42 Insanely Useful Camping Gadgets

Going on a primitive camping adventure and roughing it with only basic survival gear is fine when you're a growing boy, and you probably still like getting down and dirty in the brush from time to time. But most of us appreciate some camping creature comforts and camping chairs when they grow up a little bit (not that we'd ever accuse you of doing that).

In fact, for many adults, getting a camping list of cool new camping gadgets and gear can almost be as fun and exciting as camping itself!

You'd be amazed at the outdoor gear they create to afford convenience in the wilderness these days. A hot shower, fresh espresso, electricity, and a comfy bed...

And who doesn't want a bed that hangs from the trees?

With these top 42 camping gadgets, you can now enjoy the outdoors and still hold onto your iPhone and other modern luxuries.  But, be forewarned: these top 42 camping gadgets and outdoor equipment might make calling an end to your trip impossible.

The 30 Day Lantern
fave 4 Faves
  • 982 bought
$29.95
$59.95 | Save: $30.00 (50%)

Why People Love It

  • "First practical battery-powered lamp!"
  • Perfect for tent camping
  • "Wow! This thing is bright!"
PROS:

The 30 day lantern from eGear does exactly what it's name implies. It provides up to 30 days of reliable light on a single set of batteries which make it great for extended stays in the wilderness.

CONS:

Honestly, reviewers had NOTHING bad to say about this product. Just be aware of how bright this light actually is.


This lantern uses three 1.4 watt LEDs that use a fraction of the energy that traditional bulbs use. All you need are 3 D batteries and you're good to go. The bright 300 lumen light can be seen from over 75' away. You don't have to worry about dropping the lantern while moving about since it's encased with impact.

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Eton Scorpion Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio
fave 5 Faves
  • 980 bought
$69.55
$62.00 | Save: $20.35 (33%)

Why People Love It

  • "Great backpacking radio"
  • Eton Scorpion is better than most
  • "Works exactly as described."
PROS:

This all-terrain unit is solar powered, crank powered and is a flashlight, a radio, a USB cell phone charger and possibly your new best friend.

CONS:

User report the battery only lasts about 20 minutes before running out of juice.


 

 

This multi-function radio can charge smartphones.  It also features a flashlight, weather alerts, crank and solar back-up power options, carabiner and flashlight.  It's a must-have to take camping, use around the house and keep in your 'go-bag'. Features include: digital AM/FM radio; NOAA weather band alerts you to bad weather heading your way; bright LED flashlight to light your way; solar panel charges the internal battery; and crank charging (charges the internal battery or your smartphone).

 

 

 

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Powertraveller Power Monkey Extreme Solar Charger
fave 10 Faves
  • 844 bought
$134.99
$200.00 | Save: $100.10 (50%)

Why People Love It

  • "Great gadget"
  • Outstanding performance
  • "Robust and tough"
PROS:

This eco-friendly portable solar charger utilized advanced solar technology to charge even in low-light or cloudy conditions, making sure that you will never be without much needed power.

 

CONS:

Some users were disappointed in what little charge the gadget actually provided devices.


The price given is for this model in black.  If you can manage accent colors, then you can get it cheaper.  Features include: fully waterproof and ruggedly built solar powered charger; charge an iPhone or smartphone up to 6 times (using sync/charge cable supplied by Apple); standard USB and 12V DC port output built in; simultaneously charge 5V and 12V devices; and lightweight and compact for portability.

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High Sierra Wave 70 2L Reservoir & Bladder Camping/Hiking Hydration Bag Pack
fave 3 Faves
  • 579 bought

Why People Love It

  • 100% Polyester
  • 1 exterior pocket
  • Holds 2 liters 
PROS:

You never want to run out of water. It's as simple as that. And with the High Sierra Wave, you can be sure you never will.

CONS:

Some users have experienced leakage around the mouth piece.


This is one nifty water carrier. It's basic, but that also means it's about as light as it's going to get. And, it will keep that water cool for a long time in the sun. Now that's handy.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "As an occasional raver and a more frequent hiker/runner, this hydration pack is perfect for quality and value!"
  • "It is a great buy! The water flows well and it stays cool for a good 2-3 hours in the hot sun."
  • "I sing in a band, and I've found this to be waaaaaaaaay more convenient than reaching for a bottle of water on stage.
    I especially love that it doesn't get knocked over by our drummer, haha. It's got a nice, slim profile, and while it's not the *most* comfortable hydration pack I've ever worn, the low-profile keeps it from bouncing around too much on stage when I jump around."
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The Cooler That's Built Into A Chair
fave 9 Faves
  • 1419 bought
$21.30
$42.85 | Save: $12.90 (30%)

Why People Love It

  • "Perfect for a fisherman"
  • "Great gift"
  • Multi-purpose product
PROS:

Combine the convenience of a insulated cooler with a folding chair and you have a portable folding chair cooler.  This affordable and versatile chair is a great gift item for everyone!

CONS:

Some users were disappointed in the quality of the product.


Its comfortable seat holds up to 250 lbs with an insulated cooler below. A must-have item for ball games, fishing, camping, parades, and all your outdoor activities. Don't miss out on this unique, patented piece! Imprint: back or front of chair rest is approximately 8"W x 3"H. Embroidery: back or front of chair rest is approximately 5"W x 2 1/2"H (Bulky). Color: Black. Dimensions: 11.5" L x 11" H x 14.5" W.

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Inflatable Car and Camping Mattress
fave 3 Faves
  • 716 bought
$72.99
$180.00 | Save: $107.01 (59%)

Why People Love It

  • Very comfortable
  • "Worth the money, very comfortable and solidly built"
  • Excellent customer service
PROS:

We know the problem, you've planned on a camping trip and then it starts to storm.  Or, you're headed out on an impromptu road trip and the last motel you looked at made your car look like the Ritz.  And when that happens, you're going to want this car mattress.  It'll transform the backseat of your car into a bed.  How nice is that?

CONS:

Some users experienced issues with leaks.


Unlike clunky, slow-to-inflate air mattress, this one folds easily.  More importantly, it inflates quickly with your car's power supply and works with over 90% of cars.  Make sure you get this before summer - you know you'll use it.

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Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink
fave 6 Faves
  • 1058 bought
$21.95
$26.95 | Save: $5.00 (19%)

Why People Love It

  • "High quality product"
  • Durable and compact
  • "Essential camping tool"
PROS:

Convenient and portable solution to having a sink during your outdoor and camping trips. This unique design won't collapse or tip while in use, and easily stores into a compact case.

CONS:

Reviewers report that 20 liters is almost too heavy to carry, so maybe think about selecting one of the smaller sizes.


Created using unique design with stainless steel stiffening ring that prevents the sink from collapsing when full, and base is broader than top so it won't tip over in use. Fully taped seams and okay to use with hot water and detergent. Wide webbing carry handles and comes with its own handy storage pouch. Dimensions: 5 Liter / 1.3 Gallon - 3.0 oz; 10 Liter / 2.6 Gallon - 4.4 oz; 20 Liter / 5.2 Gallon - 6.4 oz.

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Sea to Summit Pocket Shower
fave 1 Fave
  • 418 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Great multi-use product"
  • "The best camp shower I've ever used"
  • "Awesomely small"
PROS:

The pocket shower zips into a 3" x 6" pouch and only weighs 4.25 ounces - super handy and convenient.

CONS:

Reviewers report a very weak flow from the nozzle when used.


