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    33 Camping Products So Useful You'll Probably Want To Take Them On Every Trip

    ::straps on headlamp, readies telescoping marshmallow roasting stick::

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    1. A waterproof, wind-proof portable 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.,

    Once you light it, it'll stay lit with no maintenance — until you're ready to put it out, of course, by snuffing it with the tin's lid. It's made from 100% recycled soy wax and paper briquettes. One reviewer also mentions they add more soy wax every time it gets low to extend its life.

    Promising reviews: "Bought two of these to try out on a weekend trip up to Lake Hume in Sequoia National Forest. These worked amazingly well! Used half of one the first night the rest on the next morning. Used the next one for the second night and it toasted marshmallows to perfection. This is a must have for me on all my trips from now on!" —Mgonz

    "I just used it tonight on the beach and it was perfect! It was compact, easy to light, and the flame was large like a campfire and it gave off much more heat than I expected. It smelled really good and was easy to put out when we were done. It did smell a tiny bit like burning paint as the wax burned down and the side of the tin heated up. But once I finish this tin (looks like I’ll get about 4.5 hours of burn time) I’ll absolutely be buying another." —Kayla Vallone

    Get it on Amazon for $27.99+ (available with or without eucalyptus oil and lemon oil).

    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

    It has four different modes: three levels of white light brightness, plus a red light mode (so you could jog with it before sunrise and still be seen by cars, or just wear it without blinding anyone who's walking the opposite way). The light itself is tilt-able, so you can illuminate anything comfortably.

    Promising review: "This headlamp is incredibly bright for the price. I used this for a camping trip and it did everything I needed it to. It fit around my head and stayed put. The different light powers and the red light are incredibly useful because it allowed me to be around other people or see far away if I needed it. I would not hesitate to buy this again if I need to. I would also not hesitate to take it camping or use as a headlamp for a night hike." —Brendan Price

    Get it on Amazon for $5.99 (available in eight colors).

    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.


    You can also turn off the bottom light to use it as a tabletop lantern. To switch between the modes, all you do is slide it open or closed. It's 200 lumens and runs on four AA batteries, but weighs just 8.3 ounces.

    Promising reviews: "Very nice light. Brought it on a three-day camping trip. Seems very durable and gives off good light. Very handy as a lantern and works just as well in flashlight mode. The lantern gave plenty of light to illuminate a 7x16 tent. Totally worth it." —Amazon Customer

    "Gives nice light. Small and "light". Dang I kill myself lol. Nice minimal backpacking lantern." —Ken T

    Get it on Amazon for $25.14.

    4. 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.


    Each one has a different color at its base, so you always know whose stick is whose. And because it has two prongs, marshmallows don't spin on the stick when they get extra gooey, making it easier to get that perfectly even caramelized crunchy layer.

    Promising review: "Sturdy, functional, and easy to manage for kids and adults. The rainbow colors are a lovely bonus and help with confusion around which stick belongs to who. The carrying case seals the deal. A great addition to our camping supply box! The only negative comment I heard around the fire pit from users was that they could have been a bit longer. Don't let that be a deterrent for purchasing these well made roasting sticks. Everyone knows that the glowing embers make for the best roasting, not the raging bonfire, anyway. Enjoy!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them on Amazon for $24.80.

    5. 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

    Best for only those trips where you can drive into your campsite, of course — while it does come with a carrying bag, you're not gonna want to tote its eight pounds much further than a few yards.

    Promising reviews: "This chair is by far the best chair of this kind that I have ever bought! I love that the seat is wide and you don't have to worry about the metal poles digging into your legs. It's very comfortable, and the cooler and the storage are great bonuses. Cooler held about five beers with no ice. I love this for my campfires!" —Ashley

    "These chairs are so comfortable! I love the cooler on the side. I didn't put ice in it, just stuck our drinks in, and it did keep them cold for a few hours. I would definitely recommend this for any plus-size person." —Phileena

    Get it on Amazon for $28.48+ (available in four colors).

    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.

    For those trips where you're hiking out to your campsite, of course. According to the listing, all the sizes also now have a cinching buckle–strap across the opening to secure it to your pack (some reviewers from before 2018 mention it being like a big shower cap with no strap).

