31 Things From Walmart That You’ll Probably Find Useful If You Love Camping
The right gear can make or break any camping trip.
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camp stove to give you your hot meal fix no matter how far from electricity you find yourself.
Promising review: "Compact, powerful, super portable, and could not be easier to use. Whether it's an extra burner you need for the campsite, something you want to throw in the car for picnic or tailgate, or something for the patio while entertaining, this quality built appliance does the trick!" — anonymous
shaded canopy camping chair that'll keep you comfy and protected from the sun and rain while reading by the creek or chatting around a fire.
Promising review: "The item is light, handy, and very useful. Just put on the back of your car and you are good to go." — Aldric
pair of ultra-bright LED lanterns for you and your camping buddy, so no one will get lost or left behind.
Promising review: "I have bought several of these and given them out to my family and some friends. Has a bright shine to them and lights your surroundings well. I love them!" — Rosa
ultra-lightweight foldable table that'll be easy to carry to the campsite and sturdy enough to use for prep and serving.
Promising review: "Small, lightweight, fits perfectly in my kayak! I took this on a two-day kayak camping trip and it was perfect! Perfect size for prepping meals on and getting me up off the ground!" — DesertRatSGU
hammock with a mosquito net you can sleep or relax in without fear about falling out or waking up covered in itchy, red bumps.
Promising review: "Easy to put up! It's not a lot weight for backpackers, so it should last for years if you take care of it. I'm happy with [this] purchase" — clay
Price: $18.80 (available in three colors)
headlamp with multi-colored lights perfect for sending signals to your camping crew from afar or watching where you step during night hikes (or late-night bathroom trips).
Promising review: "I finally got [a headlamp] that is rechargeable because I hate having to constantly replace the batteries. This one is super bright and has two brightness settings. The flood light also has a red mode which is nice for when you want just barely any light. The headband is comfortable and adjustable and it recharges with a micro USB." — Trailblazer15
11-piece flatware and tableware set that'll be easy to transport, clean, serve on, and reuse camping trip after camping trip.
Promising review: "Got this set for a weekend camping trip and we love it. Also, about four other campers had the same kit! Our troop camps a lot, so [this set] will come in handy" — Amanda
giant backpack with compartments for everything you'll need (or think you could need) on your next camping adventure.
Promising review: "I took this pack with me to hike backcountry in Yellowstone. I was able to fit four days' worth of food in addition to clothes and toiletries. I strapped my sleeping bag to the outside of the pack using the buckles provided. I packed roughly 25 lbs in it. I am 5 feet tall and this pack was not too cumbersome for my stature. I highly recommend this pack!" — Alison
multifunction 10-in-1 tool set that'll likely save the day, whether you need a sharp knife to cut meat with or a small axe to gather firewood.
Promising review: "It has all you can want for camping." — Slyfoxb
inflatable pillow to prevent a stiff neck, which is especially no good during the trek home after a night camping.
Promising review: "Wow! What a great pillow! I used this pillow for tent camping with the Boy Scouts. I love the auto inflation feature. It's easy to add or take out air and it rolls up easily for transporting!" — Larry
packable, inflatable sleeping pad you can tuck into your sleeping bag for a better night's sleep than you knew you could have while camping.
Promising review: "I used this for five nights in Algonquin Provincial Park on hard/rocky ground and I didn't feel the rocks unless I used my elbow or knees. There were no problems with deflating. I loved it. Nice and small packing and easy to inflate/deflate." — HerbGuy
Price: $39.95 (available in three colors)
performance cooler that'll withstand all nature and whatever its inhabitants throw at it. It'll keep ice frozen for up to five days.
Promising review: "I was looking for a cooler for camping and fishing, but I don't have room for a monster, nor the need. This fits in the hatch of my GTI nearly perfectly. I still have room for supplies and take-down fishing poles without having to fold the rear seats down. Great work on an American-made product that is budget friendly. I'm impressed so far with the build quality and portability." — Hunter Mike
one-person backpacking tent you'll find easy to carry, pitch, and disassemble. At 22.5 feet wide and 40 feet high, this tent will perfectly fit you and all your gear comfortably.
Promising review: "Perfect size for one person! I have used it several times this summer and it was super easy and quick to set up and take down. It's also light-weight and easy to pack." — Joanie
pair of binoculars that prevent scratches and smudges and will give you a 170 degree wide-angle view of all nature has to offer.
Promising review: "I have not had these very long, but so far I find them to be a great product. I bought them for watching the birds and squirrels in my yard. I can focus them in very quickly. They are a very good product for the money." — trite
first-aid kit to save you and your crew from having to head back early due to minor injuries.
Promising review: "The kit came in handy on a jungle trek in Guatemala. We used the bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers (for thorns), and moleskin. Used it a few times after the trek too. Its coming with me on future vacations." — Tom
foldable water bottle that'll keep you hydrated...and when the water's out, can be rolled and packed away as if it wasn't just holding a liter of water.
Promising review: "We bought three of these foldable water bottles for a last-minute hike. They worked perfectly and fit nicely inside our backpacks at the beginning of our hike. Later, we easily clipped them onto our backpack straps with the included carabiner for quick access." — KCBlue
rain jacket with a hood to keep you dry. No soggy campers allowed.
