When I first met Kelli Hanson, from Twin Cities LIVE we chatted about our camping site a bit and she had the fabulous idea to feature a Camping Fashion Show. Immediately, I thought about all the cool camping clothes we have been using and I was excited to join Elizabeth and Steve in the studio!
Here Are The Cool Camping Clothes from
Twin Cities LIVE
In the photo above Ryan is sporting his Cablea’s Mesa Valley Short-Sleeve Shirt. It’s known for keeping you cool with it’s moisture-wicking nylon dobby fabric. There is a split hem in the back which vents out the extra heat from hiking on the camping trails. It’s comfortable, but what I like best about it is the tailored design and the color scheme. I think Ryan looks ready for the outdoors without looking like he is going on a hunting trip. Price – $50
Just so you know I am writing this before we actually go on the show and I am not sure which undershirt Ryan is going to be showcasing. I figure I can tell you about both and either way I have you and me covered!
The other option for Ryan is going to be the Cabela’s Granite Range Active Short-Sleeve V-Neck Tee Shirt. It’s lightweight and is made with a Dri-release fabric. The Dri-release fabric dries four times faster than cotton and it also has moisture-wicking, too. May be you are in the mood to stay causal and have the ability to move with ease, well this shirt is the perfect match. I think it would team well with any golfer out in the hot sun playing a few holes in the afternoon.Price – $25
The pants Ryan was wearing on the Twin Cities LIVE show was from a rack at REI The ExOfficio Terram collection provides a UPF 50+ rating in the fabric of the pants. Pretty neat to be able to enjoy the sunny afternoon without the worry of having ultraviolet rays sneaking through the fabrics of your clothing. It comes in a “ray” of colors. Price – $60/$80
The coolest waterproof Cablea’s Guidewear Bass Angler Storm Cotton Hoodie is new in Ryan’s closet. We had a chance to have a bit of fun with it when we had a light rain outside of our house. Ryan wrote a full review with video on the sweatshirt which you can check outHERE. Price – $90
Ryan is also showing off our Boreas Gear Buttermilk Backpack. We use it for those times when we need to pack a ton of gear and don’t want to be loaded down any weight from the pack itself. The Buttermilk is ultralight which has been perfect for running from the campsite to the lake, beach, playground and it is also great for camping backcountry style. You can get it in a 44 or 55 liter in medium or large sizes. Price – $140/$160
Cablea’s has a new brand in stores called XPG. So far I really like the line. Ryan was wearing the XPG Water Sandal on Twin Cities LIVE. One thing I wanted to share with you is the outsoles on these shoes are held up by Vibram®, which you see on other brands like Keen and Merrell shoes. The difference between XPG and the other guys is the price. XPG has the same soles, however you can expect to spend at least $10 – $15 less without a sale tag. Price – $90
Isaiah’s Keeping It Cool With Camping Gear
Isaiah would not wear the shorts I plan on featuring on Twin Cities LIVE for our photo shoot – I even tried to convince him by bribing him with candy. He won the battle because he didn’t change, but he did get candy.
Isaiah is wearing a loose fitting Columbia Super Chill kid shirt that has sweat activated cooling in the fabric. Many stores sell the brand Columbia and I wanted to show you a range of items that you can find not only in my favorite stores, but brands that stand out in a number of places. My little guy is very active and I think out of everyone in the family he could use the cooling down clothing! Price – $25
When we go camping we love to be out on the lake and that is why I look for anything that can keep the sun rays off my kids. Isaiah’s shorts are from REI and they have a sun protection UPF 50 rating. With the way the sun works when on water I make sure to take as many steps as I can to protect our children’s skin. Plus, there is no inseam in these shorts which gives him a chafe-free comfort. Price – $27.00
In the above photo Isaiah is sporting around in his Outdoor Products Youth Hydration Pack. It is a 2-Liter kid size backpack that also has room for more camping gear or in his case candy! I love that he can go hiking with us and instead of having the little kids pulling on my hydration pack they can have their own water when ever they choose to do so while walking. Price – $20/$25
I have fallen head over heels for Cudas’ Water Shoes! I wear mine almost everyday – I normally would wear flip flops during the summer. My Cudas’ are more comfortable than any flip flop I have owned. Not that flip flops are comfortable, but I wear them a lot for the ease of throwing something on as I am running around. If you see us out on the water I canassurance you we have our Cudas. They have a hard, yet bendable sole and they are easy to put on and take off of the kid’s feet. I highly recommend them for your next beach day or like me any day. Price – $15- $20
Ruth Goes Camping
Ruth is ready to play the day away in her fancy REI camping clothes. I just wanted the kid’s to put on their outfits so I could grab a few photos before the show segment, however Ruthie wanted to wear her outfit all day because she said it is so cozy! I made her change into cozy play clothes afterwards, but it was nice to know she felt good in her cute outfit.
