Are you ready to go camping? Before you run off into the great outdoors and take in all the fresh air, let’s go over the 20 best camping tools and gear we believe will make your outdoor adventure a million times more fun and enjoyable!
We’ve got all kinds of gear like the best outdoor cooker, the largest, hassle-free tent, the best marshmallow-roasting sticks, and much more!
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Top 20 Best Camping Tools
1. BioLite Campstove 2
The BioLite Campstove 2 makes outdoor cooking safer for both you and the environment with its smokeless fire. It features 4 settings that allow you to control the intensity of the flame to your liking. By converting heat into electricity, the BioLite Campstove 2 also allows you to power all of your USB-powered devices with its built-in USB port and 2600 mAH battery.
The BioLite Campstove 2 also features foldable aluminum legs which makes it portable. The main body is made durable because it is built from rugged steel.
The BioLite Campstove 2 also has a Smart LED Dashboard that gives real-time feedback for ease of use.
Sample Customer Review…I never write reviews but I am for this particular item. It is so freaking awesome! Everything thing about it is amazing. I wasn’t sure how well it’d cook with no lid but when I did my first test it was a blistering -2 degrees Fahrenheit in northern Wisconsin with a lot of wind. It took a little trial and minimal errors to figure out the best way to cook with it in those conditions but it worked fantastically even with the wind and sub-zero temps. I made shrimp kabobs, bacon-wrapped scallops, and stuffed oysters on it each separately. The power pack/generator works super well and builds a charge within itself very quickly and holds its charge during storage. Given its size, it throws off a lot of radiant heat as well. I will be buying more items from BioLite, guaranteed. This is pretty a must for any camper or survivalist due to its size and cooking abilities without even considering the electrical generator. Who cares about smartphones and such, but my priority for this is to recharge headlamps and other things like that. I keep this in my truck right now for emergency situations but I will be purchasing a second to put in my saddlebag on my motorcycle as well.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
2. VSSL First Aid Kit
The VSSL First Aid Kit is a complete 48-piece medical set that is specifically designed for outdoor use. This includes items such as antiseptics wipes, medical gloves, bandages, an emergency whistle, and more. The items in the VSSL First Aid Kit were carefully chosen by VSSL from a number of different suppliers.
The durable, watertight, military-grade aluminum tube is both compact and feature-rich. In addition to the first aid essentials, the VSSL First Aid Kit contains a compass and an LED flashlight.
Sample Customer Review…Whoever put this kit together did a good job of thinking of all the various things you might need. It has everything from vinyl gloves, to several ointments, bandages, some medicines, tweezers, whistles, thermometers, and more. This kit would be perfect for keeping in your car, hiking/camping trips, and more. The kit is stored in a cylinder-shaped bottle that isn’t much bigger than a water bottle. On one end is has a compass. The other end has a flashlight/SOS flasher. The batteries are included as well as for instructions on their use. The pack that all the supplies are wrapped up in even has instruction on the other side of what to during various health issues. It has a heart attack, insect bites, and several more things that could happen. I was easily able to wrap the kit back up tightly and get it back in the cylinder. Very well thought out tool.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
3. LuminAID PackLite
The LuminAID PackLite can shine up to 300 lumens of light. Also, it contains a 4000 mAH lithium-ion battery that can be recharged via solar power or an included micro-USB cable. The LuminAID PackLite doubles as a phone charger with its 5V 2 Amp output port.
It sports a rugged and lightweight design with it being made of durable TPU and weighing in at only 10 oz. It features IP67 water and dust resistance rating and can even float on water. The LuminAID PackLite is sure to survive even the roughest outdoor trips.
The LuminAID PackLite has a portable, collapsible design. When fully expanded, it is a 6-inch cube, but it can be compressed down to just 1-inch thick.
Sample Customer Review…These are just as awesome as described. Well-made provides bright light (enough to brighten up an entire room) and charges your or phone or laptop easily and for a long time. This stays lit for hours, too. Super easy to use, comes in one piece, just charge and go. Just keep it charged on hand for use and you’re all set as it holds its charge for a long time. We are especially excited to have these on hand because living in Northern California, we were subjected to rolling blackouts last year on high fire days numerous times, leaving us with no lights or ability to charge our phones (other than sitting in the car with the engine running for half an hour! Ugh!) We liked this so much that we immediately ordered more and gave them to friends. One friend used hers for camping and it was a great experience with no issues. The light fold nearly flat and are super lightweight, so they packed and carried in a backpack really well. The carry handle is great – built-in and comfortable; the ports are on top of the light so they are easy to reach; and overall this item is a must-have for every household, whether it’s used for camping, outdoor beach activities (it’s waterproof!), boating, or for emergencies. Highly recommended, get one, get five, give them as holiday gifts. Excellent product!Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
4. CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
The CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent is a very spacious tent that can fit two queen-sized air mattresses. Unlike other tents that are cramped, the CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent is large enough for an adult to stand completely upright in. It also features a room divider and zippable windows and doors. A water-resistant rainfly is included in the box that makes even camping in harsh rain possible.
