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According to KOA’s North American Camping Report from 2018, there are over 77 million households in the U.S. alone that go camping every year. A 20% increase in just 3 years. Between 2014 and 2017, 64% more people camp three or more times a year.
Realizing this, we spent literally dozens of hours researching, testing and carefully selecting a list of the best camping gear to make the perfect camping trip.
Our list is full of essential camping gear and cool camping gadgets. It is our opinion this is the must have camping gear for the most awesome trip possible.
And who doesn't want a bed that hangs from the trees?
But wait one second…
The CDC suggests a number of ways to keep you and your fellow campers safe while still having fun. And the key to doing so depends on how well-prepared you are to fight off cold, injury, infection, sunburn, thirst, and other ailments that campers can be especially prone to.
That’s why we’ve thought of everything in the following roundup of must-have camping gadgets and gear so you may effectively cover your bases without going overboard on your next camping trip.
The Nebula Capsule II Smart Mini Projector enables you to watch your favorite movies wherever you go. This projector is the perfect size (up to 100") for camping trips and can be projected onto the tent (720p, 200 ANSI lumen image).
Installation is made super simple with the step by step instructions and customer support. This has roughly 2.5 hours of continuous HD projection.
With this device, you get access to Android TV, Google Assistant, Chromecast, and 3,600+ Apps. The immersive audio projects sound in pulse-pounding clarity, and you can enjoy high-definition image thanks to Capsule II’s proprietary autofocus technology.
You have access to over 3,600 Apps, including YouTube, Hulu, and Twitch. To access Netflix and Prime Video, make sure to download the Nebula Manager App from Google Play, and use the Nebula Connect app on your phone to control Netflix.
This projector is expensive, but durable and will enable you to enjoy your favorite shows or movies wherever you go. Use this projector through physical connections like HDMI and USB, or wirelessly over WiFi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast.
Whether you plan on sitting at the camp site all day, going down to the water to fish, or taking a hike, these durable and lightweight boots will keep your feet feeling comfortable all day long.
Some customers have complained about the fit being too loose.
Although this is labeled as a hiking boot, it can be used for any external terrains what with how lightweight and comfortable it is to wear. It also happens to be quick to dry and keeps feet blister-free, which means nothing will get in your way of moving outdoors.
It’s one of the more expensive pieces of camping gear on this list, but it’s a necessity and one that will last.
You might not think that choice of socks on the trail matters much, but you will when you end up with super sweaty or blistered feet. These Darn Tough Hiker socks will keep you comfortable no matter what.
Be careful washing these as some wearers say they started to notice holes after only a few uses.
Wearing socks while camping isn’t just about having something to keep your feet warm. With Darn Tough’s Hiker socks, you have the added convenience of antimicrobial fabric, cushioning at the pads of your feet, breathability, and quick-drying capabilities. They’re also made of merino wool which means they work well from warm to cold weather.
Expensive for socks, but worth it if your feet suffer after a camping trip.
This unisex beanie is great for when the temperatures start to drop and you want to give your head extra warmth.
Some customers complained about the sizing, so if you have trouble with hats being too big, this might not fit the best.
This unisex cable knit beanie is super soft, thick, and warm. Because it fits well, you can trust it to stay put as you hike along the trail and hang out at the campsite.
This is an affordable hat and worth the investment if it keeps you warm and comfortable.
The FREETOO Tactical Gloves fit snuggly and comfortably protecting your hands from cuts, bruises, scrapes, bug bites, and weather. The gloves allow your hands to breathe with the ventilating holes provided on the back of each glove.
Buyers recommend ordering a size up of what you would typically wear.
These gloves are double stitched and made with high-quality microfiber. They are resistant to tearing and abrasion and provide knuckle protection with ergonomic cushions designed to absorb impact.
The FREETOO Tactical Gloves provide excellent grip for using tools, setting up a tent, holding flashlights, or climbing. The gloves fit snuggly, yet move with your hands enabling you to be as active as you'd like.
Right now on Amazon, you can get a pair of these for $15.99, a definite worthwhile investment for your camping adventures.
Heavy weight, drawstring for comfortable fit, machine washable, moisture-wicking material, thermals designed for hardcore outdoor use, tag-free, flatlock seams reduce chafing, good mixture of polyester and spandex, four-way stretch, and features double-layer thermal fabric.
Sizing on the product chart is inaccurate, and the product runs small.
These thermal underwear are made from 96% polyester and 4% bi-Spandex polyester, a combination that makes them super soft, just stretchy enough for comfortable movement, and wonderfully warm. The material is durable, heavyweight, and built for hardcore, high intensity outdoor activity.
