The 8 Best Camping Furniture Pieces to Buy in 2017

Your campsite isn't complete without these essentials

Heading into the woods isn’t always the most luxurious experience, but with camping furniture becoming more and more comfortable, and more and more portable, staying cozy in the woods is easy. There are foldable cots, pack-and-go kitchens and even reclining chairs that will rival the ones you’ve got at home. Check out the best camping furniture to make your next outing pleasant, snug and relaxed.

If you are setting up camp near your car or aren’t hauling your gear far at all, then spoil yourself with an extremely comfortable chair. The Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair will have you relaxed under the sun in seconds or even sleeping comfortably under the stars. The chair has an adjustable headrest or lumber support, but can also lock in any reclining position. The chair can hold up to 300 pounds. Colors include beige, blue, black, burgundy, camouflage, grey, red, orange and green. 

If you choose to bring a chair on a backpacking trek, opt for the Big Agnes Helinox Chair One. The chair is extremely light weight, just 1.9 pounds, and packs up to about the size of a one-liter soda bottle. The chair has a sturdy aluminum frame and a comfortable, low-slung seat to rest in after a hard hike. The carrying capacity is 320 pounds. Colors include black, orange, red, green, as well as a variety of patterns such as camouflage and palm leaves. 

Setting up camp for a big weekend will be a lot easier with a basecamp kitchen. With the Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Kitchen, all of your food and cooking accessories will be organized and within easy reach. The kitchen comes with a paper towel holder, a condiments rack, a removable sink basin, hooks for cooking utensils, a pantry shelf for snacks, a lantern hook for at night and a large prep surface. Plus, the side table is ideally used with whatever two-burner camping stove you have. The entire get up is relatively lightweight (31 pounds) and easily portable.

If there are only a few people heading to camp, but a table would help ease the dinner mess and store food properly, opt for the GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station. It is smaller than the Coleman Deluxe Kitchen, but still has all the storage and surface area you need for a night or two of cooking. It has four fold-out, small side tables for extra surface area, plus a large aluminum countertop for a two-burner camp stove, as well as a shelf below for extra storage. Even with the more minimal design, GCI has still worked in a paper towel holder, cup holders and utensil holders. The cook station folds flat and can be carried with one hand at 19 pounds.

The Camp Chef Everest Burner Camping Stove is the best way to get a real meal while car camping. This stove comes with two, high-pressure burners and adjustable dials for the perfect temperature control, stainless steel drip trays, a matchless ignition and back and side wind shields for optimal cooking in even the harshest conditions. The entire set-up is easy to pack, store and carry — it weighs 12 pounds and measures 23.5 x 4.25 x 13.5 inches. 

If you’ve never relaxed in the woods in a hammock, you are missing out. Better yet, use the Eno Doublenext Hammock in lieu of a tent. The Doublenest is a two-person hammock that supports up two 400 pounds. Whether you use it with another person or by yourself, you’ll always feel secure swinging above the ground. The hammock comes with thick, aluminum carabiners on each end, but does not include the suspension straps (sold separately) and is made from a strong and breathable nylon. Pack the entire hammock into its compression sack and toss in your backpack — the entire getup bundles down to about the size of a small football. 

If you’ve never really been able to sleep that well on the ground, use the Coleman Pack-Away Cot instead. The steel-framed cot can support up to 300 pounds and is designed as extra wide and extra long with an 80 x 32-inch sleeping area. It has a removable side table with a cup holder and is 17 inches off the ground. The cot comes with a carry bag. 

Who doesn’t need a loveseat on your next adventure? The Kelty Low Loveseat is a bit unconventional, but a fun way to spruce up your campsite. It has a quilted, comfortable and durable polyester seat with a strong steel frame that can hold up to 400 pounds. The armrests are adjustable and have an insulated beverage holder. The entire chair has three different recliner positions for maximum relaxation. The loveseat is 13.5 inches high and weighs 15.4 pounds. Bonus: the carry bag is actually a multi-purpose, quilted roll tote that can carry the seat, haul wood and other gear or be used as a small ground blanket. 

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