally for the BSA for 10 years in Colorado, Nebraska, Alaska, and Utah and currently works for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a DIY guy and loves to take on new challenges. He and his wife live in Utah and have two amazing kids.

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