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30 Insanely Useful Camping Products You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

Everything you need to make the great outdoors even greater.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite camping products and their suggestions will make you want to head outdoors ASAP!

1. A lightweight (yet strong) portable hammock built for two.

2. An inflatable, solar-powered light.

3. And a self-inflating sleeping pad.

4. A magnesium bar that will make starting a fire so much easier.

5. A microfilter for purifying water from lakes, streams, and other natural water-sources.

"My MSR has filtered hundreds of gallons of water in its time and continues to work beautifully (with a few filter changes, of course). Modern filters are small and lightweight and will often fit onto a Nalgene bottle. A definite must for anyone planning on more than a day hike."

—Bucky James Dio, Facebook

Get one here for $59.94.

6. Or a water bottle with a filter built right in to the straw.

7. A tent that will stand up to a LOT of wear and tear.

8. A perfect-for-a-family lantern that can break down into four smaller lights.

"The Coleman LED lantern has four detachable panels that can be powered individually or together on the base. It's crazy bright."


Get one here for $54.99.

9. Matches you can use in the midst of a storm.

10. A pair of cushiony socks for tired feet..

11. A reusable coffee filter for getting a caffeine fix when you're miles away from the nearest Starbucks.

12. Some simple bandanas you're sure to find a use for.

13. A dutch oven with a lid that you can use as a griddle.

14. ~Magical~ packages that'll help keep you warm for up to 18 hours.

15. A waterproof and quick-to-assemble cot to aid you in getting a good night's rest.

"My Therm-a-Rest camping cot folds up to be extremely small and light, but sleeping just a few inches off the ground makes a huge difference. It was a lifesaver while camping for two weeks in the Himalayas—the rest of the group was extremely jealous!"


Get one here for $213.46.

16. A Leatherman multi-tool that'll end up saving the day over and over again.

17. A rugged water-resistant and crush-proof case to keep expensive (but small) items from being ruined.

"A lifesaver for your valuables!"


Get one here for $22.34.

18. And a holder to prevent eggs from getting cracked before they're meant to be.

19. A panini press to use over a campfire.

"You can do breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert. Makes for super-cheap camping meals that are really good and can be as healthy or unhealthy as you like! No more relying on nasty hotdogs to keep meals cheap. Get quinoa bread and healthy fillings if you like. Do stuffed French toast. Whatever!"


Get one here for $16.99.

20. A backpack you won't hate having to carry.

"My back and shoulders thanked me for using this pack after my first few trips out!"


Get one here for $172.46.

21. An easy-to-set-up tent for people who camp in large groups.

22. A Rubbermaid tote to store all your gear in.

23. A compact personal cooking system that can bring water to a boil in only two minutes.

24. A sleeping bag built for two.

25. Or a personal sleeping bag.

"This thing is useful even when sitting out by a campfire or on a cold, rainy day. It has drawstrings that can be tied up around the waist for better mobility and zippered arm holes, a hood and pockets! A little pricey, but absolutely worth it! I've had mine for three years and it literally comes with me wherever I go!


Get one here for $135.95.

26. A headlamp that will basically turn you into a camping Rudolph.

27. A device that keeps away bugs without spray.

"My family spends a lot of time in the deep woods and this reusable repellant is one you don't even spray on! Just turn it on and anywhere within 5-10 feet is completely protected from bugs. No other repellant has compared to this one."


Get one here for $22.34.

28. A poncho that'll keep you dry in more ways than one.

29. Some soap that's actually safe to use out in nature.

30. And if you can truly never get enough when it comes to outdoor products, sign up for Cairn.

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