These are the heaviest-weight thermal underwear of the company’s line, and one of the warmest you will find on the market. They’re designed for skiiers, snowboarders, alpine hikers, and people camping in very cold conditions. Your legs will never be cold while wearing these bad boys!
For heavy sweaters, you’ll love the fact that they’re made of moisture-wicking materials that will keep your legs cool while you hike or walk.
The material is very soft, yet it’s beautifully durable. You can expect many happy years of use from these pants, and they’re fully safe to machine wash. The flatlock seams will reduce irritation and chafing, and they’re strong enough to resist wear and tear all day long.
Paying around $35 for these is totally worth it if you’re going to be in some cold (sub-zero, even) temperatures. They’re the perfect base layer to keep your legs toasty warm no matter how cold it gets.
Unless you’re camping in the middle of the summer, you’ll need a jacket to help you keep out the rain, wind, and cold. This breathable rain jacket will help you do all of that in the colder summer, fall, and spring months.
Sizing runs a bit small.
This lightweight jacket can be worn or easily carried around with you as you hike and camp in the woods. (It actually rolls up and fits inside its own pocket.)
When you want to stay dry and warm, but aren’t too concerned with freezing temperatures, this is a great in-between option for you as it’s waterproof, windproof, and breathable. Customers say this is great for temperatures 40℉ and up.
Pricing is comparable with other jackets with similar features.
Thick polyester taffeta interior lining, super warm, two-way full front zip, double storm flap closure, adjustable cuffs with hidden storm cuffs, weather-resistant, draw cords at waist and bottom sides, heavy insulation, windproof, reflective webbing on the front and back, multiple pockets for handy storage.
Sizes run very large, not warm enough for freezing temperatures.
This jacket is made with a 100% polyester exterior shell, and the fabric is wonderfully windproof while also offering good protection from rain. The 100% polyester taffeta lining is warm enough for all but freezing/snowy temperatures, and the microfleece lining of the hood will keep your head toasty as you hike and camp.
The jacket is built for use on camping trips, work outdoors, and trekking through cold environments. It’s over-sized to allow for layering (so sizes do run very large), but on its own it’s warm enough to keep out all but the most biting cold and bitterest winds. Thanks to the double storm flap closures, two-way full front zip, and the adjustable cuffs with hidden storm cuffs, you’ll find the jacket is as weather-resistant as it gets.
The fact that the jacket is made from polyester means that it’s going to be very durable. The material is thicker than you’d expect, and it has a solid, heavy feel to it. You’ll never have to worry about ripping or tearing it while hiking or camping because it’s a jacket built for the outdoors.
The price ranges from $75 to $100, depending on size, making this a slightly pricier jacket, but well worth it if you plan on doing some hardcore camping or outdoor activities.
You may not be inclined to shower or swim too frequently while you’re camping. However, when it does happen, or if you get caught in the rain, this quick-absorbing microfiber towel is the perfect addition to your camping gear.
There are a number of nice features about this microfiber towel. To start, it’s lightweight and compact, so it won’t add much weight to your already heavy load. Also, because it absorbs water and dries so quickly, you won’t have to worry about any added weight after use.
It also happens to clean really easily, unlike many of the other microfiber towels for this purpose. It won’t bleed or shed after the wash. Just throw it in with the rest and instantly have a clean towel ready to use for your next trip!
It’s a bit pricey, but worth it if you struggle with using traditional towels while camping.
A quick and easy way to stay warm for hours on the slopes, hiking trips, or camping trips.
Once you light it, the hand warmer doesn't shut off. It stays warm for the entire length of time.
This compact hand warmer fits into the smallest pockets and stays warm for up to 12 hours. The heat is flameless and instead uses a catalytic burner which is safe. Unlike the disposable warmers, the Zippo remains the same temperature for the entire 12 hours. The metal construction makes it rugged and durable.
This hand warmer fits into the smallest of pockets thanks to the sleek design. All of the sides are rounded for comfort, and it comes with a soft black pouch designed to prevent this product from getting scratched. The 12-hour warmer is 3.9 inches tall while the 6-hour warmer is 2.9 inches. So, if you're looking for something on the smaller side, go with the 6-hour. This handy gadget comes in five colors, including black, silver, white, pink, and camo.
At $15, this is one of the cheapest gadgets on our list. And, you can't beat Zippo quality. However, one thing to note is that the fluid is sold separately.
There’s nothing like a hot shower after a long day of hiking or lounging around a campground. The Ivation portable shower won’t add much bulk to your camping gear, which is great because it gets the job done well.
If something breaks, customer service isn’t really known for being too good, so be careful with the unit.
