Skip To Content

    We hope you love our recommendations! Some may have been sent as samples, but all were independently selected by our editors. Just FYI, BuzzFeed and its publishing partners may collect a share of sales and/or other compensation from the links on this page.

    39 Useful Camping Products You'll Probably Bring On Basically Every Single Trip

    Prepare your headlamps and marshmallow roasting sticks.

    1. A waterproof, wind-proof portable Radiate campfire that lights even if it gets wet, makes very little smoke and soot and no embers at all, and burns for up to five hours.

    2. A bright, waterproof 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.

    The headlamp and insets of each of the four brightness modes

    3. And a handheld 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. Or if you prefer to skip the batteries, a rechargeable lantern (the charging cord fits in the base) with LEDs that will never need replacing, so you can pretty much count on it lasting for years and years.

    the glowing lantern on a picnic table

    5. A set of marshmallow (or hot dog!) roasting sticks — they telescope all the way out to 34 inches for campfire time then collapse to 10 inches to store neatly away.

    6. A top-rated collapsible camp chair that comes complete with a four-can cooler pouch on one side and mesh storage pockets on the other, so you can rough it comfortably.

    The chair

    7. 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.

    8. Or a 40-liter 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.

    model wearing the backpack in green, which has waist strap as well as two shoulder straps

    9. An under-seat bike bag perfect stashing a few extra necessities if you drive, park, then pedal your way out to your favorite campsite with your pack on your back.

    10. A set of lightweight but heavy-duty aircraft aluminum tent stakes sure to put the plastic ones that came with your tent to absolute shame.

    11. And a cozy two, four, or six-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.

    Two models using the four-person tent

    12. Or a two-person truck-bed tent that you could basically leave up all camping-season long so escaping to your favorite site every weekend's easier than ever.

    The tent set up in a truck bed, with straps secured down in the wheel well and under the car, and the entrance at the tailgate

    13. An easy-to-inflate sleeping pad to make any type of ground feel like a luxury pillow top mattress.

    14. Or a full-fledged, self-inflating, bed-height 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.

    15. 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.

    model in grey sleepin gbag in tent

    16. A double hammock made of lightweight nylon ideal for peaceful afternoons reading under the trees and gentle nights sleeping under the stars.

    17. And a simple, easy-to-set-up hammock fly that'll keep you dry no matter how hard the rain pours down.

    The fly stretching over a camping hammock that's suspended between two trees

    18. A pair of supportive capris with a) flat-lock seams that won't chafe, b) moisture-wicking quick-dry fabric to help with that hike-induced s-w-e-a-t, and c) POCKETS so you can always have your favorite multitool (or just your phone) within easy reach at camp.

    19. A compact microfiber towel to dry you off faster than you can say "quick dip in the lake."

    20. A set of two rechargeable, waterproof walkie-talkies with a 25-mile(!!) range in the outdoors, so if part of your crew heads off on a hike, you can always stay in touch, even if there's not much reliable cellphone service.

    the two orange radios, with a camo carrying case

    21. 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).

    22. Or a pack of clean-burning macadamia nut shell and soy wax fire starters perfect for a low-stress campfire without the need for lighter fluid that can sometimes leave an aftertaste on your marshmallows....or having to go through quite so much paper kindling.

    the firestarters

    23. 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.

    24. The classic, incredibly durable, BPA-free, quart-size Nalgene water bottles — they really need no introduction. You can basically drop them down the side of a cliff and they'll stay perfectly intact.

    The 32 oz clear wide-mouth Nalgene bottle

    25. A lightweight aluminum folding table that can go from meal prep area to dinner table to evening poker table without batting an eye.

    26. A portable propane stove perfect for cooking all your favorite campsite recipes, whether they're super low-effort or decidedly extra.

    two-burner stove set up on picnic table at reviewer's campsite

    27. Or 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.

    The oven on a camp table; there's coffee on the stove and the oven's open to show a tray of cinnamon rolls

    28. A compact cooking set to heat up simple one-person meals without weighing down your pack.

    29. A classic flat-top, cast-iron Dutch oven perfect if you do want to try campfire cooking and make meals like you're on the Oregon Trail.

    30. And The Camp Dutch Oven Cookbook, which will give you all the basic how-tos you need to know plus a bunch of delicious five-ingredient recipes to try with your new pot. You'll be the a campfire master chef in no time!

    The cookbook cover, which also says "Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes to Eat Well in the Great Outdoors"

    31. Or if you're just cooking for one or two, a compact Überleben bush pot designed specifically for open-fire cooking: it features a quarter-circle looped handle that easily hooks into a stick, a lock-in-place lid with steam holes, and an easy-pour spout.

    the pot held over a fire with a stick

    32. A set of enameled dishes for four because if you camp with your family often enough, it's sometimes nice to eat off of something a little sturdier than paper plates.

    Photo of the green and white speckled set. There are four plates, four bowls, and four mugs, along with four each of forks, knives, and spoons

    33. Or an individual cutlery set made from organic wheat straw fiber, meaning it's plastic-free but still super durable for both camping and other on-the-go meals. Plus it comes with its own plastic carrying case to keep you from having to hunt down your fork from the bottom of your bag.

    boxes in teal, orange, blue, and yellow; two are open, showing the utensil set

    34. A pop-up trash can — not every campsite comes with a good spot to put trash, and something like this is *much* better than trying to find a place to tie a bag so it doesn't blow away.

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

    35. A mini dishes tool that makes cleaning up even the grimiest cooking pot a breeze, especially if you're backpacking.

    hand uses red square scraper on dirty cast iron skillet

    36. 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.

    37. Or a smaller soft cooler that'll keep everything nice and chilled for a weekend in the woods.

    38. A Thermacell zone mosquito repeller, which you simply refill every 12 hours for some quiet, effective, and downright sweet relief when twilight hits and those tiny vampires begin to emerge.

    39. And basic 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.

    Five different containers of the repellant: a 12 hour spray, two sizes of a "regular" spray, a lotion, and a tiny travel spray

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    illustrated gift guide banner