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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.

"What makes any camping trip for me is my hammock: an ENO DoubleNest (the best pound and a half of gear I own). Nothing compares to lying in a hammock in the middle of nowhere, just soaking in the peace or reading a book. Depending on the weather (and the bug situation), I often spend the night there instead of my tent."

—Matthew Hall, Facebook

Get one here for $69.95.


3. And a self-inflating sleeping pad.

"Not only does it make sleeping on a hard ground (or rocks) way more comfortable, but people underestimate the power of having a protective underneath layer insulating your body and keeping you warm."


Get one here for $29.99.

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.


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

"I will never buy a tent from anyone but Kelty ever again. I went on an 18-week road trip and used my Kelty tent every night. It survived being stomped by a moose and a hail storm in the Badlands. Plus, they have an amazing lifetime warranty for repair/replacement."

—Claire Elyce Wiedman, Facebook

Check out a variety of models here.

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

"They are very cheap, but they help so much when you're out and it's raining or windy. I have a pack in my backpack at all times."

—Erika Drewke, Facebook

Get one here for $7.95.


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

"Every time I go backpacking or peak-bagging, my favorite item is that extra special gift I set aside for when I'm super tired: a brand new pair of Smartwool socks. There are few feelings more rewarding than soft, unblemished wool on tired feet."

—Dan Razzaia, Facebook

Get a pair here for $17.

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

"It clips onto your cup and you pour hot water through it. Can I live without coffee? Yes. Should I have to? NO!"

—Lev Tobias, Facebook

Get one here for $9.23. Want something a bit ~fancier~? Take a look at a French press travel mug here.

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

"Pot holder, sweat rag, hand towel, wash cloth. Soak one in a cool creek and tie it around your neck to cool off. Use one to make a little pouch to carry things if you wander away from base camp. In an emergency, you could use one for bandages or as a tourniquet. Or as toilet paper."

—Daniel Helms, Facebook

Get a pack here for $8.99.


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.


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.


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.


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.

"You can use it for its intended purpose (when it rains) or as a small tarp to put under your sleeping bag if you're camping under the stars. You could also can put one over a log in the morning so you don't get your butt damp from dewy wood, etc. People talk smack about ponchos, but they're actually pretty amazing."


Get one here for $14.99.

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

"Dr. Bronner's Castile Liquid soap. It's great to use for almost everything: from washing clothes to washing your body to brushing your teeth to cleaning the dishes!"

Anna Marie DeMarco

Get some here for $18.40.


The comments for this post have been edited for length and clarity.