You can get about an 8 minute shower from the pocket shower when you have the shower head open on full. Adjust the pressure by twisting the shower head. The best part of this shower is that you don't have to use it as a shower all the time. You can also use it as a sack to carry your dirty clothes in when you're heading back home. 

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REFLECTIVE ROPE PACK
fave 1 Fave
  • 448 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Works great"
  • "Can be seen easily in the dark"
  • Prevents tripping
PROS:

Avoid tripping over your tent ropes at night by having them be easier to see. 

CONS:

Reviewers report this rope is thinner than it looks.


Don't be that guy that ruins someones hard work of putting up their tent by tripping over their ropes. Get this reflective rope pack to make sure everyone can see your tent ropes. Also an excellent way to spot your camp from afar. 

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Exped MegaMat 10 Sleeping Pad
fave 7 Faves
  • 980 bought

Why People Love It

  • Large and extremely durable
  • "By far, the best sleeping mat out there"
  • High quality, comfortable, and warm
PROS:

Gone are the days of restless nights during your camping trip - MegaMat 10 Sleeping Pad keeps your comfortable when you sleep, with adjustable firmness. Simple to set up with a quick-filling, self-inflating foam.

CONS:

The only complaint about this product is that the hand pump can be a bit tiring.


Fatures of the Exped Mega Mat 10 3-D construction with vertical sidewalls for wall-to-wall comfort Air cored foam insulation provides self-inflating convenience Exped Mini Pump included for lung-free topping up Velvety soft tricot top surface for next-to-skin comfort Sold with coupler strap for connecting two MegaMats. Specifications of the Exped Mega Mat: 10 R-Value: 9.5 and thickness: 4.0" / 10.0 cm. Included Dimension: 77.5 x 30" / 197 x 77 cm and average Weight: 90.8 oz / 2575 g.

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BioLite KettleCharge
fave 2 Faves
  • 473 bought

Why People Love It

  • A must have camping item
  • "Great product, works as advertised"
  • Multi-purpose use
PROS:

KettleCharge is quick and easy, providing potable water in a matter of minutes!

CONS:

Beware this product can be a bit loud.


The BioLite KettleCharge uses the water you boil to create electricity. You can boil water and charge your devices all in one simple step. This is perfect for camping if you need to keep your phone charged to take pictures etc. The BioLite KettleCharge will charge your devices as fast as a wall outlet.

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Columbia River Knife and Tool - Eat N' Tool
fave 4 Faves
  • 856 bought
$6.99
$14.99 | Save: $5.39 (36%)

Why People Love It

  • "Nice multi handy tool for outdoors"
  • "Great tool!"
  • "Actually functions as a spoon"
PROS:

This multi-tool combines a spoon, fork, and bottle opener into one.

CONS:

Spoon is very wide and heavier than you would expect.


The Eat N' Tool combines multiple tools in one, including: spoon, fork, and bottle opener. The tool also includes three hex wrenches, and is equipped with a carabiner for convenient transport. The Eat N' Tool is also created using a large central hole for finger gripping and keeps tool weight down. The tool is finished with a silver non-stick coating.

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Carson HookUpz Universal Smart Phone Optics Digiscoping Adapter
fave 1 Fave
  • 151 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Perfect phone to telescope mount."
  • Five stars and highly recommended
  • "Easy to use and great pictures/videos!"
PROS:

The HookUpz Adapter allows users to connect a multitude of optics to their smartphones and then use their built in camera apps to take amazing pictures and videos. Built to last and comes with a fabulous carrying case.

 

CONS:

Not compatible with all devices, so be sure to contact the manufacturer if you have a device not listed on the advertisement.


The Carson HookUpz Universal Smart Phone Optics Digi-scoping Adapter is compatible with binoculars, spotting scopes, monoculars, telescopes, microscopes (including slit lamps), endoscopes, borescopes and more. Additionally, it fits nearly all smart phones including all Samsung Galaxy and iPhone models (except 6 Plus), HTC One, HTC Evo 4G/4G LTE, LG G2, Motorola, Moto X/G, and Droid Razor.

In terms of features, this adapter really has it all - including: self-centering, quick release clamp and grips, two point alignment levers, and improved spring tension. Additionally, it comes with its own EVA storage case that has an attached carabineer clip and a lens spacer for longer eye relief eyepieces.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "I absolutely love this thing. I saw some mixed reviews on Amazon, but I decided to give this a try anyway, and I am happy that I did. I don’t generally read instructions, but in this instance it would have saved quite a bit of time if I did. The device is very simple to use, once you know how to use it. Carson has some videos “Tips and Tricks” and “Instructional” that anybody purchasing this product should play before they try to mount their phone."
  • "Excellent. This works very well for my phones and fits my camera to telescope and binoculars"
  • "I think this device is an engineering marvel. It is simple, it is easy to use, and I no longer need to try to position my phone next to my binoculars in order to get a good photo."

 

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Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System
fave 3 Faves
  • 912 bought

Why People Love It

  • Flash color-change heat indicator
  • Stainless steel burner 
  • Tripod base 
PROS:

Flash is an all-in-1 design, combining burner and cooking vessel in a single, compact unit. 

CONS:

Controls are overly sensitivity and difficult to adjust.


The system lights with the click of a button and within 2 minutes provides 2 cups of boiling water for cocoa, coffee, instant soup or a gourmet freeze-dried meal. The newly designed burner secures the igniter, protecting it from bumps along the road.

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Stanley Mountain Coffee System (1.1 quart)
fave 2 Faves
  • 1217 bought
$31.95
$60.00 | Save: $28.05 (47%)

Why People Love It

  • Dry storage in stopper holds coffee grounds
  • Integrated pot and press
  • Lid separates to two cups
PROS:

This remarkable thermos from Stanley does a lot more than store your hot coffee; it will also brew it.  And then, it will keep it hot for a full 24 hours.  

CONS:

The plastic pieces can melt if placed too close to the heat source for too long.


Coffee is always important.  Somehow, it's even more important when you're camping.  Roughing it is just easier when you've had cup or two.  

This leak proof, vacuum-insulated thermos keep hot drinks hot for 24 hours.  It also keeps cold drinks cold for 20 hours and iced drinks chilled for an impressive 100 hours.  It features an integrated pot and press.  Add grounds and water, and you're good to go (and these features nest to save space.  You also get 2 cups in the lid and dry-storage in the stopper for coffee grounds.  You may never need to leave your campsite.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "First of all, they thought of everything with this kit. The bottom (outside) layer is the pot to heat your water, complete with latching pre-installed handle. Just give the small button a squeeze to lift it up or put it down. This layer is obviously a great pot for heating up your meals too, especially if you pre-pouched it and just need to reheat with a hot water bath. The next layer is the French press plunger, and yes, if you pour really, really carefully, you can strain other foods with it (like pasta) when you're not making coffee. The next nested layer is the famous Stanley vacuum bottle, so basically you use your kit to make a whole pot of coffee and then pour it into the bottle to keep it hot. The lid that closes the bottle actually has a small twist off lid the store your coffee grounds, and the exterior lid twists apart to form two cups."
  • "Gave this to my son-in-law for his birthday along with a very small propane camp stove. As a game warden, he has many early mornings and late nights 'in the wild'. He was thrilled! He used it that evening and said he had coffee in 3 minutes! The family also goes camping and this will be handy for family use."
  • "This is the coolest thing I own. You have no idea how wonderful this thing is until you open the box and begin to take it apart. You can heat water, brew coffee, share the coffee with you hunting or fishing buddy or store the coffee in the nested thermos and drink it six hours later, still hot. There is a place for your coffee grounds as well. All in one. If you have a duck camp, deer camp or a fishing camp, you need one of these. You will love it!"
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Camping Cookware Mess Kit Backpacking Gear & Hiking Outdoors Bug Out Bag Cooking Equipment 10 Piece Cookset
fave 1 Fave
  • 828 bought
$22.97
$42.99 | Save: $20.02 (47%)

Why People Love It

  • "High quality mess kit with tons of extras!"
  • The #1 most convenient backpacking and hiking picnic set
  • "Very compact, lightweight and functional."
PROS:

Gone are the days of bulky, disorganized, and burdensome camping cook wear. Say hello to the convenient and easy way to transport everything you need for outdoor cooking. This 10 piece cook set will get the job done and last for many years.

