37 Essential Camping Gadgets and Gear for All Outdoor Adventures
No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you prefer, there are certain essentials you will undoubtedly need, like the means to start a fire, keep warm, and somewhere to sleep where you won’t get wet. This collection of essential camping gadgets and gear will see you equipped with everything you need while also allowing you to travel light, knowing that you’re kitted out for any situation.
We all know that nature is powerful, but did you know that sticks and twigs could charge a phone? This camping gadget uses wood scraps to create smokeless flames on which to cook or keep warm, while also generating 3W of heat to charge devices or store for future use.
It’s not always easy to keep a supply of fresh drinking water when you’re camping, which is why a LARQ bottle will be invaluable. Eradicating up to 99.9999% of germs and bacteria, this bottle uses UV-C light to automatically clean both water and bottle every two hours.
Forget sitting on a cold floor after a day in the wilderness – this Trailhead Camp Chair will provide you with a comfortable place to sit. Lightweight and easy-to-carry, this folding chair with left or right cup rest relieves pressure, conforms to fit curvature, and can withstand up to 500lbs of weight.
One of the downsides to camping is having to carry all the gear, but there are some things you just can’t do without. This clever kit contains an incredible 70 pieces of essential equipment including first aid, firestarters, and fishing kits inside a powerful waterproof flashlight that weights under 1lb.
Cooking on a campfire is one of the joys of sleeping under the stars, but having the right cooking equipment can mean a bulky backpack. This cook set includes a lidded aluminum pot, pan, bowls, cutlery, spatula, and cleaning sponge but packs neatly away into one easy-to-carry bag.
It can take around 72 hours for emergency services to reach you following a situation such as an avalanche, earthquake, or extreme weather disaster. This kit has everything needed to keep you alive for 3 days, including warm clothes, thermal supply tent, food, tools, water filter, and many other must-haves.
There’s no need to pack batteries when you have the LuminAID in your backpack. Charged using solar power, this cool gadget actually folds flat when it’s being charged, and unfolds into a comforting cube that comes with 5 modes of illumination for 12-24 hours. It even floats on water!
Forget gas bottles the next time you go an adventure, and pack one of these awesome portable grills instead. Weighing around 10lbs, this ceramic grill uses eco-friendly, plant-based charcoal pods which leave literally no mess behind, and includes a bamboo cutting board and spatula, thermometer, and an attractive carry case.
In almost every disaster movie there’s no way for the hero or heroine to call for help because there’s no mobile signal. This handy (and potentially life-saving) Global Hotspot enables WiFi, Cellular and Satellite connectivity no matter how remote you are, and includes GPS interval tracking so rescuers can find your location.
You can turn almost any 4 x 4 into cozy sleeping quarters for 3 with the Thule Tepui Ruggedized Autana 3 Tent. The extended canopy entrance houses a removable annex, while the tent itself features an anti-condensation mat and two sky panels for unhindered star gazing.
Starting a fire isn’t always easy, especially when the weather isn’t on your side. With Pull-String Firestarters, however, it’s as simple as pulling a cord. Built to withstand even the most extreme of conditions, these firestarters will sustain a fire for 30 minutes, even when the logs are wet.
There’ll be no struggling with putting up tents with the amazing CORE Instant Cabin. Set up in just 60 seconds, this tent has mesh panels in the roof for star-gazing, and can sleep 9 people at a time, with rain-proof seams and wall storage pockets to keep the interior tidy.
Hiking at night or answering a call of nature in the early hours can be a bit hair-raising when you can’t see what’s around you. Clip this Ra light to your clothes, backpack straps, or belt and you will have an incredible 120˚ of even light so you can see your whole surroundings.
This fire pit will provide all the warmth and atmosphere of a campfire, but without the choking smoke. Using wood and patented airflow technology, this burner can also use charcoal to turn it into a hibachi style grill. Controllable via Bluetooth, this amazing fire pit can burn for up to 24H.
Hotdogs and S’mores are all part of the experience, but what about a good old campfire singalong? It might not be practical to take along a full-size guitar, but this travel version is 31% shorter and 43% lighter than a standard electric guitar, and can be plugged into any amp.
When you’re out in the wilds it pays to have as many tools as possible, but they can take up a lot of room. The Leatherman Signal Topo Multi-Tool is a screwdriver, knife, pliers, saw, awl, and can and bottle opener in one, and also includes a safety whistle and fire-starting ferro rod.
If good coffee is the one thing you can’t do without, take a look at this cool gadget. Small enough to fit in the hand, the Nanopresso is a portable espresso maker that can produce delicious hits of caffeine with a dense crema layer, no matter where you are.
