Camping Done Right: 6 Essential Outdoor Stores in Connecticut

By Kimberly Ripley

Camping Done Right: 6 Essential Outdoor Stores in Connecticut

There’s nothing like sleeping in the great outdoors. Zipped up comfortably inside a tent, tucked into a warm sleeping bag, the fresh air affords deep sleep. There’s lots of equipment needed for camping to be done right, and these high-quality outdoor stores will make your experience all the more enjoyable. 

1. Farr’s Sporting Goods, Manchester, CT

Farr’s is an excellent store to get everything you need for an outdoor adventure. According to Farr’s website, they stock everything to “make your trip a complete success.” Find tents, sleeping bags, cast iron ware, stoves, lanterns, cots, coolers, freeze-dried food, propane tanks, and a variety of backpacks. 

2. REI, Multiple locations

REI is well-stocked with an intriguing collection of camping gear. If you don’t want to sleep in a tent on the ground, consider investing in a roof-top tent that turns your vehicle into your tent base. REI sells these roof-top tents by Tepui More traditional tents by Big Agnes and Marmot are in ample supply. Pick up a new camp stove by Jetboil and start each day of your camping trip with a hearty breakfast.

3. Eastern Mountain Sports, Multiple locations

Navigate your way through the woods to your camping destination with the help of a good-quality compass. Brunton compasses are professional grade, but available for the average camper at EMS. Be sure to pick up a lantern by Black Diamond in case you arrive a little late, and need illumination to pitch your tent. After all this, you’ll be ready to relax in your Big Agnes or Marmot tent

Couldn't pass up a sale, the rest of Abby's camp outfitting will be at REI! #abby #lovethisgirl #camp #summercamp #shopping

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4. Cabela’s, East Hartford, CT

Invest in a Yeti cooler—available at Cabela’s—and your food supply will stay fresh for days. If you’ve got kids coming along on your camping trip, consider investing in Disc-O-Bed bunk cots to save on space inside the tent. Cabela’s also offers a wide range of additional camping supplies.

5. Outdoor Sports Center, Wilton, CT

Outdoor Sports Center sells some exceptional pieces of camping equipment you might not realize you need—until you go camping and find out how nice it would have been to have them. One such piece of equipment is made by the North Face—their Homestead Shelter. Not exactly a tent, it’s a canopy for your camp table or picnic table, so you can stay dry while you eat, in the event of inclement weather. If infants or toddlers are coming along, a child carrier is a must have. THULE makes one of the best around.

@mrsbeasley3 test driving her new sleeping bag before our first camping trip with #sirrubin this weekend

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6. Denali, Multiple locations

Featuring tents by Marmot, sleeping bags by the North Face and backpacks by Patagonia, Denali is an excellent place to acquire all the necessities for your camping trip. With three locations in Connecticut, there’s likely to be one within a short drive from your home—or en route to your camping destination.

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