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    21 Actually Useful Camping Products That Are Small Enough To Fit In Your Backpack

    Never overpack for an adventure again.

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    1. A handy AeroPress device that uses total immersion and pressure to make rich coffee and espresso shots, so you can be your own barista in the great outdoors. It takes less than a minute to press coffee, and can make up to four cups at a time.

    A person using an Aeropress to press coffee into a mug
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    One BuzzFeed writer says that it's great for when you have limited resources, like camping on adventures, or want to level up your coffee situation at the office (because nobody loves office coffee).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $41.99. Also available with a tote.

    2. A dozen packs of Magical Flames, a special solution that'll turn your plain 'ol fire into a colourful rainbow display for a whole hour. You just toss the unopened package in your campfire and wait for the light show to begin (don't worry, it only takes a few seconds).

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    Get a pack of 12 on Amazon Canada for $14.95.

    3. A portable solar power bank, so you can charge all of your devices, even when you're in the middle of nowhere. It has a dual outlet and is compatible with any device that uses a USB, so you can charge your phone, Nintendo Switch, and everything in between.

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    When fully charged, it has enough power to charge iPhone 8 up to eight times. It's also shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $55.99+. Available in two sizes.

    4. A lightweight laundry bag that'll give your clothes a machine-level wash in just three minutes. It's basically a must if you like going on lengthy outdoor adventures or backpacking abroad.

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    Reviewers love how easy it is to use and how tiny it can be folded up (great if you’re not working with a ton of space in your bag).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $64.95.

    5. A colourful YETI stackable mug to make even your wildest outdoor adventures aesthetically pleasing. It's vacuum insulated, so your drink won't go hot or cold on you in, like, two seconds.

    A person opening a bag with two YETI mugs, a blanket, and a book inside of it
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    It's made of kitchen-grade stainless steel, which makes it resistant to rust and punctures. Plus, it's dishwasher safe.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99+. Available in seven colours.

    6. A mini electric lighter that'll ignite your candles, BBQ, and stove burners without an actual flame. It has a built-in flashlight that'll come in handy if anything goes MIA on your site after the sun goes down.

    An open lighter on a table
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    It's USB rechargeable, so you don't have to worry about buying batteries.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99.

    7. A water-filtering straw that filters your water as you drink. It's great for backpacking and camping, and is a solid alternative to iodine tablets and bulky purifiers.

    A person holding a LifeStraw in front of a river
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    It can filter up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water without any chemicals and doesn't need any batteries to get down to business.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99.

    8. Or a water-filtering Nalgene bottle that you can tote around with you, so you don't have to be by a stream or a lake to take a sip of H2O. Reviewers love that it saves them from bringing bottled water on their trips.

    A person resting their water-filtering Nalgene bottle on their knee
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $53. Available in seven colours.

    9. A bug bite tool that'll suck insect venom, saliva, and other irritants right out of your skin. Reviewers love how easy it is to use and say it works actual miracles on mosquito bites. No more itching for you!

    A bug bite tool on a leaf
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99.

    10. A pack of unscented, biodegradable wet wipes that are packed with aloe and vitamin E to soothe your skin with every wipe. They're great for camping and outdoor adventures, because they won't create waste if you leave them behind after doing a number two.

    A pack of wipes on a rock
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    Get a pack of 25 for $17.84.

    11. A mini bag-sealing doodad that you can use to re-seal your snack bags after you've opened them, so no animals come sniffing around your tent after dark. The opposite end is a box cutter, which you can use to open your bags when you've got a case of the munchies.

    A person using the bag sealer to reseal a bag of peanuts
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    Reviewers love how easy it is to use and say it's a must-have tool if you're a serial snacker who tends to have, like, 20 bags open at once. It requires 2 AA batteries (they're included, but you can grab backups here).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.99. Also available in blue.

    12. A stick of anti-chafe balm that'll save you from getting blisters and skin irritations while you portage to your campsite. It's resistant against water and sweat, and won't clog your pores.

    A person putting a stick of anti-chafe balm into their bag
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.86. Also available in a larger size.

    13. A set of colourful travel flatware that'll save you from having to bring any plastic cutlery with you on your journey. It comes with a compact travel case, so you won't get stray bits of food all over the bottom of your bag, either.

    Four sets of travel flatware lined up next to each other
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    The set is made of stainless steel and includes one spoon, one fork, and one pair of chopsticks.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.55+. Available in six colours.

    14. A bottle of biodegradable camp soap that can be used as body wash, laundry detergent, and dish soap, so you don't have to bring along a ton of unnecessary bottles. Reviewers love that it's scent free and say it doesn't leave behind any gross residue.

    A bottle of camp soap on a rock
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.95+. Available in two sizes.

    15. A collapsible bucket that you can use as a dishwashing station or fire wood carrier. Reviewers say it's super sturdy (even when filled to the brim) and love how compact it is.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $31.18.

    16. A pack of outdoorsy stickers that you can use to mark your territory, if your camping buds use the same stuff you do. It comes with 50 stickers, so you'll have enough to decorate your water bottle, speakers, and other gadgets.

    A person holding one mountain-themed sticker in front of a pile of stickers
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    Get a pack of 50 on Amazon Canada for $8.99. Available in 27 styles.

    17. A Bose SoundLink waterproof speaker that's chip, dent, and crack resistant, which is great if you're a little clumsy. It's also très petite, so you'll be able to squeeze it into almost any bag.

    A Bose speaker on a mossy tree surrounded by camping gear
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    Reviewers love how portable it is and how much volume they get out of such a small device. They also say it makes for a great shower speaker.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $109. Available in three colours, and in two case options.

    18. A stick-on cooler light, so you always know what drink your grabbing, even when your fire has gone out. It automatically turns on when you open your cooler and automatically shuts off when you close it, so you don't have to worry about draining the battery.

    A lit-up cooler light on the lid of a cooler
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    It runs on three LR44 1.5-volt button cell batteries (included, but you can grab more here).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.74.

    19. A stainless steel mesh wine guard, if you're tired of bugs getting all up in your beverages. It's about the size of a coaster, but rests on top of your glass to keep the pests out.

    A person holding the mesh filer above their wine glass
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    20. A set of magnetic salt and pepper shakers that you can store your favourite seasonings in without worrying about any spillage. Say goodbye to the days of hoarding take-out packets in your bag!

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.63.

    21. And finally, a copy of Feast by Firelight, a recipe book that'll have you eating gourmet without overpacking. It includes full menus, shopping and equipment lists, and tips that'll help you prep before you leave.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29. Also available for Kindle.

    You being the most prepared person on your camping trip:

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