The Ultimate Camping Gear Guide

Enjoying the outdoors has never been easier.

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It's time to get back outside, and we've got the gear to help you do it.

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Biolite
Solar Powered Lantern

Biolite Sunlight

Everyone needs a camping light, and the Sunlight is one of the best we've seen. It's solar powered so it never needs charging or new batteries. 100 lumens will light your dinner or walk to the tent, and it provides up to 50 hours of dimmable light on low and 4 hours on high.

Check our roundup of camp lights for more options.

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Green Elephant
Privacy Tent

Green Elephant Utilitent

Primitive camping is great, but finding a private area to change or go to the bathroom can be a challenge. Pack a privacy tent and you'll always have a private enclosure to do your business. Add a and say goodbye to bathroom anxiety for good.

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Coleman
Sleeping Cot

Coleman Cot

Sleeping on a cot while camping is much more comfortable than tumbling down on a pad or blanket. This cot from Coleman packs easily and also includes a small fold out table so you don't have to reach across the whole floor to find your keys or flashlight.

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Yeti Hondo
Yeti
Heavy Duty Camping Chair

Yeti Hondo Basecamp Chair

Yeti has a knack for taking ubiquitous outdoor products and making them stylish and indestructible. Which is exactly what they've done with the Hondo Basecamp chair. It's not the slimmest chair around, but you'll immediately notice the clean welds everywhere, and the large diameter tubing, which make it capable of holding over 500 pounds. It folds easily and can be carried with one hand. We're hoping the next version include a cup holder.

But you can find that perfect chair in our guide if this one doesn't quite work.

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Smartwool
Wool Socks

Smartwool Women's Saturnsphere Socks

Cold feet can quickly ruin an otherwise blissful camping trip. Make sure you pack a few good pairs of wool socks that will ensure your feet stay dry and warm, and provide enough cushion for the long hikes.

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Sea to Summit
Camping Pillow

Sea to Summit Camping Pillow

Using this inflatable camping pillow is a 100 percent improvement over sleeping with a rolled up sweatshirt under your head all night. Wake up refreshed with this inflatable pillow that cradles your head and wicks aw

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Coleman
8-Person Tent

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

This tent is the ideal camping solution for large families and groups. It deploys quickly and is tall enough for everyone to stand in. The poles are attached to the fabric, you just need to extend them and clip the tent into place. It's large enough to fit a queen sized air mattress as well as a cot or three.

But tents aren't one-size-fits-all affairs, so maybe another tent in our guide is a better fit.

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Casio
Wrist Watch

Casio G-Shock Watch

The classic G-Shock from Casio, won't win any style awards, but you won't find a better value in a rugged timepiece. It's got the basic alarms, stop watch, and illumination, but where it excels is in it's durability and function. The band, cover, and buttons seem nearly indestructible, and you won't have to remove it when swimming, fishing, hunting, or cooking.

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Estwing
Hatchet

Estwing Camping Hatchet

Estwing is a legendary name in solid steel hammers and axes. Their camping hatchet features their forged one piece design, leather handle, and is made in the USA. This axe can handle years of use on the trail and serves as a great tool for building campfires, clearing trails, and setting up shelters.

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Otterbox
Backpack Cooler

OtterBox Trooper LT 30 Cooler

The more you can haul with a cooler, the heavier and more unwieldy it becomes. Moving the weight to your back is natural thought, but until recently there really weren't any great backpack coolers out there. The new Trooper LT 30 retains the durability found in all OtterBox products, from the thermoplastic poly exterior to the heavy duty latch system. You won't hesitate hike a bit further with OtterBox.

We've also got a soft cooler guide if you need more help.

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Snomaster
Portable Fridge/Freezer

Snomaster Classic AC/DC Fridge/Freezer

This dual-bin fridge/freezer is powered by 12V DC power or can be plugged into your standard outlet. The stainless steel cabinet includes 3 internal baskets and two separate compartments that can be set independently from -8ºF to 50ºF. Ice cream while camping is the best treat ever.

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Dometic
Small Portable Freezer/Fridge

Dometic Portable Freezer/Fridge

This small fridge/freezer is made to fit between your seats and can keep your lunch or a weeks worth of food and drink nice and cool. Use the included carry strap to switch between vehicles or transport it for a quick picnic.

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Camp Chef
Camping Grill

Camp Chef Big Gas Grill

This propane camping grill has plenty of room to cook for everyone. It features three burners and a fold out side table for extra utility. The foldable legs keep the grill high off the ground and make the grill small enough to pack away for transportation.

Too big or too small? We have even more options for you to consider.

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Coghlan
Portable Trash Can

Coghlan Popup Trash Can

This popup trash can folds flat for transport and storage, but it extends when you need it and makes for a much better garbage can than simply using floppy trash bags.