This portable shower is a simple configuration. It consists of a chargeable base that, when submerged in water, provides a strong surge of water through tubing and out of the shower head. The shower head is a decent size too, so this isn’t a skinny-streamed or light-pressured shower you’ll be taking either. Just make sure you have a bucket or something of that nature to fill with hot water for your shower.
So long as you’re careful with it, this shower should last a long time and make the expense worth it.
At some point, you will need toilet paper on your camping trip. Rather than carry a roll or two around with you, bring along these coin-sized tissues. They’re great for other purposes too!
These multipurpose tissues are compact and lightweight. This makes them the perfect alternative to lugging around toilet paper to clean up yourself or towels to clean up your campsite.
They’re a bit expensive considering how many tissues you get in each pack, but they’re worth it.
Bugs aren’t the only things you have to keep your skin safe from. Be sure to toss a bottle of this great smelling sunscreen into your pack, too.
For some, this may not be effective at preventing sunburn. So be mindful the first couple times you use this sunscreen.
The problem with a lot of sunscreens is that they work well enough, but they smell horrible or leave your skin feeling greasy all day. That’s not the case with this one. It soaks into your skin quickly and leaves a light, citrusy smell afterwards. It’s also a good pick if you have sensitive skin or issues with acne.
This is a great deal for such high-quality sunscreen.
You want a bug repellent that works, but also one that doesn’t leave you a stinky, oily mess all day. Sawyer Picaridin is the one you want for your next camping trip.
There are a few people who still got bit after using the repellent.
Sawyer is one of only a brands that the CDC recommends for applying to skin, clothing, and gear to repel disease-carrying insects. And customers say it’s fantastic for repelling everything else. As a bonus, it goes onto the skin smooth, without leaving you an oily, sticky, or smelly mess.
A reasonably priced product for what you get!
These lightweight stainless steel multipliers weigh only 9.6ozs and come with all of the tools you may need on your camping adventures.
Users say the nylon pouch the pliers come in doesn't hold up long enough.
These multipliers include a straight blade for fine-tune cutting, a serrated blade, a Phillips screwdriver, large or medium flathead screwdrivers, a wire cutter/stripper, and needle-nose pliers.
The user-friendly design makes it easy to use and these pliers come with a nylon ballistic-cloth sheath to protect against the elements when not in use.
These multipliers are for sale on Amazon for only $29.16! They are a must-have on any camping or backpacking trip and are easy to store away.
The WEN Portable Inverter Generator provides 2000 Watts and offers clean energy free of voltage spikes and drops (safe for TVs, phones, computers, etc.). This generator is priced at a great value and is small, yet extremely powerful.
Available in only one color.
With this generator, you receive two three-prong 120V receptacles, two 5V USB ports, parallel connection ports, and indicator lights! Eco-Mode enables you to maximize fuel economy and allows the generator's motor to automatically adjust its fuel consumption as items are plugged and unplugged.
Easy to start, easy to use, and exceptionally quiet.
This generator comes backed by a 2-year warranty as well as an insightful customer service helpline.
This generator is perfect to accompany all your tech and power needs on your camping excursions.
Whether in case of emergency or you just need more warmth while camping, these mylar thermal blankets will come in handy.
This pack includes 4 mylar thermal blankets that can be cut to the size you need them to be (say, if you want to wrap them around just your feet). It also includes a bonus gold foil space blanket (like what marathoners use after a race). If you need a quick and effective way to get warm while camping, make sure to have these on hand.
This is a fantastic bargain for 5 warming blankets.
Whether it be a minor scratch or a more serious injury, you want to be prepared for it. This purchase includes two kit options based on the length of your camping trip and your needs.
There’s a lot in the larger kit (120 pieces), which means it might be hard to find what you need in a pinch.
You get two first aid kits with this purchase. The mini first aid kit is perfect for taking on a short camping trip as all the basic essentials are needed, each is individually wrapped, and it’s packed well in the carrying case.
This is a great value for two first aid kits that include all the essentials and not just a bunch of items you won’t need.
When you go camping, you don’t want to have to pull out your smartphone to check the time. That’s why the Casio Sport Watch is a nice addition to your camping gear as it helps you keep the time much more conveniently.
Do not buy this from other sellers on Amazon. Knockoffs are being sold and users report issues with battery life, inability to keep time, and broken bands.
This watch isn’t just durable and waterproof (essential for camping trips), but it also happens to be really great looking so you can take it outside of the campsite too!
Casios are always a great pick in terms of price since it’s the perfect combination of practicality and style while still remaining affordable.
You’re not likely to bring a bunch of devices on your next camping trip. But, if you do, this portable charger will ensure that they maintain their battery life throughout the duration of it.
