You’ve been waiting a long time for the chance to get back out in nature, but are you prepared to face the wilderness (or at least the local campsite)?
If you’re planning on going camping, don’t leave home without the necessities. Come check out our favorite camping supplies to see what you’ll need for your next campout.
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Enjoy a well-lit path for your nighttime stroll at the campsite when you put this BioLite Rechargeable Head Light on. With this light, you can keep your hands free to hold your dog’s leash, carry supplies or even search for morels. The head light is lightweight at just 50 grams, and it’s available in four colors (ember red, moss green, midnight grey and ocean teal). It also has the ability to recharge via micro USB. You can choose from four different settings: white light and dimmer, red light and dimmer, white strobe or red strobe. Buy it here.
Wherever you go, it’s important to stay hydrated. And even if you’re bringing water with you on your trip, you need to be ready with a backup plan. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is a lightweight tube that can filter water instantly. It can remove bacteria, parasites, microplastics and dirt. Plus, its membrane microfilter lasts up to 1,000 gallons of use. Buy it here.
There’s nothing like a good hammock, and this Legit Camping Hammock is exactly what it says on the tin. At only two pounds, it’s portable, durable and easy to set up. Just find two trees and you’re ready to go. This hammock can fit two people, and comes with a stuff sack for ease of use and steel carabiners for extreme strength. Buy it here.
This handy camping pillow has a reversible cover for either travel time or sleeping, and is stuffed with a super cushy shredded memory foam filling. The Klymit Drift Camping Pillow is easy to clean, since it has a removable cotton shell which fits over its inner jersey. Buy it here.
What’s one of the most important camping supplies? That’s a no-brainer – it’s safety! You should never go camping without a first aid kit, and this compact First Aid Kit – 100 Piece is the perfect choice for almost any trip. Among its 100 pieces are essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, an emergency blanket, a tweezer, a pair of scissors, eye wash and more. Buy it here.
With the Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet, you can have some of the most important survival tools right at your fingertips. This bracelet comes with a fire starter, a ferro rod striker, a compass, an emergency whistle and 12 feet of paracord. The lightweight, adjustable bracelet is easy to wear and forget about – that is, until you need it. It’s a great way to make sure that you have these survival tools with you even if you somehow get separated from the rest of your gear. The whistles are also useful if you’re traveling with others. Buy it here.
If you need a new tent, take a look at this one. The Coleman Sundome tent is widely popular, made in sizes appropriate for up to six campers. Setup is a breeze in less than 10 minutes, and features include durable construction, which can handle up to 35 mph winds or higher. Want to charge your phone? There’s indoor electrical power, made possible by the handy e-port. With its waterproof seams, superior ventilation and convenient storage pockets, you’ll never want to go back home. Buy it here.
Ticks are no joke. If you’re going to be out in wooded areas, tick repellent is one of the camping supplies you don’t want to be without. This spray is a favorite among natural repellents and is lab-proven to work effectively on both kids and adults. Nantucket Spider Extra Strength Natural and DEET-Free Tick Repellent is comprised of several of the natural scents ticks hate and made in the USA. Apply as directed and reapply every one and a half hours. Buy it here.
Do you ever miss your shower when you’re in the great outdoors? With the KIPIDA Solar Shower Bag, you can get a warm shower almost anywhere you go. Just fill the bag up with water, let it warm in the sun, and then hang the bag and nozzle in a tree to create an instant shower. Amazon reviewers rave about how warm the water gets and how many showers a single bag can provide. Buy it here.
If you don’t have any way to get dry when you’re in the wilderness, that can be pretty dangerous. Whether you’ve just fallen into a puddle, taken a dip in the swimming hole or had a portable shower, you need to dry off as quickly as possible. The Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Travel Towel is a soft, compact microfiber towel that dries fast to keep you clean and dry. This pack comes with one towel and one washcloth. Buy it here.
This electricity-generating CampStove cooks meals, boils water and charges up your devices simultaneously. The BioLite Campstove 2 Wood Burning Electricity Generating & USB Charging Camp Stove comes with a portable grill, kettle pot and flexlight. Grab some twigs and small branches around your campsite to add to the device and keep the fire hot and you won’t need any other kind of fuel. Read directions thoroughly before heading out. Buy it here.
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Are you bringing any of these camping supplies on your next adventure? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!