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    28 Products That’ll Make Camping About 50 Times Easier

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    1. A portable shower you can warm with the sun. After filling it up with water, set the shower out in the warm sun to heat it up to 110 degrees. The shower can hold up to five gallons of water so you can still have your karaoke shower moments in the great outdoors. 

    a reviewer photo of the shower hanging up inside of a portable tent
    reviewer photo of the portable shower hanging from a tree

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I have the 3 gallon version. It is perfect for one person. I use it at Assateague National Seashore. It gets very hot sitting out in the sun all day. I actually let my son go first. He uses half the water. I then top it off and still have a nice warm shower. The only negative thing I can find is the velcro because it doesn't hold the hose very securely, but It is not that big of an issue. I would highly recommend you get one. I'm contemplating buying a second one." —Lucas R. Rankin

    Get it from Amazon for $22.98+ (available in three sizes)

    2. An instant tent perfect for solo camping or camping with your family for one simple reason — you can set it up by yourself in a matter of minutes. More than 13,000 campers agree that this tent is a win for your next trip outdoors. 

    reviewer photo of the large tent set up
    a reviewer photo of the smaller tent set up

    Promising review: "This tent is a winner. Took it on a family camping trip this weekend and it took me about two minutes to set up by myself. We were all amazed. I purchased the rain fly as well and although it didn’t rain, it looks nice. It fits a queen size air mattress and cot and I also put down a 9x6 rug. I like the windows on all sides for great airflow. There is one ring at the top of the tent which I used to hang a lantern. Great job Coleman, I’m instant tent for life." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $148.54+ (available in three sizes). 

    3. An ultra large net to shield you from mosquitos and other winged bugs. You'll be able to lay back with a good book without having to use your favorite coming-of-age novel to shoo the bugs away.  

    the product shot of the mosquito net over a hammock in the forest

    Promising review: "I've used this mosquito net on three different camping trips so far and it's holding up well for outdoor use. I did hang it under a tarp that I already had set, so making it rainproof was no problem for me. As for the screen itself, I find it bug-proof with even the noseeums, but the front and back doors lap so one or two may find their way in during the evening. There's room for three close and comfy, four in a pinch. I have to give it five stars because the cozy size suits my camping style." —Common Thief

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A set of four suction cups you can connect to your vehicle to secure your tent, awning, or hang a projector screen for evening movies by the campfire. 

    the suction cups
    a reviewer photo of an awning hung off of a van using the suction cups

    Promising review: "I've used these on my windshield and truck body as tie down spots for tarps and tent awnings. The holding power on these is wonderful, and they are easy to use. So many different applications for these. Looks like Christmas for my camping buds!" —AWaters

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in a two pack).

    5. A 5-piece mini kitchen tool set complete with a grater, bottle opener, pizza cutter, swivel peeler, and grinder. It's a space saving solution that gives you a variety of kitchen tools that fit together on a ring to make for easy storing. 

    the pack of kitchen tools and how they fit together

    Promising review: "I got this for the camper and it is great. They all are attached and fit together so they take up less room than buying them separately in parleyed sizes." —Jennifer Chambers

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    6. Or, a 27-piece camping kitchen set filled with kitchen tools and utensils that all store neatly in a carrying case. 

    the set with carrying case

    Promising review: "I solely relied on this set for all my cooking utensil needs in a camper, and it has ALL the essentials. I was pleasantly surprised at the knife, scissor, and can opener quality. Dare I say those items perform better than my at home set?! The only minor thing I would/will add is a slotted serving spoon and a small oven type mit. I highly recommend this set! It really is a great deal for the quality. Even the cutting board is nice (washes well and is a good size)." —Beast Tamer by Day

    Get it from Amazon for $51.21 (available in two colors). 

    7. A camping organizer to add a few bedroom touches to your tent. You can use this organizer to store shoes, blankets, books, and any other materials you might need. It can be zipped closed so you can also place it outside your tent. 

    Promising review: "I’ve been using plastic bins forever, but they take up a bunch of space. This is a great organizer for organizing clothes inside a big yet (at least 7 person size), or to keep outside the tent as shoe organizer. It’s a bit sticky setting up, but what tension based camping gear isn’t. I plan on getting two more of these for a total of three (him/hers, outside shoes). Been looking for something like this for years, glad someone came out with a quality compact version!" —Ari Weiss

    Get it from Amazon for $59.97.