There are a number of customers who had issues with USB ports not working. Customer service seems to be on top of it though.
This lightweight and easy to use/understand charger is a great addition for camping trips when you and your travelmates have a need to power your devices - and you can do so with multiple devices simultaneously. On average, this portable charger will give your devices about five to ten full charges before it dies out and only takes an hour or two to get them to that point.
If having charged digital devices is important on your camping trip, this is worth the splurge.
When you purchase a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, a school child in need receives safe drinking water for an entire school year! So that's a huge added pro. This LifeStraw removes bacteria, parasites, and microplastics.
Takes strong suction to start and get flowing.
The microfiltration membrane removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria, waterborne parasites, along with microplastics. These claims are verified using standard testing protocols set by the US, EPA, NSF, and ASTM for water purifiers. This water filter will last up until about 1,000 gallons of water (which is more than the average person drinks in one year).
This filtration straw is lightweight and easily portable, a must-have accessory for backpacking or long distance excursions where you cannot carry enough water. Be aware that this straw can be difficult at first to use as it takes powerful suction to get started and keep filtration going.
For every purchase of this LifeStraw, a school child in need receives safe drinking water for an entire school year.
When you’re out in the wilderness - whether on your own or camping with a group - it’s good to let others know where you are. With a reliable and easy-to-use GPS tracker like the Optimus, you can ensure that happens.
It comes with a monthly service fee on top of the cost of the hardware.
This GPS tracker is an essential camping gadget for keeping you, your friends, your family, and anyone else you camp with safe. It’s easy to use, small and lightweight enough to carry, and will accurately track your movements.
The price is a little steep when you factor in the monthly service charge (which might seem like a lot if you don’t camp often).
When you’re in the woods, you can’t necessarily rely on your phone’s map feature to guide you. This is why you should always have a reliable, accurate, and old school backup like this compass on hand.
There are a few customers who complained of the compass leaking fluid, so be sure to check it before taking it out camping.
This aluminum alloy compass is known and heralded for its accuracy, sturdiness, and ease of use. If you want something that can help you reliably get through the woods, be sure to check this one out.
Because this is military-grade, you can expect it to be more expensive than a less accurate and more cheaply made compass would be.
It’s important to stay hydrated when you go camping. This slim water bottle not only aids in your hydration, but it keeps your liquids in the hot or cold state you want them to be.
Some have said that hot beverages no longer stay hot after repeated use of the water bottle.
Unlike other water bottles that have wider bodies and mouths, this Thermo Tank bottle is a much more convenient choice for camping as it packs well. It’s also just a generally well made water bottle that keeps your liquids in the hot or cold state that you want them to be.
This is expensive for a water bottle. There’s no getting around that.
An award winning pack built for all-season use and designed for maximum comfort. Perfect for long hikes or camping trips.
This backpack has lots of extra loose straps.
This is the backpack you'll want to take whether your hiking for two days or two months. At just 4 pounds, it's a fairly lightweight option (though some people find it a bit heavy when added to the rest of their gear). However, you will never complain about it being uncomfortable. The well-designed structure hugs your body providing the perfect fit and no movement whatsoever.
Durability is definitely one of the "pros" of this hiking backpack. It's made with durable nylon, which means it's tear and water resistant. The backpack is designed for 4-season use, and it can handle cold, heat, rain, and wind with no problem. And the good news is, Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday.
If you like extra pockets then you'll love this pack. There are five exterior zippered pockets and three slip pockets. On top of that, the front mesh pocket that Osprey is known for can also fit a lot of gear, and you can keep all of your rain gear in it for quick and easy access. The anti-gravity suspension puts this backpack in a league of it's own. It really makes a difference in keeping you cool during hot days.
One of the best features of this pack is the angled water bottle pocket. With the Osprey, you can easily reach on either side to grab your 32 ounce Nalgene bottle. It's a game changer.
The $250 price may be a bit steep considering the fact that there are much cheaper hiking backpacks out there. However, if you plan on doing some serious hiking and want a backpack that comfortably fits all of your overnight gear, it's a worthwhile investment.
Having a flashlight and lantern on hand is essential while camping, but this lightweight headlamp flashlight adds a level of convenience that they can’t.
Some have said that this headlamp's plastic is not durable.
If you intend on hiking in the evening or you want to walk around the campsite at night, having this lightweight headlamp on hand would be a big help. With various settings, you can adjust the light according to your needs. The default beam is super bright and will fully light the trail in front of you. Other settings include low and medium beams as well as an SOS for emergency and red light to keep from blinding your campmates.
