Camping Done Right: 5 Essential Outdoor Stores in Massachusetts

By Kimberly Ripley

Camping Done Right: 5 Essential Outdoor Stores in Massachusetts

You’re ready to hit the great outdoors and go camping under the stars. Is it time to buy or replace any camping equipment? The top-notch outdoor retailers of Massachusetts have employed an expert staff that will not only supply you with the best gear, but provide unparalleled knowledge about area camping. These five essential Massachusetts stores sell a fine selection of everything you’ll need to make your camping trip comfortable. Check one out the next time the wild is calling you.

1. Hilton’s Tent City, Cambridge, MA

For tents with brand names like Big Agnes, Marmot, Eureka and more, Hilton’s Tent City has lots in store. They also have a wealth of tarps, canopies, hammocks, sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners, and camping cookware. Campers will be fully equipped for their outing when they make a stop here.

2. Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, Hadley, MA

If you need tents, packs, camping furniture, stoves and more, you’ll find it all at Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters. Name brands including Coleman, Kelty, Cascade Designs and North Face grace the showroom and the shelves. Enjoy some free popcorn while you’re having a look around, and check out the online sales.

3. Maynard Outdoor Store, Maynard, MA

Maynard Outdoor Store opened in Maynard, Massachusetts, in 1950, and has been the place to go in Assabet Valley since then. Buy tents, backpacks, cooking gear, tarps, camp chairs and more—and get good advice to accompany it all. They also carry a new line of Quick Dry Clothing, perfect for outdoor camping adventures, as it requires little to no time to dry after hiking and other strenuous activities. 

4. Natick Outdoor Store, Natick, MA

At Natick Outdoor Store, you can stock up on everything you’ll need for camping. Check out their fine assortment of camping knives, headlamps, and sleeping bags. They also carry an ample supply of Eureka tents, and an assortment of air mattresses, mosquito netting, compasses, and first aid kits. 

5. The Arcadian Shop, Lenox, MA

The Arcadian Shop offers up advice along with some of the best camping equipment available from Big Agnes, Sea to Summit, Backpacker’s Pantry, and more. Choose from tents, as well as extra poles and stakes, sleeping bags and pads, and a wealth of accessories. The employees are knowledgeable about various campgrounds and places for setting up camp in the Berkshires, too.

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