Here are some great items that will make your camping trip better.
Have you ever been camping and thought just one little thing could be better?
Heck, even the most prepared camper can always improve their next trip. Chances are there is an item somewhere out there that could have made that trip better.
Here are 21 items we think can do the job. Some are small improvements, others are total game changers. Either way, you can bet adding even one item into the mix will change your camping experience for the better.
View the slideshow to see the suggestions, and leave your own in the comments below.
Hot and clean water in under five minutes? You bet. This Jetboil is a serious game changer for those trips where a fire isn’t feasible every night (or even the one night you have to spend under the stars).
A camp stove is another fire alternative, something that campers of the West really should be aware of with the hazardous fire conditions present across the country. Like the Jetboil, they are lightweight and easy to use.
You will need something to cook in, be it a pan or pot, but this Snow Peak LiteMax Stove is still a great option for better cooking at the campsite.
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A permanent water bottle can be a major game changer. Never drop money scrambling to get big packs of bottled water before a trip again. Just fill up a Nalgene Wide Mouth Tritan Water Bottle.
This is a great item to be used with your water filtration of choice while on the go.
Not a lot needs to be said here. Stay responsible, but have a good time. Don’t worry about lugging around big bottles and keep the goods in a Stanley Classic Flask.
A lightweight, durable, dedicated cup can give you a comfortable camping experience. Water during the day, coffee in the morning, soup at night, every meal or drink and you’re covered with the Snow Peak Titanium Single Wall Cup.
I used to be one of those campers who thought I was too good for the added comfort of anything besides a sleeping bag. Once I got a Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus sleeping pad, I changed my mind.
It keeps you off the rocks and adds extra warmth. This is one of the best investments that can be made if you’re spending a lot of time on the ground.
Camping near water? You probably will want to take a dip in these summer months.
No longer worry about finding a rock to dry out (although sometimes that itself can be better than the dip), and bring a Packtowl. It will dry you fast, then it will dry itself fast.
Like the sleeping pad, this Grand Trunk Hammock is great for adding extra comfort to your outdoor sleeping arrangement. Added bonus, use it almost anywhere/anytime for a quick relaxation. This one is a double, but the added space and ability to wrap yourself up is totally worth the few extra bucks.
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Tired of a sore ass from those rocks around the fire that don’t quite fit your rocks? Invest in a Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat Camp Chair. Bonus: Fold it in half and use it as a pillow.
ALWAYS bring extra socks. No need to lose toenails just because you want to spend some time outside. Try the SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew Sock for some quality foot savers.
If you’re backpacking, a Sea To Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack can take your bundle of clothing down from half the space in your bag to a quarter.
If you’re going anywhere near water to or from the site, whether it’s a small creek crossing or something more aquatic like The Narrows in Zion, getting a compression dry sack will keep your stuff dry even if you take a spill.
These have gotten pretty popular in the past few years. With all the options in terms of size, its pretty easy to find a Camelbak that will suit your needs perfectly.
A great accessory for campers on the move, you can use the pack it comes with for day hikes and the reservoir in your big pack for those longer trips.
Whether you’re going on a quick day hike or planning on spending a few nights backpacking, a Osprey Packs Daylite Backpack Attachment will get the job done.
Hike out from and around your campsite without having to bring your full sized pack.
This Suntoo A-10 Compass is pretty standard, I know. It may not seem like much of a game changer, but for those times when you want to wander from the campsite it works wonders.
Plus, if you’re camping with the kids, reading a compass is an ability every good outdoorsman should have, so take the opportunity to teach and delegate a little responsibility (and be prepared to have your bearing given every few minutes).
Something it seems many campers/backpackers go without, a poncho is an item that takes up almost no room and weighs next to nothing.
When you’ve got a mile to the campsite and the rain starts pouring, you’ll be happy to have the Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Poncho. You’ll be even happier when you’re the only dry person at camp.
The Ultimate Survival Technologies SparkForce Firestarter has a classic steel and flint setup. For those cro magnon campers still struggling with their two sticks, here’s a good way to evolve.
First we had lanterns, then flashlights, now BEHOLD, the Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp. Huzzah!
You can now have both hands free when dropping trow in the middle of the night; much better than the one hand struggle.
This is another item I’m often surprised to find other campers/backpackers don’t have. Don’t be a fool, get a Adventure Medical Day Tripper First Aid Kit, even for the minor cuts and scratches to avoid getting an infection miles away from civilization.
One of the most versatile items you can bring, the Benchmade 551 Griptilian Knife is a no-brainer.
Use it for spreading peanut butter, cutting up thick sticks for firewood, or threatening your four-legged forest foes over the last bag of trail mix.
Ten tools in one little bundle. To be honest, you may not have a planned use for eight of them, but that may actually be where this Leatherman Micra Multi-Tool shines.
The thing about camping is you never know what you may need and the right tool is the one that works. Be prepared for anything. Get a multitool.
If you’ve ever spent a morning packing, unpacking, and repacking your bag because of one item you can’t find, the Eureka Dome Style Gear Loft is for you. You can hang it in the tent or off your hammock and keep your small items together and nearby.