Camping is supposed to be a budget-friendly activity, but between all the gear and supplies, expenses can add up quick. When we came across REI’s July 4 sale and started digging through the items, we got inspired to plan our first camping trip of the season.
There’s a lot of good stuff under $5—like a Dry Doc Waterproof Digi Phone Case, a sweater knit beanie, and food from Backpackers Pantry—as well as major savings off bestselling products, including tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and jackets. Start dreaming of where to camp with this guide to the 17 best campsites near NYC (all accessible without a car!), then go check out the gear at rei.com. Sale ends July 6.
The co-founder and editor-at-large at offMetro, Lauren is a sustainable travel specialist and freelance journalist with frequent bylines in National Geographic, Bicycling Magazine and Shape. Follow Lauren’s adventures at @laurenmati.