REI Labor Day Sale (2020): 19 Deals on Camping Essentials You Need

Many of my fellow outdoor enthusiasts have found this summer puzzling. A lot of traditional summer pastimes, like crowded beach houses and outdoor evening concerts, have become taboo. Friends of ours that have never considered camping (and peeing) outside are now asking us for our best tips and tricks—and to borrow our gear. Camping is a safe and socially distant way to get a much-needed change of scenery close to home, but I only have so many sleeping bags. It’s time for you to buy your own.

Luckily, WIRED favorite outdoor retailers like REI and Backcountry are holding their Labor Day sales. It’s the perfect time of year to pick up some beginner basics, like folding chairs, a sleeping pad, or a stand-up tent.

Updated September 7: We’ve removed a few items, swapped a few recommendations for better deals, and added the MSR stove, REI flashlight, and more. We should also note that for Labor Day, you also can get one full year of WIRED for only $5 ($25 off).

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Deals on Starter Tents and Sleeping Gear

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Photograph: REI

Deals on Bags and Cooking Gear

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Photograph: Osprey