39 Useful Camping Products You'll Probably Bring On Basically Every Single Trip
Prepare your headlamps and marshmallow roasting sticks.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
35. A mini dishes tool that makes cleaning up even the grimiest cooking pot a breeze, especially if you're backpacking.
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.
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.
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