    Promising reviews: "I hiked the Mist Trail at Yosemite National Park last week and this cover was invaluable. It not only kept my pack contents dry going to the top of Vernal Falls but also a tripod attached to the outside. Later, on the John Muir trail I had to actually walk under a small waterfall. Again, the cover kept everything dry. After leaving the wet area it dried quickly too." —Rick

    "Quick and easy to install in the event of unexpected downpours. I felt so smart whipping this out and covering my backpack when I encountered an unexpected rainstorm while temple hopping in Cambodia. It was key in keeping my electronic and camera gear dry." —Caroline on Crack

    Get it on Amazon for $7.95+ (available in five sizes and nine colors).

    7. Or a 50-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.

    A model with the backpack on

    It has padded adjustable straps, lots of pockets both large and small, plus external attachment points for your water bottle or hydration reservoir, tent, trekking poles, and sleeping bag.

    Promising review: "So you're going camping for a few days with maybe a bit of hiking. Well, I recommend this if you need something comfortable, a bit roomy and pretty good quality. I am a woman and finding something that sits well on my back without rubbing in the wrong places can be hard, but this pack sits well on my small frame. It holds a lot of stuff in a very organized manner, so you can find things without having to unpack everything. The straps are very comfortable and, even with the added weight of your gear, don't cut into you. I load up a sleeping bag, tent, and self inflating mat off the rear of the pack, letting them dangle behind me, then pile my clothes and personal items inside. It works very well for me." —J. Mason

    Get it on Amazon for $29.99+ (available in eight colors).

    8. 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.

    Reload Bags

    Reload Bags are a black-co-founded brand handmade in Philadelphia and have a lifetime warranty. (If you're in the market for a stylish, super durable, and completely waterproof backpack, they also make a beautiful splurge-worthy option.)

    Get the bike bags from Reload Bags in green, yellow, and red or black for $65 (available in five colors).

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


    They're brightly colored and topped with reflective neon cord, so they're easier to spot in long grass.

    Promising review: "These things are AWESOME! They're lightweight for backpacking but also hold exceptionally well. I was camping in Hatteras a few months back, and these things really held well in the sand of the campground there. Even when 30-40 mile an hour gusts from a late season thunderstorm rolled in, all of my staked-down tent parts held firm. I especially appreciated the easily seen in the dark–pull cords that let me quickly pull up my tent at 3 AM when I decided to ride out the storm on a drive to my next destination instead. Excellent product. Essential for serious campers." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight XL-size stakes plus the carrying case on Amazon for $24.50.

    10. 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

    Some reviewers suggest using a seam seal for extra peace of mind if it rains, but the tent's also designed to have covered seams and comes with a rain fly, so you do you.

    Promising review: "I camp often, about half of each month in the spring, summer and fall. I've had many tents over the years but this one takes the cake. It's incredibly easy to set up. Two people can have it up in less than 15 minutes once you do it one time, or have used other tents in this style before. The head room is great, I'm six feet tall and can stand and move comfortably which is a blessing. My favorite thing about this tent though...and I mean absolute favorite.. is that it stays DRY. I camped on the coast of Maine for three weeks over the summer, where every morning a thick fog would roll through the woods. It also rained frequently. This tent got not a drop of water in it. I've never had a tent that stayed so dry. There's also a vent near the floor of one side which helps keep inside condensation to a minimum. If you've ever camped and ended up with that "damp blanket" feeling, this is a great tent to try to eliminate that." —Kristina Maria

    Get it on Amazon for $57.90+ (available for two, three, four, or six people, and in two colors).

    11. 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

    Promising review: "I have a 2018 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab. First time I took it out, it rained, sleeted and snowed all day and night. It took me about 30 minutes to set up that first time. I had a little space heater with me and despite being in the 20’s, the tent heated to over 70 degrees in about 10 minutes! And, most importantly, I stayed dry all night! Was also very impressed with the amount of room in this tent. I’m six feet tall and had more than enough room for my gear. I love this tent and have used it several times. Never once have I been disappointed. Feel like I got away with something because of the price!" —M. Seyer

    Get it on Amazon for $99.99.

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


    Well, maybe not quite that nice, but definitely more comfortable than it would've been.

    Promising review: "Where has this thing been all my life? I took it on a four day excursion and never slept better. Once inflated (takes me 9–12 breaths), I can't MAKE any part of my body touch the ground when laying down on it (I'm about 185 lbs). My back is ALWAYS pretty sore and usually keeps me from sleeping as long as I'd like when camping, but I get a good 8–10 hours of sleep a night with this thing. I've NEVER been able to do that tent camping. 9–12 breaths of inflation is definitely worth the enhanced comfort and convenience. The bag also has a little sown in pocket that includes a patch kit. Thankfully I haven't had to use it, but it's a nice touch." —J. Rolfe

    Get it on Amazon for $43.99+ (available in five colors).