Cheaper than a flashlight, but just as essential.
The YETI Tundra 45 Cooler will keep your food, drinks, and ice cool all day long. The Rotomolded Construction makes this cooler virtually indestructible and able to accompany you on any journey.
Not huge. Holds up to 26 cans.
This Tundra is armored with Rotomolded Construction making it extremely durable and sturdy. The T-Rex Lid Latches are made of heavy-duty rubber and military-grade polyester rope for extra durability.
This YETI Tundra 45 Cooler can hold up to 26 cans and has a recommended 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio. The PermaFrost Insulation is three inches thick and keeps your items extremely cold. The extra thick wall is certified Bear Resistant - so no need to worry when camping in the woods.
Dimensions are 5 ½ inches long x 16 inches wide x 15 ½ inches high with an empty weight of 22lbs. Each Tundra model comes standard with one dry goods basket.
Highly reliable and durable lantern, very bright, LED bulb very long-lasting, good battery life, comfortable design, easily replaceable battery, water resistant, and includes a floating light and other great features.
Heavy and uses D batteries.
If you want the outdoor lantern that delivers high quality at a great price, this bad boy is just for you. You'll find fewer lanterns more durable and long-lasting. You do have to use (expensive) D-batteries for the lantern, but you get so many hours of battery life you'll only change them once in a while. Changing the batteries is beautifully easy as well.
The lantern is durable (dropped from 7 feet without a scratch) and built to survive a lot of heavy-duty outdoor use. The brightest setting delivers 340 lumens of light, but you can turn it to the low-light 33-lumen setting to save battery life.
The lantern has a polycarbonate globe/cover that protects the LED light bulbs. It's water-resistant and designed to float, so you've no need to fear water damage. Plus, with the ergonomic design, you can carry it for hours comfortably.
You have three light settings: bright, medium, and low, as well as an SOS mode (a 10-lumen flashing and non-flashing light that alerts rescuers to your presence). The outer globe is designed to be removed, and you can hang the lantern upside down for illuminating the ground.
The carabiner-style hooks on both ends of the lantern make it easy to attach it to any rope or cord for easy hanging or carrying. The recessed power button will stop the lantern from being accidentally turned on at night. There's even a battery indicator light that will turn red when the batteries are low.
At $36, this is one of the priciest lanterns on our list. However, considering its features and performance, it's worth every penny. The lantern comes with a 2-year warranty, but you won't need it thanks to the highly durable design!
An LED flashlight is an essential piece of camping gear, and this is your best choice for keeping the campsite or trail well lit as you walk around it.
The lens scratches easily, so handle with care.
This tactical LED flashlight is a great choice for keeping your path well lit while you camp and hike in the woods. In addition to a super bright beam, it also throws light a far distance so you can see a lot more of what’s in front of you, keeping you safe as you navigate the woods. You can also use the telescoping function on this flashlight to narrow the beam and zoom in on points of interest in the dark.
A bit more affordable than other LED flashlights of comparable quality.
In order to properly prepare a meal with your camping cookware, you need a set of cutlery to get the job done. This 8-piece set comes with its water-resistant travel kit which makes lugging this around a breeze.
When customers have used these utensils the wrong way (like trying to cut zip ties with the scissors), the quality of the products has failed.
This 8-piece set comes with a knife, cutting board, tong, scissors, rice paddle, and bottle opener. It all comes packed into a water-resistant travel kit which also has enough room to add your own cutlery from home.
It’s much cheaper than the cost of your home cutlery would cost.
The Gold Armour cookware set comes with everything you need to prepare a high-quality meal while cooking.
Some customers claim that the coating on the bottom of their pots peels off after placing them on the stove.
This cookware set comes with everything you need to cook at your campsite: pot, pan, bowls, soup spoon, rice ladle, spork, spoon, fork, knife, mini stove, and fire starter stick. What’s more is that it was built to pack down small and light for easy carrying along the trail.
This is a great deal for everything you get in this kit.
This Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock is an affordable, quality hammock that packs down to about the size or a grapefruit (the single) or the size of an eggplant (the double), enabling you to bring this on any adventure easily.
Users suggest if you're over 6 feet tall looking into the double hammock for a more comfortable fit.
Set up is super easy with this hammock thanks to the included tree straps and carabiners. The hammock straps are 9 ft long and come with five separate loops enabling you to adjust your hammock however you'd like.
This 'Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock' is made from high-quality, heavy-duty 210T parachute nylon - the same material skydivers use. The SingleOwl (fit for one person) is 9 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide, weighing only 1lb! The DoubleOwl (suitable for two people) is 10 feet long and 6 1/2 feet wide, weighing only 2lbs!
