I am not a camper. My idea of roughing it is a hotel room without room service. And yet I’ve noticed that camping today is hardly anything like what I experienced as a kid when we slept in a spartan tent on hard, rocky ground with bologna sandwiches to sustain us.
Yes, a tent revival underway. Style and comfort are its focus. I suspect we city slickers about to become camping converts. And we never saw it coming.
For those of us who are not fans of sleeping on the ground (too hard, creepy crawlers way too close for comfort), there’s the Cacoon waterproof hanging tent. A cross between a hammock and a tent, it can be suspended from a tree branch or porch ceiling (like you would a porch swing.) Available in three sizes and 11 colors. $250-$500.
The S’mores cone rack puts a campfire snack favorite within easy reach. Fill 12 waffle or sugar cones with chocolate and marshmallows, then let the grill do its thing. Before you know it, you’re in s’mores heaven. $21.95.
The BioLite BaseCamp wood burning stove turns branches and twigs into energy that powers USB devices. In 30 minutes (about the time it takes to grill a burger), the stove delivers up a five-hour charge to smartphones. #299.95.
Comfort, chocolate and a working cell phone. That’s all I need to say…”Ok, camping, count me in.”