    8. A mosquito repeller, a bug spray alternative designed to create a 15-foot shield around you to help remain bite-free. 

    a reviewer photo of the repeller outdoors in brown
    the repeller in blue

    Promising review: "This unit has made it possible for me to spend time outdoors again. Just don’t forget to turn it off When you go inside. I forgot and used up all my cartridge. One other thing, go ahead and buy a refill kit when you order this so you won’t have to wait for it to come in. You’re going to love it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two finishes and 17 colors).

    9. A personal water filtration system that you can rig with your CamelBak to stay hydrated during your hikes. 

    A model squeezes a pouch with the filter on top, so the filtered water lands in a reusable water bottle
    A model, with the filter hooked up in the middle of their CamelBak hose

    As long as you know you'll pass a lake or river, that is — desert hikers, please still pack plenty of water!

    Promising review: "I immediately took it out for a day hike with the dog to give it a test in the field, near the Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula. Filling it was easy with the current, then I screwed the filter onto the bag, tipped it upside down, and water came out with a very effortless squeeze. When I got home I did the back flush with the syringe twice, and the thing flushed perfectly. This thing was a piece of cake to use, and for $20, you cannot beat it. I would recommend this filter to anyone!" —EJD

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in three pack sizes and three colors).

    10. A plastic-free cutlery set made from organic wheat straw fiber. These individual sets are great for on-the-go meals and even come with a cute carrying case so you won't have to worry about the knife and fork getting lost in the bottom of your pack.

    boxes in teal, orange, blue, and yellow; two are open, showing the utensil set
    Eco Paradise Goods / Etsy

    Each set comes with a fork, spoon, serraded knife, and pair of chopsticks. Eco Paradise Goods is a Miami-based small business that carries all kinds of waste-saving goods. 

    Promising review: "I already have two sets of these travel utensils and now I’m buying more. I love them! The spoons are my favorite and I love that this set comes with chopsticks too. They come with us camping, to picnics, in the car, everywhere basically." —Amber Mulder

    Get them from Eco Paradise Goods on Etsy for $13.59+ each (originally $16.99+; available in four colors and with the option to personalize). 

    11. A pop-up trash can just in case the campsite you choose isn't necessarily close to a trash can.  

    The green fabric bag, with a zippered top and black spirals where the wires hold it upright

    Promising review: "I was worried that it would just collapse while the trash bag fills but it’s hold up strong! I only wish there was some way to attach the bag so the sides don’t fall in. Maybe there is and I just don’t know? Haven’t really looked into it but you’d think if it did have something, it would be noticeable and self explanatory. But I love that I can tuck the bag inside and zip the top to keep the raccoons out while camping. And the color is nice so it’s not so noticeable. Keeps it a little disguised. Easy to fold and store away, lightweight and worth the money so far. We will see how long the material holds up and if raccoons are able to bust through." —Breana Whitaker

    Get it from Amazon for $17.48+ (available in five options). 

    12. A LifeStraw to give you peace of mind while camping. This device is designed to eliminate 99% of waterborne bacteria and certain parasites. It can filter contaminants as small as 0.2 microns. And it can strain — get ready for this—1,000 gallons of water. 

    Model using the straw to drink dirty pond water

    Note: If you’re immunocompromised, be sure to read all the package instructions to make sure it’s safe for you.

    Promising review: "The LifeStraw is indispensable for any interior camper. My buddy purchased these on a whim and have proven themselves numerous times. Very lightweight and conveniently hangs around neck. Time or energy is not wasted boiling water or using toxic water treatment chemicals, also no off tastes from using the LifeStraw. The only downside of this I foresee is for interior hiking, as frequent purging of the LifeStraw is required. I primarily canoe camp and thus water is readily available so this is not a problem for me. I do carry a water bottle for portages or for drinking in the tent. If you canoe camp or hike where there is abundant water buy this device!" —Dane

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four colors and various pack sizes). 

    13. A portable solar panel battery charger so you'll never be caught in the middle of a dicey situation with a dead phone battery. I'm sure you can think of multiple horror films where this gadget would've been handy.

    a reviewer photo of someone charging their ipad with the solar charger
    model wearing the solar panel charger over their backpack

    Promising review: "This solar battery power bank has been a great convenient power source for all of our camping and outdoor adventures. The solar charger came fully charged and was ready to use right out if the box. The snap closure on the solar screens keeps the unit nice and compact when not charging in the sun. It's the same size as my smartphone and twice as thick. I love the built-in flashlight feature on the backside. The easy-to-read lights on the side of the unit let me know exactly how full my battery stores are. So far I haven't had any issues with this unit and it has charged my cell phone and my son's tablet from about 15% battery life to full-on one solar charge and still has a few indicator lights left of power to go before being completely drained. I like that there are 2 USB ports and a micro USB port on the solar battery to enable simultaneously charging multiple devices at once." —Ardena

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99.

