beach camping gear for the free spirit

Warmer weather is finally here and it’s given me a hankering for some free spirited (slightly illegal) beach camping. I want to fall asleep to the crashing surf, wake up with the rising run, and drink lukewarm beer with a side of mostly-cooked hot dogs. These photos by my good friend designer/photographer Greg Zulkie capture the mood exactly. Greg took these photos using his Hasselblad 500c and Fuji Velvia 50 film (legit stuff) on a beach in northern California, and the golden glow of the light captivates me. In my mind, this is the perfect setting for a shoreline stroll, a game of flag football, and a few stolen kisses at sunset.

It’s not all romance though; camping requires preparation. You don’t want to be the person who forgot the tents (cough). Functional yet easy-on-the-eyes gear make it even easier to unplug from civilization. For starters, sleep in style with this Alite Designs 2-person tent from Free People  —it’s durable and made for warm-weather camping.


Add a few more essentials to your camping checklist and you’re good to go: enamelware mug from REI / How to Stay Alive in the Woods / paddleboard from Anthropologie / granola bars from New York Mouth / Lavanila sunscreen / Meow Meow Tweet natural insect repellant