    13. 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., Amazon

    Which: no shame! You can make your tent as a fancy as you like, especially if you're driving up to your campsite or are near somewhere with a wall plug — because you will need that to inflate it.

    Promising review: "First time to purchase this brand. Did as directed, and inflated and deflated several times before we actually used it to stretch it out. We took it camping! It was great! Comfortable! Did have to inflate a bit one day but think only because of temperature change in the weather. It went from 99° and dropped to 62° in a rain storm. But other than that, wonderful! Especially loved the height being able to sit on the side and stand up like a normal bed." —Catherine Beckett

    Get it on Amazon for $94.95+ (available in sizes twin-king).

    14. 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.,

    It's machine wash, air dry.

    Promising review: "Took this on a trip to Colorado, used it at around 9,500 feet. Daytime was 105, nighttime was in the 50's. It's perfect for camping: lightweight and easy to carry. Only negatives I have: the "pillow" at the top was a little flat — bring your camp pillow — and it is VERY hard to get back into the little bag (but that is typical of any sleeping bag: they grow). Heading back out to CO for a fall camping trip, and looking forward to using this again." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $27.98 (available in two colors).

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

    It also comes with everything you need to hang it up easily (not all the hammocks on Amazon do): two heavy-duty steel carabiners and two 10-foot tree straps that have triple-stitched seams.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic hammock setup! It is a bargain—huge, versatile, and very comfortable. Plenty of room and no uncomfortable seams in the wrong places. The tree straps with loops are very convenient. After initial setup neither the hammock nor suspension stretched appreciably over the duration of two rainy nights. I love that it uses nylon webbing in lieu of ropes—less stretch and feels more robust. It comes with tree straps, hammock, and suspension all tucked inside an attached stuff sack. I'm so pleased with this hammock I may start leaving my tent at home. You need one." —Julian

    Get it on Amazon for $31.99 (available in 30 colors / color combos).

    16. 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

    Promising review: "I picked this up for using while hiking the Appalachian Trail. I'm a hammock camper, so, I need something to cover my hammock at night. This rain fly is perfect. It's lightweight, easy to put up and durable. It has held up to 24 hour of hard rain and everything underneath stayed dry. When the sun came out, it was easy to shake off and pack up for the next hike!" —Bryan Zeski

    Get it on Amazon for $49.97.

    17. 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.

    Superfit Hero

    The brand also has a v. cool Body Positive Fitness Finder on their site!

    Promising review: "I've pretty much been living in these since I bought them. They are so comfortable, they don't ride up or fall down. I feel ready to run, walk, bike ride, skate... or just go to the grocery at any second." —Javonne S.

    Get them from SuperFit Hero in black or cobalt for $84 (available in sizes XS–5XL).

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


    Promising review: "It's a good size, thin but soft, machine washable and dry-able, quick to dry in the sun, and beach sand doesn't really stick. It's not as warm and supple as wrapping up in a cotton terrycloth towel right out of the shower, but it dries you off in a fraction of the time. It dries bare skin very quickly (though you have to blot the water off) becoming only minimally damp itself, though it gets saturated with water in any spots where it's wrapped over wet swimwear. It's extremely light and compact. I've taken it to the lake, beach, camp shower, and gym. It's a very worthwhile investment!" —bruyere

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99-$19.99 (three sizes available in 10 color combos).

    19. 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.


    As long as you know you'll pass a lake or river, that is — desert hikers, please still pack plenty of water!

    Promising review: "I immediately took it out for a day hike with the dog to give it a test in the field, near the Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula. Filling it was easy with the current, then I screwed the filter onto the bag, tipped it upside down, and water came out with a very effortless squeeze. When I got home I did the back flush with the syringe twice, and the thing flushed perfectly. This thing was a piece of cake to use, and for $20, you cannot beat it. I would recommend this filter to anyone!" —EJD

    Get it on Amazon for $24.95+ (available in five colors).