    14. A Zippo Typhoon match kit complete with a floatable container that holds 15 matches that will still light in extreme weather. So starting a fire by rubbing two sticks together becomes a last resort. 

    Model's hands holding a lit match and gray and red container

    Promising review: "If you get frustrated having your matches always blowing out before your fire get started, then these matches are for you! They light, stay lit, and burn longer! Just awesome!" —Abby

    Get it from Amazon for $16.39.

    15. A double hammock made of lightweight nylon ideal for when you want to cozy up with your significant other or bestie, sit back and enjoy the vibes. 

    A reviewer photo of two people 's legs and feet in the hammock, which is attached to a tree
    A reviewer photo of two people zipped into the hhammock

    It also comes with everything you need to hang it up easily (not all the hammocks on Amazon do): two heavy-duty steel carabiners and two 10-foot tree straps that have triple-stitched seams.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic hammock setup! It is a bargain — huge, versatile, and very comfortable. Plenty of room and no uncomfortable seams in the wrong places. The tree straps with loops are very convenient. After initial setup, neither the hammock nor suspension stretched appreciably over the duration of two rainy nights. I love that it uses nylon webbing in lieu of ropes — less stretch and feels more robust. It comes with tree straps, hammock, and suspension all tucked inside an attached stuff sack. I'm so pleased with this hammock; I may start leaving my tent at home. You need one." —Julian

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in 27 color combos).

    16. A waterproof, self-inflating, bed-height air mattress because sleeping outdoors shouldn't have to mean sleeping on the ground. You can even fit sheets and a comforter on this mattress. It'll be just like sleeping at home, minus the walls, ceiling, flooring... you get the picture. 

    Reviewer photo of the air mattress in a tent
    The double-high air mattress

    Promising review: "This is by far the BEST air mattress I have ever owned. Took it camping for 3 days. The built in pump is awesome. Takes about two minutes to fully inflate. Didn't have to add any air within three days at all. Super comfortable. It has a deflate knob. Takes maybe 2-3 minutes. Vacuum sealed in no time. Comes with a nice handled carrying bag. It may be more expensive than other mattresses, but trust me, for a great night's sleep and sturdiness, it's well worth the money in the long run. Highly recommend" —Ronald S.

    Get it from Amazon for $114.95+ (available in sizes Twin-King).

    17. A set of enameled dishes for four in case you'd like to eat off something a little more upscale than the usual paper plates. 

    Reviewer pic of the two blue speckled mugs next to two cookies
    Reviewer pic of the mugs, pitcher, and plates on a picnic table

    Promising review: "Love this camping set! Cups, bowls, and plates are good quality, beautiful blue speckled and a nice size. The silverware is very cheap, but for the price, it was cheaper to buy it this way. We did take it camping, and I loved how easy they were to wash. When you are washing in a bucket, at a campground, it's great when the food comes off easily. We have a family of six, and I bought two sets. Should buy one more set for camping next year. These are so cute; I want to use them in my kitchen!" —Tessa

    Get the 24-piece set from Amazon for $30.94+ (available in two colors).

    18. A delightfully extra propane camp stove/oven range so you can really feast beyond mere campfire cooking. 

    Promising review: "This thing is the BEST! Maybe the greatest camping purchase ever. I bought it and immediately brought it to a campground/festival we were at for eight days of no-hookup camping in Maine, and it was the bomb. I made three fruit pies using the Pillsbury refrigerator crust, puff pastry topped with Newfoundland snow crab, two batches of biscuits, baked haddock, countless pots of pour-over coffee, a giant pot of steamers, reheated clam chowder, popcorn, cookies, you get the idea. We went through 4-5 pounds of propane. Overall, if you're on the fence — just get it. You won't be sorry!" —Buddy

    Get it from Amazon for $232.

    19. Or a tabletop barbecue for a smaller cooking option for those campsites that can't accommodate a full-sized grill. 

    People grilling meat and potatoes on the white barbecue

    It's lightweight and even comes with a strap for easy carrying! The cork lid doubles as a heatproof base that regulates the air flow, and it's easy to use — just fill the main compartment with charcoal, stick the griddle back on, and light it up for some topnotch glampin' BBQ! 

    Get it from Amazon for $174.95 (available in two colors) or from Target for $299.99.

    20. A huge 120-quart cooler that'll keep all of your beverages nice and chilly even if they're sitting in direct sunlight.  It can hold up to 100 cans which should be more than enough for a weekend, right? 

