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    26 Things You'll Want To Bring On Your Next Camping Trip

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    1. An LED 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.

    Promising review: "This was such a great purchase. I had only been camping twice before when my fiancé and I decided to take a five week camping trip to hit all the national parks on the west coast. I didn't think I would actually use this, but it was perfect for late night bathroom trips and/or washing dishes. Having a light that is hands free was a lifesaver. Also, I felt a little safer with the flashing red light feature, so if I got lost in the woods he would be able to find me!" —Catherine A.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. An inflatable lounge chair that will make your mid-day 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!

    Promising review: "I'm not a small person, and I wasn't sure how it would hold me, but this chair is wonderful. I have used it all over! I took it camping, I took it to the beach, and I even sometimes blow it up and use it in my living room while watching TV. The hardest part is getting out of it gracefully!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $46.98 (available in 11 colors).

    3. A set of glow-in-the-dark silicone wine glasses — they're easy to transport, will reduce spills, and are just dang fun.


    Promising review: "Bought these cups to take up North with us on our last trip before winter. They really glow. I love these! Easy to clean. They fold inside of themselves for easy storage! Glad to have this new addition to our camping gear!" —J. Pingel

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $17.99.

    4. A solar power bank to give all of your devices the boost they need while you're off the grid.


    The power bank takes six to seven hours to fully charge in the sun, is water-resistant, and has two USB ports as well as an LED light.

    Promising review: "Went down to the beach this weekend with my family so I figured I would test it out. I love how lightweight it is — I am definitely bringing it with me on my next hike-in camping trip. Very beneficial when you don't have a power source nearby or trying to get off the grid for a while. Charges as advertised, and I even tested it out by holding it under water in my sink for 10 seconds and all I had to do was dry it off and plug in my phone and it works." —Casey Clayburg

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    5. A cooler light so reaching for a can after the sun sets is never a shot in the dark. Sidebar: would watch a TV show about tricked out coolers., Amazon

    Promising review: "This little device was surprisingly WONDERFUL! My hubby hesitated to put it on his 'precious' YETI cooler, but after putting it in, we both were astounded! We never thought about how much easier it would be on our tent camping trips to be able to easily see into the cooler after dark! This was a game changer for us! It works exactly as described. It comes on when opened and goes off when closed — just like your fridge!" —Suzyzzle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.13.

    6. A pack of colorful fire packets to turn your campfire into a real show. Kids, grown-ups, and tent neighbors alike will have a great time "oooh"ing and "ahhh"ing at all the gorgeous colors.,

    Promising review: "These things are so awesome! HUGE hit with the kids. I can't wait to take some camping — the colors are gorgeous! We've been using them for about a month now. Teals, greens, and blues are visible toward the top parts of the flames, and in the innermost parts of the fire, you can see ultraviolet and deep pinks. Ordering two more right now and will be using these all summer!" —VWatson

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $11.95.

    7. An over-fire camp grill for anyone who wants to cook a meal with the coals without having to wrap everything in tin foil.


    Promising review: "It's a fire grate — nothing fancy, but I've cooked many a meal on it, from grilling burgers and brats to using it to support my cast iron cookware for more complex meals. I can fit a 15" skillet and my dutch oven, or the skillet and a griddle for cooking breakfast. It folds easy for packing and has held up through multiple uses now." —Carl Shipley

    Get it from Amazon for $30.82+ (available in three sizes).

    8. A pack of cleansing wipes so you can freshen up a little bit between showers, much to the satisfaction of your campmates' noses.


    Promising review: "I will never go camping without having a fresh pack of these in my bag. I recently went on a week long overland trip to Maine, and these wipes made my entire life better. Being able to wipe down the areas where the sun don’t shine while out on the trail was such a mood booster. I don’t think I ever had such a great camping trip. Smile on my face the whole time. If you’re going camping I highly recommend these." —Markd1124

    Get a 25-pack from Amazon for $7.49+.

    9. 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!


    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 from Amazon for $9.99+.

    10. A pair of collapsable dog bowls with carabiners so your pup is always nourished on the go. Gotta keep your #1 camping buddy ready for adventure!,

    Promising review: "Fabulous purchase. I already had one collapsible bowl when I purchased these, but it wasn't able to clip onto anything and I tend to hike/camp a lot. These turned out to be ten times better for a third of the price of the single one that I have. Their more rigid composition was certainly a lot better around my clumsy dog, and they were more light and compact so that I could just clip one onto the front of my pack." —Eva

    Get a pair from Amazon for $6.99.

    11. 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!, Amazon

    The Yeti cooler has three inches of PermaFrost insulation and is certified bear-resistant. Reviewers swear this chilly chest makes their ice last for upwards of three days.