    20. 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

    Promising review: "Nalgenes are notoriously hard to break. I've taken them hiking in -20 degree weather and had them freeze, but they still didn't burst on me. I've dropped them down cliffs while full of water and found them again later, still intact. It has a wide mouth that makes it easy to fill and clean, plus measurement markings on the outside so you can measure out amounts of water for, say, cooking at camp. It can even can hold hot/boiling water if necessary (for a winter night, put hot water in this bottle, wrap it in a wool sock, and put it in your sleeping bag. It will keep you nice and toasty)." —A. Jones

    Get one on Amazon for $10.29+ (32 colors available).

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


    I mean...if tables had eyes? It also packs away into a handy carrying bag.

    Promising reviews: "I went to a family reunion last year with one of these. This year, there were four of these tables because everyone went out and got one. Very useful for camping. Not strong enough to sit on or anything, but use a chair (your mother and I raised you better)." —George Teuber

    "Perfect for camping. Lightweight but sturdy, easy to assemble. Collapses and stores in the included storage bag. I use it for my small Weber Charcoal Grill." —jeepnyakin

    Get it on Amazon for $42.99.

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

    The fold-open stove, set on a picnic table, cooking bacon in one skillet and potatoes and the other

    It's big enough to fit both a 10-inch and a 12-inch pan right next to each other and folds down for easy storage and transport.

    Promising review: "This stove is a lifesaver and we absolutely love it. There are no bad things I can say about it, and if it ever broke, we would replace it with the same stove immediately. It's a game changer for camping. We used to just cook everything and heat our coffee water on a campfire which can just take forever. This stove heats up SO quickly and saves so much time. It is incredibly simple to use, just pop it open, connect the propane port to the stove, connect the propane tank to the port, turn the dial on the stove to start the propane, and fire it up! It takes only a few minutes and the flame is strong for fast cooking. One small Coleman propane tank lasts us multiple camping trips depending on use. We have also busted this stove out when our power goes out at home as well which has been a huge help." —The Litsingers

    Get it on Amazon for $43.88.

    23. 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

    Promising review: "This thing is the BEST! Maybe the greatest camping purchase ever. I bought it and immediately brought it to a campground/festival we were at for eight days of no-hookup camping in Maine, and it was the bomb. I made three fruit pies using the Pillsbury refrigerator crust, puff pastry topped with Newfoundland snow crab, two batches of biscuits, baked haddock, countless pots of pour-over coffee, a giant pot of steamers, reheated clam chowder, popcorn, cookies, you get the idea. We went through 4-5 pounds of propane. Overall, if you're on the fence — just get it. You won't be sorry!" —Buddy

    Get it on Amazon for $234.52 (and a carrying bag for $61.99).

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


    It comes with the little pot, its locking lid, and two insulated plastic cups.

    Promising review: "When using a fuel canister/stove for my cook system, I pair it with this. The stove actually fits inside this, inside the mugs. I backpack in midwest and West (Sierras), and haven't found anything about I don't like. Easy to clean, stores well. I've cooked next to folks with systems that cost 10x as much and we'll eat at about the same time, and will share the trail again in the morning! It's a good, low-risk, entry-level, kit. I've also used it car camping for simple oatmeal/coffee breakfast, over open-fire." —Fredonyer it is!

    Get it on Amazon for $14.97.

    25. 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.


    Promising review: "There is just something about cooking with a camp dutch oven. Don't know if it is the wonderfully even heat of cast iron, the ease of using coals, or the way things taste, but it is the best way to cook a wide variety of items. If you've never baked with a camp dutch oven you will have a great time doing it and amaze your family and friends once you get the hang of it. You see the feet? That's what makes it a "camp" dutch oven. Many people have dutch ovens for their stove tops and they are great, but with these you can cook using charcoal or over a wood fire. You can roast, cook, bake, fry, and use it as a griddle. If properly taken care of you will end up passing it down for generations." —David K. Crabtree

    Get it on Amazon for $74.42+ (available in three sizes). You might also want to consider a lid lifter ($13.46 on Amazon) and/or a lid stand ($12.94 on Amazon), to make opening and moving the pot around a bit easier.

    26. 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"
    Rockridge Press

    Promising review: "As a novice Dutch oven chef, I found the intro sections very useful (how many coals for a given temperature, how to season, even a suggested camping menu). More importantly, though, the recipes are easy to follow and prepare, and the food turns out great. I've cooked my way through many (but not all) of them and have yet to find a dud. Depending on the setting, I've used charcoal, a campfire, and the oven in my kitchen, and despite my mediocre abilities, the output has been good." —G. Burnett

    Get it on Amazon for $11.79.