The price can't be beat, starting at $26.95 for a single hammock. Wise Owl Outfitters is a USA family run company located right outside of Nashville, Tennesee.
Just because you’re in the wilderness doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the joys (and necessity) of a hot cup of coffee or tea! This French press coffee maker doesn’t require any electricity to work and will make you a couple cups in no time.
Be careful about dropping it as it’s known to get dinged up easily.
Camping in cooler temperatures is fun, but not as fun as when you have a hot cup of coffee or tea to warm you up. This French press coffee maker is easy to use, easy to handle, and easy to clean. It also requires no electricity, which makes this a great choice for your campsite.
Compare it to how much you paid for your coffee maker at home and you will think this is a steal!
If you’re looking for a solidly made, yet lightweight, camping stove to prepare your meals with, look no further.
It’s a bit expensive.
This wood-burning stove is easy to use and easy to carry around. Because of its simple configuration, it takes no time at all to get a pot of water boiling and ready for cooking. It’s also quite sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about breaking anything while carrying it on the trail or unpacking it like some of the other more complicated setups.
It’s a bit expensive, but promises to get the job done and keep you well fed while you camp.
The last thing you want to worry about is being able to start a fire at your campsite. These rods are easy to grip on to and throw a good amount of sparks with just a single strike.
They might be too big or long to keep in a pocket.
Customers say these magnesium alloy rods are more reliable than a lighter or matches. They also happen to last a longer time than other ferro rods (an estimated 1,000 strikes) since they don’t take as many strikes to get a fire started.
This is a good deal for two fire starters.
Whether you want to sit inside the tent, outside by the fire, or perhaps along the water somewhere, this lightweight and sturdy chair will go wherever you need it to.
There are some customers who complained about how low the chair is to the ground.
The specifications for this chair make it sound like a dream (and it is!). It’s super light and comes with its own carrying bag. It has a wide seat and is quite sturdy to sit in. Plus, it has a super low profile which is great if you want to use it inside your tent.
It’s not as expensive as some of the alternatives.
Designed for maximum comfort, compact, lightweight, ergonomic, affordable, durable material, waterproof, designed to float, user-friendly design, and slip-resistant.
The stitching of the pillow and carry case is prone to wear; and the valve is difficult to open.
If you can't survive without a good night's sleep, this camping and travel pillow is just what you need. It's designed to roll up to the size of a soda can (2 inches across, 5 inches tall), so it fits in any backpack, hiking bag, or carry-on suitcase. You'll find it's beautifully easy to inflate and deflate, and the ergonomic design makes for a great night of rest.
The contour of the pillow is compatible with airplanes and hard, rocky campgrounds; and it's durable enough to keep up with years of regular use. There's even a lifetime guarantee just in case the joints on the pillow begin to wear out (a common problem).
The ergonomic design cushions your head and supports your neck comfortably for both side and back sleepers. The pillow backing has slip-resistant material so the pillow stays firmly in place as you sleep. The secondary valve can be very difficult to open, but the primary valve makes it easy to inflate/deflate the pillow.
At $14, this is only slightly more expensive than your typical travel pillow. Considering how compact it is, you'll find it's a beautiful addition to your work and recreational life.
The Outdoorsman Lab Camping Sleeping Pad is a must-have for a comfortable night's sleep in the woods. It's ultra lightweight and easily packable, taking up minimum space, and inflates and deflates fast and easy.
Some users state they wish it was a little thicker. Thickness is 2.2".
Yes, you can go camping and still get an excellent night's sleep. This Camping Sleeping Pad provides patented technology with smooth diamond-shaped air cells (limiting air flow and reducing heat loss!) that self-adjust to the shape of your body for optimal support, comfort, and warmth.
The sleeping pad is 2.2" thick when blown up and will provide a cozy night's sleep.
This sleeping pad packs up into a super compact and portable carrying case. The pad deflates quickly and folds up easily to about the size of a water bottle. This sleeper is made from durable 200 ripstop woven nylon and is water, rip, and abrasion resistant.
Sharing a sleeping bag with another person is great since you have the added convenience of their body heat on top of the heat from the sack. And this one is perfectly sized and comfortable enough for two sleepers.
Depending on where you camp, you might not find this to be warm enough.
This sleeping bag comes with a lifetime warranty - not that it’s needed, though, since most customers don’t have issues with it.
That said, this is a really well made double sleeping bag. It’s water-resistant, well-insulated, soft, and lightweight. As a bonus, this sleeping bag has zippers on both sides so that your sleeping mate can get in and out of the bag without disrupting your sleep. It’s also long enough even for tall sleepers, so you don’t have to worry about feeling cramped inside it or too much of your head and shoulders poking out on top.