    Promising review: "Absolutely no regrets with this purchase. I needed a cooler for rustic camping where ice isn't easy to come by. Froze my marinated meats and put them in the Yeti packed with ice on Friday and didn't add new ice until Tuesday. Probably could have gone longer. No food waste. The lid straps keep it closed very tightly, but is easy to open, which was a worry for my 76-year-old mom. She had no trouble opening or closing it. Slide proof bottom kept it secure in the back of our SUV where it stayed for the entire trip. Looking to add a smaller Yeti to our equipment for beverages. A great product!" —Ducky's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99+ (available in eight colors).

    12. A cot and air mattress if sleeping on the hard ground is a hard no from you. Sleeping under the stars is rad, but sleeping in a BED under the stars? Unbeatable.


    Promising review: "This is the most AMAZING camping bed I've ever used, and I've camped my entire life. Not only is it up off of the ground, so my 36-year-old disabled ass doesn't have to cry every time I get in and out of my sleeping bag, my suitcase FITS UNDERNEATH THE BED. Then, there's the cot itself. Mmm...comfy. There's an included air mattress! But won't that just fall off of the cot? That's where the Genius of Coleman comes in, kids. They added a pocket made out of super soft microfiber material that feels like your favorite Grandmammy's sheets and zippers open to slide the PREMIUM COLEMAN AIR MATTRESS WITH DOUBLE AIR LOCK MAGICALNESS inside and then you ZIPPER IT SHUT AGAIN. But wait. There's more. HOW CAN THERE POSSIBLY BE MORE?! YOU'VE ALREADY GIVEN US SO MUCH, COLEMAN! MotherLoving Side Tables, Batman. They snap on right where you want them. With holes for all of your beverage-holding needs. And just enough room for a kindle, a phone, and an adult beverage." —LieslGeneva

    Get it from Amazon for $83.99+ (available in twin and queen sizes).

    13. Some Jiffy Pop, because there is truly no greater pleasure in life that watching these bad boys puff up over a campfire. I would sing you my Papa's famous Jiffy Pop song, but alas, this is not the medium.


    Promising review: "I purchased this popcorn for a family camping trip. It was great to share with grandchildren. Everyone loved it! Great job, Jiffy Pop!" —Sally Mae

    Get a three-pack on Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A camping chair loveseat for snuggling up by the campfire with your boo. Not even arm rests can keep you two apart.

    Promising review: "This double chair we purchased is perfect and we love it. The carrying case makes it so convenient to carry like a backpack. It’s very comfortable to sit in for two people, and our dog can lay across both our laps. It’s very sturdy. You will enjoy this purchase." —Angela Mauricio

    Get it from Amazon for $79.97 (originally $99.97).

    15. A Lifestraw personal water filter that allows you to safely drink from any water source. This will come in handy if you're wayyyyy out there and need some reassurance that you won't run out of clean water.

    The straw's microfiltration membrane eliminates bacteria and parasites so you can safely drink from any available water source without worry.

    Promising review: "Used it on a hike recently; tried different configurations as shown, with the drinking straight out of the river, and out of a wide-mouth bottle. The flow-rate through the LifeStraw is a little reminiscent of drinking a really thick milkshake, which is understandable considering the filter basically gets everything. When I filled up my Nalgene with water from the stream, I could see the sediment start to settle; I even made sure to get some with the straw just to see. Worked like a charm. You just need to remember to blow into it afterwards to clear out the straw." —Kingston

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47.

    16. A pair of binoculars for getting a closer look at the local flora and fauna. Is that a cardinal?! Oh, nope, just a weird leaf.


    Promising review: "I use these for hiking, exploration, and just overall when I am camping or walking around somewhere and want to see things far away. I really think the compact size, and the quality of the image is unparalleled. Definitely worth the price for me." —Kyle Giffin

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99.

    17. A collapsable, solar-powered lantern that's as easy to travel with as it is to change! Leave it out during your day's hike, and it'll be ready to pop up and use by the time night falls.


    Get it from Backcountry for $19.95.

    18. A foldable flask so you can ~imbibe~ in the great outdoors. Your campsite is the hottest new bar this side of the Mississippi.


    Promising review: "I've used this on two trips and it has outperformed my expectations. It has been stuffed in a bag, thrown around in the back of a vehicle for thousands of miles, thrown around in a backpack on the trail, and thrown around camp for a few days. It doesn't leak at all and is super light. Very great little flask for bringing a little bit of daddy's little helper along without taking up any room or risking wet close and spilled whiskey." —J de North

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in three colors).

    19. A pull-string fire starter, because Boy Scouts is over — you're not gonna win any awards for starting a fire with two twigs and sheer will.


    Just place the block next to the firewood and pull the drawstring to ignite.

