Camping season is officially here. It’s the perfect time to disconnect from social media, take in some fresh air, and relax in nature. To have the best experience and channel your inner outdoorsman, you need the right camping essentials for every possible scenario that could happen. If you pack too light, you’ll feel like you’re on an episode of Survivor scavenging for supplies or running miles in hopes of finding some road-side gas station. But pack too heavy and you’ll feel completely overwhelmed with baggage that prevents you from truly enjoying your camping adventure. Camping gear has come a long way over the years, but you’re probably wondering what’s actually essential to enjoy your nature experience. Don’t worry, because we have you covered with a checklist of the best (and most necessary) camping essentials to conquer the great outdoors.
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Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Oxide Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50
This EWG-approved mineral sunscreen will effectively protect you from harsh UV rays while you’re out in the sun on your camping adventure. The non-greasy, water-resistant formula absorbs quickly into your skin, without leaving behind any annoying white residue marks.
Best Water Bottle
Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle
This vacuum-insulated water bottle will keep your beverage chilled for up to 24 hours. With a wide-mouth opening, this stainless-steel option makes it easy to load up with ice cubes.
Best Camping Tent
REI CO-OP Half Dome 4 Plus Tent
This camping tent has the floor space you need for all your gear and enough room for your upper body to move freely, without feeling claustrophobic. With space for three additional people and two large doors, this tent should been perfect for most camping adventures this season.
Best Camping Knife
Spyderco 000968 Endura4 Knife
Lightweight, durable, and easy-to-use, this high-quality folding knife with a stainless-steel blade is a top-choice for food prep and more on your next camping trip.
Best Camping Headlamp
Petzl Tikkina Headlamp
A lightweight all-purpose headlamp will be your most useful purchase when the sun sets. This one has multiple brightness levels, a rechargeable battery, and a great light beam for close-range vision so you don’t hurt yourself in the pitch-black darkness.
Best Coffee Maker
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
For most guys, coffee is essential any morning (in nature or in the office). With no Starbucks in sight, this coffee press will have you caffeinated with up to three cups of coffee in under a minute. Who needs a barista when you can have a cup of Joe with a scenic view?
Best Camping Chair
Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair
A comfortable, affordable camping chair with a built-in 4-can cooler pouch? Yes, please. This sturdy camping chair with a steel frame has a fully-cushioned seat, so you can sit back for hours with a few cold ones for the best R&R experience.
Best Sleeping Bag
REI Co-op Trail Pod 30 Sleeping Bag
REI Co-Op’s insulating sleeping bag offers maximum comfort for a cozy night’s sleep for temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Best Medical Kit
Adventure Medical Kit Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit
Anything can go down when you’re out in the wild, so be prepared with this useful first-aid kit that includes everything you’ll need for minor cuts and scrapes, painful fractures and sprains, burns and blisters, and even trauma pads for the most intense bloody situations. Better to be safe than sorry.
Best Camping Speaker
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Give your camping adventure the soundtrack it deserves with the recently released Wonderboom 2. The new model has a battery life of 13 hours and superior sound that’s great for the outdoors. Drop it, dunk it in water, heck, this bad boy can withstand just about anything and will look (and sound) as good as new.
Best Camping Backpack
Arc’teryx Bora AR 63 Backpack
$411.75 (25% off)
This sleek and spacious water-resistant backpack can comfortably hold enough gear for a 7-day trip and has a terrific suspension system.
Best Camping Grill
Coleman RoadTrip LXE Portable Gas Grill
Fire up this collapsible, easy-to-clean propane grill with 285 inches of grilling space for the ultimate camping cookout.
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