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    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.

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    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. Oh, and if that's not enough, Radiate's a small business that mainly focuses on these portable campfires!

    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 from Amazon: $27.99 for the original and $28.99 for a eucalyptus-scented version.

    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
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    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 $9.97 (available in eight colors).

    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.

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    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 $23.99.

    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
    Coleman

    It's part of Coleman's OneSource power system, which is basically a battery system that works with multiple devices. It has two settings, dim and bright, plus the battery has an LED flashlight on it just in case. 

    Promising review: "I purchased this lantern as a safety light in case of a power outage, and as a light to pack and take on trips with me. I found out that it had so many more uses and was one of the best purchases I have made this year. The lantern itself is fairly small and lightweight making it easy to pack and carry around. It has a nicely located dial for adjusting the amount of light. It is a warm white light that produces exceptional brightness for its size. As a lantern I would give it superior marks, but the real thing that impressed me was the removable rechargeable battery pack. The pack slots in to the top of the lantern, and can be recharged using a USB-C port located on the top. The battery also however can serve as a portable power bank as it has a USB output located on the top as well. This is very useful for charging a phone or small devices. It also has a indicator light that shows you the level of charge and a small LED flashlight which produces an impressive amount of light. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this lantern and will be taking it with me on all my camping trips." —tpclark5

    Get it from Bass Pro Shops for $64.99+ (available in two brightnesses). 

    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.

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    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 $19.97.

    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.

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    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 $29.99+ (available in four colors).

    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.

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    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 $8.99+ (available in 5 sizes and 11 colors).

    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
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    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: "Bought this bag for my work season at Yellowstone National Park. I wanted something that wasn't pricey, but still had great quality. And that's exactly what this product is! I went on over 30 hikes during that season, and the bag has no signs of wear and tear. Strong, quality material for sure. Multiple side pockets and front pocket, with a nice main bag pocket. Super light weight and you can easily attach things to it like a water bottle or sleeping bag. Perfect for hiking and camping. The bag also has a strap that goes around your front so it's not as hard on your back. Also there are side pads on those straps so it's really comfortable. I recommend this brand and product and will buy from them again!" —JohnApollo

    Get it on Amazon for $39.99+ (available in 17 colors).

    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.

    Reload Bags

    Reload Bags are a Black-co-founded small business product 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 for $65 (available in six colors).

    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.

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    Promising review: "Love these stakes. Bought them to replace the cheap stakes that originally came with my tent. The cheap stakes always bent but these ones stay straight night after night. I’ve used them on over 30+ trips and they stay strong. Good and solid in the wind and through all sorts of ground types. " —Logan_E

    Get a set of 12 of the 10-inch stakes (plus a carrying bag) from Amazon for $16.95 (also available in galvanized steel).

    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
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    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 $66.99+ (available for two, three, four, or six people, and in three colors).

    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
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    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 20s, 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 $157.95.

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

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    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 $42.95+ (available in two colors).

    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.

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    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 degrees 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 $114.95+ (available in sizes twin-king).

    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
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    It's machine wash, air dry.

    Promising review: "I bought these bags for camping in the Boundary Water Canoe Area of Minnesota, 45- to 50-degree Fahrenheit lows. The bags are very compact and lightweight. They survived rough treatment (24 portages and 7 camp setups and tear-downs)! We ran inflatable bag pads underneath each bag.

    I treated the bags with a permethrin insecticide before the trip with no ill effects. They required a machine wash and a line dry when we got back home, cause they had some stank. This is usually when a sleeping bag fails, but these bags survived! No lumpiness in the filling or anything. These are great bags for mild weather. I would not take them camping when expecting really cold weather unless I was dressed adequately. Good for couch surfing, jam bags, office crashing, and as an emergency blanket for vehicles. Great value and solid quality." —JCG

    Get it on Amazon for $24.99+ (available in seven colors). 

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

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    It also comes with everything you need to hang it up easily (not all the hammocks on Amazon do): two carabiners and two 10-foot tree straps.

    Promising reviews: "The hammock arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Now that the weather is a little warmer, we set it up in our yard to test it out. The included tree straps make setup quick and easy... and I like that the straps are designed so they'll work with a variety of different tree sizes and spacing between. The material is lightweight and strong. Looking forward to bringing it on our next adventure!" —Darkus

    "Sturdy and lightweight.Packs up small, was still very comfortable, and we pushed 400 lbs in it and it had no issues." —R. Trevor Rees

    Get it on Amazon for $34.99+ (available in five colors).

    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
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    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 hours 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 $39.97.

    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.

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    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, evergreen, or cobalt for $88 (available in sizes L–7XL).

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

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    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).

    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
    Target

    You get the two radios, the two headset attachments, and the case! Reviewers do note that the range is shorter in a more densely populated area though: about two miles. 

    Promising review: "These have been a true game changer! We got them to use while hunting this season and they work like a charm! I love that they have rechargeable batteries so I am not going through batteries like crazy. They are light weight and the headset came in handy freeing our hands, but still able to use when needed. What a great product." —Tice1021 

    Get them from Target for $44.99

    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).

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    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 six colors).

    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
    Double Brush / Etsy

    Each starter includes a wick, too, to make it even easier. (Note that the current version doesn't come with nuts as pictured here; only shells.) 

    Double Brush is a Hilo, Hawaii-based small business that specializes in handmade beeswax sushi candles and fire starters. 

    Promising review: "This is my second order and I’m still loving these fire starters! They light easily and make the most wonderful popping sound once they really get going. No fuss and no mess!" —Elizabeth Glaus 

    Get a pack of 12 from Double Brush on Etsy for $18

    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.

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    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).