Ruth is wearing a REI Sahara Long-Sleeve Shirt that can be rolled and snapped at the elbow line. The fabric is a lightweight 4-way stretch polyester that wicks moisture and dries fast keeping kids cooler and drier when outdoors. It also has a UPF 50+ rating, too. I love the hot pink color on Ruth and the Sahara shirt comes in a aqua and mushroom color as well. Price – $37
Once again Ruth is showing off REI’s Sahara design, the Convertible Pants. I just adore the NoSitZip legs feature that makes it easy for them to zip off the lower section of the pant leg turning their pants into shorts. The moment Ruth put them on she was telling us she didn’t want to take them off. They are made from nylon and are made to move with your child. The Convertible Pants also contain a UPF 30 rating protecting kids from the UV rays. I also wanted to note the hand pockets are designed to drain water faster than normal pocket liners. In case your child ends up cooling down in a creek while hiking on a hot trail. Price – $45
Jadis Is Ready For Fun
Jadis is the type of kid who would go camping everyday if she could. She loves the activities and sleeping in the camper! She needs clothing that can keep up with her and nothing that is clinging or holding her back.
Jadis is running around in her Cablea’s Dri Release Shirt that dries 4x faster than cotton! With all her buzzing here and there I am happy to have FreshGuard in the fabric which control odors. You would think Keegan could get that in this football gear!! Price – $20
I am a big fan of being able to adjust clothing with ease with the changing temps and when we are being active with the kids. Jadis is wearing Cablea’s Roll-Up Pants. They are a simple pant with the ability to roll-up and button to give you more control over what you are wearing. Price – $40
Kelty Vintage Line’s Wren design is my newest pack and I am totally in love with it! I can use it as a day pack or for packing Isaiah up for the whole weekend. It is stylish and feels great on the back! Price – $75
Kelly Is Going Beyond The Tent
Here are the Cabela’s Women’s Triune Pants I am going to be showcasing on Twin Cities LIVE. Don’t worry I washed them before going to the studio! I have one other pair of hiking pants I wear and I can tell you these are way more comfortable and they also keep me feeling dry and fresh with the built in wick away feature. I also don’t have the fear of sunburn thanks to the UPF 30 rating in the pants fabric. The part I like most is the side leg adjustments that I can tie into a comfortable setting when I am out and about. Price – $45
I will be wearing Cabela’s XPG Multisport Trail Shoe. These are the pair I wear the most when we are at the campground. I like the lightweight breathable mesh top and the Vibram® outsoles keep me from getting sore feet. They fit my feel well and I like the black with purple color scheme. Price – $120
Keegan is Hiding From The Bugs
Cablea’s Insect Defense System Long-Sleeve Crew Shirts are made to keep the bugs away from the camper. There is an insect repellent permethrin bound into the fabric fibers. It is effective on mosquitoes, ticks and other camping critters. It also hosts a UPF 50 rating, too.Price – $50
Keegan is wearing a Cablea’s ColorPhase Hunt Varsity Camo Hoodie. This hoodie has the technology to change the camo colors to match the conditions of the weather surrounding you. Mild weather shows a more vivid green base as the weather drops they change to a muted brown. Very cool camping hoodie or even perfect for those who are hunting in the fall season.Price – $70
Cabela’s Camo Insect Defense System Pants are super cool! Keegan wanted to wear all camo and I told him I wanted him to find an insect defense pant. When he came around the corner with these I gave him my Mom look he quickly stated they are insect defense! I couldn’t believe it, win for both of us. He tells me they feel better than his Nike sweatpants. I love the fact that he blends into the camping environment and if a bug happens to notice him they still stay away with the No-Fly Zone fabric. Price – $100
Mikaela Keeps Bugs Away
Mikaela is not a fan of having bugs join us at the campsite. She likes to wear her Cabela’s Insect Defense System Knit Shirt because it is more enjoyable to be outside without the mosquitoes! We tend to have our ThermaCELL lantern or carrier setup, but if she happens to move out of the 15 foot range she can still be clear from biting and harmful bugs with her Insect Defense shirt. Price – $55
Mikaela is wearing the XPG Cooling Phase Active Sorts. They keep you cool as you run around or if you are climbing hills. What I like about these are the sporty look without being too short.Price – $40
Mikaela is wearing a fun colored pair of Ahnu Sugarpine Air Mesh. Inspired for the women hikers Ahnu offers a vibrant look that performs for camping or everyday needs. The upper mesh is waterproof and it also has our favorite Vibram® soles! Price – $110
Those Are Cool Camping Clothes –
What About The Spray On Repellent
If you don’t have the listed clothing, you can always use the Sawyer permethrin clothing and gear insect repellent spray. It’s odorless and you should plan ahead and spray on your camping clothes a couple of days before wearing them.
I hope you saw us on Twin Cities LIVE today, but if not check out the video below.
Thanks for checking us out and I hope to see you soon –
Happy Camping – Kelly
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Hey there, I’m Ryan, the face behind Beyond The Tent.
With decades of camping experiences, my journey into the wilderness began on the rustic trails of a farm in southern Minnesota, where my childhood was filled with explorations and camping by a picturesque river.
My family’s adventures across the United States, from the majestic Colorado mountains to the serene national parks and the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Northern Minnesota have given me a broad perspective. With each journey, whether in state parks or private encampments, and through the homely comfort of our camping trailers, we’ve amassed a trove of stories, experiences, and invaluable camping wisdom.