For a warm sleeping bag that gets the job done for two, this is well worth the price.
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.
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:
Extremely durable, very portable, affordable price tag, multi-purpose, incredibly easy to set up and take down (two-person job), and lightweight.
Difficult to take down by yourself if you're camping alone.
If you're looking for an all-purpose 6 man tent for your camping trip, you'll love this bad boy!
Dimensions are 10' x 9', with a height of 6' 2" at the center pole - making this the perfect 6 person tent for big and tall campers. You have enough space for two double air mattresses and plenty of gear storage. If you've been searching for a tent that will shelter your whole family, look no further.
Set-up is designed to be a breeze, and you can have the tent up in just 1 minute. Takedown, however, is a bit more challenging, even for two people. It can be tough to stuff the thick tent back into its bag. Thanks to the illuminated guide lines, you can always find your way back to tent after dark. All in all, a VERY good choice!
The seams are polyurethane-taped to increase their durability and weatherproofing, and you'll find that the tent's Weather-Tec system of inverted seams and welded floors can handle a good deal of rain without leaking. Weatherproofing can be even further strengthened by adding a rain fly. All in all, it's a well-built tent, both sturdy and durable.
At $140, this is a mid-to-high-priced tent compared to some of the others on our list. However, our research has led us to conclude that for the money, you won't find a more durable, user-friendly, and well-designed tent around. Worth every penny.
Don't worry if you're a total camping noob--it's not as hard as it looks! All you have to do is avoid the following rookie mistakes and you'll be fine:
Mistake 1: Not testing your gear. ALWAYS test your camping gear before you head out on a trip. Set it up in your backyard for an impromptu overnight camping session to ensure the tent, sleeping bags, lanterns, and other gear is working right. If necessary, replace anything broken, ripped, or improperly functioning.
Mistake 2: Not knowing your destination. Research the campground or trail where you will be spending the night. Spend a few minutes searching Google and Yelp reviews to find out if there's electricity, water, and dedicated camping locations available, or if there are parts of the park to be avoided. Knowledge is power and safety!
Mistake 3: Budget buys. While it's always nice to find a good deal, camping gear isn’t the place to skimp. Make sure to get reliable, high quality gear that you know how to operate and can rely on. The last thing you want is a tent that leaks or a sleeping bag that fails to keep out the cold!
Mistake 4: Not bringing a grill. It's fun to sit around a campfire and grill your own food, but that will get old after a few days of struggling to set up a proper cookfire. It's much simpler just to bring your own portable grill, either charcoal or gas. Even just having the shell and grill will be enough to streamline the cooking process.
Mistake 5: Over-buying gear. Do you really need that professional-grade tent or mountain climber sleeping bag? If you're doing some weekend camping, the answer is probably not. Don't buy the best, highest quality items in the shop. Stick with practical, utilitarian gear that gets the job done.
Mistake 6: Packing too much. Whether too much food, too many changes of clothing, or too much gear, over-packing can turn a camping trip into a constant hunt for "that one more thing". It can also overload your pack and make cleaning up after yourself a nightmare. Our checklist (see the next section) will tell you everything you need to bring to help you avoid over-packing.
Mistake 7: Being cold. You can't control the temperature, but you can certainly control your response to cold weather! With a good sleeping bag, mattress/pad, and a nice tent, you have nothing to fear from the elements. If you're cold, it means you didn't buy the right gear!
Mistake 8: Forgetting lighting. The light of a campfire will only cover so much ground, and you'll have to go into the woods in the dark to use the bathroom, gather more firewood, or walk to your tent at some point. So always make sure to have two or three more sources of light (flashlights, lanterns, even cell phones).
Mistake 9: Arriving late at night. Unless otherwise avoidable, always try to arrive early in the day. Pitching camp in the dark is very difficult, so do it first thing in the morning when the sun is high and visibility is at 100%. If you're traveling to a popular camping space, you may arrive late in the day to find there are no spots left for you to camp.
Mistake 10: Leaving out food and rubbish. Make sure to hang any food and garbage high in a tree where bears, foxes, and other scavengers can't get at it. It will save you a lot of cleaning up and will help you to keep your campsite as clean as possible.
Want to know what to bring to your camping trip? Before you break the bank and stock up on every item of gear sold in your local camping store, stop and think about what you'll REALLY need. You may just find the list of camping gear isn’t as long as you'd think.
Shelter and Warmth – ALWAYS think about your shelter and warmth first! Your overnight camping trip may become absolutely miserable if you spend the night shivering.