You can cook your main course and your dessert in one go with this fun camping gadget. Designed like a fishing pole, it comes with a double-sided ‘hook’ so that two different things can be cooked together, and it’s easy to turn them for even cooking without burning your hands.
Perfect for home and away, this mosquito repellent will keep mozzies at bay without the need for DEET or other nasty chemicals. Providing a 15ft mosquito-free zone for up to 12 hours, it eliminates the need for sprays, lotions, or other unpleasant products.
Roomy enough even for side sleepers, this NEMO Disco 30 Sleeping Bag will see any man through many a chilly night under canvas. With a waterproof and breathable footbox for warm, dry feet and a blanket fold collar for a snug tucked-in feeling, this outstanding sleeping bag is a must-have.
Equipment that serves more than one purpose is always a good idea when camping. This antique-style LED lantern features a dimmable light for the perfect ambience, and an integrated speaker so music can be streamed from any Bluetooth device. It’s even stylish enough to use on the patio at home.
If exploring the great outdoors includes navigating the waterways, this inflatable dinghy is the ideal vessel to do it in. Fully inflated in under a minute, this durable raft has been designed with extreme conditions in mind, and once it’s inflated it folds down to the size of a loaf.
No matter how remote your location, as long as you can see the sky you will be able to communicate. Weighing around half the weight of a mobile phone, this device allows you to send messages and emails without a signal, and even ‘check-in’ so loved ones know you are safe.
Beach parties, picnics, or just a stroll in the woods will become a lot more comfy with this Pocket Blanket. Tiny enough to fit in the pocket, this waterproof blanket spreads out to enable 4 people to sit without getting dirty, and even comes with stakes to combat windy days.
This bottle is pretty nifty and will make an invaluable addition to any camping trip. Pressurized through hand pumping, this bottle can deliver water with a mist, a squirt, or a spray, making it perfect for washing dishes, having a drink, cooling down, or even taking an outside shower.
Bags of popcorn are convenient, but they don’t really offer that delicious fresh-popped taste. Now you can have that even out in the wilds with this handy outdoor popcorn popper. Delivering 3 quarts of popcorn in around 5 minutes, this cool camping gadget works perfectly over a crackling campfire.
The BaseLantern will provide incredible light on the darkest nights and is fully controllable via the BioLite App. Folding flat for easy carrying, this smart lamp can also be used to charge phones or other devices, and features battery feedback so you can see when it needs to be charged again.
If sleeping on the floor is the worst part of camping for you, try packing the Disc-O-Bed. Use it as a couch, two single beds, or even bunk beds; this portable sleeper also includes side organizers to keep gadgets close at hand, and is comfy enough for a good night’s sleep.
The easiest solution to sleeping when out and about is a hammock, but you want one that will stand up to the rigors of the wild. This one can hold up to 350lbs and is made from parachute nylon taffeta by rural Thai women as a way to help them beat poverty.
Make campsite meals a more civilized affair with this handy folding table. Weighing only 2.5lbs, this table can hold up to 40lbs in weight, and features 4 mesh cup holders that keep drinks safe and almost impossible to knock over! A handy carry bag is included to make it totally portable.
Whether you’re digging for gold or digging your way out of snow, this collapsible shovel is up to the job. With built-in lash points so it can be attached to almost anything, this shovel can withstand temperatures from -40 to 170, and 3886 lbs of force.
Made from military grade aluminum, this first aid kit is like no other. Packed away inside a super-bright flashlight (with SOS option) you will find adventure tape, bandages, steristrips, thermometers, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic and burn cream, and a whole host of other first aid essentials like Advil and Aspirin.
Lighter than a standard YETI hard cooler, this version can actually hold 20% more, making it ideal for camping trips or days out at the beach. Tall enough to hold wine bottles, this cooler can also slip behind the seat in the car or truck, and can hold ice for days.
Once you have the Solar Panel 10+ you’ll never have to take batteries on the road again. Suitable for charging tablets, phones, and other electronic devices, this handy portable solar panel can be set up on any terrain and the power harnessed can be used straightaway or saved for later.
Be kind to the environment when you spark up your campfire with this eco-friendly fire pit. Easy to light with a match or lighter, this lightweight, portable pack is made from soy wax and paper, and gives off virtually no smoke at all with a total burn time of 3-5 hours.
The Campfire Trio has everything needed to set up a fire pit or grill so you can stay warm and hunger free on any camping expedition. With a fire-safe frame and insert and a rollable grill surface, this set also includes a ferro rod, knife steel striker, and emergency jute tinder.
Matches are lightweight, small, and extremely handy to take on any adventure, but if the weather has other ideas they can be impossible to light. This storm-proof match set includes 25 waterproof and windproof matches, three strikers, and a waterproof case that even floats should it get knocked into water.