The thing that stands out the most is its extremely fast setup process. The CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent can be set up in as little as 60 seconds, which removes some of the hassle associated with outdoor camping.
Sample Customer Review…Used this on our weekend camping trip and we were very happy! It started with an extremely easy-up experience. It took one person five minutes or so to have our tent up and ready. While away from our site partaking in activities on the campground, we had a torrential downpour and when returning to our site, the inside was dry! No leaks whatsoever, despite the puddles of rain and mud that surrounded our tent. Loved the two separate entry doors, as well as the ample amount of space to spread out inside. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
LifeStraw is an ultra-portable water filter that can filter up to 1000 gallons of water without the use of chemicals. It weighs in at only 2 oz and it doesn’t require any batteries or power to use.
LifeStraw meets EPA filter standards and can filter 99.9% or more of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites. Since LifeStraw is such an effective and lightweight filter, you can just use it to drink out of a stream or lake instead of packing several gallons of water on your next camping trip.
Coming in at less than $18, LifeStraw is a great lightweight alternative to iodine tablets and other bulkier, more expensive filters.
Sample Customer Review…This product is the hiker, camper, or hunter’s best friend for water! Extremely lightweight with a nice necklace attachment for easy carry. Caps for both top and bottom for cleanliness. And of course, the best thing, drinking water basically anywhere! Makes water drinkable out of basically anything, so it eliminates the need to carry heavy water bottles with you. If you are anywhere near a natural water source, you can feel free to drink through the LifeStraw without getting sick! I’ve bought 2 so far!!!Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
6. Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp can shine up to 300 lumens of light, which makes it perfect for any camping trip. Unlike other flashlights that require the use of your hands, the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp can be worn on your head to allow hands-free use.
The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp stands out with its many useful features. It can switch quickly between different brightness modes with its integrated PowerTap Technology. In addition, it features Brightness Memory so it will remember your preferred brightness setting each time you turn it off and on. Its IPX8 water-resistance rating allows it to be used in the wet outdoors.
Sample Customer Review…A beast for lighting. So many applications for so many different people and professions. Need a light to help you get to the woodpile at night during snow, this is it. How about trying to work on a water leak under a cabinet, this is it. Power goes out and you’re trying to get other sources of lighting, this is it. Walking your dog at night in a dark neighborhood, this is it. Don’t want to screw up your night vision for hunting, this is it. Biking, running, walking at night, this it. Lightweight and comfortable for long periods. Multi-angle headlamp tilt. Easy on/off as well as touch adjustment for bright or dim lighting for both white light as well as red light. As another person said, I had something similar years ago but the advances have made this type of headlamp a must-have and this is hands down the model to own.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
7. Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repellent
The Thermacell Armored Portable Mosquito Repellent creates a 15-foot area of protection around you to keep mosquitoes away from you when you’re enjoying the great outdoors. Simply power it on and it’ll repel mosquitoes for an impressive 12 hours.
Unlike other insect repellents that require you to spray potentially harmful chemicals into the air or apply chemicals directly to your skin, the Thermacell Armored Portable Mosquito Repellent doesn’t involve any spraying anything into the air or applying anything on your skin. It doesn’t even leave a scent.
The included belt clip makes the Thermacell Armored Portable Mosquito Repellent easy to carry so that it can be taken on any camping trip.
Sample Customer Review…We used these in the military and it really works. Not one bug bite. Keep an eye on when it needs to be refilled. Keep it close to your stationing. No regrets. As soon as I got home from deployment, I bout 2 and 4 refills. Camped 4 times and works so well. Must buy!!Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
8. Mr. Heater Propane Radiant Heater
If you’re looking to camp in colder climates or during a cold season, the Mr. Heater Propane Radiant Heater is perfect for you. It features a handle so that you can pick it up and carry it even as you’re walking through camping trails. It runs off of propane and generates 4,000 to 9,000 BTU heat. The Mr. Heater Propane Radiant Heater can heat up indoor or outdoor spaces of 225 square feet and it can last up to 3 hours.
