These 5 Camping Supplies Will Be the Unsung Heroes of Your Trip

These five camping supplies don't always get the credit they deserve.

You've got your tent, you've packed all the s'mores ingredients, brought along your sleeping bag, and you're ready to set up camp. It's a great feeling knowing you'll be enjoying the great outdoors and making the most of your time away from home. Whether you're going solo, joining friends, or taking the whole family, a camping trip is one of the great American activities for the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

But the sort of things that campers decide to bring with them (or neglect to remember) can really make or break the experience. There are the obvious necessities, but what about the room leftover to pack extras and accessories? What choices will you make to (hopefully) create a better camping trip overall?

You're going to remember your first aid kit, camping chair, camp stove, and

We've got some suggestions from the "Why didn't I think of that before?" category of camping gear, because it always helps to give yourself some advantages with not-so-common items. Whether you're going into the backcountry or just doing some car camping, these things will add an assist.

1. Ozark Trail 12-in-1 Multi-Tool

Sure, you probably have a pocket knife you bring along on camping trips, but could it possibly do as much as this 12-in-1 Multi-Tool from Ozark Trail? It's one of those camping essentials that you'll always bring with you once you realize its resourcefulness. Of all the small gadgets you can stash in a pack, this might be the most important.

2. Camp Chef Big Gas Grill 3-Burner Outdoor Stove

This awesome Camp Chef Big Gas Grill 3-Burner Outdoor Stove comes with a BBQ Grill Box that features a locking lid, solid steel ergonomic handle, cast iron grill grate, and infrared heat drip pan. The fold out shelf for food storage and prep is fantastic. Trust me when I say this propane grill is going to beat the heck out of trying to cook a meal over an open fire pit.

3. Ozark Trail Trekking Poles

Adjustable, lightweight, and durable, these Ozark Trail Trekking Poles are great for taking along on hikes and can be used by kids that are three and a half feet tall as well as full-sized adults. Combined with a good pair of hiking boots, collapsible trekking poles can really make a difference. If you're going on a long backpacking trip, these would pay dividends.

4. Ozark Trail 40-Liter Marine Boat Bag

This water-resistant Boat Bag from Ozark Trail is just the thing you'll need if the weather turns wet during your camping trip. It's worth noting that it isn't fully waterproof or able to be submerged, but if some rain gets into your tent or falls on your gear, anything kept in this bag will have some decent protection. There are few things worse than soaking yourself and your gear while at a campsite, but items like this Boat Bag, as well as true dry bags, are always worth considering.

5. Ozark Trail 550-Pound Paracord

How many uses are there for paracord? Gosh, how much time do you have? Hanging tarps, strapping down tents, creating hanging storage spots, and lashing together gear for easier transport are just a few of the no-brainer reasons this 50-foot long strand of Ozark Trail Paracord is well worth bringing along on every camping trip you take. It's the best kind of outdoor gear because it has so many uses.