Words by Ben Kelly

Hotels are overrated. Except maybe if you've got pockets deeper than a thrift store V-neck and forking up the cash for a five-star suite ain't no thang. But for most of us, even cramming six dudes into a room at Motel Suck is outta the financial question. Which is why camping gear, or in this case, camping stuff, is so essential—especially for the traveling skater. When you've got your own tent and sleeping bag, you've got a free night's stay in any city you find yourself in. Besides, sleeping under the stars beats waking up to the local crackhead banging on your door demanding to speak to his girlfriend "Stacy" who he's convinced is hiding inside. True story.

Kenny Anderson first introduced me to Poler Camping Stuff a couple months ago. Designed and created by Portland-based photographer Benji Wagner, Poler is so simple, functional, and well-designed, it's perfect for stashing in the van, strapping to the back of a bike, or just carrying on any skate trip. It's a complete camping kit that can fit into a single backpack, with a spot for your board, and can be set up within minutes. Add that to a team that consists of Alex Olson, Cairo Foster, Arto Saari, John Rattray, and of course Kenny Anderson, and we might not be staying at a roach motel ever again.

1. One Man Tent $170

2. Rucksack $60

3. Nap Sack $130

4. Duffeluffagus $80

5. Headlamp $20

6. Heat Bags $2 (Each)

7. Tee Shirts $22



Words by Kevin Duffel


Sure, stashing all your crud in a black trash bag's a lot cheaper than buying a legit pack, but eventually that thing's gonna rip wide open and spill your goods everywhere. Which means bummer for you. So, whether you're hittin' the road, or just need a new backpack for class, here are 10 smooth bags to help you store your stuff.

1. Purma

By Volcom

2. Ten Year Mojave Backpack
By Element

3. SB Backpack

By Nike SB

4. Black Box Cooler

By Creature

5. SB Shuttle Bag

By Nike SB

6. Brigadier

By Chrome

7. Citizen Buckle Bag

By Chrome

8. Quarters Duffle Bag

By Nixon

9. Dylan Tote

By Gravis