CONS:

Better for individual use - not large enough to cook for a group of people.


The Camping Cookware Mess Kit is created using non-toxic anodized aluminum and is FDA approved. It heats quickly and is built to last. The entire 10 piece mess kit collapses into one small bundle, making it easy to store and transport. Kit includes: non-stick pot, pan, lid, two bowls, spork, soup spoon, spatula, cleaning loofah, and travel bag - with a recipe guide as an added bonus! Unlike similar products, all handles are created using heat resistant material and will not melt while you cook.

The set is compact and durable - a must have accessory for any camping backpack for convenient & safe eating, cleaning, and storage.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "Best mess kit we could find in the $25.00 to 50.00 price range. This product is well made, high quality and a great value for the money. You can spend more and you may get more pots but if you buy another product (brand) you will not get the same value or quality. You can buy a larger mess kit from this same company but this product is great for a one person mess kit and that is what we were looking for."
  • "Very compact which makes it great to carry in a backpack. Durable product, well designed, and comes with everything needed. Definitely recommend."
  • "I purchased this item for my frequent backpacking and camping trips. It's an awesome mess kit and I'd rival it against any of the more expensive "name brand" kits I've used. The build quality is excellent and they include tons of awesome extras that come in handy when camping or hiking. The size is enough for making a meal for 2."
     
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Eton Rugged rukus Solar-powered, Bluetooth Smartphone-charging Speaker
fave 4 Faves
  • 1267 bought
$65.37
$129.99 | Save: $85.00 (65%)

Why People Love It

  • Quality is way better than expected
  • "Great product"
  • "Very nice item for the price"
PROS:

Enjoy your stereo on the trail, in the garden or at the beach, with these solar powered, water resistant and tough speakers.

CONS:

The quality of sound decreases after being exposed to water.


The Eton Rugged can be wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth enabled device. The speaker charges your smartphone via USB so the tunes never stop. The Solar Panel powers the rukus indefinitely when you're in the sun. The speaker also comes with a micro-USB cable to charge internal lithium ion battery. Best of all, the battery lasts 8 hours after you're out of the sun or indefinitely if you keep the Rugged rukus in the sun.

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Wildtek Waterproof iPhone 6 Case
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  • 187 bought
$19.99
$79.99 | Save: $40.00 (50%)

Why People Love It

  • Fully submersible to 2 meters
  • Full functionality of your iPhone 6
  • Lifetime warranty
PROS:

Protect your iPhone from water damage with the Wildtek waterproof case. 

CONS:

Be prepared to press very hard when using keyboard.


This case allows you to still be able to listen to crystal clear sound coming from your iPhone without muffling using Wildtek's clearsound technology. The case also comes with a built in clear screen protector to protect it from scratches and still allows full sensitivity for touch functions. If you drop your phone you won't have to worry about it getting dinged as it's shockproof and has anti-scratch protection. 

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Solar Camp Shower
fave 3 Faves
  • 935 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Great option for a shower when camping"
  • "A must have!"
  • "Great buy for the money!"
PROS:

No need for cold showers when camping! Made from PVC-free materials, this holds five gallons, allowing you to fill with water and hang in the sun, to enjoy warm showers.

CONS:

Some reviewers have experienced issues with the shower leaking and failing to seal in water.


The best camp shower made for showering at the campsite or washing off dirty hands and feet. Created using very durable PVC. Includes separate fill cap, on/off valve, and hanging/carrying handle. This camp shower holds a total of 5 gallons of water, measures 20" x 16" and weighs 14 ounces.

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BioLite Wood Burning Campstove
fave 9 Faves
  • 1683 bought

Why People Love It

  • Cook with twigs collected from the campsite
  • Sustainable charging for your gadgets
  • Ultra-efficient energy source
PROS:

Cook your meals while you charge your gadgets, on campsite, combining the benefits of a backpack stove and power charger.

CONS:

Very heavy and does not have enough power to charge gadgets sufficiently.


The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove combines the benefits of a lightweight backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets. The Campstove is the perfect solution for both the backcountry campsite and also Emergency Preparedness Kits. So what do real users say about this gadget? Keep reading to find out.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "I have owned this for several months. Just used it as my only stove on a 13-day canoe trip. It has to keep having fuel added frequently, but especially for long trips in the back country it is great to not have to carry fuel. I found that bringing a tiny saw helped because I could quickly saw thumb-size sticks for longer burning once a fire was started. It is great to know it is available for emergencies. It is not lightweight, but it seems very sturdy and that is important to me. It can be used to boil water for water treatment if my water filter failed for any reason. Boils water very quickly."
  • "When you buy a Biolite Camp Stove, you are not only getting an awesome product but also supporting a great cause. Biolite uses the proceeds from it's Camp Stoves to fund a non-profit project that builds and donates fuel efficient and clean homestoves based off of the Biolite technology to developing countries like Uganda, India, and Ghana. Every year hundreds of people in these countries die or experience life threatening health problems from using primitive camp fires to cook their food - often indoors. The smoke from these stoves cause incredible harm to the women who mostly cook the meals and the children they have next to them. The Homestove's that Biolite donates produce 90% less carbon monoxide and soot, thus contributing to a much healthier life for these people. The stoves also provides access to electricity where there is none or where it's simply too expensive for the poor to have."
  • "I was able to charge my phone about 15% each time I made a meal, which was plenty considering my original intent was to just heat up dinner. The coolest part is when the fan kicks on and the flame starts to twirl. It didn't charge my friend's iPhone 3GS but when I talked to BioLite customer service they were super nice and they said that the 3Gs is notorious for not liking 3rd party chargers (sure enough it charged my 4 and now my 5c). I've had three friends give this as a wedding gift and all get credit for being the best gift-giver!"

 

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Best Camping Heater

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater
fave 1 Fave
  • 160 bought

Why People Love It

  • "A must for cool weather camping"
  • "Great quality"
  • "Reliable and warm little heater"
PROS:

Mr. Heater is perfect for use in garages, tents, workshops, cabins, porches, patios, or hunting blinds. With indoor safety features and low/high heat settings, this little heater is truly the latest evolution in portable heating technology.

CONS:

Although this heater truly works, it burns through a lot of gas very quickly.


