The end of summer is, surprisingly, not that far away, and if you’re hoping to make it out for one last camping trip, there’s still time to get the best “must-have” gear to enjoy the great outdoors while it’s still warm out.

Whether you’re planning a family trip, or packing light with just a few key items, here are a few suggestions, including products you can find at Canadian Tire, and the gear that will make the difference on your next camping expedition.

Woods Expedition Big Cedar Tent | $249.99 and $399.99
The most important gear you can own when you’re out camping is of course the tent, and the Woods Expedition Big Cedar Tent comes in two sizes that work well for small or big groups. The 4-person Expedition Big Cedar Tent is $249.99, while the 8-person tent is $399.99, and they both have all the features you want out in the wild, from large mesh panels for great ventilation, to special connectors to make setup even faster.

The large rain fly with 2,000 mm PU coating, and poly oxford floor with 3,000 mm water-resistant coating, also make the tent extremely weather-resistant, in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate with your big expedition plans.

Coleman 2-Hyper Flame Camp Stove
Coleman 2-Hyper Flame Camp Stove & Grill | $179.99

As important as your tent is, your camp stove makes all the difference between eating, and eating well. The Coleman 2-Hyper Flame Camp Stove & Grill lets you cook using two burners, or you can convert one or both burners to a grill for making pancakes, eggs, or whatever your camping trip calls for. The Hyper Flame Camp Stove features InstaStart matchless lighting and 22,000 BTU, and fits one 10″ and one 12″ pan.

As a long-time user of Coleman products, this stove comes highly recommended since their products work so well.

Outland Malibu Beach Chair
Outbound Malibu Beach Chair | $22.99

Take a load off, sit down, and relax in front of the lake in the Outbound Malibu Beach Chair, which features durable 600D fabric, and supports up to 300 lbs in a lightweight design that carries easily, or fits snugly into your trunk. There’s no shortage of chairs on the market, but the Malibu Beach Chair is light and sturdy, and comes at the right price.

Natrapel & After Bite | $3.99 to $8.99
Naturally, the great outdoors can be a fun adventure, but in the end we have to share it with Mother Nature’s inhabitants, and that includes a lot of bugs. To keep the little biters at bay, Natrapel DEET-free insect repellent protects you and your family for up to 8 hours, while After Bite offers itch relief from a range of common insects. These are two must-own products for any camping trip.

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