16 Items Every Camper Must Have
There are a few recommended items every camper and outdoorsman should own. They don’t have to be expensive or from the top brands but if they serve their purpose well, then you’ll be good to go.
1. Reliable Camping Stove
- Lightweight easy to carry
- Not too big to save more packing space
- Heat should be at least 6,000 BTUs, for even heating
- Made of quality material to handle the outdoor elements
We used several camping stoves that didn’t work well in the past so we created our own. It’s a reliable and durable camping stove a nice price on our website.
2. A Durable Backpack
To know if it’s a good backpack:
Enough space so you can carry your gear inside or out. Be waterproof or at least to have a rain cover. Made from great quality and tough material. Have an internal frame. Many people suffer from back pain problems so I prefer backpacks with an internal frame.
Our clients love it. Check the exact design you see above (link on website).
3. Quicky Copper Pan
As much as we love our backpacking, it’s far from ideal for car camping. We can’t even bring our backpacks in with us since the tent is so small. For car camping, we picked up this cheaper 4-person tent so
Pro Tip: Get a tent that’s a size or two larger to get plenty of space. A 4-person tent can fit a queen inflatable mattress, our two backpacks, and much more.
We recommend using the Embrava 40oz Water Bottle because they’re durable enough for indoor workouts, leak-proof and rugged camping trips. In case you need to filter your water, we recommend the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System. It works like a French press so you don’t have to pump, squeeze, or wait. And it has different filtration levels depending on what you need.
When we go car camping, if we’re not eating out at a local restaurant, we do hearty eggs and bacon breakfast and eat our favorite Chicken Teriyaki Rice or Strawberry Granola for breakfast and dinners. We also bring Natierra Nature's All Foods Organic Freeze-Dried 4 Pk Variety pack.
7. Illumination (Head Lamp) (Flashlight)
Since we don’t go for bugs, we don’t enjoy using a lantern (MOTHS EVERYWHERE!). We stick with the campfire light and these headlamps to get to the bathroom or inside the tent.
8. Knife or Knives
Who doesn’t love knives? We own many at home and every time we go camping I have this big dilemma - “which knife should I take with me this time?!”. From time to time we take two or three knives with us to practice bush crafting.
Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath blade 9check the current price - Amazon link). There are other models that look the same as this one.
9. First-Aid Supplies
You never know what will happen while you're outdoors, so it’s smart to bring along a first-aid kit. This is a great lightweight kit good for 2 people up to 4 days.
Pro Tip: After buying a kit, just refill what you use than buying a new one again.
10. Toiletries/SunBlock & Bug Spray
We carry our toothbrush, a mini tube of toothpaste, and toilet paper in a Ziploc bag. For our other liquids (shampoo, body wash, conditioner), we use our GoToobs, which have been reliable and never leaked. Don’t forget your sunblock (see our recent post on great natural and non-toxic sunblock alternatives) and bug repellent (we prefer the roll on kind)!
Pro Tip: To save space, take out the cardboard portion of the toilet paper and flatten it. You can even just roll up a portion of the toilet paper if you don’t need the whole roll.
11. Rain Panchu
If we get caught by the rain, I always carry in my backpack a rain poncho rain jackets will work but we prefer Ponchos. This most of our friends and family use - (Check it Out) is resistant and comes in many colors so you have many options to choose from.
12. Fire Starter
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to pick up wood before getting to your campsite. Sometimes an on-site store will sell them, or you’ll see homes that sell firewood on the way in.
13. Food Storage (Bear proof Container & Cooler)
Not all camping sites have their own bear-proof storage containers, so it’s good to have one on hand. You don’t want to leave your food or even scented hygiene items in the car either, because bears will break into your car. This bear proof cooler is a two-in-one that keeps your perishable food and drinks cold and keeps the bears out! It’s built tough and comes in different sizes. You can also buy the Bisgear canister separately, but make sure it can fit all your food, trash, and anything scented.
14. Solar Charger For Your Phone
When you go camping in the woods your phone battery will die at some point. Having a solar charger with you is a good idea. You can charge your phone camera your rechargeable ladder and so on.
We use the Ryno Tuff Solar Charger 21W Dual USB (check the exact model on Amazon), it’s water-resistant (the solar panel is covered with 600D waterproof PVC canvas, just be careful that the USB ports should not get submerged in water), corrosion-resistant and treated to withstand high temperatures.
15. Inflatable Mattress
Regardless of how comfortable your sleeping bag and mat is, if you’re sleeping right on the ground, it will still be cold! Rather than getting a sleeping pad, you can pick up an air mattress to make your tent comfortable. This is the air mattress we use.
16. Portable Solar amp Shower
Nothing fancy here, any will do. We use this 5-gallon solar camp shower (from Amazon)