The Mr. Heater F232000 is approved for both indoor and outdoor use, is clean burning, and radiates heat for spaces up to 200 square feet. The heater is 100-percent efficient and will shut-off automatically if it tips over, the pilot light goes out, or if it detects low oxygen levels. For added convenience, the heater features a fold-down handle and swivel-out regulator. It can even be connected to a 20 pound propane cylinder with optional hose.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "This heater is unbelievably helpful when it comes to living in an RV. I chose this over a cheaper heater for the safety abilities that are included. My new best friend Mr. Heater turns off when tipped or if it recognizes too much gas. I never sleep with it on, but I at least have the knowledge that I could if I wanted. VERY WORTH THE MONEY! Check it out!"
  • "This works very well and is very easy to light. You do NOT need a match, you simply push down the pilot until you get a flame, hold it for a few seconds and then turn to low or high. It is very lightweight and easily transported. It lets off a good amount of heat too, I like it very much."
  • "Swear by this. A full coleman fuel canister will last about 6 to 7 hours. I tent camped overnight in upper 30 degree weather. Turned this on and it was so nice and comfortable. Well WORTH it!"
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Best Camping Tent

Coleman 6-Person Instant Tent
fave 2 Faves
  • 248 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Super easy to put up"
  • "A campers dream"
  • "Excellent product"
PROS:

With the Coleman 6-Person Instant Tent, camping has never been easier. The spacious tent is large enough for two queen-sized airbeds and sleeps 6 adults comfortably. The tent can be set up and takendown in minutes, and the WeatherTec systems keeps you dry in rain or shine.

CONS:

The storage bag is too small and tears easily.


The 10' x 9' Coleman 6-Person Instant Tent features a spacious interior, large enough for two queen airbeds. The poles are pre-assembled for fast and easy setup. The WeatherTec system's patented welded floors and inverted seams help keep water out, and the tent also features a built-in vented rainfly for extra weather protection. The tent even features illumiline reflective guide lines for greater visibility at night. 

What Reviewers Say:

  • "I love this tent. It survived dust storms, thunderstorms, high winds, and wet ground. I did opt to waterproof it to improve its wet weather performance, but for mild rain it's good right out of the box. And yes, it's really that easy to set up and take down."
  • "Great tent which is amazingly fast to erect and take down. Only question is how will it hold up after repeated usage over time. To date, this has been a great tent used in high winds and it has held up well."
  • "Sets up very easily and is roomy. Good for car camping but still a bit heavy. I camp by myself with my kids and can easily assemble this by myself."
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Best Family Tent

Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent
fave 1 Fave
  • 176 bought
$122.85
$139.99 | Save: $21.36 (15%)

Why People Love It

  • "Great tent for the price"
  • "This tent has it all!"
  • "Perfect for family car camping"
PROS:

Coleman's Red Canyon tent is spacious and sturdy, ideal for weekend camping trips with family and friends. The tent features removable privacy walls, allowing you to create up to three separate rooms and comfortably sleeps 8 adults. 

CONS:

Set up can be a bit complicated, made easier with two people.


The Coleman Red Canyon tent measures 17-by-10-feet, with a 72-inch center height, and is large enough to comfortably accommodate up to eight campers. The tent is perfect for family camping, including room dividers which allow you to create three separate rooms. The Weathertec System is guaranteed to hold up against rain or other adverse weather conditions, and comes with shock-corded poles and easy-to-follow assembly instructions. The tent also features a Cool-Air Port and Variflo adjustable venting system, providing you full control over the airflow in the tent. It also comes with separate storage bags for tent, poles, and stakes, which makes the tent easy to take down and transport.

What Reviewers Say: 

  • "LOVE LOVE LOVE this tent. It's the perfect size for myself, my boyfriend and our lab, Jackson. It holds all of our belongings, the dog's crate and there would be room for a mattress if we were so inclined. It seems to be well made. Very easy to put together and take apart."
  • "We loved this tent during our first ever camping trip! It is an easy tent to set up. A week before we went camping we did a practice set up which made setting up at the campsite a fast and easy set up. The tent is HUGE! We didn't have any rain so not sure how it would hold up in that situation but I guess one day we will... But for this experience we absolutely loved our tent!"
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Best Enclosed Camping Shower

Texsport Portable Deluxe Camp Shower Shelter
fave 1 Fave
  • 213 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Great outdoor shower"
  • "A must have for camping"
  • "Great product - very easy to put up and take down"
PROS:

The Texsport Portable Deluxe Camp Shower is the best shelter/shower combo, with a removable floor, rust resistant chain-corded steel poles, and two mesh roof panels. It's portable and lightweight, making it easy to enjoy a shower in the great outdoors.

CONS:

Some reviewers report that this shower is a bit of a pain to setup.


The Texsport Portable Deluxe Camp Shower holds up to 5 gallons of water, measures 87" x 4' 6" x 4' 6" and includes a mesh shower rack and removable hanging towel bar inside. The shower features a zippered D-shape door with polyurethane coated taffeta walls and a removable polyethylene floor. The rust-resistant steel poles with clips secure the shelter to the frame, making the shower durable and sturdy. The mesh windows and roof panels provide ventilation and the rainfly with see-through skylights provide for better visibility inside. The shower even includes stakes and a storage bag. What more could you ask for?

What Reviewers Say:

  • "I bought this recently for a camping trip in the desert where there are no facilities. Honestly, I'd never even heard of a ‘shower tent’ before until I was searching around amazon.com looking for anything that could help make the trip more enjoyable since I would be tent camping for 5 days. I'm really glad I bought this and it was so nice to be able to take a ‘real’ shower while hanging out in the boonies."
  • "Great outdoor shower. Very roomy, easy to put up, natural light from roof yet still great privacy. Would recommend to my friends anyway. Also very durable but compact when taken down. Stores well."
  • "This was the best part of our camping trip. It was our dressing room, potty room, shower and storage room. The structure of this tent is amazing, very well built."
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Best Camping Shower

Ivation Battery-Powered Handheld Portable Shower
fave 1 Fave
  • 185 bought

Why People Love It

  • "A great accessory to have for camping, hiking, backpacking"
  • Easy and simple to use
  • "Awesome, innovative battery powered portable shower that works amazingly well"
PROS:

The Ivation Battery-Powered Handheld Portable Shower turns water from a bucket, sink, or basin into a steady gentle shower stream within seconds! The built-in rechargeable battery will power the shower for up to 60 minutes on a single charge. So convenient and easy!

CONS:

The water pressure on this portable shower is quite low.


The Ivation Battery-Powered Handheld Portable Shower is easy to use with water from a bucket or sink, is fully water-resistant, and includes a built in on/off switch. The active built-in filtration system allows you to get clean using cleaner water. It’s a brilliant innovation for the camper or hiker, turning lake or pool water into clean shower water. The battery powers the shower for up to 60 minutes on a single charge and can be recharged directly through a USB charge from your home, car, or laptop. Finally, suction cups and hanging S-hooks are included, making installation a breeze!