In addition, the Mr. Heater Propane Radiant Heater has several safety features that make it safe for camping use. It will automatically turn off if it senses that it’s been knocked over or if it detects low oxygen levels. It is also clean-burning so it’s not harmful to the environment.
Sample Customer Review…I love this! Okay, so seriously, this heater is awesome. Reliable, easy, safe, and versatile. Runs off the little 1lb propane tanks, fires up in a breeze, has an automatic shutoff for low oxygen sensor and a tilt sensor (in case it gets knocked over), and you can pick it up while it’s running without it being hot on the handle. Oh, and the rear wall-mount adapters already built in are great for mounting in your workshop, shed, or garage for tinkering around on the snowblower, leaf blower, or just getting out of the house for a few hours.
Twice this winter my power has gone off for days at a time and this thing propped in my kitchen in front of open cabinets has prevented pipes from freezing up. Love that this can keep my house (single-story, two-bedroom) at a liveable temperature for a few days while the power company sorts out the post-storm mess.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
9. Coleman Quad Chair
The Coleman Quad Chair is a comfortable chair that can be used during any camping trip. It features a large 24 inch, fully cushioned seat. The left armrest houses a cooling pouch that can keep up to 4 canned drinks cool. The right armrest has a mesh cup holder.
Its polyester material makes it durable and its foldable design allows it to be easily transported. The Coleman Quad Chair also supports up to 325 pounds.
Sample Customer Review… This chair has it all! A wide seat, Cupholder that fits my Yeti, insulated snack and drinks storage, and a side storage compartment for doodads and necessities.
The cup holder will fit a drink with an insulator such as a Yeti or drink koozie.
The insulated storage compartment holds approximately 3 cans or bottles with a little room for a small snack or ice pack, or 4 cans or bottles with no snack or ice pack.
The side storage is roomy enough for a 10inch tablet or books, smartphone(S), dog leashes, bug sprays, water bottles, etc (and I still had a little wiggle room).
Finally, I don’t have to get up and down every five minutes for a drink, phone charger, sunscreen. I have it all in my chair!
I’m VERY happy with this chair. I’ll be buying another.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
10. GSI Destination Kit
Are you tired of eating pre-packaged meals every time you go camping? If you prefer cooking your own meals in the great outdoors, the GSI Destination Kit provides all the necessary tools. The GSI Destination Kit has all the kitchen utensils you’ll need with its 24 piece set. It features useful kitchen tools such as forks, spoons, a knife, a foldable spatula, and more. It even features two waterproof salt and pepper shakers. The entire set comes in a small case that can be easily thrown into your bag the next time you go camping.
Sample Customer Review…Great product for the price! I cook outside frequently, it’s nice to “grab and go”. Good quality plastic silverware has great basic essentials, and a sturdy, nice case. Would recommend, great if you are looking for something fast and easy to take on a hiking trip, cooking by the fire, etc.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
11. YETI Tundra 45 Cooler
The YETI Tundra 45 Cooler is a super durable cooler that you can survive any outdoor hazard. Its roomy interior can store up to 26 cans even with a 2:1 ice-to-content ratio. It features 3 inches of PermaFrost insulation to keep things cool and rubber T-Rex Lid Latches ensure that the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler stays shut.
Another key feature of the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler is its near-indestructible exterior. Its Rotomolded Construction makes it rugged and its FatWall design can even keep wild bears out.
Sample Customer Review…We loved the soft tote Yeti but needed something that lasted longer so we traded it in for this cooler and were so pleased! Things stayed cool much longer and it’s not too bad to travel with, this size works great. We also traveled with it attached to the roof of our car on a road trip and it held up so well! Seems to very durable. We look forward to all the future uses we’ll get out of it!Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
12. BioLite HeadLamp 330
The BioLite HeadLamp 330 is a hands-free flashlight that sits right on your head. It has an ultrathin design that weighs in at less than 2.5 ounces. This thin and light design allows it to sit flush against your forehead and prevent any head fatigue, bouncing, or slipping from happening. The band is made from moisture-wicking fabric that will keep you dry and cool.
The BioLite HeadLamp 330’s battery and brightness are by far its most compelling features. It features a battery that lasts up to 40 hours on the LO setting. Furthermore, the battery is rechargeable via Micro-USB. In the HIGH setting, the BioLite HeadLamp 330 can reach 330 lumens of brightness.