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Lifestraw
Water Filter

Lifestraw Water Filter

This personal water filter uses iodine to remove 99.9999% of bacteria including e-coli and salmonella from your drinking water. It's good for 3,000 liters and can be stored anywhere you might need access to emergency drinking water.

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Kammok
Double Hammock

Kammok Roo Double Camping Hammock

Setting up a hammock takes mere minutes, and adds a level of comfort to your campsite that a cot just can't muster. This double hammock is large and strong enough, to let your significant other or the kids join you in a suspended state of bliss.

If you need even more relaxation, give our hammock guide a read.

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SOG
Folding Shovel

SOG Folding Shovel

Shovels are a must-have for camping, but the long handles aren't easy to transport. This folding shovel from SOG, can be deployed within seconds and can assist in putting out fires, filling sandbags, digging latrines, or clearing brush.

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Gold Armor
Cooking Utensils Kit

8-Piece Camping Cooking Utensil Set

Ditch your mish-mash of cast off cooking utensils and grab this 8-piece set that contains everything you need to cook meals on the trail. The handy case keeps knives and scissors safely stored and it also includes a cutting board so you won't damage tables or your knives.

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Hydroflask
Double Walled Tumbler

Hydro Flask 32 Tumbler

Everywhere you turn, a new stainless steel tumbler can be found. Hydro Flask focuses solely on this type of drinkware and supports their product with a lifetime guarantee. Their 32 tumbler is great for an extra large cup of coffee or an ice-filled glass of water. Either one will maintain its temperature for hours in the Hydro Flask and the powder coated exterior will prevent the tumbler from slipping out of your hand.

But if you're not feeling the Hydro Flask, that are plenty other bottles that can handle your hydration needs.

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MalloMe
Backpacking Cookware

10-Piece Backpacking Cookset

This portable cookset includes a 1-liter pot, pan, spatula, bowls, and cleaner, that's ideal as a personal cookset for a solo Backpacker.

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Amazon
First Aid Kit

Reebow Tactical Gear First Aid Kit

Never forget to pack a well-stocked first aid kit when camping. For less than $20, this 115-piece kit can handle all types of medical issues in the field. Get one to keep in every vehicle and always keep one stashed in among your camping gear.

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Danner
Men's Lightweight Hiking Boot

Danner Explorer 650

Danner has done incredible job of reaching back into their archives and reintroducing classic styles, but updating the materials and technology to make them. This boot is inspired by the Danner Light and features a Vibram SPE midsole and megagrip outsole, as well as an extremely lightweight body. Available in mens and womens styles.

But be sure to check our hiking boots roundup for more options.

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Black Diamond
Head Lamp

Black Diamond Head Lamp

A head lamp provides hand free light, which is a great advantage when camping. This head lamp from Black Diamond has one quad power LED and a double power white LED that illuminates 300 lumens. The red night-vision option prevents you from blinding fellow campers, but provides enough light to get most jobs done.

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Idegg
Collapsible Dog Bowls

IDEGG Collapsible Silicone Pet Bowl

This set of three bowls is easy to clean and store when not in use. Each bowl holds 12 ounces of water or a cup and half of dog food. The attached carabiner keeps you from losing the bowls and the bright colors make them easy to identify in a drawer full of dishes.

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Teton Sports
Queen Sleeping Bag

Teton Sports Queen Sleeping Bag

With this queen-sized sleeping bag, you can cozy up with your spouse or kids. Forget connecting two sleeping bags, just get this large sleeper which functions just like a normal sized sleeping bag. Grab a for extra comfort.

But a good sleeping bag is your most essential piece of gear, so make sure you're getting the right one.

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KingCamp
Bamboo Folding Camp Table

King Camp Adjustable Aluminum Folding Table

This sharp looking aluminum folding table has a bamboo top and is height adjustable to fit every size chair. It folds up like a suitcase and only weighs 22 pounds.

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Camp Spark
Cooking Sticks

Telescoping Cooking Sticks

These cooking sticks extend 34-inches, which will keep your hands safely away from an open campfire. These utensils are ideal for cooking hot dogs or roasting marshmallows.

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5.11 Tactical
Tactical Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush24 Backpack

Tactical backpacks have proven to be the most useful packs for exploring the outdoors. This backpack includes multiple pockets and holders, as well as MOLLE/SlickStick web platform that increases it's utility even more by letting you add molle pouches and patches.

If you need a different kind of pack, we have a few other options for you to consider.

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Plano
Plastic Storage Bins

Plano 1919 Plastic Storage Trunk

This rugged storage bin can hold all of your camping gear and tools, with plenty of room to spare. It has wheels on one end to help haul it over long distances, and the molded grooves make it stackable when you need more than one.

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Kelty
Loveseat Camping Chair

Kelty Low Loveseat Chair

This chair from Kelty lets you sit next to your sweetie while enjoying a roaring campfire. There are cup holders for both of you and its slightly reclined for even more comfort.

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