What Reviewers Say:

  • "The Ivation Battery-Powered Handheld Portable Shower is nothing less than spectacular. It is one of the most practical and ingenious solution to outdoor bathing. I bought mine for my dogs. I have a jerry can which holds about five gallons of water. So easy, so simple to use and it performs just above normal expectations. Just think, if your dog(s) get muddy or just plain filthy, you can give them a great wash down just outside your car; around your campsite, in a Walgreen's parking lot - then you can give yourself a good scrub as well."
  • "This may not have quite the water pressure of your house shower but it sure does a great job. It seems to run quite a while on one charge and has made bath time with my toddler so much easier. I would recommend it!"
  • "I bought this, not for camping, but to use for shampooing and rinsing my greyhounds. It is wonderful, light and just the right pressure to wet and rinse the dogs. I also use it to water my outside plants on the patio instead of lugging the hose or going back and forth to fill up the watering can. I love it."
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Best Two Person Camping Bed

Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person PVC-Free Air Bed with Battery Operated Pump
fave 1 Fave
  • 173 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Comfortable, inflates easily"
  • "Wonderful product and super responsive company"
  • "Lightweight and compact"
PROS:

With the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Air Bed you will enjoy an exceptional night's sleep each and every time. This air bed is lighter, more durable, and less prone to stretching or ballooning in comparison to traditional air mattresses, and is perfect for camping.

CONS:

After the first few uses this air bed will begin to deflate slightly throughout the night.


The Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Air Bed has superior durability from thermoplastic polyurethane, Phthalate and PVC-Free material, but still packs up small and is very lightweight. The air mattress is more temperature stable, abrasion resistant, and durable than regular PVC air beds. The two-way Boston valve and patented stabilizer system makes it easy to adjust firmness and stability, and the air bed comes with battery operated pump and an oversized storage bag. Fits standard queen sized sheets and comfortably supports two adults.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "I was looking for an inflatable mattress to use for a camping trip I planned this summer. Love this mattress; it inflates/deflates quickly, is relatively lightweight and compact, and doesn't have PVC in it, which makes me feel much better since I'll have my kids laying on it in an enclosed tent. Super happy with my purchase."
  • "This bed is awesome! It's nice and firm and holds the air day after day without having to keep filling it up. It saved my back while I had to stay in a vacation rental for 2 months with a bed that was too soft for me."
  • "So nice to find one that's waterproof on all sides and actually suitable for outdoor use. My husband and I have used this on a number of camping trips and it works well - holds air and is quite comfortable for the two of us. It fits perfectly in our 3-person tent. Also folds down to a pretty small size for storage."
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Best One Person Camping Beds

Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad with Attached Pillow
fave 1 Fave
  • 238 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Very comfortable and easy to use"
  • "Great pad for casual camper"
  • "Comfort at a good price point"
PROS:

The Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad allows you to bring nighttime comfort and support with you everywhere you go. Just roll out the camp pad and open the free-flow valve - the pad will automatically inflate. Perfect for camping, hiking, and backpacking.

CONS:

At just over 5 pounds, the pad is very heavy and tough to take hiking.


The Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad is durable and weather-resistant. With the free-flow valve, the camp pad self-inflates and deflates - no pump needed. The tufted design makes for added cushion and comfort, and the attached pillow is an added bonus. Inflated, the dimensions of the pad are 76" x 25" x 2.5" and it can hold up to 300 pounds. The compression straps allow for compact storage and easy transport, and the pad also comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "I love this pad. You can always depend on Coleman to make a fine quality product. Very comfortable and no strong plastic smell at all. The pad material is very durable. Highly recommended for a quick alternative to an expensive hotel room for a brief rest period while traveling."
  • "Exactly as advertised! It worked out really well for me, it's pretty comfortable (though I did end up putting a camp mat underneath it for extra cushion) and I had one of the warmest beds the last time I was camping. Air Mattresses can trap cold air inside, but because of the foam, this mattress never gets that cold. The addition of the inflatable pillow also saves quite a bit of space during packing for the trip. You won't be disappointed!"

 

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Best Cheap Camping Cot

Coleman Pack-Away Cot with Side Table
fave 1 Fave
  • 157 bought
$49.72
$72.99 | Save: $24.03 (33%)

Why People Love It

  • "Good sleep while camping"
  • "Wonderful cot with side table/cup holder, easy to unfold and pack up"
  • "Great quality, folds up compact"
PROS:

The Coleman Pack-Away Cot with Side Table provides an extra place to sleep inside or outside. The removable side table features a cup holder and enough room to set a snack, magazine, or personal item. Perfect for camping!

CONS:

Although this cot is very sturdy, reviewers report that it is very heavy. 


The Coleman Pack-Away Cot with Side Table is created using an extra-wide, heavy-duty steel frame designed to fit 6 feet 8 inches, and the tough polyester supports up to 300 pounds. This cot is inexpensive, comfortable, easy to set up - perfect for camping or when guests visit. It even comes with a 1-year limited warranty!

What Reviewers Say: 

  • "This cot has lived up to the high expectations I have come to expect from Coleman. I have used it 5 times so far this year and the same thing every time, EASY setup...comfortable...sturdy...EASY fold up. Seriously it sets up in about 30 seconds, ok 35 if you use the side table. It has a nice large size that fits my twin sleeping bag, a Coleman Big Game Sleeping Bag, without a problem. Very comfortable sleep and a steel frame that lets me know it’s going to last. Fold up is just as easy, if not easier, than setup."
  • "This cot was as easy to put up as my camp chair. I also had PLENTY of room. Never felt like I was falling out. Great buy. No more air mattress for me!"
  • "Great quality, folds up compact, and is super comfortable. The side table attaches to either side and is perfect for holding a bottled water and your cell phone. Awesome value for the money and brand that you can trust. 5 stars."
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Best Camping Cot

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot
fave 2 Faves
  • 136 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Sturdy, comfortable cot"
  • "Extremely comfortable, would recommend just about anywhere"
  • "Good material and structure"
PROS:

With the TETON Camp Cot you are guaranteed to get a good night sleep no matter where you are. The sleeping area is bigger than a twin size mattress and holds up to 600 pounds. The cot even folds up and fits into a drawstring bag for easy carrying or stowing.

CONS:

Some reviewers report that this cot cannot truly hold up to 600 pounds.


The TETON is constructed using an aluminum frame, patented steel legs, and a heavy-duty canvas top. The cot measures 85" x 40" x 19" and condenses to a pack size of 42" x 12" x 7", weighing 26 pounds. The cot features an oversized sleeping area that supports up to 600 pounds, and it's easy to setup, take down, and transport with the included carrying bag. The TETON is compatible with Outfitter XXL Camp Pad, Under Cot Storage and Cot Organizer, but the best part is the limited lifetime warranty!

What Reviewers Say:

  • "I have been sleeping on this thing for 2 weeks. I do not plan to switch to a bed until my wife forces me to. I would not even be slightly surprised if this thing outlasts a traditional wooden frame and box mattress bed. Extremely solid, extremely comfortable, would recommend just about anywhere. Easy to clean too."
  • "I am not a small woman. I am tall and 200+ pounds. This cot is very sturdy, I have no fears of it collapsing. Comes with a great carrying bag that you can sling over your shoulder. Yes it is a tad heavy, but like I said I am not a small woman. For right now, I am not using the pricey pad that can be purchased separately. A friend has the pad and it is very comfortable and I will be getting this, but for now I am just using a fat comforter as padding."
  • "This is the best cot money can buy. We used the cot for one month. Placed a twin size air mattress on it, very sturdy, easy to set up, comes with a really nice storage bag."
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Best Camping Toilet

Reliance Products Hassock Portable Lightweight Self-Contained Toilet
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  • 232 bought
$35.03
$36.99 | Save: $3.44 (9%)

Why People Love It

  • "Effective, serves its purpose"
  • "Easy, economical, sturdy portable toileting"
  • "Great for emergency use"
PROS:

The Hassock Portable Toilet features a lightweight, self-contained designed and is perfect for boating and camping. The contoured seat provides "at-home" comfort, and the removable inner bucket makes waste disposal easy!

