Alite: Fun Simple Outdoor Gear for Casual Camping

Welcome to Camp

Camping can take on many forms, whether it’s sleeping outside, in a tent, or maybe even in a cabin. It’s sitting around a fire or watching the stars. It’s visiting a national park, or a farm, sleeping in your van or cooking a meal on a stove. Camping is carrying your backpack into the mountains and swimming in an alpine lake, or setting up a tent in your own backyard. We believe whatever your method, time spent outside can be fun and fulfilling. We are champions of casual camping and specialize in the gear, inspiration and information to make getting outside enjoyable and accessible for everyone.

  • Going car camping? You'll need gear and probably a vehicle to get there. Check out ZipCar or CityCarShare.
  • Call ahead! Most campsites allow you to reserve sites. Be sure to plan ahead on weekends and during peak seasons. Check out our Reservations page.
  • Bringing a pet? Make sure to check the website or call ahead to make sure pets are allowed at the campground you choose.
  • Bring cash! If you are lucky enough to find a unclaimed campsite or you arrive late at night you can often pay for your campsite in cash, by filling out a form and leaving it in the designated dropbox.
  • Bring extra water! Most public campgrounds have running water and bathrooms, but it is always wise to pack some of your own. Check the website or call ahead to find out what amenities will be available to you at your site. Often you may even be able to shower onsite.
  • Write down directions! Don’t rely on your cellphone GPS for directions to camp. You may not have phone service so make sure to write down directions ahead of time or screenshot them on your phone before you take off.
  • Keep it simple! When car camping, you can often park your vehicle next to your campsite so you don’t have to haul your gear or invest in a expensive technical backpack.

  • Bring firewood! Most car camping sites have a designated fire ring and picnic table for you to use. Hanging out around the campfire at night is one of the best parts of camping. You’re not allowed to chop down trees or gather wood in campground areas. Sometimes you can buy firewood from the camp host or ranger station, but it’s usually cheaper to bring your own (don't forget to bring a lighter or matches). Bring a camp stove to not rely solely on your campfire to cook dinner.
  • Put out your fire! Before you go to bed, make sure your fire is completely extinguished and things that can easily blow away are weighed down or put away. Learn to how to properly put out your fire from this WikiHow post.
  • Plan meals before you go! Pack all your perishables in a cooler and make sure to keep your food away from the local critters by using any provided lock boxes and keeping a tidy camp.
  • Keep it it clean! Bring some trash bags, a roll of paper towels or a box of wet wipes. They will make a huge difference when it comes to cleaning up around camp. Extra TP and hand sanitizer is always handy too.
  • Store your food! Most campgrounds have onsite food storage boxes you can use so animals and critters don’t run off with your breakfast.
  • Use a checklist! Being prepared to camp is easier with a simple gear checklist. Check out this printable list from Reserve America to make sure you pack the right stuff.
  • Visit our Outside 101 Skills section for more useful tips and information to help you go camping!

(3rd, 9th, and 10th Photos courtesy of Hipcamp.)