Outdoor Gift Guide 2021: Our Favorite Products of the Season

It’s that time of year again: The leaves are falling and the air is getting crisper. Summer is but a distant memory and winter is well on its way.

But cooler temperatures and shorter days are no reason to stay home during the fall. In fact, with its bug-free nights and glorious foliage, fall is one of the best times of year to go camping—if you come prepared with the right gear.

To help you get ready for your next autumn adventure, we’ve compiled this list of our 10 favorite pieces of fall camping equipment. From lanterns and cozy sleeping bags to stormproof matches and more, here are some must-have pieces of gear for any fall season outing. Read more about Winter Camping here.

Candlelier Candle Lantern


Sporting three 9-hour candles, this brilliant source of heat and light is perfect for large groups of campers and for home and emergency use.

1. UCO Candlelier

As the year draws to a close, the days start to get shorter. During a camping trip, an early sunset might seem like a bummer, but packing a quality lantern, like the UCO Candelier, can help you make the most of your trip.

The UCO Candelier is the latest take on our classic candle lantern. This lantern boasts a set of 3 UCO 9-hour candles, which can pump out a combined 5,000 BTUs of heat and provide fantastic ambiance, all at the same time. What more could you want on a cozy fall evening?

2. Helinox Chair One

Fact: Everyone loves sitting around a campfire… but not everyone enjoys sitting on the cold, wet ground. With the Helinox Chair One, however, you can have the best of both worlds during your next fall getaway.

The Helinox Chair One puts a fresh new spin on the classic camp chair. It offers a comfortable, highly-breathable fabric seat and a sturdy aluminum frame so you can cozy up by the fire with ease. Plus, it packs down super small, so it’s just as functional at the campground as it is on a backcountry trip to the wilderness.

3. Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket

Fall is a vibe as much as it is a season, so no autumn camping trip would be complete without some super-stylish flannel, like the Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket.

The Fjord Flannel boasts tightly-woven flannel fabric and 60g Thermgreen recycled polyester insulation to help keep you warm and dry while lounging at the campsite. It’s also Fair Trade Certified sewn and made with organic and recycled materials to help you minimize your impact on the environment.

UCO Sweetfire Behemoth fire starter match

Behemoth is a huge match/tinder!

Strike it and it burns for 15 mins! (Shown above)

4. UCO Stormproof Sweetfire Strikeable Matches

Campfires are a time-honored tradition of any camping trip. But the cold, wet conditions that fall is sometimes known for can make starting that lovely fire a tedious task. Enter: the UCO Stormproof Sweetfire Strikeable Matches.

With the Sweetfire, you get both a fully waterproof match and an easy-light tinder in one compact package. All you have to do is strike a match on the matchbox, place it in your firepit and watch as your fire lights up with minimal hassle. That way, you can wave bye-bye to hours of frustration at the firepit and hello to comfy fall evenings around a roaring fire.

5. GSI Gourmet Pourover Java Set

There are few better things in this world than a warm cup o’ joe on a crisp fall morning in the great outdoors. Making that great cup of coffee, however, isn’t always as easy as it might seem.

Thankfully, GSI gave the world their Gourmet Pourover Java Set. With this backpacker-friendly kit, you get everything you need to brew up an excellent cup of coffee, regardless of where your adventures might take you. It comes with a collapsible drip cone for pour overs and even a hand-powered grinder so you never have to suffer through a bad cup of coffee again!

UCO Collapsible Camp Cup Shown

6. YETI Rambler 14oz Mug

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a warm mug of hot cocoa or a cheeky little hot toddy around the campfire, you definitely need a quality insulated mug with you on all your fall excursions.

The good news? YETI’s Rambler 14oz Mug is here to help. Made with 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall vacuum insulation, this YETI mug is ready to keep your hot drinks hot for as long as possible. It’s sleek and stylish, too, so it’s the perfect accessory for both fall car camping trips and the occasional pumpkin spiced latte when you’re back in town.

7. Feathered Friends Lark 10 UL Sleeping Bag

Cool nights can make staying warm in your tent a challenge during fall camping trips. But with the Feathered Friends Lark 10 UL Sleeping Bag, you can stay warm and cozy throughout the chilliest of evenings.

Feathered Friends built their Lark 10 UL sleeping bag with an ultralight Pertex Endurance water-resistant fabric and 950+ fill goose down. The whole bag even packs down super small, so it’s just as suitable for car camping as it is for light-and-fast autumn expeditions.

8. UCO Flatpack Medium Grill & Firepit

Planning a fall camping trip but don’t think your campsite has a firepit? Bring your own! The UCO Flatpack Medium Grill & Firepit makes staying warm and enjoying some delicious grub as easy as can be whenever you’re outside.

To use the grill, you simply need to unpack it, unfold it, and place it in a safe location at your campsite. Then, light your fire so you can cook up some scrumptious food to satiate your appetite after a long day of hiking and exploration.

Unfold a Flatpack grill, grab some charcoal and get cooking.

9. UCO ECO 5-Piece Mess Kit

After a long day of hiking in chilly fall conditions, you deserve to sit back and enjoy some tasty food. There’s no better way to do so than with the UCO ECO 5-Piece Mess Kit.

This stylish mess kit is made from 100% recycled materials and it includes our lifetime guarantee. Each kit also comes with a bowl, lid/plate, ECO Switch Spork, and a tether for easy transport. That way, you have everything you need to eat well on any outdoor adventure during the cooler months of the year.

10. Rab Vapour-Rise Gloves

No one likes having cold hands, but crisp autumn temperatures can make staying warm a challenge. Whenever low temperatures are in the forecast, the Rab Vapour-Rise Gloves definitely deserve a spot on your packing list.

These weather-resistant gloves are made with Matrix stretch nylon fabric for added comfort. They also come with a Bemberg lining to wick away moisture and a robust leather palm for enhanced durability. Long story short? These gloves provide the perfect mix of warmth, comfort, and functionality for any shoulder-season trip. What more could you want?