CONS:

Created using low quality plastic that breaks easily.


This portable, lightweight and self-contained toilet features a contoured seat for comfort, along with an inner splash cover and toilet paper holder. The removable inner bucket makes for easy waste disposal, and the toilet is even compatible with Reliance's standard Double Doodie bag. Comes with a five-year warranty against manufacturer's defects, and the included Eco-Fresh packet is just an added bonus!

What Reviewers Say:

  • "Camping is fun but taking my daughter to the bathroom at 4 am is not. This eliminated that and made me sooo happy. I thought the smell would leak despite the good reviews but it didn't. This was worth every penny!"
  • "I love the built-in TP holder - no more question of where to put the toilet paper and keep it clean/dry. Light weight, and I really like the removable inner bucket to keep the unit clean."
  • "This really does work well. Ya, it's a little small, but that's the point. I am a big 225lb guy and I use this with relative ease. I like how it is not too tall so I can actually use it inside my vehicle. Would totally buy again!"
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Best Camping Tent

Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent
fave 1 Fave
  • 189 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Spacious, sturdy, easy to assemble"
  • "Great inexpensive tent"
  • "Quick to set up, easy to pack"
PROS:

The Coleman Sundome 4 is a classic Coleman tent, sleeping 4 adults comfortably. With the rear hooded door and window, mesh roof ventilation, and polyethylene floor you will hardly feel like you're roughing it in this bad boy! 

CONS:

Some reviewers felt the tent was a bit too small for 4 people.


The Coleman Sundome 4 is one of Coleman's most popular tents. It is 9' x 7' and sleeps 4 comfortably. The Sundome 4 features a large door with a hooded fly, hooded windows for cross ventilation, and mesh vents in the roof to further enhance air flow. The rugged polyethylene floor is a bathtub style, wrapping up at the sides, for extreme weather protection, and the corners of the tent feature welded seams to guard against leaks. The tent is created using a coated polyester fabric on the fly and walls, sure to keep you warm and dry in rain or shine. The tent is easy to set up and take down, and as an added bonus features an electrical access port, ground vent, and interior storage pocket.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "This is exactly what I was looking for. Coleman is known for the quality products, and this one lives up to their name! It's the perfect size, and keeps you dry. It's a snap to put together, and looks good too. It is a little difficult to get it to fold up to the size of the bag, but all tents are like that. It's hard to get the air out and get it just right, but regardless, this tent works just fine, and holds up well too. I've had mine for a while now, and it still looks brand new."
  • "Originally purchased this tent for a music festival. Single handedly set it up in a matter of minutes. Spacious and solid tent that has been holding up well. Everything fits back into the bag perfectly as long as you learn how to fold it correctly. This tent was a common sight at the festival so an identifier may be a good idea. I expect to get a lot of use out of this guy. Also, YouTube videos on assembling this tent are extremely helpful if you're new to the world of pitching tents. Would recommend this for any beginner."
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Best Camping Table

ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table
fave 2 Faves
  • 576 bought

Why People Love It

  • "Coolest camping device EVER!"
  • "Simple, lightweight, durable, stable, cost effective"
  • "Another quality ALPS product"
PROS:

The double level design of this camping table is truly genius. Drinks can be easily stored on the second level in order to leave the top level open for food and games. What more could you ask for?

CONS:

Reviewers are not crazy about the khaki color of this bad boy!


The ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse 27" x 26" table is conveniently transportable and easy to set up. Simply remove the table from its carrying bag, unfold, buckle the straps at each corner, and adjust for tautness. The double level design provides 4 built in beverage holders on the bottom level for drinks so that the top level can be used for eating or playing games, without fear that drinks will tip over and spill. The table also features a built in side organizer pocket for easy and convenient storage. When you're done using your table, simply unlatch the buckles, fold, and slide the table back into the convenient carrying bag. Could it get any easier?

What Reviewers Say:

  • "We bought this table for a cabin getaway this summer, and it fully lived up to our expectations. It's big enough to comfortably fit two plates. Four plates would probably be a squeeze. One of the big selling points for us was the built in cup holders. This is a big plus, not having to set your drinking vessel of choice on the ground where it can tip over. The table is sturdy and of a reasonable weight. It comes with its own carry case. The price also made it an attractive buy. The color isn't the prettiest, perhaps, but it's outdoor-appropriate, and at least it doesn't show much dirt!"
  • "Very good quality for the price. Takes the same amount of room as a chair. Good size and we LOVED the extra storage space and drink holders underneath the table surface. We used this as a nightstand in our 8 person tent as well as an extra table for the camp for eating, playing games etc."

 

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Best Camping Stove

Coleman Classic Propane Stove
fave 1 Fave
  • 168 bought
$40.39
$49.99 | Save: $10.11 (20%)

Why People Love It

  • "Great for camping or power outages"
  • Great quality and value
  • "Must have for camp kitchen"
PROS:

Convenient and reliable, the Coleman Classic Propane Stove has long been the go to choice for camping, backpacking, and other outdoor cooking. The stove features not one, but two burners, and ensures consistent cooking performance every single time.

CONS:

If the temperature valves begin to gum up it becomes difficult to adjust the heat.


The Coleman Classic Propane Stove provides 20,000 BTUs of cooking power, allowing for more efficient cooking with less fuel. The WindBlock panels help shield burners from wind and adjust for various pan sizes, and the PerfectFlow technology provides consistent performance, even in extreme conditions. The stove fits a 12" and 10" pan at the same time and features two independently adjustable burners. Overall, this stove is durable, reliable, and convenient. As an added bonus, the removable chrome-plated grate makes clean-up quick and easy.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "We have had this camping stove for at least five years and it always works well. Never had a problem with it, cooked all kinds of meals on it and it is easy to use. A must have item for family style camping."
  • "This product is great. We took in on a road trip, where we cooked on it probably 10 or so nights out of the 16 that we were on the road. It was great to be able to pull into a campsite and be able to be cooking supper within minutes. No messing with getting a fire started, or smelling like smoke when showers might not be available. It puts out a lot of heat and brought water to a boil very quickly. It also uses surprisingly little propane. I bought 4 bottles for our trip, and ended up not even emptying the first one, even though a couple of nights I was running it for 15-20 minutes to boil soup or noodles."
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Best Cheap Camping Stove

Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove
fave 1 Fave
  • 217 bought
$10.00
$25.99 | Save: $16.00 (62%)

Why People Love It

  • "Blown away by the power and price"
  • "Very easy to use"
  • "Awesome buy - compact size and does the job"
PROS:

The Etekcity Ultralight mini stove provides both portability and convenience. It ignites quickly and produces gourmet style meals even in the great outdoors.

CONS:

The aluminum base dents easily with use.


The lightweight and portable Etekcity Ultralight mini stove is made of durable aluminum alloy and stainless steel, which can withstand high temperatures and weight. The lightweight and portable design fits easily into any bag and is perfect for hiking and backpacking, it even comes with a carrying case for enhanced portability. The flame control allows you to adjust your flame, from fast maximum heat output all the way down to a low simmer, quickly and efficiently. Best of all, this mini stove is eco-friendly and adheres to the "Leave No Trace" principles set forth by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service as it burns clean, with no debris or soot left behind. As an added bonus it comes with a 1-year warranty!