Sample Customer Review…Love this headlamp! I have 3 of them. They’re lightweight, battery life is long enough for my needs, love the different settings. Have used for multiple settings- walking the dogs, setting up ceiling lights, installing cameras, at night while camping, etc. The headlamp has never died out on me. I try to be diligent with the battery. Charged fully prior to camping, used for each night for about 2 hours each for 3 nights, and still had battery when I returned home. Love how you can adjust the light beam to different angles, How it doesn’t get too hot on your head, and it’s light. Biolite also is a great company with great support.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
13. YETI Camino Carryall
The YETI Camino Carryall is the perfect bag for outdoor use. It features a big mouth opening so that you can fit a variety of items in it. It also has an EVA molded base that makes the bottom of the bag waterproof so you don’t have to worry about setting the bag down on a wet surface. Its Thick skin Shell exterior makes it resistant to punctures and abrasions, and it keeps the bag looking new. Its Hitchpoint Grid also makes it easy to attach other items with carabiners or YETI’s own MOLLE accessories.
Sample Customer Review…This is the Best Boat Bag! It is super sturdy and holds everything we need every time we go out on the water. It is also a water impermeable on the sides. When water gets in the boat the Yeti bad does not absorb the water to the inside of the bag. I bought it for my wife and she loves it. So do I! Not cheap but you get what you pay for. Quality!Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
14. Garmin Fenix 5X
The Garmin Fenix 5X is a stylish sports watch that also comes in handy during camping trips. It has built-in GPS and can even display detailed maps on its large screen. In addition to its GPS, the Garmin Fenix 5X also features Glonass, which helps its locations services in rougher terrains, such as camping areas.
The Garmin Fenix %X is built durable with its stainless steel construction. In addition, it is also highly customizable. Users can choose between a silicone or metal band and they can download free watch faces from Garmin’s IQ store.
Sample Customer Review…If you move, bike, swim, walk on the road or treadmill, run, hike, you name it, it’s in there, buy this; PERIOD. As someone who cycles regularly, I have had a number of cycle computers and use Strava for all my rides. The amount of information you get or can get from this “watch”, all in one place means you need nothing else. For biking it is possible to wirelessly connect a cadence and speed sensor, the watch tracks heart rate as long as it’s on your wrist. It’s basically a Garmin GPS so it tracks, accurately I might add, your distance, speed, average speed, peak speed and it tracks it all in splits. And the thing holds a charge for more than a day! I take it off once a week at work whether it needs a charge or not, plug it in, about 30-45 min later it’s fully charged and ready to go. Now I may not be as active as others but that’s at least a 15-mile ride or a 5-mile walk every day and it still lasts at least 3-4 days. I can say with all confidence, there isn’t another tracker out there that gives this much functionality with the same or more battery life. The best function of this watch, which I have yet to use is the return function. Start an activity, get lost and the “watch” gives you turn by turn directions back to where you started. AMAZING, in one word that’s what this device is, simply amazing. YES, almost a grand is a lot for a watch but this is so much more than just a watch and worth every penny, if you have the means to buy this watch and consider yourself an active person do not bother buying any other (GPS, activity tracker, sleep tracker) “watch”.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
15. Eddie Bauer BC Uplift
The Eddie Bauer BC Uplift is an ultralight waterproof jacket that’s sure to keep you warm when camping. It’s made of nylon and it’s thin enough for you to fold it up and throw it in any pocket or bag without a second thought. Weighing in at only 7 oz, it is nearly weightless and is the lightest waterproof jacket ever made by Eddie Bauer.
Sample Customer Review…This is by far the best running rain jacket I’ve ever used. It is unbelievably lightweight. It keeps you dry without adding any more insulation (and heat) than necessary. The chest pocket is situated in the right spot to hold a phone and other small items securely close to your body without bouncing. (It doesn’t have side pockets, but those would not be ideal for running anyway.)
My high school XC son borrowed it recently for a run in the rain and immediately requested his own.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
16. YETI Tundra Haul
The YETI Tundra Haul is built with the same Rotomolded Construction that was found on the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler, which means the YETI Tundra Haul is also nearly indestructible. It also comes with the same insulation technology from the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler.
The most noteworthy aspect of the YETI Tundra Haul is that it features a design sporting a handle and wheels. Its Strong Arm Handle is made of strong aluminum with multiple grips and the Never Flat Wheels are resistant to both impact and punctures.