    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
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    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 $9.59+ (32 colors available).

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

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    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 $33.53.

    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
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    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: "Good so far after five meals. You just have to get familiar with the lo-hi setting. It is sensitive but that seems common on many outdoor gas stoves. Watch the flame under the pot and you'll get the feel for the slight turn you will need to operate. I use a cast-iron on low and made perfect bacon and eggs! Boils water in a few minutes (no lid). 

    I use with a 4.5-lb propane refillable tank. Colman's adaptor works perfectly with this setup. I don't buy the green disposable 1-lb tanks because they can't be recycled. They create so much waste plus they are expensive. Compared to a refillable small tank, purchasing seven individual 1-lb tanks will easily pay for a full 4.5-lb refillable propane tank. Buy the tank from a local propane company as they are usually cheaper than online." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99.

    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
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    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 $229.99.

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

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    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, and over open fire." —Fredonyer it is!

    Get it on Amazon for $14.97.

    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.

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    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 $49.88+ (available in two sizes). You might also want to consider a lid lifter and stand ($24.99 on Amazon), to make opening and moving the pot around a bit easier.

    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"
    Rockridge Press

    Even if you've never cooked outside before, this book has all the knowledge you need to get started. There are several introductory sections that go over purchasing, seasoning, and cleaning a cast-iron piece, plus detailed cooking info like how many coals you need to use to bring the oven to different temps. The recipes are varied (and sound delicious!), like Lemon Buttermilk Biscuits, Green Chile and Corn Chowder, Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk with Basil, and Crusty No-Knead French Bread. Basically, this book makes cooking tasty things over a fire super simple! 

    Get it from Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $13.79.

    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
    Modern Outdoor Life / Etsy

    It also comes with a waxed-canvas carrying bag! The same shop also sells a twig stove for $42 that works perfectly with this little pot. 

    Modern Outdoor Life is a Bonner's Ferry, Idaho-based small business specializing in supplies for modern bushcraft. 

    Promising reviews: "Just as advertised, a very high quality bush pot. Would buy from again." —Robert Betts

    "Perfect size and design. The handle is convenient for easy pouring. Love this brand!" —Michael

    Get it from Modern Outdoor Life on Etsy for $44.

    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
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    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 $35.99.

    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
    Eco Paradise Goods / Etsy

    Each set comes with a fork, spoon, serraded knife, and pair of chopsticks. Eco Paradise Goods is a Miami-based small business that carries all kinds of waste-saving goods. 

    Promising review: "I already have two sets of these travel utensils and now I’m buying more. I love them! The spoons are my favorite and I love that this set comes with chopsticks too. They come with us camping, to picnics, in the car, everywhere basically." —Amber Mulder

    Get them from Eco Paradise Goods on Etsy for $15.99+ each (available in four colors). 

    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
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    Promising review: "I was worried that it would just collapse while the trash bag fills but it’s hold up strong! I only wish there was some way to attach the bag so the sides don’t fall in. Maybe there is and I just don’t know? Haven’t really looked into it but you’d think if it did have something, it would be noticeable and self explanatory. But I love that I can tuck the bag inside and zip the top to keep the raccoons out while camping. And the color is nice so it’s not so noticeable. Keeps it a little disguised. Easy to fold and store away, lightweight and worth the money so far. We will see how long the material holds up and if raccoons are able to bust through." —Breana Whitaker

    Get it on Amazon for $32.34.

    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
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    Promising review: "The single best kitchen cleaning tool I have. I use one for pots and pans, one for the sink, and have one spare. This is a fantastic product. It's particularly good for 1) cast irons, 2) really stuck-on food, and 3) eggs. I can use them on any surface, from ceramic plates to nonstick pans to my cast iron, apply lots of force to really get stuck-on food off, and leave no scratches whatsoever. If you eat a lot of eggs, this thing is an absolute must-have. Eggs tend to get caught inside sponges during washes. With this little tool, you can easily scrape off eggs and then go in for a final clean with just soap. The last useful thing it does is clean the sink after you're all done — and a quick rinse gets off all the leftover food bits." —A.Doan

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $7.99.

    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.

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    Promising review: "We just purchased this (GREAT price for such a large cooler) for a five-day camping trip. Put frozen gallon jugs at the bottom, plus other frozen food, then refrigerated items at top followed by a couple bags of ice to fill. The ice filled jugs were still frozen on the last day — though much of the other ice had melted, there was still a considerable amount left. Everything stayed cold. Love the drain for the end of the trip, too. Very impressed with the performance. Only a few downsides...when it's filled, you definitely need two people to move it. And, I think at some point the latches will break off because they're not very thick plastic. But on that note, they're screwed on so it looks like we can get replacement pieces. I would definitely buy this again for the price. May not last quite as long as the big name brand, but perfect for what we needed." —David

    Get it on Amazon for $87.79 (also available in grey).

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

    Amazon

    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 $65.48+ (also available in four sizes, but just two colors).

    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.

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    This one repels the little nasties for up to 110 square feet, and just needs recharged every six hours or so (or you can just leave it plugged in if you're, say, camping in the backyard).

    Promising review: "Followed the charging directions and started it up 15 minutes before going outside — it worked perfectly. We live near wetlands, and it was SUPER warm and humid (I went out at dusk too). The mosquitoes usually DEVOUR our feet and lower legs when we sit on our patio. With the Thermacell we didn’t get bitten at all. Love this device!" —KellyD

    Get it from Cabela's for $39.99, and refill packs for $7.99+.

    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
    Amazon

    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 two to three 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 seven hours." —L. Bradford

    You can buy it in sixteen different sizes and applications from Amazon (check 'em out here), or get a bottle of the lotion for $8.70.

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

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