1. Ecocapsules


This solar- and wind-powered house is where tiny houses meet camping. Compact and resilient, this low-energy house allows you to live completely off-grid. Its design enables the house to collect rainwater and filter the water for you to use. Plenty of room for two people, this alternative to tents could change the game for campers once the product launches in 2016.


  1. The Foldavan Bicycle Caravan

This is a game changer.

With its narrow frame as wide as most handlebars, you can take your Foldavan nearly everywhere you can bike. Tough winds? Unzip the sides! Camp wherever you can’t access by car or that’s too far on foot.

  1. Hammock Camping

Hangin’ over Villa Creek

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Ditch a shelter almost completely and sleep among the trees in a hammock. This is great for muddy areas, but won’t do much to protect you from rain or bugs unless you have a tarp or net. Add in a sleeping pad for extra comfort.

  1. Bivy Sack
bivvy bag sack
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Only a small percentage of the US population uses bivy sacks as their preferred camping shelter, but they’re gaining popularity, especially among microadventurers looking for quick getaways or campers who want less between them and their surroundings. You can usually find one for less than what you’d pay for a tent, too.

  1. Floorless Tents
floorless tent camping shelter
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Stay protected from the elements while enjoying less between you and nature with a floorless tent. It’s easier to get in and out of than a traditional tent, making it great for larger groups and camping with animals. You can camp on rocky terrain but, as you can imagine, doesn’t hold up so well in muddy areas.

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