What Reviewers Say:

  • "Excellent little stove. I did not experience any leaks. Make sure the thing is screwed down tight and smell/listen for leaking gas BEFORE you light it. This is true for ANY DEVICE relying on pressurized gas canisters for fuel. If it is hissing, fix it before you light the stove. Again, I had no problems and was careful to make sure the cylinder was properly screwed on and not cross threaded. The design is fine!"
  • "Better than expected! I can't believe how good this device works! This camp stove has to be one of the best buys on Amazon at this time. I will probably buy a few more of these as you just can't go wrong for the price."
  • "This item is the most ingeniously designed product I have seen in quite awhile. It is quality made and produces a volume of heat that will surprise you. It is the best portable camp stove I have ever used. Quality is exceptional along with the meager price. I suggest you give it a go."
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Best Camping Chairs

Coleman Camping Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler
fave 1 Fave
  • 239 bought
$12.49
$36.99 | Save: $15.20 (41%)

Why People Love It

  • Higher quality than equally priced items
  • "Best chair for the price"
  • "Extremely comfortable, light, and durable"
PROS:

The Coleman Camping Oversized Quad Chairs with built in cooler allow you to treat yourself to up to 4 cold beverages, without ever leaving your seat! The arm rest has a built-in soft cooler that holds up to 4 cans and the mesh cup holder gives you a place to set your drink. With these chairs you can truly kick back and relax.

CONS:

The aluminum chair legs can snap under too much weight.


Not only are Coleman Camping Oversized Quad chairs extremely comfortable, but the built-in arm rest cooler holds up to four cans of your beverage of choice! Even better, the mesh cup holder allows you to keep one more drink at hand. The chairs also come equipped with storage pockets to keep magazines and personal items, and the arm rest heights are completely adjustable. The chairs' durable construction and heavy-duty steel frame supports up to 300 lbs, but folds up compact and will fit easily into your trunk. The carrying bag makes transporting the chairs a breeze, and with a 1-year limited warranty you know these chairs are bound to last.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "Simply put, this is a great fold out chair. This style of chair floods the market during the summertime and it is easy to grab a cheap one for under $10. I have found they fall apart just as quickly however, and you get what you pay for."
  • "This Coleman chair is worth every penny - it's comfortable, supportive, sturdy, convenient, and roomy. The cup holder is a common feature, but the cooler that is built into the left arm is unique."
  • "This chair is amazing! The quality is remarkably higher than equally priced chairs. It's wider and more comfortable than our last chair that we were seeking to replace. Awesome!"
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Best Camping Sleeping Bag

Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag
fave 1 Fave
  • 176 bought
$27.62
$38.99 | Save: $13.36 (34%)

Why People Love It

  • "Outstanding quality at a very low price"
  • "Great sleeping bag that works well for its intended temperature zone"
  • "Very warm and comfortable"
PROS:

The Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag by Coleman allows you to sleep comfortably, even in 20 degree weather! The bag is fully insulated, and the ThermoLock technology prevents heat from escaping through the zipper, keeping you nice and toasty all night long. 

CONS:

The material is not quite as durable as other Coleman products.


The Brazos Cold Weather Sleeping Bag by Coleman is built to handle temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the FiberLock construction prevents insulation from shifting, greatly extending the life of your sleeping bag. The sleeping bag is designed using a polyester cover and tricot knit lining and the sleeping bag is completely machine washable. It fits heights up to 5" 11" with dimensions of 33" x 75". Finally, the No-Snag patented zipper is especially designed to prevent snags, and the Roll Control technology makes rolling and storing the sleeping bag a breeze. The best part? The sleeping bag comes with a built in Comfort Cuff which surrounds your face with softness. Feels just like sleeping on a cloud!

What Reviewers Say:

  • "Love the sleeping bags. Bought them for a camping trip and they were perfect. We could zip them together if needed or use it as a blanket over two people. They are a little bit hard to reroll up into the original bag, but overall I highly recommend them."
  • "A must buy if you are planning on camping in the cold. This sleeping bag along with a liner I purchased kept me warm during our last camping trip. Temps dropped below 35."
  • "This is an awesome sleeping bag. I am so happy I purchased it. I recently went camping and with the weather around 30 degrees outside I was snuggly warm inside. I am larger, at 250 lbs and 5'10 it fit me perfect and wasn't too small. It rolls up perfect and small for packing out and lightweight as well. Very satisfied with this sleeping bag!"
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Best Camping Light

Surborder Shop 60 LED Portable Camping Tent Umbrella Night Light Lamp
fave 1 Fave
  • 396 bought
$8.68
$19.98 | Save: $10.60 (53%)

Why People Love It

  • "Great hanging light for any camping trip"
  • "Cheap, but functional"
  • "Great value for a very versatile light"
PROS:

This top notch camping light is both energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Perfect for camping, reading, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

CONS:

The light is not as bright as it appears in the pictures.


The Surborder Shop LED Portable Camping light is safe, stable, and reliable. It features three brightness settings - low, medium, and high, and users rave about how light weight and convenient this light is. On top of that, the light is easy to install and will last for years to come. The Surborder Shop LED Portable Camping light requires 3 AAA batteries or an 18650 battery pack, and you will get about 24 hours of light per battery re-fill. 

What Reviewers Say:

  • "Great little portable light, has 3 settings, low, med and high. Very lightweight and very bright. I will be ordering another one to use at home in case of power outage. Comes with a hanging clip. Would recommend for tent camping and screen house use."
  • "Very bright on high setting, seems pretty durable for being so lightweight, pleasantly smaller than expected from the picture. Good tent light for the price - if you can wait for shipping. Takes about two weeks or so, but that is stated when purchased so I don't see it as a drawback. I'd recommend this."
  • "Perfect inside a tent, and I'm sure it would be great under a patio umbrella, or even for evening BBQing. We now keep this lamp in our tent bag. its very bright, has settings to make it dimmer which we used each night. No other camping lantern we've had gave us dimming options! The same set of batteries are still going strong after a month of shelved storage and 5 days of camping/night use."
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Best Camping Lantern

Streamlight 44931 The Siege Lantern
fave 1 Fave
  • 164 bought
$31.47
$62.42 | Save: $27.01 (43%)

Why People Love It

  • "Excellent LED lantern"
  • "By far the best lantern I have ever owned"
  • "Tiny but powerful"
PROS:

The Siege is tiny, but powerful. It is perfect for camping, hiking, or even for emergencies. Although the batteries are not rechargeable, with the low white light setting one set of batteries can last up to 295 hours! Well worth the investment.

CONS:

Buyers expect the lantern to be much larger.