Promising review: "I love this jacket! Fit is perfect and comfortable. Loved the color choice." — Willsmom
Price: $19.99(available in sizes S–XL and 4 colors)
Anker PowerCore portable charger that'll provide a week's worth of phone charges, so emergencies will be no match for your inexplicably dwindling iPhone battery.
Promising review: "I love Anker products. I have several different sizes and they never disappoint me. This one charges my phone extremely fast with the Quick Charge feature. Highly recommended!" – JCast
large tarp with heavy-duty tie-down grommets to protect the campsite from rain, snow, sun, or wind. It can also provide an easy-to-clean workspace for cooking in a pinch.
Promising review: "Super nice tarp! It is much heavier and stronger than run-of-the-mill tarps. The edges are double-seamed and the tie-downs (grommets) are aluminum. Very well-made and should last for years!" — Savasava
Price: $18.88+ (available in four sizes)
rubber mallet for quick and easy tent and tarp pitching, because using your hands or packing a hammer are both plain bad ideas.
Promising review: "This small mallet works perfectly for my uses of placing laminated wood tile Use for final placement after glue is very gentle where a hammer would break the tile." — Impd51
An easily transportable
folding shovel that'll be the extra hand you need when setting up camp and building a campfire.
Promising review: "Folds easily and stores without taking up much space. We plan on using this shovel over and over." — David
mummy sleeping bag to provide protection from the elements and keep you warm and cozy on cool fall or winter nights.
Promising review: "This sleeping bag was perfect for a camping trip with my family. It got a little chilly at night, but it was plenty warm and spacious for me. The inside is super soft to the touch. It also packs down pretty small. I have a backpacking trip with my brother in a couple of months, and I think this sleeping bag will do the trick." — Ricky
Price: $19.99 (available in two lengths)
personal water filter straw that'll help keep you hydrated and prevent exposure to most waterborne diseases, no matter what kind of body of water you're near.
Promising review: "Great lightweight water filter for camping, backpacking, hurricane supply kit. Long lasting and easy to use, filters thousands of gallons of water and cleans up easily of you happen to need to filter sandy or muddy water. GREAT product!!" — Downtown12
pack of fire starters because twisting two sticks together should be left to the scouts.
Promising review: "I have tried a variety of fire starters and this one wins hands down. I can stack some very large pieces of split wood (as long as it is dry) in my firebox, light up one of these, put it in, and walk away. In 15-20 minutes I have a roaring fire without fail. The other fire starters I have tried often burn out before the fire gets going." — RLipp
11-person instant tent for easy pitching and hosting more people than you'd ever thought you could feasibly camp with.
Promising review: "We love this tent. It has lots of room to move around and the little extra room in the back is so cute and perfect." — pink8604
Price: $99 (available in two colors)
Hand warmers, a must-have for winter or cold-weather camping. Keep them in your sleeping bag for extra toasty-ness while you sleep.
Promising review: "We bought these for a recent snowmobile trip at Yellowstone Park. Morning temperatures were in the -20F with a trip high of 7F. These worked great as hand warmers and we're also used to clean ice off helmet visors and keep faces warm inside masks. People put them inside clothing where ever heat was needed. They worked well and allowed us to [comfortably] see some spectacular scenery." — RonA
toe warmers to keep in your socks that'll keep your body temperature regular during cooler months and keep you cozy while you sleep.
Promising review: "I bought these for my husband for the winter months because he works on cold concrete and always complains that his feet are freezing. He tried the HotHands Toe Warmers and complains no longer! They last, are not bulging under his toes, and his feet are warm at last! Thanks for selling such a great product!" — bcamity
hand-held lantern/flashlight for toting around on walks or hikes or for elevating any scary story told around the campfire.
Promising review: "I've had many lights, but never one as good as this light weight, water-proof one. The 10 led lights are super bright. Totally happy with this awesome light. I use it for everything — mostly bow hunting and tracking deer. I highly recommend for anyone. Thanks Raovac for an awesome product and awesome price" — BowsniperUSMS
8-cup coffee pot set with a percolator for making cups of joe in the great outdoors. What's better than waking up to the smell of coffee and pine?
Promising review: "It makes great coffee — all you need is fire and any source will do. Wood, gas, electricity — all will work well. It makes coffee that's strong, weak, or in between. It's a very good coffee pot." — Booley B
electric space heater that'll be the perfect alternative if you're hesitant to light and safely maintain and campfire in the woods.
Promising review: "Bought this for camping in the fall and having just in case it got too cold at night. Worked perfectly. Did not have any problems in the tent with failing to light, staying lit, or giving off CO. It did give off a smell from burning the propane, but it did not set off a CO detector I brought just in case. All around a good thing to have." — ILfirefighter
heavy-duty camp grill you can use to crate an open flame so you can (safely) get your grill on outdoors.
Promising review: "We took this grill camping, and it worked out great! It fit around the fire ring at our sight, was easy to set up and take off again (using fire mitts), and was a good size to get all our food cooking. Hot dogs worked well directly on the grill over hot coals. Burgers were better when the grill was covered with foil and the the fire was higher. Folds up nicely for packing and storage. Overall, I am pleased with this item for the money." — Reviewinstuff
Price: $24.44 Need A Shopping Buddy?
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