Crisp fall mornings have us in the mood for s’mores and sleeping outdoors. Conveniently, our new arrivals are chock full of frugal finds that are perfect for fall camping. Below are 7 of our favorite picks, from tents to footwear, that will make your next weekend in the woods epic. Be sure to stop by your local Frugal Backpacker to explore all of our fresh fall gear, apparel, and footwear.

Columbia Benton Springs Half Snap Fleece – MSRP: $60.00 Frugal: $34.95

Evenings around the campfire call for a cozy layer. We love the classic styling of Columbia’s half snap fleeces almost as much as we love their price. The women’s style is shown, but we also half the men’s version available in several colors at the same frugal price.


Travel Chair Joey Chair – $77.95

A great chair is a camping essential. The Joey Chair packs down small for easy portability, and we’re crazy about the fun topo print.


Peregrine Radama Hub 3 Tent Combo- $219.99

This generously sized tent offers easy set up, plenty of storage pockets, and incredible value in a surprisingly lightweight package. It also includes a footprint for easy set up or fast and light options.


Sawyer Mini Water Filter – $19.99

This ultra compact filtration system weighs in at a skinny 2 ounces, and is rated to filter up to 100,000 gallons of water. It’s easy to use for everything from backcountry camping, to day hikes, to emergency situations.


Mountainsmith Scream 25 Day Pack – $79.95

This ventilated 25 liter pack is just the right size for day hikes. We love the deep water bottle pockets and abundance of accessory loops.


Olicamp Vector Stove + LT Pot Combo – $39.95

This combo is a frugal way to score everything you need for campsite cooking. The simple stove design folds down small and is easy to maintain, and the pot is perfectly sized for cooking and eating. We love the coated handles that make it easy to hold when hot.


Merrell Moab 2 Earth Day Hiker – MSRP: $120.00 Frugal: $84.00

The Merrell Moab has been around forever for a reason – it’s durable, comfortable, and an unbeatable value. The Earth Day edition takes it to the next level with an environmentally conscious construction process and plenty funky color pops.

If you like your camping gear to have plenty of personality, you’re going to love the new Ranger Doug Collection from Kelty. These tents, sleeping bags, and blankets feature boisterous purples, yellows, and oranges in a funky print reminiscent of urban camo. But this print has a rich history that may surprise you.

The Story

During the New Deal Era, the WPA Federal Poster Project printed silkscreen prints for 14 National Parks. This work was halted by the start of World War II and by 1950, most had disappeared. Today, a handful of these prints have been found, many badly damaged. Ranger Doug, the “Ranger of the Lost Art”, and his team have taken on the painstaking task of restoring these national treasures. In addition to preserving a valuable part of our outdoor culture, they’re donating a portion of their sales to our National Parks.

The General Grant Poster Restored by Ranger Doug

Kelty and Ranger Doug have teamed up to launch the Ranger Doug Collection. The fun collaboration features durable Kelty gear in a print inspired by Ranger Doug’s General Grant poster. You can check out the print that started it all (and maybe buy a copy to match your new gear) here.

The Gear

  1. Kelty Ranger Doug 30 Sleeping Bag$149.95
  2. Kelty Ranger Doug 4 Person Tent$319.95 (2 person, not pictured – $239.95)
  3. Kelty Ranger Doug Deployable Blanket $49.95
  4. Kelty Ranger Doug 30 Sleeping Bag (Womens)$149.95

The Cause

In addition to looking really fantastic, this gear does good for our planet. 1% of sales from the Kelty Ranger Doug Collection will be donated to The Student Conservation Association. SCA is an incredible organization that puts young people to work on improvements in our parks and public lands. They learn to accomplish these improvements in a way that is sustainable, teaching them conservation practices and endowing them with a life-long connection to our public lands. Through these efforts, SCA is working to train the next generation of outdoor stewards.


Stop by Frugal Backpacker to check out the whole collection, and take home a piece of our National Parks history.

At Frugal Backpacker, we believe that quality gear should be available at accessible prices. We’re super excited to be partnering with Yukon Outfitters, a brand that shares this philosophy. Yukon Outfitters was born out of frustration at the price of quality gear. They craft gear to be “rugged, yet reasonable”; that is, high in quality, but affordably priced. Plus, in a time when most manufacturers are heading overseas to cut costs, they make all of their products just over in Tennessee.
If that’s not enough reason to love Yukon Outfitters, our new hammock arrivals from them are sure to win you over. These hammocks are sized to fit two people and come in dozens of unique prints. The best part? They’re frugally priced at just $79.99 including straps. Similar hammocks that are made overseas cost around $70 for a hammock and around $30 for straps, so we think opting for a Yukon hammock is a no-brainer.
Swing by either of our locations to check them out.