Camping gear doesn’t have to be all about utility. Sure, you have basic camping checklist covered, but why not treat yourself to some gear that’s pretty awesome and fun to use? This camping gear list isn’t full of things that you necessarily need to make it through a camping trip, but it definitely has some cool stuff you never knew you wanted.
Next time you get ready to set up your campsite, bring along some of this gear for the ultimate camping experience. With camping hacks like these, you’ll enjoy the great outdoors like never before. Check out these 25 additions to your camping equipment list and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this badass gear.
Smart Camping Gear Ideas for Your Next Camping Trip
1. Truck Hammocks
If you take your truck with you on your camping trips, grab these cool camping chairs that fit right into your trailer hitch! This is great if the camping spot doesn’t have trees to tie your hammock to.
- Set includes Trailer Hitch Stand and 2 Chairs
- Made of Powder Coated Steel stand 600 Denier Polyester chairs with Aluminum dowels
- Each seat weight limit: 250 lbs.
2. Solar Charger
You can create this one on your own or buy one like it online! If you’re interested in the homemade version, find the full instructions here.
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3. 2-Person Sleeping Bag
Why waste that valuable body heat? Snuggle up to your significant other and make the camping experience extra enjoyable. Besides, you’ll be needing all that warmth as you lay in your 2-person sleeping bag outdoors.
- The Trillium hammock is the most hardcore triple hammock on the market.
- Stack one, two or three under your main tent to create multi-floor, outdoor living environments. It even has all the fittings to accommodate a Vista roof
- Trillium hammocks can be used to add sleeping space for fellow campers, or simply to expand the space of your tree tent for extra gear, shoes, dogs or wet stuff.
4. Hammock Tent
Keep your campsite up off the ground and away from critters by rigging it up between a couple of trees! For more about hammock tent camping, click here.
5. Padded Floor Tiles
Don’t sleep on the hard, uncomfortable ground and make a soft tent floor! Put down some of these cheap and easy tiles for ultimate camping comfort.
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- Two detachable edge pieces allows any tile to be a corner, border or center
- Made from non-toxic, lightweight, and durable high density closed cell EVA foam
6. Biodegradable Hiking Tape
You don’t want to get lost as you go deeper into the woods. Mark your trail with a clear conscience by using this environmentally-friendly trail tape!
7. Microfiber Towels
These towels are less bulky, more absorbent, and dry out quicker. Take these instead of your old-school rags for an easier clean up at camp. Even towels are evolving for better camping gear.
8. Campfire Panini Press/Pie Iron
Turn your campfire into a gourmet kitchen with this easy-to-use camping food tool. Check out this delicious recipe you can cook with your pie iron/panini press.
9. Hanging Tent
Stay up and away from the hard ground and campsite critters with this tent. It looks dangerous but this teepee style tent can hold two people with its durable buckling system.
10. USB Charger Camping Stove
Camping multi-taskers are a great thing. They lessen your load and work double-duty for your campsite convenience. This portable stove and USB charger provide you with two top camping needs – to keep yourself fed and your phone charged.
11. Foil Sleeping Bag
This lightweight sleeping bag is easy to keep around as a spare when your top concern is pack weight. This camping gear can easily fit into a person’s pocket.
12. Fire Pan
Heat is very important in the cold outdoors. This lightweight fire pan acts as a mobile fire pit, making fire-starting easy no matter where you are!
13. Shower Deck
No one really wants to stand on a dirty floor while they’re trying to get clean! Use this miniature deck to store your toiletries and then break it out for maximum camping shower sanitation.
14. Waterproof Socks
Cold, wet feet are a serious downer on camping trips. Break out these socks and keep your feet dry come rain or shine.
15. Silicone Cups
You don’t want to bring something that can easily shatter when you’re out camping. These break-proof cups are campsite-friendly, as they are easy to use, wash, and transport.
16. Shower Caddy Lanyard
No longer do you need a bulky caddy full of giant bottles. This handy shower caddy lightens your load when it’s shower time (this would also come in handy at the gym showers).
17. Table Grill
No more hunching over a campfire. This grill sits on a tabletop, making it incredibly convenient and easy to use when it comes time to rustle up some grub.
18. Camping Shower
Who knew a big jug and a plastic faucet could make such a handy camping shower? This item is completely mobile, making for optimum convenience. Find the full instructions here.
19. Solar Spark Lighter
This solar spark lighter is a great backup to have around in case your matches get wet or your lighter runs out of fuel. Plus it’s just fun to light stuff on fire using the sun.
20. Folding Toaster
Who says you always need electricity for toasting bread? This toaster uses the campfire to perfectly toast your bread for your campsite breakfast.
21. Truck Bed Tent
Another ultra-convenient tent. Here’s a solution when you’re reluctant to put up your tent on the ground. No matter where you end up, you’ll have a perfect spot for your tent.
22. Wash Station
This wash station makes campsite meal clean-up incredibly easy and convenient. You can also convert this into a stool by removing the basin and replacing it with a polyester canvas.
23. Hanging Cupboard
Looking for a nice rack to organize your cooking ingredients? If you’re a campsite chef, you’ve got to get this easy and incredibly useful hanging pantry.
24. Extreme Phone Case
We all treasure our technology, like mobile phones and GPS gadgets are an essential part of our survival gear. So it only makes sense to ensure its safety in more extreme camping conditions! Check out this extreme phone case.
25. Collapsible Kitchen Sink
This collapsible kitchen sink brings the ultimate convenience of home to the campsite. You’ll wonder how you did dishes before you had it.
Watch this video of a canvas truck tent by Kodiak Canvas:
It’s nice to stick to the traditional camping ways, though we can’t help but adapt to modern conveniences. These amazing innovations level up your camping experience. Spend some time in the outdoors in style!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.