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    24 Things To Pack For A Successful Camping Trip

    Everything you to be prepared and enjoy your solitude with nature.

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    1. A sturdy sun-dome tent with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you and your camp buddies safe and dry, no matter the weather.

    Promising review: "I have never been camping before, but bought this to take to a music festival. I chose this one based on prior reviews, as rain was in the forecast. It did not let me down! It rained heavily on Saturday night and throughout Sunday, and everything inside stayed perfectly dry. It was also very simple to set up and tear down by myself. I fit a queen size air mattress inside with room to spare, but I think this would be a tight fit for four people." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.88+ (available in six sizes and two colors).

    2. A Coleman gas stove so you can wake up and make a hot homemade breakfast or coffee to fuel up for a day of hiking.


    The stove runs on propane, has two burners, and features side panels to help protect the flames from being blown out by the wind.

    Promising review: "Powerful burner and easy setup. We bought this stove to take with us for extended camping trips and so far have been very happy. With two burners, you can quickly make all your meals in a jiffy. We were able to boil two quarts of water in about seven or eight minutes for coffee for everyone in the morning with no trouble. You do need your own lighter/match to ignite the stove. My only caveat is I wish it had a handle for easier carrying." β€”J

    Get it from Amazon for $43.88.

    3. An aluminum coffee percolator that'll keep your coffee piping hot all day. And it's easy to carry hiking or moving camp.


    Promising review: "This bad boy delivers liquid ambrosia in the wilderness. How could you not love it. Not only does it provide you and your spouse a wonderful kickstart to your day but all your friends as well. Only those slackers forgot coffee cups, coffee, sugar, and cream so they have to use yours and share cups. Or they have to improvise with solo cups but the coffee is blistering hot and almost melts the cups so they have to drink it really fast just to hold the cup. So it all so provides entertainment while sipping your brew. My husband recommends using Baileys Irish Cream while using this." β€”Craft Family

    Get it from Amazon for $15.41+ (available in two sizes).

    4. A camping chair for comfortably lounging around and enjoying your campfire. And it has cup holders to your beer or water bottle!


    Promising review: "Just received the chairs and have not had lots of opportunities to use them yet but the little we have used them, they are excellent. They are large enough for anyone, very sturdy and the mesh pouch on one side can hold cell phones, magazines, or anything you want or need to take to the beach or sporting activities. The little cooler is small but usable for drink boxes or pouches for kids or a couple of canned beverages. I ordered four of the blue because that color was on sale and received four of the grey/black which is fine. Overall I would recommend them AND would purchase them again." β€”jheit

    Get it from Walmart for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    5. A lightweight, water-resistant sleeping bag that'll keep you warm and dry. It's only three pounds so you can throw it in your bag and go!, Amazon

    Promising review: "This is perfect for camping. It is really lightweight and fit right in my pack. It was able to be strapped under or on top of the pack as well. As for the temperature, it keeps you very warm. I had to open up the easy to zip zipper to cool down in 35Β° weather. Packing and rolling it up is a cake walk. The bag also has straps to shrink down the bag to make more room for other things. The orange color can signal others in case of an emergency. I love everything about this sleeping bag." β€”Keith Alcantara

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes and seven colors).

    6. Or a two-person sleeping bag if you want to cuddle up with your significant other under the stars!

    The sleeping bag can also be converted into two individual sleeping bags and it comes with two camping pillows.

    Promising review: "I purchased the queen-sized sleeping bag on Amazon last week and used it this weekend while camping (late September in a Washington State Park). I was skeptical at how thin it was and that it was rated for 32 degrees and up. Well, it was in the mid-40's the first night and about 40 degrees the second night. I wasn't sure how it would perform, so I brought many layers. Both nights I wore just sweat pants and a hoodie while in the sleeping bag. The only parts that were cold were my shoulders when they were exposed to the air. It kept me nice and toasty! SO comfortable! Unbeknownst to me, I spilled water on my air mattress underneath the sleeping bag, but because it's waterproof, I didn't notice a thing! I LOVE my new sleeping bag and will definitely recommend it to others!" β€”Kevin

    Get it from Amazon for $57.95.

    7. A sleeping pad for a night so comfortable in your tent, you'll think you're back at home in your bed. And it's waterproof and inflated to keep you warm and dry all night.


    Promising review: "Awesome product. Inflates with a few breaths. When I rolled on my side, my hip didn't touch the ground. The little bubbles/air pockets allow air to pass under you and prevents sweating. The air pockets also slow the passage of air from one side to the other when you roll over, so the mat seems more stable than a typical air mattress. It packs into a tiny stuff sack β€” great for backpacking. It also has a double plug, so when deflating you open a second valve that allows the air to escape almost instantly." β€”Michelle Pattee

    Get it from Amazon for $37.95 (available in two colors).

