Furniture & Storage

Coleman Outdoor Compact Table

Coleman Outdoor Compact Table

Why I Chose It

There’s quite a few choices in the compact table category.  I wanted one that was large enough to hold my laptop and accessories as well as having space for pots and pans when cooking.

At 27.5″ x 27.5″x 27.5″ this table has plenty of room.  Combined with easy setup, a weight under 10 lbs., small size when stored away, and a price of $30 this Coleman was hard to beat.

Thoughts After Using

Even though this table has plenty of space I almost always used all of it.  And I’m sure if I had a bigger table or another one that they would also get used to the maximum.

The surface wipes down easily.  The only problem was during some heavy rain in Sedona.  That red rock or dirt gets into everything.  When it’s dry it’s not too much of a problem, but when wet and sticky it could clog the collapsible leg mechanism on this table.

Helinox Camp Chair

Helinox Camp Chair

Why I Chose It

I would never have guessed a chair that folds down to 14″ x 5″ x 5″ and weighs only 2 lbs could be this comfortable.

It also appears to have solid and durable construction.  I guess that’s why it’s so pricey at around $100.  I found mine on sale for closer to $50, probably because of the safari pattern and LSU Tiger color scheme.  I think there may also be some knockoffs out there that are similar at much lower prices.

Thoughts After Using

This was another item that didn’t get much use because it was intended for overnight hiking trips.

At quite a few of the campsites I stayed at, if you went up the highest nearby hill you could get much better cell/internet signal.  So often times, I would pack up my work/bag and this chair and go up there to work.  Very comfortable even for hours at a time.

Ozark Trail XXL Padded Folding Camping Chair

Ozark Trail XXL Padded Folding Camping Chair

Why I Chose It

This chair claims to support 500 lbs.  I’m not that large, but Koko the gorilla is about 350 and it looks to be holding up well.

The reason I got this chair in addition to the Helinox is because that chair sits lower to the ground and I wanted a normal height chair for when I’m at the Coleman table working on my laptop or eating.  It was only $25 at Walmart.

Thoughts After Using

Along with the cot, this chair was one of the cheaper Walmart items I was worried about.

I haven’t had any problems with the cot so far, but the left arm support on this chair – the stitching came loose where it attaches to the metal frame near the cup holder.  It still functions fine.  The left arm support will sometimes need to be picked up off the ground and replaced though.

Rubbermaid 18 Gal. Roughneck Tote

Rubbermaid 18 Gal. Roughneck Tote

Why I Chose It

A weeks worth of supplies will fit in one of these.  The reason for having two is I plan to use one to protect my generator when the weather gets bad.

I bought this model because it’s the perfect size to flip upside down and put over the Honda EU2000i I have the use of.  All I did was cut a rectangular exhaust flap that can be propped up with a stick.  The two Rubbermaids stack inside each other because one is always empty to save space.  $8 at Home Depot.

Thoughts After Using

The size of this container was about perfect for one person and weeks worth of food.  I rarely had to dig for more than a few minutes to find something unless it was getting dark and I didn’t have my headlamp.

I didn’t run into any situations where I needed to cover up the generator though.  If the weather was mildly bad I just brought it under the Alcove and if it was really bad, I’d take refuge in the Alaskan Guide and read on my iPad or surf the web on my phone which could both be charged with a battery.

BearVault BV500 Food Container

BearVault BV500 Food Container

Why I Chose It

The two options when hiking in bear country seem to be hanging a sack over a branch or using a canister.

I didn’t want to worry about not being able to find a branch or ropes getting tangled in the tree so I chose the canister.  The other advantage over the Kevlar reinforced bags is the food will still get crushed and ruined if animals get a hold of a sack.  I think mice may even be able to chew small holes in some of the bags.  The BV500 is rather large, but fits nicely in the bottom compartment of my Atmos 65.

Thoughts After Using

Again, this didn’t get used how I intended because none of my hikes ended up being overnight.

I did find other uses for it however.  It made an excellent portable washing machine.  I also stored other things inside of it when I wasn’t using it to hold extra water.  Some people have found it to make a nice stool or chair as well.