5 Under $50: Labor Day Camping

One of the best places for a Labor Day celebration is none other than the Great Outdoors.

After tiring yourself out hiking, biking or whatever you choose to do in the woods this long weekend, we recommend setting up camp with these inexpensive items. Just imagine sitting by a campfire while you roast s’mores and sip hot chocolate out of this awesome Snow Peak cup… pure bliss! Of course, we’ve got the full monty, too, from tents to sleeping bags to backpacks to water filters and more if you need. So make Labor Day 2010 extra special and spend the night outside!

1) Fozzils Bowlz 2 Pack, $9.95

These bowls are ultralight and unfold completely flat to fit in the smallest of packs. We love their flexibility for getting every last bit of oatmeal, and their nonstick, BPA free material is super easy to clean. Plus, if you like your meals piping hot, these puppies can sustain temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit!

2) Platypus SoftBottle 1 Liter with HyperFlow Cap, $12.95

Speaking of flat… these ingenious water bottles pack thin and light when emptied, weighing 80 percent less than hard water bottles. Why didn’t we think of that? Platypus SoftBottles also fit in places some other bottles won’t, like drink holders and pockets. We like the HyperFlow cap version, which pairs the popular SoftBottle with a pop-up sports top for easy drinking.

3) Thermarest Ridge Rest Solar, $39.95

Rest in peace and warmness with this sleeping pad designed with a heat-reflecting aluminized surface to keep you toasty. If you’re camping around Lake Tahoe this weekend (we recommend backpacking into Desolation Wilderness), you’ll be happy with the extra warmth this provides as Tahoe temps are forecasted to dip into the low 40s at night.

4) Black Diamond Orbit LED Lantern, $23.96 on sale

This pocket-sized camping lantern is such a great deal that we have to spread the word. LED adjustable brightness in a light compact package, it makes our tents feel super homey. We also use it as a cooking light to get that broad coverage lighting a headlamp can’t match.

5) Snow Peak 450 Colored Titanium Cup, $25.51 on sale

Give your camp kitchen a shot of color with these colored, ultralight titanium cups. If you could care less about the feng shui and aesthetics of your camp, think about it this way: You’ll never mistake your cup for another’s when you can color code with Snow Peaks four options, Fresh Water Blue, Ocean Green, Purple and Clear Coat.

5 Under $50 is a Tahoe Mountain Sports monthly blog series dedicated to showcasing some of our more affordable products. Each month we pick a theme, then show you the gear. Suggest a topic in our comments if you need some shopping help!



I'm Tahoe Mountain Sports' web editor and a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow's good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe's beaches in summer.


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