Cool Horse-Camping Gear

Packing the right gear is essential for a safe and successful camping trip. Here are 12 handy products to consider for your next adventure.
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Packing the right gear is essential for a safe and successful camping trip. Here are 12 handy products to consider for your next adventure.

Sportz Truck Tent

Lightweight Corral
Make your horse feel at home while camping with the Carri-Lite Corral. Connecting rods make setup easy and quick, while a low panel height adds stability. The corral?s lightweight aluminum and minimal parts make it easy to setup and store. A standard set assembles to a 13-foot round pen or a 12-foot square stall. The corral?s size can be increased by attaching the panels to your trailer. Cost: $749.99 (standard); $397.00 (half unit). Contact: Carri-Lite Corrals; www.carrilitecorrals.com.

Carri - Lite Corral

Carri - Lite Corral

Portable Food Storage
Convenient storage is key for healthy and tasty meals when camping. Black+Blum?s practical lunch pots hold wet and dry, or hot and cold, food items separate until mealtime. A watertight seal locks the pots to keep items from spilling. For compact storage, the smaller pot fits into the larger pot when empty. The lunch pot also comes with a spork ? a convenient eating utensil for any meal.?Cost: $23. Contact: Black+Blum; www.black-blum.com.

Outdoor Mat
These durable designs from Patio Mats will dress up your camping space. Their lightweight material dries quickly. Corner tie-downs secure the mats in windy weather. The reversible mats are available in a variety of colors, in a 9-by-12-foot and an 8-by-20-foot size. Cost: $79.99-$119.99. Contact: Patio Mats; www.patiomats.com.

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Heated Camp Chair
The Chaheati All-Season Heated Chair is similar to many lightweight, collapsible canvas chairs, but it also features a low-voltage heating system that produces comfortable, even heat for chilly nights under the stars. The Chaheati features four temperature settings and heats up in 20 seconds. The high-efficiency, rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of heat per charge and lasts for over 500 uses. Cost: $89.99. Contact: Chaheati Company; www.chaheati.com.

Food-Prep Center
If your camping adventures include cooking and preparing meals, a place to set up your food and supplies comes in handy. Coleman?s Pack Away Camp Kitchen is a complete outdoor food-preparation center. It features a sturdy tabletop and a side stand that accommodates a portable stove or cooler. The setup includes a paper towel holder, lantern hook, removable sink, produce bin, condiment shelves, and utensil hooks. Cost: $129.99. Contact: Coleman; www.coleman.com.

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Truck Tent
Looking for a more comfortable alternative to ground tent camping? The Sportz Truck Tent $57 Series assembles in the back of your open-bed pickup truck, creating a cozy sleeping area for two people. The patented sewn-in floor will keep your bedding clean. An awning secures to the tailgate for added flexibility and shade. Cost: $259.99. Contact: Napier; www.sportzbynapier.com.

Picnic Mat
The durable Magic Mat makes a comfortable place for you to stretch out at your campsite, whether for a picnic or merely to relax. The vinyl-coated polyester net fabric protects you from ground-related elements, while allowing light and air to pass through, keeping grass and other vegetation alive. Grommets every two feet allow for secure anchoring. The eight-by-ten-foot mat rolls for easy storage and transport. Cost: $65. Contact: Horse Fly Net; www.horseflynet.com.

Gear Protection
Nikwax?s Tent & Gear SolarProof doubles the life of tents and other gear by protecting it from damaging ultraviolet, while increasing water-repellency. The environmentally friendly waterproofing solution can be applied to a wet or dry tent. Tent & Gear SolarProof concentrate makes 500ml of applicable solution when combined with water.?Once diluted, the product can be sprayed, brushed, or sponged on. Cost: $13.00. Contact: Nikwax; www.nikwax.com.

Toothbrush Sanitizer
Keep your travel toothbrush free of dangerous bacteria with Vermont Soap?s Certified Organic Toothbrush Sanitizer. This travel-sized spray is a natural product made from organic alcohol and a blend of organic essential oils. Free of artificial colors, fragrances and preservatives, the sanitizer is safe and nontoxic for you, and deadly for germs and microbes that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Cost: $5.98. Contact: Vermont Soap Organics; www.vermontsoap.com.

Itch & Sting Relief
Therapik is a small, yet powerful, remedy for pain and itching caused by insect bites and stings. The battery-powered device has been shown to be an effective treatment for stings and bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, black flies, ants, fleas, ticks, chiggers, and even jellyfish. Swelling, pain, and itching are quickly reduced once Therapik?s heat neutralizes the venom and increases blood flow to the affected area. Cost: $12.95. Contact: Therapik; www.therapik.com.

Green Insect Repellent
Camping without protection from pesky insects can be a miserable experience for both horse and rider. Eco-friendly and effective, BugBand insect repellent provides protection from biting insects, while avoiding the risks associated with irritating pesticides. This DEET alternative is made with Geraniol, a plant-based ingredient. Towelettes allow for spot application to your exposed skin and your horse's coat. Cost: $11.85. Contact: BugBand (a division of EES, Inc.); www.bugband.net.

Bug Lantern
Light your campsite ? and help keep winged pests at bay. The portable ThermaCELL lantern uses a replaceable butane cartridge to heat a mat that emits allethrin, an odor-free repellent (and a copy of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemums) to create a 15-by-15-foot mosquito-free zone. Each cartridge lasts for 12 hours of use; each mat provides four hours of protection. Eight LED lights with two illumination settings are powered by AA batteries. Cost: $31.99. Contact: The Schawbel Corporation; www.thermacell.com.