    8. An inflatable pillow to comfortably lay your head while you rest up for another big day out in nature.

    The pillow inflates with just a few breaths, deflates, and folds down. It comes with a carrying case.

    Promising review: "Love this camp pillow. I have a bad neck, so I really need the support. The pillow is stiff, the material is soft and smooth β€” I didn’t feel the need to put a buff over it. Very comfortable without costing a fortune." β€”Sharon Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.47 (available in five colors).

    9. A 32-ounce Nalgene bottle so you can stay hydrated on that super long trail.

    The bottles are BPA-free and very durable.

    Promising review: "Love this bottle. I carry it everywhere I go, whether it be hiking, casual walks, or trips. Always put to good use and holds a liter of water, which is great! Not too much plastic smell when used for long hikes but after many hours it can get little smelly. Usually no problems if you wash it regularly and keep it clean. I always carry it in airports and fill water whenever possible. I can hook it up on my backpack too, which is great!" β€”Vishal Kapoor

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. An extra set of stakes to secure any unruly tarp edges, tent corners, or anything you just don't want to blow away in the wind.


    Promising review: "I've been camping with friends for a few years now, and we go at least twice a year. Some of our original equipment tents spikes were rather flimsy and had been bending on rocky soil. This trip, I ordered several new kinds to try them out. These stakes are far and away the best choice. They are very sturdy, so we weren't afraid to really drive them into the ground. Our tents are not the pop up kind, so the tent can put a lot of pressure on the spikes when full or during a storm. Usually, at least one or two spikes come out of the ground. These went in easily and stayed put. What a difference! We're buying another spare set! These are kind of heavy, so not that great for a backpack camper. Also, there's no carrying bag, but what a great deal! No breakage pulling them out of the ground β€” we were just careful. Wish I would have bought these sooner!" β€”Mike W

    Get 10-pack from Amazon for $9.49.

    11. A camping cook tool set with everything you need to make food while you're out in the wild!


    The set comes with a pair of scissors, a utility knife, cutting board, spatula, bottle opener, tongs, ladle, and rice paddle, and comes in a water-resistant case.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite new camping purchase. Just got back from camping and I think I used every single utensil. Everything came in handy. It keeps everything organized and compact, and the utensils are of high quality and sturdy. It has basically everything you could need for basic cooking outdoors. Absolutely love it." β€”Kalli Love

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in six colors).

    12. A propane gas lantern if you don't want to have to depend on batteries for light.


    The lantern runs on a 16.4 oz propane tank and lasts for four hours on high and nine hours on low.

    Promising review: "Purchased this as a gift for my dad. We used it on our canoeing trip to the BWCA. This thing put my old double mantle lantern to shame. It puts out so much light we did not even have to turn it up past half-bright. It kind of became a conversation piece around the campfire and led to many shenanigans about it being the actual north star. Gas usage seemed surprisingly typical for a propane lantern. Lantern fit snugly in the travel case and with the protective cage around the globe it seems like he is in for many many years of use with this lantern." β€”Rowdy

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. A collapsible dish tub for getting your dishes (or anything you need to wash) squeaky clean without access to a sink.


    Promising review: "Very durable. I loved the compact size in packing and it worked great to wash and rinse our dishes in when we camped. A must for outdoor/camping enthusiasts." β€”Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.76+ (available in six colors and two sizes).

    14. A Biodegradable outdoor soap to use with the dish tub so you can get your camp dishes nice and clean without getting Mother Earth dirty.


    The soap can be used on dishes, clothing, and even your body! It's formulated with purified water, vegetable-based cleaning agents and natural fragrance oils with a light pine scent. To dispose of, dig a hole six to eight inches deep and pour soapy water in. Don't forget the sponges!

    Promising review: "I was a little hesitant on buying a fancier soap than a generic soap I could find at any store. After reading the benefits of having the biodegradable soap for camping, I decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did. I loved being able to use it on anything while camping. I washed my hands with it and even for my middle son who has sensitive skin, he used it without problems. It washed even some tough campfire soot off my camping dishes and pan. When I needed to hand wash my dishrag, I used this too and it got out all the black from the campfire. It really was the perfect universal and environmentally friendly soap. Perfect for leaving no trace. No harm to my family or to the wildlife around us. The best part, I still have a ton left after a two night/three day trip. A little goes a long way! Once this runs out I will definitely buy it again." β€”Marlana

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in 11 sizes).

    15. A four-in-one stainless steel utensil set that'll clip together so they won't get lost before dinnertime.


    The set comes with a spoon, fork, and combination knife and bottle opener.

    Promising review: "These little sets are perfect for camping. They come in their own plastic pouch, fit together beautifully, and are solid. I bought two sets for our camping trip this summer β€” easily one of the best purchases made for that trip." β€”Nicole L.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.93.

    16. A dustpan and brush set for sweeping out any tracked-in dirt from your tent so you can always have a nice and clean tent to come home to!

