The 6 Best Camping Stores to Purchase Camping Gear

Here’s the list of the top 6 camping stores available so you can find the best choices and best deals around on that camping gear you need.

# 1 Cabelas

  • A fantastic selection of high quality Cabelas tents, both family tents and other high quality tents for sale
  • Solid selection of sleeping bags, both cold weather sleeping bags and lightweight sleeping bags (not so many kids sleeping bags in particular, but they do have a few of those too)
  • An excellent selection of tailgating supplies
  • More outdoor games and, in particular, more kids outdoor games than you’ll find most other places
  • Cabelas can be found both online and in many communities across the country.

# 2 Rei

  • This camping store has an inventory of essential camping gear that will blow your mind.
  • A good selection of camp furniture including camping chairs, camping cots, and folding camp tables
  • I think Rei has the best selection of camping gear for kids of all the top six camping gear stores listed here.
  • You can get discount camping gear with the Rei Outlet Deal of the Day, Deal of the Week, 50% off sales, overstocks, and closeouts.
  • You’ll not find many camping supply stores that have as many sale and discounted items as Rei!
  • Rei’s online camping blog at their website will help the newest camper or the most advanced professional with their articles, how-to videos, and inspiration
  • I particularly love the Rei lifetime membership.  For approximately a $20.00 one time fee, you can purchase a lifetime membership that offers additional, member-only offers and discount camping gear sales.
  • The Rei lifetime membership also provides travel discounts on family vacations and other family vacation deals.

# 3 Camping World

  • Camping World’s online website and Camping World locations are more camping equipment stores for RV camping, but they do sell tents and, of special note here, they offer many items which tent campers would love to use as well.
  • In other words…   You’ll find tons of unusual supplies, gadgets, and equipment you can use for making your camping vacation a little (or a lot) easier to handle!
  • Possibly one of the best selections of pop up tents (maybe because RVers may like to have tents too sometimes and want ez pop up tents when they do use one???).
  • The largest selection by far of BBQ grills, portable gas grills, and tailgating equipment
  • Camping World’s Good Sam Club $20.00 per year membership offers camping gear sales not offered to non members and also provides RV park discounts, discounts on roadside assistance, discounts on tourist attractions, and fuel and propane discounts at Pilots and Flying J locations.

# 4 Bass Pro

  • The selection of Bass Pro Shop tents is astonishing
  • Bass Pro Shops also offer a good selection of Coleman tents as well
  • Can you beat the outdoor recreation equipment you can find at Bass Pro Shops?  Nope.  You’ll have an overabundance of outdoor recreation and camping ideas for kids and adults alike when you see what is available at one of the overall best outdoor camping stores around.

There are wonderful camping stores all over the net and maybe even in your own hometown where camping gear is readily available and sometimes even available at a discounted price. Finding the right camping store can help you be that much better prepared for that family camping vacation.

# 5 Eastern Mountain Sports

  • Another camping gear store with an excellent selection of quality tents
  • A million or more (OK, that’s an exaggeration, but it’s a LOT) of sleeping bags.  However, know that this is a serious place to find seriously the best sleeping bag around.  Seriously.
  • Tons of camping supplies for your camp kitchen
  • Loads of outdoor electronics including weather instruments, beacons, compasses, solar chargers, audio equipment, bike computers, action cameras, and heart rate monitors.  Yea, I tried to tell you they have ALL kinds of electronics you can use on your next camping trip!
  • If you’re in the market, EMS has a good selection of dog camping gear as well.
  • If you are fortunate enough to live in the northeastern part of the US or on the east coast, Eastern Mountain Sports also offers ski schools, kayaking clinics and lessons, family kayaking, and even family climbing clinics.
  • If those outdoor clinics and lessons aren’t easily accessible to you, EMS has a great online blog you might still enjoy and learn from.

# 6 Academy Sports

  • Perhaps the best family camping tents for the buck here
  • So many camp chairs you may blow your mind
  • Lots and lots of basic tent canopies.  However, not as many screened canopies
  • Love the coolers here!
  • You can get pretty cheap camping gear here actually, perfect especially if you’re only interested in a short family vacation that includes some camping.

With the great online camping stores you can find across the web and the camping stores you can also visit right next door, you’re bound to find just what you need for the next time you go camping for your family vacation or weekend getaway.

One comment

  • I did not realize that there we so many good options for places to get good camping equipment. It seems like the reason that all these stores are great to choose from is because they have a wide range of options and a large quantity of each one of the items. For a store to be able to be considered one of the best it would have to meet those criteria.

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