    Get a three-pack from Huckberry for $18.

    20. 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.

    The set comes with the chamber, plunger, seal, filter cap, funnel, filter holder, scoop, and stirrer. Here's a super informative video on how to use the Aeropress (while camping, even!) made by the coffee gods at Stumptown.

    Promising review: "This might make some of the best, fastest coffee I have ever had. I visited my cousin in Alaska and she used one EVERY day for her coffee. I forgot completely about it until it was time to take this camping trip, and I randomly found it on Amazon while searching for camping kettles — I am so glad I did. It is super compact, durable, and easy to use. You can have a real quick cup in 30 seconds, or you can wait a couple minutes and let the flavors meld, the choice is yours." —Gordon Leonard

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    21. A portable toilet if going number two in the wild is a camping dealbreaker. This thing folds up super small, comes with a substance that turns ~liquids~ into something less horrifying, and the entire apparatus folds into a backpack!

    Promising review: "In planning our RV trip to Burning Man, we decided to invest in a Cleanwaste system to bring our bathroom experience to the next level. We knew we didn't want do #2 in the RV as a week's worth of dookies from six guys would stink up our precious sleeping space. The Cleanwaste system came through big time! First off, the engineering is top notch. The privacy tent has a slick joint system that makes it easy to set up and tear down while providing super strength even in strong winds. The toilet seat folds out of a compact pizza box shape to create a throne capable of holding even large people (I'm 230 lbs). The disposable waste kits have a large bag that lines the toilet and a zip lock pouch that holds the waste bag when your done with your business. There's even a wet wipe and toilet paper included in the kit, but we had additional wet wipes and a big hand sanitizer dispenser so these didn't get used much. Then there's also the NASA-developed kitty-litter like powder that lines the bags and gels up liquid waste for easy handling. All these well conceived elements fit together into a back pack that makes it super easy to transport the system." —Jonathan G.

    Get it from Amazon for $227.58.

    22. 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.


    The Rumpl blanket is also machine washable and dryer-safe!

    Promising review: "We took this king-sized blanket with us on our camping trip to New Zealand. At first I thought it might have been too overkill since it took up a lot of space in my luggage and a duvet was included in our campervan rental. But we ended up using this every night, enjoying the warmth and breathable comfort even on fairly warmly evenings. It was definitely large enough for two even with tossing and turning, we both had enough Rumpl to sleep well throughout the night. Great purchase, totally worth it." —Becca606

    Get it from Amazon for $74.25+ (available in three sizes and 11 colors).

    23. A seven-day meal kit — if you're doing some serious hike-in camping, this box has got ya covered! Mmmm...freeze-dried spaghetti.


    The kit comes with 14 meals that can be cooked with only boiling water, each containing at least 1,180 calories. In the menu is: Three Cheese Lasagna and Pasta Roma; Leonardo da Fettuccine and Spicy Sausage Pasta; Forever Young Mac & Cheese and Mountain Chili; Honey Lime Chicken and Southwestern Style Masa with Beef; Kung Pao Chicken and Santa Fe Black Beans & Rice; Veggie Burrito Bowl and Honey Lime Chicken; Wild Thyme Turkey and Spaghetti Marinara with Mushrooms.

    Promising review: "This is an easy way to stock up on dehydrated meals. The selection is mixed up enough so that you never get bored while on the trail. Getting one of these boxes will ensure you always have enough trail food on hand in case you decide to bug out on a last minute trip." —Pete OBrien

    Get it from Backcountry for $84.95.

    24. Extendable skewers so no knuckle hair is harmed in the making of scrumptious s'mores and hot dogs.,

    Promising review: "These are easy-to-use extendable roasting sticks. Took them camping with the family, and everyone liked having their own color. Comes with a nice little bag to carry them in. I just wrapped the tips in paper towels before putting in bag until we got home to wash. Would definitely buy again if needed. Quality seems good — nice and strong didn’t not bend or feel like anything was going to fall off." —Alaskan jen

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. A suspension hammock and tent so you can enjoy the freedom of sleeping in a hammock without feeling too exposed.


    The hammock is waterproof and bug-proof and even has a rain fly!

    Get it from Huckberry for $199.98 (originally $234).

    26. A lantern and fan hybrid that's as close as you're gonna get to sweet, sweet AC for a while. I cannot help but stan a mini ceiling fan gadget, it's just so cute and helpful.

    Promising review: "I went camping this week, and I just hate when it's sooooo darn hot in the tent, and of course there's no place to put a fan AND a light. This one worked perfectly. It hung by it's built in hook to the top of the tent, the light was just right, and the fan was quiet and effective for a two-person tent. Happy I bought it." —Kevin Gaither

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    Enjoy your Extra camping trip, everyone!


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

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