The Siege Lantern features five C4 power LEDs, four white and one red to preserve night vision, and an ergonomic handle designed to lock in upright or stowed position. The lantern also features built in rings on top and bottom, making it easy to hang in either inverted or in upright position. The lantern requires three d-cell alkaline batteries, but the low white light mode provides extended run time of 295 hours and the battery indicator will alert you when it's time to replace the batteries.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "This thing is super bright and works better than most small lanterns I have used. Water proof and shock proof. I use this at my ranch when I turn off generator or in tent hunting or chomping down trees at night on property. I promise you won't be unhappy I have owned 5 small lanterns and this is best by far other are in trash cans!"
  • "By far the best lantern I have ever owned. Different lighting levels and red light to keep your "night vision". The clips on the top & bottom have come in handy countless times. Don't shy away because it’s not rechargeable, I still have the same batteries in it from last year, and it gets used all the time."
  • "This is a great lantern. It's small, gives off a lot of light, has different illumination levels and the batteries last a long time. In addition to having one myself, I've given them as gifts and all the recipients all liked it too. It's ideal for camping and would be perfect around the house if the lights go out. - I highly recommend it."
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Best Camping Flashlight

OxyLED Super Bright CREE XML T6 LED Flashlight Bundle
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  • 616 views

Why People Love It

  • "Premium flashlight at good price"
  • "A well designed light with good lumen output at a moderate price"
  • "A very good light - especially at this price"
PROS:

The OxyLED Flashlight Bundle is a TOP Amazon Best Seller for Handheld Flashlights, and the built-in, rechargeable Li-on battery makes this flashlight perfect for camping, hiking, backpacking, or any activity involving the great outdoors!

CONS:

Some reviewers report issues with recharging the battery.


In addition to having a rechargeable, built-in battery, the OxyLED Flashlight features five light modes, including three brightness levels, strobe and an SOS function. The flashlight even has a zoom function! The OxyLED is durable, created using an aircraft grade of aluminum alloy with an anti-abrasive coating on the ultra-clear glass lens. Best of all, the flashlight is safe, water resistant, and even works in heavy rain.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "A great, and inexpensive, flashlight which is a can't miss selection. Based on the brightness, rechargeable battery, and the nice case I would expect to pay 2 to 3 times more this light. The best thing I can say about the OxyLED Cree 500? This is flashlight I use every night to take out our dog... I use this one over the dozen or so that I have sitting on my patio!"
  • "I cannot get over how awesome this flashlight is. The power, and the fact that it can be recharged is just simply amazing. I HIGHLY recommend anyone needing a great light, purchase this one. This is perfect for emergencies, for power outages, hunting, fishing, camping, emergencies kits, to keep in vehicles, and for anyone who is employed in any line of work. Check this flashlight out, you will not regret it."

 

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Best Insect Repellent

Repel 100 Insect Repellent, 4 oz. Pump Spray, Single Bottle
fave 2 Faves
  • 230 bought
$5.41
$10.40 | Save: $2.43 (23%)

Why People Love It

  • Ideal for extreme environments
  • "It doesn't get any stronger than this. Works for hours, 0% bite rate."
  • "Very effective! Easy to apply."
PROS:

The Repel 100 Insect Repellent truly works. It wards off even the peskiest of bugs, including: mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and biting flies. A little goes a long way, so the small 4 ounce bottle will last you longer than you would expect.

CONS:

The bottle tends to leak, and the formula is so strong that it may ruin clothes and other belongings that it comes into contact with. 


Repel 100 Insect Repellent repels mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and biting flies up to 10-hour, even in the most extreme conditions. It even works on mosquitoes that may transmit the Chikungunya, Zika, Dengue and West Nile viruses. This repellent contains DEET, which has been used as an insect repellent in the U.S. for more than 50 years. DEET-based products are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for effective, long-lasting mosquito protection. DEET is certified safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and poses no health concerns, as long as it is used according to label directions. The 4 ounce bottle is perfect for the high consumption consumer, yet small enough to be portable.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "A must for this year’s threat. Especially to persons living in areas with high risk. 100% deet can deter these pesky pests. With the new threat of the Zika virus this is a must. Repel makes both dry formulas as well as this one being the liquid spray. There is no smell to the product and its strength is 100 percent deet for persons who have a serious problem of infestation of mosquitos or get bit often. This can be applied directly onto the skin, clothing, neck, hands, feet.. etc."
  • "I absolutely loved this product. I bought this along with another bug repellent lotion. I used the lotion in the first part of my trip to very humid regions it worked ok. I still got a few bites. But when I started using this spray, I noticed I stopped getting red bumps on my legs which meant no more bites. Another thing I like is that it's like an oily liquidy substance so it is easier to apply and rub in compared to the other thick lotion."
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Best Camping Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
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  • 170 bought
$19.93
$25.00 | Save: $5.07 (20%)

Why People Love It

  • "A Must have for any outdoor excursion"
  • "Cheap, simple, lightweight, and reliable"
  • "The cheapest life saver you will ever own!"
PROS:

The LifeStraw was voted Time Magazine Invention of the Year and contains no chemicals, no batteries, and not parts to wear out. Perfect for backpacking, camping, hiking, and emergencies.

CONS:

The only complaints about this product are that it is very difficult to drink through and also has temperature limitations.


The LifeStraw is a multi-purpose personal water filter perfect for the great outdoors or even in case of emergencies. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2 ounces. It requires no chemicals or batteries and has a life span of 1,000 liters (264 gallons). LifeStraw meets EPA standards for water filtration and has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief. All it takes is 3-5 seconds of drinking out of the straw to start the flow of water through the filter! Easy and convenient, what more could you ask for?

What Reviewers Say:

Reviewers find this product to be useful and convenient.

  • This is a smartly designed product. It's long enough to stick in a water source and drink w/o having your face too close. It does not have a separate straw to loose of fall out like the other smaller products out there. Unlike the expensive and large LiveSaver product (as seen on TED) you do not have to fumble around and pour water into it at risk of contaminating the mouthpiece if water drips over. This appears to have all the filtration benefits in a compact size appropriate for a backpack. It comes in a sealed bag so it can remain dry and clean until you need to use it.
  • I love, love, love my LifeStraw Personal Water Filters! We bought 8 of them (4 for my family when we all go camping or hiking and 4 for our home survival kits). The LifeStraw is very light in weight in comparison to the benefits it provides, it fits perfectly in the side or back pockets of backpacks or cargo pants. Unlike the other filters I have used is the past the LifeStraw offers up to 1000 liters of filtration, which is a huge improvement!
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Best Camping Grill

Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE
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  • 250 bought
$127.99
$189.99 | Save: $40.99 (22%)

Why People Love It

  • "Overall, great value for RV camping"
  • Sets up in seconds
  • "Versatility in an outdoor grill"
PROS:

The Coleman Roadtrip Propane Portable Grill provides consistent performance, even in extreme conditions. It's easy to light, transport, and clean, and produces perfectly cooked food each and every use.

CONS:

Be aware you cannot cook with the grill top down.


The Coleman Roadtrip Portable Grill features an interchangeable cooktop including options such as griddle and stove grates. The instastart push-button ignition makes for fast, matchless lighting and the collapsible stand with wheels folds for compact storage and easy transport. Finally, the cast-iron and porcelain-coated surface with removable grease tray is easy-to-clean and maintain.

What Reviewers Say:

  • Best portable grill ever! I used to be a Weber fangirl. I owned their portable gas and charcoal grills and also their Weber Q200 series. Then after a few years of moving around and selling grills, I knew I didn't want to spend $300+ on a semi-portable grill anymore. After some research, I discovered the Coleman Road Trip Grill LXE and have been in love ever since. The wide surface area and efficient design allows me to cook a lot of food fast!
  • Great on the road BBQ grill. Easy to breakdown and size for travel. Very easy to setup and use. The case iron grills are a real plus. I followed Coleman's suggestion on "seasoning" the grills and highly suggest anyone who purchases this product do the same...As usual Coleman products are well built, and this grill is no exception. I expect to get many years of enjoyment in BBQs.

 

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