    27. 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

    Of course if you love paper plates, keep doing you! Just take your trash with ya.

    Promising review: "Love this camping set! Cups, bowls and plates are good quality, beautiful blue speckled and a nice size. The silverware is very cheap but for the price it was cheaper to buy it this way. We did take it camping and I loved how easy they were to wash. When you are washing in a bucket, at a campground, it's great when the food comes off easily. We have a family of six and I bought two sets. Should buy one more set for next camping year. These are so cute I want to use them in my kitchen!" —Tessa

    Get the set on Amazon for $36.99.

    28. 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

    Promising review: "I shouldn't love a trash can this much, but I do. It's PERFECT for camping. My trash bags weren't big enough to fit correctly, but that worked out because it allowed me to have a trash bag and recycling bag in one spot. Zips up to keep the bugs out, every camper should own one. If you keep it clean it doubles as great storage too for all the smaller camping accessories so you can make less trips to the car for packing." —Melissa Vice

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (also available in blue, for recycling).

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

    Promising review: "Works great! The scrub brush is a little small (like three toothbrushes lined up), but you can’t expect much from something designed to be small and lightweight. Regardless, it’s still effective at lathering soap and removing gunk. Just takes a little more elbow grease than a larger dish scrubber. The scraping edge, of course, works like any scraper and is very effective. Packs easily into my cook pot for camping, and my pack for cleaning reusable dishes after lunch in the office cafeteria." —Andrew

    Get it on Amazon for $4.95.

    30. 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.


    Promising review: "The claim that this cooler keeps ice for up to six days is LEGIT. I loaded this cooler up on Thursday morning as we were going camping. Sunday night when I returned home, the ice had barely melted. The daily temperature during our camping trip was average 75–80 degrees. Cooler was in the sun most of the time. Since Sunday, I've left it in the sun (90 degree average temp.) to see how long the ice would last. After 6 days, still has enough ice to cool food or drinks. I started out with four 10-lb blocks of ice and one 20lb bag of ice cubes. This morning (Wednesday), was the sixth day and the ice is still there. This cooler is well worth the money!" —Laura Pinola

    Get it on Amazon for $55 (also available in two other sizes) .

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


    It all depends on how many people you're feeding, of course! And (as with any cooler), everything will stay much colder if you follow all of the included instructions and pre-chill it

    Promising review: "Excellent cooler, keeps things cold over 24 hours if not in direct sun. The bag is leak-proof and the soft material allows for flexibility in transportation (and what seems like less total space). I've used this for grocery delivery, groceries, and for camping. Easy clean-up. Excellent bag. Worth the price." —J.R. Collins

    Get it on Amazon for $49.95+ (available in four sizes and eight colors).

    The cover on this is canvas; if you prefer something vinyl, you can get the same cooler with a vinyl outer layer on Amazon for $59.95+ (also available in four sizes, but just two colors).

    32. 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).


    It also has an emergency whistle and a small compass.

    Promising review: "Other flint and steel combinations I've owned have had a metal rod and then a small magnesium dowel inset into the the top of the steel rod. But, if my understanding of the rod is correct, you get a full rod of magnesium — several times the amount of magnesium you get in most other flint and steel combinations. I also like is the saw-tooth edge, which allows you to scrape off magnesium so it lands on your tinder. This extends the spark, increasing the chances you'll start the fire. And I think the solid magnesium will last a long time." —The Ideator

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    33. 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

    Learn more about the differences between different repellents here and here.

    Promising review: "I live near rice fields, which means mosquitoes all day, every day, 10 months of the year. I was really disappointed with DEET products: most are aerosols, and they quit spraying while you have about half the product left in the can. I found this product from the Consumer Reports review and decided to try it. It is VERY effective. When I use this, I don't even see mosquitoes in my vicinity! It has a light scent that fades within 20 minutes, but keeps working for hours. I walk my dogs 2–3 times per day, and most other products are pretty effective, but I will notice that clouds of mosquitoes following me, especially after a long walk (they are attracted to the CO2 you exhale). Not so with this: mosquitoes keep their distance. This is also long lasting — I spray it once and don't need to reapply for up to 7 hours." —L. Bradford

    You can buy it in sixteen different sizes and applications from Amazon, like two bottles of spray for $13.40 (that's $6.70 each).

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

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