A good night's sleep can mean everything — especially when you're camping — and no one knows that better than Outdoor Chattanooga's recreation program specialist, Zach Bopp. The outdoor enthusiast's kayaking, rock climbing and fly fishing trips have taken him everywhere from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado to the legendary rivers of Ecuador, and having the right gear to make it through the night has made each trip all the better, he says. We asked Bopp to list a few items sure to help camping enthusiasts catch some z's in peace, no matter where their adventures take them.
Eureka Apex 2XT 2-Person Tent
Boasting a lightning-fast setup time, this freestanding tent is a godsend for exhausted travelers ready to crash. The tent offers plenty of space to lounge thanks to its steep walls and gear loft for overhead storage, and it has large mesh doors on both the front and back so one occupant doesn't disturb the other while sneaking off into the night.
Kelty Discovery 15 Sleeping Bag
This rectangular bag offers more than just a cozy fleece lining; its synthetic fibers promise warmth in temperatures as low as 15 degrees, and its zippered foot box ensures your toes maintain the freedom they crave.
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Classic Sleeping Pad
The RidgeRest may take up more space than other sleeping pads, but it more than makes up for that with its easy setup and unbelievable comfort. The pad's closed-cell foam locks in air for increased warmth, and it never goes flat in the middle of the night like its inflatable counterparts might.
Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp
The 2017 version of this already super-bright headlamp comes updated with 200 lumens of light, up from its predecessor's 160 lumens. It also features a redesigned waterproof housing for dependable light during drizzles and full-on storms. The 2016 model alone is so reliable that Bopp still keeps one in each of his cars and backpacks so he's never stuck in the dark.