Sample Customer Review…This is the Rolls Royce of coolers. And I don’t mean that because of the price. It is far superior to any other cooler we’ve ever owned – and is worth every dollar of its price. I purchased this cooler specifically for an extended weekend road trip. My husband and I prefer to eat healthy – lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other perishable foods that don’t typically travel well like yogurts, cheeses, and dairy products. We stocked the cooler with our food and one bag of ice when we departed at 4:00 AM Friday morning. Upon returning home Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, the ice was still in a solid form, and the remaining food was as cold as it was when we first packed it. This cooler is truly a refrigerator on wheels. It’s phenomenal.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
17. Avana Beckridge
The Avana Beckridge is a versatile bottle that goes well with any camping trip. It has a patented FreeSip spout that allows you to drink either from the built-in straw or directly from the wide opening. Its stainless steel double-wall vacuum-insulated design allows it to keep cold drinks cool for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours. Its leak-proof cap allows you to throw it in any bag without having to worry about it spilling. Additionally, the Avana Beckridge also comes with a retractable carry loop for even easier transportation.
Sample Customer Review…This has become my new favorite water bottle, and I have several. That built-in straw feels surprisingly natural to drink out of, especially for hot drinks, which I never would have expected. I love being able to take tiny sips of coffee through the straw without having to tip the whole bottle and wonder if I’m going to accidentally tip it too far and burn myself. Keeps my coffee hot for hours, keeps my water cold all day, looks super stylish, no complaints about this one.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
18. UST TekFire
The UST TekFire is a useful lighter that can be easily tucked in your pocket during a camping trip. Instead of relying on fuel like a traditional lighter, the UST TekFire uses electricity to light things on fire. A traditional lighter has to be thrown away after it runs out of fuel. The UST TekFire, on the other hand, has a USB-rechargeable lithium-ion battery so it can be reused many times.
The UST TekFire comes in at around $20 and since it’s reusable, it is a much better value than buying a bunch of traditional lighters.
Sample Customer Review…Works as described. Out of the box, this item is very impressive. Pair with a solar charger and this lighter will be an outstanding addition to camping/bug out situations.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
19. Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
Roasting marshmallows over a campfire is a classic camping activity. However, any activity involving fire is dangerous; especially to children. The Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks makes this fun activity much safer with its 32-inch telescoping design. This allows you to keep a safe distance from the fire while still enjoying the delicious roasted treats that it produces. The forks of the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are made of stainless steel, making them easy to clean, and the handles are made of wood.
The Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks aren’t just limited to roasting marshmallows. The forks can hold a variety of meats and vegetables. They’re priced at less than $14 so they’re an inexpensive way to get into campfire roasting.
Sample Customer Review…These roasting sticks worked out well for my recent camping trip. We used them to roast marshmallows and hot dogs. I love the fact that they collapse and extend which makes using and storing them convenient! They come with a carrying bag, so they are all stored in one place and easily accessible. Cleanup was easy, as well. In my opinion, they are a great value for the price!Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
20. Plano Sportsman’s Trunk
The Plano Sportsman’s Trunk is perfect for storing your camping tools. It sports a massive 56-quart capacity. If that’s still not enough for you, and you decide to buy more Plano Sportsman’s Trunks, there are molded grooves that allow you to easily stack them. The Plano Sportsman’s Trunk is made from rugged plastic that can handle impacts.
Sample Customer Review…Purchased this for camping gear. It was exposed to a downpour part of the trip and everything remained dry. We traveled over extremely dusty back roads that seeped gritty dust into other containers making unpacking difficult, but this Plano kept everything dust-free. Easy to use, stacks nicely and seems sturdy.Read More Reviews at Amazon.com
Buying Guide: What are the Best Camping Tools for You?
While camping may be fun and relaxing, it can be very dangerous if you don’t have all the necessary equipment. Here, we will go over some basic categories of essential items.
You never know when an emergency can happen. A small wound could be fatal if left untreated.
If you’re planning on spending the night in the outdoors, you’ll definitely need shelter.
Sometimes camping can be so fun that the sun sets before we even know it. In cases like these, it would be super helpful to have some kind of flashlight or lamp.
You definitely need to stay hydrated when you’re camping.
There are all kinds of tools on the market designed for camping. We hope that you learned what equipment is necessary in order to have a safe camping trip and we hope that we found the 20 best camping tools for your next camping trip. With that being said, enjoy the great outdoors!
Written by Jackie Kwok; Contributor: Naomi Reyes
What are the best camping accessories?
The best camping accessories are a first aid kit, a flashlight, a comfortable sleeping bag, a portable soft cooler bag, a portable mosquito repellent, extra blankets and pillows, a water bottle, and marshmallow roasting sticks.
What should you not bring camping?
There are a couple of things you don't need for camping. Some basic items to leave are perfume, nice or white clothing (it can get dirty!), jewelry, and unnecessary electronics like a tablet or portable video game console. If you're camping with children you don't necessarily need to bring toys, notebooks, or drawing materials.