    Promising review: "The claim that this cooler keeps ice for up to six days is LEGIT. I loaded this cooler up on Thursday morning as we were going camping. Sunday night, when I returned home, the ice had barely melted. The daily temperature during our camping trip was average 75-80 degrees. Cooler was in the sun most of the time. Since Sunday, I've left it in the sun (90 degree average temp) to see how long the ice would last. After six days, still has enough ice to cool food or drinks. I started out with four 10-lb blocks of ice and one 20-lb bag of ice cubes. This morning (Wednesday) was the sixth day, and the ice is still there. This cooler is well worth the money!" —Laura Pinola

    Get it from Amazon for $56.88+ (available in three colors).

    21. An inflatable lounge chair you can blow up with the element of wind. Just whip it back and forth and watch the wind inflate it. Then pop a squat and enjoy! 

    Promising review: "I'm not a small person, and I wasn't sure how it would hold me, but this chair is wonderful. I have used it all over! I took it camping, I took it to the beach, and I even sometimes blow it up and use it in my living room while watching TV. The hardest part is getting out of it gracefully!" —Limoncello

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98+ (available in 16 colors/patterns).

    22. A pack of wax-based fire starters that are pretty much a super chic way to get the fire burning. Plus, the burning pine and flowers add a sweet aroma to your campfire scene. 

    the wax-based fire starters with pine needles, twigs, and flowers
    Duck Island Designs / Etsy

    Duck Island Designs is a small business based out of Westbrook, Connecticut that sells hand-poured soy candles made in small batches.

    Promising review: "Works well for outdoor fire! They are very pretty, so feels special and relaxing to use them for family fire pit night. Works well if you start your fire with smaller kindling. A nice treat!" —Amelia Bowen

    Get a five-pack from Duck Island Designs on Etsy for $11.50.

    23. A cot and air mattress if you're anything like me and need to be as high off the ground as possible, especially when sleeping outside. You've just gone from camping to glamping. 

    two models sitting on a queen-size inflatable mattress on a cot inside a tall tent

    Promising review: "This is the most AMAZING camping bed I've ever used, and I've camped my entire life. Not only is it up off of the ground, so my 36-year-old disabled ass doesn't have to cry every time I get in and out of my sleeping bag, my suitcase FITS UNDERNEATH THE BED. Then, there's the cot itself. Mmm...comfy. There's an included air mattress! But won't that just fall off of the cot? That's where the genius of Coleman comes in, kids. They added a pocket made out of super soft microfiber material that feels like your favorite Grandmammy's sheets and zippers open to slide the Premium Coleman Air Mattress with Double Air Lock Magicalness inside, and then you zipper it shut again. But wait. There's more. HOW CAN THERE POSSIBLY BE MORE?! YOU'VE ALREADY GIVEN US SO MUCH, COLEMAN! MotherLoving Side Tables, Batman. They snap on right where you want them. With holes for all of your beverage-holding needs. And just enough room for a Kindle, a phone, and an adult beverage." —LieslGeneva

    Get a queen size from Amazon for $137.99 (also available as a twin).

    24. A lantern fan combo that'll keep your tent bright and cool without taking over your space. 

    The brushless motor supplies a whisper-quiet breeze, and it has a max wind speed of 10 ft. per second and two setting speeds. The light works for up to 37 hours of regular, continuous use. The fan works for 5 hours in high speed mode, and 15 hours in low speed mode! Batteries are not included, so don't forget to get some before checking out!

    Promising review: "I went camping this week, and I just hate when it's sooooo darn hot in the tent, and of course, there's no place to put a fan AND a light. This one worked perfectly. It hung by its built-in hook to the top of the tent, the light was just right, and the fan was quiet and effective for a two-person tent. Happy I bought it." —Kevin Gaither

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. portable campfire, both waterproof and windproof, that burns for up to five hours so you don't have to light, relight, and stoke the fire all night long. 

    Reviewer pic of the lit portable campfire on the beach
    Reviewer pic of the portable campfire lit

    Once you light it, it'll stay lit with no maintenance — until you're ready to put it out, of course, by snuffing it with the tin's lid. It's made from 100% recycled soy wax and paper briquettes. One reviewer also mentions they add more soy wax every time it gets low to extend its life.

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I cannot start a fire for my life and really missed the campfire experience. When I saw the Radiate portable campfire, I was a little skeptical, but curious enough to buy one. This is the coolest campfire I've ever seen, and it burns just as bright and lasts longer than a wood fire. The packaging is earth friendly, too." —ChiDeb

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.