Summer Camping Essentials: Local Items for Your Best Nature Getaway

Far flung vacations are mostly off the table this year but thanks to the bounty of the Bay Area and beyond, you can still enjoy the wonder of the great outdoors. Here are some items that you can pick up locally to elevate your camping game as summer winds down.

Adidas SST Track Pants, $65

You can’t go wrong with the signature three-stripe style. With their side-zip pockets and elastic waist, these sporty-essentials will have you looking cool in the grocery store or on the trail.

Andalou Age Defying DIY Booster SPF 30, $20, andalou.com

Novato-based Andalou nails it with this broad spectrum SPF. Ideal for daily use and packed with super antioxidants and a fruit stem cell complex, it will keep your face protected without a greasy feel. 

Banks Journal Murphy Fleece, $85, neveandhawk.com

Keep warm on chilly nights in this boxy zip up fleece. Cut from warm and cozy high-pile, this jacket features an open hem front, flattering back yoke detail, and side seam welt pockets.

James Perse Y/osemite Scenic Graphic Pocket Crew, $95, jamesperse.com 

This shirt comes in three colors and includes a front left chest pocket. The jersey fabric is an extremely soft knit made by treating the cotton fibers before they are spun into yarn.

Kuboraum C20 Brown Sunglasses, price upon request, rimsandgoggles.com

No easier way to elevate any outfit than with a pair of sunglasses. Make a statement with these unique and flattering stunners from Kuboraum, which are made in Italy by hand.

Parks Conservancy Marin Headlands Cap, $17, store.parksconservancy.org

Keep the sun out of your eyes, the wind out of your hair and represent Marin with this baseball cap. Built to last with high quality materials, it has an adjustable strap to fit anyone.

ENO DoubleNest Printed Hammock, $80, rei.com

With ample room for two, this popular hammock assembles in seconds and is light enough for backpacking, but works great in the yard too. Best of all, it packs down to the size of a grapefruit.

Teva Montara Event Boots, $170, sportsbasement.com

This lightweight hiking shoe will carry you comfortably over terrains of the muddy, rocky and rugged variety. Waterproof-nubuck upper seals out the elements to keep your feet dry.

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