28 Useful Camping Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner
The perfect excuse to get out and camp = buying cool new gear.
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1. A waterproof, wind-proof portable campfire that keeps bugs at bay, makes very little smoke and soot and no embers at all, and burns for up to five hours.
2. A bright LED headlamp to light your path whether you're setting up your tent after dark, reading a little before tucking into your sleeping bag, or navigating your way to the campsite's bathrooms.
3. And a hand-held flashlight that converts to a camping lantern to hang from the ceiling of your tent, so you can stay up chatting even after the fire's burned out.
4. A set of eight marshmallow roasting sticks — they telescope out to 32 inches for campfire time then collapse to 13 inches to store neatly away.
5. A top-rated oversize collapsible camp chair that comes complete with a four-can cooler pouch on one side and storage pockets on the other, so you can rough it comfortably.
6. A waterproof backpack cover for keeping all the contents of your pack safe and dry, no matter what kind of weather Mother Nature throws your way.
7. Or a backpack that includes a waterproof cover in a dedicated pocket, if you're just starting to build your collection and don't want to use your high school pack anymore.
8. A set of lightweight but heavy-duty aluminum tent stakes sure to put the plastic ones that came with your tent to absolute shame.
9. And a cozy two-to-four-person tent — it pitches in no time so you can get out and start hiking ASAP, if you don't have tent that you love yet.
10. Or a two-person truck-bed tent that you could basically leave up all camping-season long so escaping to your favorite campsite every weekend's easier than ever.
11. An easy-to-inflate sleeping pad to make any type of ground feel like a luxury pillow top mattress.
12. Or a full-fledged, self-inflating air mattress that you can even fit with a spare set of sheets and a comforter instead of a sleeping bag, if you're more of the ~glamping~ type.
13. A basic sleeping bag — it'll keep you warm as long as it isn't literally freezing outside, then pack down into a small (ish) little pouch for storage.
14. A double hammock made of lightweight nylon ideal for peaceful afternoons reading under the trees and gentle nights sleeping under the stars.
15. And a simple, easy-to-set-up hammock tarp that'll keep you dry no matter how hard the rain pours down.
17. A personal water filtration system that you can rig up with your CamelBak so you never worry about carrying enough water on a hike through the woods ever again.
18. The classic, durable AF, BPA-free, quart-size Nalgene water bottle — it really needs no introduction. You can basically drop them down the side of a cliff and they'll stay perfectly intact.
19. A lightweight aluminum folding table that can go from meal prep area to dinner table to evening poker table without batting an eye.
21. A full-fledged propane camp stove/oven range so you can eat incredible cinnamon rolls while gazing at incredible views, with none of the stress of campfire cooking.
22. But if you do want to try campfire cooking, a classic flat-top, cast-iron dutch oven's one of the easiest ways to get started making meals like you're on the Oregon Trail.
23. A mini dishes tool that makes cleaning up even the grimiest cooking pot a breeze, especially if you're backpacking.
24. A huge 120-quart cooler — it basically has superpowers, because it can keep ice from melting even while it sits in the direct sun day after day.
26. A mini utility tool to fit right on your keychain. It can tackle any loose screws, stubborn sticks, or unopened bottles that cross your path — whether you're at a campsite or not!
27. A magnesium fire starter that'll work in any weather and take up almost no space in your camping gear, just in case (or just for fun).
28. Insect repellent made with Picaridin instead of DEET, which means it works to repel biting flies as well as mosquitos — as well as ticks, chiggers, and gnats.
The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.