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Get a jump on your next camping trip with these essentials

Roughing it won't be so bad when you've got these toys in the great outdoors

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Pack it If you go for a walk in the woods with only one thing, make it Coleman's 5-in-1 Survival Whistle. This wilderness SOS tool comes with a whistle and mirror (to send out distress signals), a waterproof matchbox and fire starter, and a dial compass that stays bright even when the sun has set. $5.22,

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Cook it The Cobb Premier Grill takes campground grub to gourmet heights. Equipped to roast a whole chicken, smoke hot dogs and broil burgers, savvier outdoor chefs may want to use the stainless steel cooking tool to bake bread, make pizza and steam vegetables. Weighing four kilograms, the Cobb is more powerful than it looks, cooking for up to three hours using only eight charcoal briquettes. $179.95,

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Swing it Stay high, dry and well rested in the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock. The lightweight backpackers' tent is designed to weather tough terrain and can be elevated above ground like a hammock. A mosquito net, nylon-pack cloth bed and rip-free nylon flysheet keep the bugs and excess moisture at bay. This isn't a hammock for snuggling, though. The tent is built for one. $139.99,

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