You will need:
Make sure to check over the tent and be certain all the various elements (tent poles, rain flaps, stakes, etc.) are present before you head out on your trip.
Water – Without water, you're in serious trouble! You may not always be camping in locations where there is running water available, so you may have to gather your own. To ensure you never run out of water, make sure to bring:
With these items, you'll always have potable water to drink while on your camping trip.
Food – ALWAYS think about what you're going to eat on your camping trip! If you're not prepared, you could spend hours every day foraging for barely enough to stay alive. By bringing an ample supply of foodstuffs, you'll be able to eat well and enjoy your camping trip.
You will need:
Bringing all your own food-prep gear will make it much easier for you to have good meals while camping, freeing up more time to focus on your hiking, relaxing, and recreation.
Clothing – The clothing you wear on your camping trip will be different from hiking outfits, but there are a few items of clothing you'll need for both:
With these clothing items, you'll be prepared to face even the chilliest weather.
Note: For hot weather, pack lighter, thinner clothing.
Other Equipment – There are a few other items that you MUST have with you, but which don't fall under any of the truly "essential" categories. These items will, however, keep you safe and make camping much more enjoyable:
Recreation – Of course, don't forget all the gear you'll need for your recreational activities, including:
If you're planning on enjoying the great outdoors, be certain to bring the required gear.
So now you know what NOT to do, you've packed up all the gear, and it's time to camp! Here are a few basic tips that will turn even the greenest newbie into a seasoned camper:
Be prepared. We can't stress this one enough! The last thing you want is to run out of food or water, be caught in the rain with a leaking tent, or shiver through a cold night. Spend time planning and preparing for your camping trip, using the checklist above to ensure you have at least the bare essentials. Unless you're hiking, you can afford to bring more camping gear so you're ready for anything.
Be organized. Know where all your camping gear is, and make sure to put everything back in its proper bag, pack, or container. It's incredibly easy to lose smaller items (tent stakes included) when packing up in a disorderly fashion. Know how many of everything you brought and count it as you're tearing down camp.
Know the rules. Just because it looks like someone has camped there, that doesn't make the campsite legal. Before you go anywhere, make sure to get the proper permits and be 100% certain you're legally allowed to camp at your chosen spot.
Know your sources of water and fuel. If you're camping at a site with water and electricity, no problem. But if you have to chop firewood and collect water, be certain to scope out the sources of these vital elements before you start to relax.
Enjoy nature. Don't spend your camping trip stuck behind a screen or fiddling with your equipment. Make sure to get out and enjoy nature around you. That's why you're camping, after all!
Always have a sleeping pad or mattress. Sleeping bags are designed for warmth, not comfort. A sleeping pad or mattress will provide some cushioning between you and the rocky, hard ground. Just a few inches of foam or air cushion can make all the difference between a good night's sleep and a sleepless night.
Bring flavorful foods. Forget the canned black beans or the tins of bland tuna. Look for flavorful foods like Sardines in Louisiana Sauce, Canned Asian curry, or Spaghetti-Os. Your canned meals don't have to be boring!
Consider cooking with wood. Having a gas grill is always nice for streamlining the cooking process, but don't only cook with gas. Wood fires lend a delicious flavor to your food, particularly to your meats. It doesn't get any better than a delicious steak cooked on a wood fire!
Bring something to drink. Nothing beats a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning, and it's always wonderful to kick back at the end of the day with something a bit stronger (vodka, whiskey, rum, etc.). A drink or two can make the camping experience a whole lot more enjoyable!
Cook, freeze, and bring your food. Don't rely only on canned and dried foods while camping. For the first meal of your camping trip, prepare a delicious meal at home, freeze it overnight, then let it defrost on your way to the campsite. Pop it into a cookpot or pan to heat up and you'll have a wonderful way to start the trip.
Camp for a purpose. Don't just go camping for the sake of pitching a tent and sitting around your campsite. Plan your trip around a specific activity: hiking to a mountaintop, enjoying a river or lake, or engaging in outdoor sports. Use the daylight hours to enjoy yourself, and it will make those relaxing evening hours much more pleasant.
Don't hesitate to bring a few extras. A pillow can help you sleep much better. Camping chairs will make your campsite so much more comfortable. A good book (physical or on Kindle) can help you pass a few quiet hours. They're not essentials, but they can definitely make your camping trip a lot more enjoyable.
You can never bring too much light. Headlamps and lanterns are great for portable light sources, but consider bringing a few powerful lamps to illuminate your campsite. It's definitely easier to enjoy your evenings when you can see where you're going and what you're doing. Plus, it makes those late-night bathroom trips a whole lot less stressful!