Why doesn't everyone travel via backpacks and hiking boots? It's the most down to Earth (yuk, yuk, yuk) way of getting around, and you're privy to some of the most spectacular, remote, untouched lands in the world. The best medication for nearly any social ailment is a jaunt in the woods. Doctors are actually prescribing outdoor excursions!
So what is it that keeps people from enjoying the backcountry? Comfort. The idea of being far away, secluded, and within nature is almost always thought of in a positive manner. However, what if you could bring comfort with you?
The level of comfort depends on the type of camping you'll be enjoying. If you are trekking 15 miles to get into a truly undisclosed location, then the comfort will be more relative than if you park your car on a dirt road in a national forest (were allowed, naturally). Regardless of the type of camping, the area where comfort is enjoyed is at camp. Your tent, sleeping bag, and pad are the three biggest areas which can make or break a trip.
NEMO Equipment has been a long time favorite tent manufacturer. In the past few years they've expanded into the complete sleeping system. The tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag (even a pillow!). Their materials and construction are impeccable, and their attention to detail is unmatched. I was lucky enough to product test their Nocturne sleeping bag before it went into production, and the prototype was amazing. With the adjustments they made to their production model, the bag is unmatched.
Their sleeping pads are so comfortable, on a 6-month trek I rarely missed my bed. They have a size for everyone and every type of camping. Get the 3/4 length Astro Lite for lightweight pursuits and the insulated XL Cosmo where weight is not a concern. A happy night of sleep is an enjoyable outdoor experience. Make sure to have the equipment worthy of your journey!