1. A basic tarp that'll come in handy in more ways than you can imagine, but for starters as a tent footprint, shady cover for your picnic table, or a little rain shelter if you're in a pinch.
2. A lil' two-person tent with a footprint to prevent you and your plus one from soaking up any water when rain or morning dew inevitably make an appearance.
Promising review: "We set this tent up at Kite Lake in CO for the first time out of the bag, putting in the last stake SECONDS before an intense storm came through. Very sturdy and dry tent thanks to the built-in footprint. I’m 6’0" and she is 5’5" and we had plenty of room...Would totally recommend for car campers and backpackers." –geauxcamp
Get it from REI for $199.
3. A collapsible, solar-powered lantern that's as easy to travel with as it is to charge! Leave it out during your day's hike, and it'll be ready to pop up and use by the time night falls.
Promising review: "I don't really know where to begin with how impressed I am with this little light. It's made out of sturdy materials and the light it puts out is a warmer tinted glow, compared to the harsh white light of other lamps. The light disperses over a fairly broad space for such a small piece, too! The candlelight flicker setting is an awesome touch as it actually does add a bit of ambiance to the environment. Plus, this thing packs down so small, it's barely bigger than a couple of drink coasters stacked together. I plan to buy a few more of these because they are much more compact for motorcycle camping or backpacking. I have a two-person tent and it put out more than enough light to cover the entire area on the dimmest setting." –The Seamstress of Misadventure
Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in two styles).
4. A hanging gear organization system so you have access to your necessities without having to dig through your absolutely stuffed backpack every time you need your headlamp.
5. A Lifestraw personal water filter that allows you to safely drink from any water source. When you're camping and hiking a ton, it's just good to have reassurance that you won't run out of clean water.
6. A compact broom and dustpan for sweeping dirt out of your tent quickly and effectively. It may seem inevitable, but there's nothing worse than a super dirty tent floor.
7. A BioLite headlamp so you don't have to struggle with a flashlight AND the dishes AND your toiletry kit when you're re-packing your car after dark. This one is super slim and unobtrusive and even tilts downward so you can have a better view of right where you're walking.
8. A pop-up trash can that will help you keep any and all waste contained. Always remember to take out everything you brought into the site — especially trash!
9. A pack of cleansing wipes so you can freshen up a little bit between showers, much to the satisfaction of your campmates' noses.
10. A lantern and fan hybrid that's as close as you're gonna get to sweet, sweet AC in the woods. I cannot help but stan a mini ceiling fan gadget, it's just so cute and helpful.
11. A bottle of Campsuds biodegradable soap so you can wash your dishes, hands, or anything without harming the environment. Just remember to bury your soapy water!
12. A portable Jetboil camp stove, which boils water in just 100 seconds, has a color-changing boil indicator, and is light and easy to travel with.
13. Or a Camp Chef two-burner stove perfect for whipping up a full meal in the great outdoors. With two burners and heat control, you're gonna be the head chef of the wilderness.
14. A handy double-ended spoon and fork that's like the CatDog of utensils. I have this and love it! It's super easy to travel with, feels sturdy to eat from, and is super easy to wash off or clean with a little Campsuds.
17. A Therm-a-rest compressible camp pillow so when you gently lay your head down to rest at camp, your cheek isn't mushed up against a rock or root. Worth it, in my opinion.
18. An inflatable lounge chair that will make your midday nap feel like the height of luxury after sleeping on the ground for so long. You inflate it just by whipping it in the wind, meaning no pesky hand pumps or electricity needed!
19. A lauded Yeti cooler, because you'll want your ice to last as long as possible to keep your perishables fresh. Ice doesn't grow on trees!
20. An impressive six-person tent with a 78-inch peak height so even all of you 6'5" peeps out there can stand, change, move, and groove comfortably!
Promising review: "I have used my new Skyward 6 with my family of four on two separate trips. This tent is easy to set up and there is a lot of room. There are many ways to adjust ventilation to provide airflow and a large protected vestibule. The tent stood up to high wind conditions, driving rain storms, and snow. I highly recommend this tent!" –Rick
Get it from REI for $449.
21. A Coleman camping chair that has its own side table (with a built-in cupholder!) so you can keep your drinks, snacks, and speaker on hand while you kick back and bask in the natural ambience.
To see some other styles, head over to our list of the best camping chairs!
Promising review: "I purchased two of these and will probably get at least two more. Love how slim these are when they are folded up. We took these camping, they folded up slim enough to hang from a hook in our camper. They were great when we got back from canoeing to realize it had rained all over everything for hours, these chairs dried super quickly, everyone else we were with had wet chairs for the remainder of the trip." –shawnajab
Get it from Amazon for $74.39.
22. A pull-string fire starter because you're a little rusty on your Boy Scouts skills and no one in your camp crew is going to give you a badge anyway. Put the sticks down – this'll do all the hard work for you!
23. An Aeropress coffee and espresso maker that brews top-notch coffee anywhere boiling water is available. It's also small, durable, and easy to clean, so bringing it to the ends of the earth with you is a no-brainer.
24. Extendable skewers so no knuckle hair is harmed in the making of scrumptious s'mores and hot dogs.
25. A Rumpl indoor/outdoor blanket to keep you warm and cozy all through the night. Its smooth surface is waterproof and resistant to dirt, so there are no worries about exposing it to the elements.
26. A self-inflating sleeping pad so you don't have to choose between struggling to blow up a pad with your own breath or sleeping on the hard ground.
27. A cot and air mattress if the only thing keeping you from sleeping outdoors more is discomfort laying on the ground. Sleeping under the stars is rad, but sleeping in a BED under the stars? Unbeatable.
28. A waterproof backpack cover to keep all of your belongings safe from Mother Nature's unpredictable wrath. Come rain or come shine, you're still hitting the ol' dusty (or in this case muddy) trail!
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
Get it on Amazon for $7.39+ (available in five sizes and in 11 colors and designs).
29. A portable and waterproof bluetooth speaker so you can blast your expertly curated adventure playlist from any surf or turf location.
Promising review: "I bought it to have some low music while playing golf with my buddies, and it is capable of way more than that. First of all, the battery life on one charge at half volume gets me through three to four rounds of golf (approximately 12 hours). The sound quality, as always, is spectacular (for the size and cost), and this thing can dish it out if it gets to that. I have never had to raise the volume past 3/4. It is super small and super portable. I use it to walk a round of golf and it has been rained on a few times with no issues. Now I use it on my patio for get-togethers, picnics, outdoor activities, you name it. I've had it for seven months now." –GustavoLangoni
Get it from Amazon for $119 (available in four colors).