Fall camping gear latest and greatest

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

Fall is in the air, time to dust off the camping gear and hit the road! Especially now, with fall break coming up, a family outing or camping trip is a must-do this season.

This morning we were with Kirsten Dunlap of ScottsdaleMomsBlog.com who has tested out a few items, and has four favorites she thinks will be hot this season. We were also joined by Jim Solomon of Cabela's to discuss the big ticket items--the latest and greatest in tents, backpacks, camping mattresses and more. 

First, we begin with Kirsten. She loves the Thermacell Outdoor Lantern which doubles as a bug repellant, she says that's a must! This camping lantern will not only provide you with some much needed light, it also effectively gets rid of black flies and mosquitos from 15 feet away. It's easy to use, safe and costs about $30 bucks.

This Valley mom also likes the Saddle Bag Camera Rest. She says it'll  help stabilize your camera so you can get those perfect beauty shots. Your pictures will be super steady for the first time ever!

If you have trouble staying warm, Kirsten recommends the Thermacell Heated Insoles to keep your toes toasty. "What's cool about these insoles, they are rechargeable and they're remote controlled," she says. They're kind of pricey, about $100, but they can really come in handy if you're in the snow. They're available at Walmart, Amazon and Cabela's.

And, for all you mom's out there, you're going love this. Clever Crates! "They're the most innovative solution to packing, carrying, transporting and storage," she adds. You can even use them every day, not just for camping. Here's what makes these crates so unique--they completely collapse, so you can stack and store them just about anywhere. Depending on the size, they're between $10-$20 dollars, and you can get them at clevercrates.com

For all the big ticket items, we visit with Jim Soloman from Cabela’s in Glendale. He's got you covered with functional hiking and camping gear appropriate for everyone (even camping high chairs for the little ones in your life). "The Ciao Baby Camping High Chair could be perfect for the parent on the go," he says. And if you're an outdoor enthusiast, with a price range between $69-$79, it can be a good investment for all those back country meals with the family.

From tents to backpacks to inflatable mattresses, Jim also showed us other ways to make camping as comfortable as possible, even bringing along with him, a "Luggable Loo" bucket toilet. It's a super simple option for anyone who just can't seem to "go" behind a tree. And for $20 dollars, it could be the answer you've been looking for. Also, don't forget your camping pillow. They start at $22, are compactable, easy to travel with, and can provide soft and fluffy comfort you and the kids will probably fight over.

For more on the latest and greatest in outdoor gear that'll enhance your outdoor experience visit cabelas.com, and take advantage of the free workshops offered every weekend.