It’s no secret that inflation has hit retail prices hard, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stay home and watch TV. It’s possible to get quality outdoor gear without breaking the bank.

If you’re new to outdoor adventures, you may think you can’t afford to go camping, but that isn’t the case. We’re going to show you how you can gear up for a summer of fun outdoor escapades with quality gear that is also affordable.

If you’re starting from scratch, you’re going to need the basics: a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a tent and a backpack. Hotcore has the right gear at the right price point.

When it comes to tents, the Mantis tents are great because they are functional for both backpacking and car camping. Available in 1-, 2- and 3-person sizes, they each come with a full-length rain fly for weather protection. This is important because the weather can be unpredictable and nobody wants to wake up soaking wet.

Now that you’ve got your tent, you’re going to need somewhere to rest your weary head after exploring all day. Let’s start with a sleeping pad. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean that you need to try and sleep with rocks in your back. Gone are the days of throwing your sleeping bag on the floor of your tent and suffering through sleepless nights.

The Hypnos 3 from Hotcore is an all-purpose sleeping pad suitable for camping during the spring, summer and fall seasons. It is insulated for warmth and designed for comfort. Its baffle wall construction eliminates cold spots and provides better comfort in all positions. A restful and comfortable sleep while camping? Yes, please! It conveniently inflates by using the roll-top stuff sack so there’s no need to blow it up manually.

Next up, you’re going to need a sleeping bag. Before you decide which one to purchase, it’s important to know where you plan on doing most of your camping and in what season you plan to go.

The temperature makes a big difference because waking up sweating is no fun, but neither is shivering because you’re too cold. Sleeping bags vary depending on the outside temperature and since we’re trying to stay within a budget, we only want to purchase one. If the majority of your camping will be in places that don’t dip below zero at night, then you can safely select the ROMA 100 SE Sleeping Bag or the T-100 if you’re taller. Both are considered to be warm weather sleeping bags.

The ROMA 200 SE Sleeping Bag is better suited for  2-3 seasons and will keep you warm up to temperatures of -10 C at night. Keep in mind that we are talking about the outside temperatures, not inside your cozy tent.

If you are more adventurous and plan to camp during all seasons or in colder climates, then you’re going to want the ROMA 300 SE Sleeping Bag. It’s rated for 2-4 seasons and will keep you toasty warm up to -20 C. 

All the ROMA-style sleeping bags are short-tapered in shape for thermal efficiency, making them better at keeping you warm at night. If you’re unsure of where you’ll end up camping, you may wish to base your sleeping bag decision on how warm you prefer to be at night. It’s always easier to cool off than it is to try and warm up when you wake up cold.

If ROMA is not the right fit, don't fret: Hotcore has many other models to choose from that work great, like the R-series (rectangle) and T-series (tapered) sleeping bags.

The final piece of equipment that you’re going to need is a bag to carry all of your essentials. A backpack is essential for hiking and camping as it enables you to tote along everything you’re going to need while keeping your hands free.

Since there is always a chance of rain on an overnight outdoor adventure, you’ll want to protect your gear with a rain cover that slides over your backpack. We love this rain cover from Hotcore because it’s completely waterproof with sealed seams and it’s bright orange, making you highly visible no matter what Mother Nature decides to do.

Now that you’ve got all your gear, and still have some money in the bank, it’s time to start planning your epic outdoor adventures.


This article was sponsored by Hotcore

At Hotcore Products, our mission is to provide great products to keep you dry, warm, and protected no matter where you are in the world. From a long weekend family camp to the wildest bucket-list excursion, we have you covered ― literally! Our adventure tents come complete with full-length waterproof rainflies for weather protection, and efficient geometry for more livable space and storage. Hotcore sleeping bags are some of the most lightweight, compact, and affordable bags available anywhere. Getting outdoors with affordable and functional gear is possible.