    Promising review: "When you go camping, it's very easy to track dirt and debris into the tent. But, this little dustpan and broom set helps to clean up the tent and put the dirt back where it belongs. I also like it for dusting dirt and debris off my shoes as well." β€”Valerie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.15.

    17. A cookware and mess kit to whip up any meal in something other than tin foil.


    The kit includes a nonstick pot and cover, a nonstick pan, two bowls, a spork, a spoon, a spatula, and a bag to carry it all!

    Promising review: "I finally got the opportunity to use this set this weekend, and I loved it. The kit is very compact and very easy to lug around with me. I love how the small pot fits nicely within the bigger pot. We used it mainly to heat up water, so I can't speak to the cooking experience, but the set held up nicely. We used it on a butane stove as well as on a grate over coals and felt both worked great. I don't think the handles will hold up well to high heat though so we were careful to keep them angled away from direct heat. They cleaned up nicely, and were a breeze to throwback together and into the bag. Overall, I think this product is great and I will get a ton of use out of it this summer!" β€”Agra

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two colors)

    18. A small hatchet for chopping firewood to get a nice campfire started.


    Promising review: "We purchased this hatchet for a camping trip after many days of research. Because we cook on our campfire, we needed to prepare a lot of wood every day. This little guy was a real MVP. This hatchet is easy to hold, carry and use. The handle is a very comfortable design, and since the whole thing is one solid piece, it feels incredibly sturdy. It comes with a rugged sheath that can be worn on a belt, perfect for wood-hunting expeditions. We used it to chop small logs, limb downed trees and bust up small branches, to scrape bark and even to drive in our tent stakes. There are plenty of uses for a hatchet like this around a campsite and I have no doubt this one will rise to the challenge. It's also an aesthetically beautiful tool. It's absolutely picturesque against a woodsy backdrop and a nice change from a lot of the ugly, brightly-colored, plastic- and rubber-handled axes out there. We look forward to our next opportunity to use this awesome hatchet." β€”Bradley Vincent

    Get it from Amazon for $34.97+ (available in two finishes).

    19. An LED flashlight so you can see everything in your path when you're hiking after the sun goes down.,

    The flashlight is water-resistant and has five brightness modes, including a blinking SOS setting.

    Promising review: "I love this flashlight! I use it while camping or going out for night photography, and it lights up the entire woods around me. It is very durable since it is made out of all metal. But, considering it is made out of metal, it is impeccably light. I also love how I get to choose the brightness, as well as a flashing SOS signal. It was a great buy!" β€”Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    20. A rubber mallet for hammering in those stubborn stakes. No more hitting them with the heel of your boot!


    Promising review: "I took this rubber hammer β€” a great size by the way, nice and hefty β€” for an overnight camping trip to Joshua Tree, and I'm so glad I brought it. Pounding those tent stakes into the ground was easy." β€”Jesus Freak

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    21. A first aid kit so you're prepared for any and every emergency. The kit is the best because it comes with 299 essential first aid supplies so you'll never have to worry about running out of supplies!

    It includes antiseptic pads and towelettes, aspirin, gauze and bandages, burn cream, and more.

    Promising review: "Of course this is something that no one ever wants to use but it's there in case you need it. I bought mine for my emergency bag/rucksack. I have a small family which includes animals. Granted most of the items in here would and could not be used on animals but in an emergency, you use whatever you have. This is lightweight to keep my pack and is easy to move with. I am by no means a prepper but have lived through my fair share of natural disasters. I will be getting one for my car and my wife's car to put in the glove box. It might be a little snug to fit, but it does not have a hard shell and can be molded within reason to fit tight spaces." β€”jeff

    Get it from Amazon for $14.28 (available in two pack sizes).

    22. A pack of four lighters for giving your campfire a bit of a head start so you don't have to rely on rubbing two sticks together.


    Promising review: "This lighter is awesome. I use it for everything. Lighting candles, my fireplace, and also my bbq pit. The handle design is a great fit and grip. It lights up quick and the grooves for your hand and fingers makes it easier to hold when lighting. This is my favorite multipurpose lighter. I defiantly recommend this product." β€”Teeguidry

    Get a four-pack from Walmart for $13.

    23. A basic cooler that'll keep your food, drinks, and perishables cold for days. No need to worry about anything spoiling outside in the heat!


    Promising review: "Your standard Coleman cooler. Worked great, we were trying to find a cooler that does not look the same as the white and blue that everyone has. Significantly cheaper than on Amazon as well!" β€”Tori

    Get it from Walmart for $29.82+ (available in five sizes).

    24. And a ENO hammock for relaxing amongst the trees, you'll wonder how you ever went camping without it.


    Promising review: "Fantastic, sturdy hammock! We bought this for our visits to Colorado in the summer and absolutely loved it. At one pint, our kids laid in it together for three hours just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors!" β€”D.A. Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in 48 colors).

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