Your Camping Check-List from Your Camping Check-List

Your Camping Check-List

Regardless of your approach to camping – backcountry, car, trailer/RV or “glamping,” there are necessary essentials you need to ensure you have the most comfortable experience.

Reconnect with nature, bond with your family, learn new outdoor skills, relax, exercise, and just get away from your normal hectic life for a few days.

First, you need to know what to pack. Obviously you need a tent, a sleeping bag and a chair to sit on. But there are other things you can pack to make your experience more enjoyable – something to play music, snacks, and a hammock, just to name a few.

Continue reading for some essential pieces of camping gear and accessories you should never leave home without.

Two-Way Radio Kit

You are out in the wilderness, and your cell phone service connection will most likely be low. So what do you do in a state of emergency? Luckily for you, MIDLAND has an E+Ready Two-Way Radio Kit. It comes in a softshell case for easy carrying. Inside it has two X-Talker radios, a multi-purpose whistle and a bright light. The radios are water resistant. They have up to a 26-mile range, 22 channels and 38 privacy codes. Get yours today from midlandusa.com.

Tent

The Coleman River Gorge 6 Person Dome Tent is just what you need for your next camping trip. It has enough space for 6 campers, two airbeds and your gear. It comes equipped with The WeatherTec TM System and awning to keep you nice and dry if bad weather occurs. It also provides you with PolyguardTM fabric for long-lasting use. Get yours today from dickssportinggoods.com.

Cooler

What’s a camping trip without a cooler? How about one that you can carry around as a backpack. Canyon Coolers, Quest Soft Coolers are designed to be used in virtually every environment – dry, wet, marshy and anywhere in between. They are manufactured with welded seams for extreme durability and are lined with IceSkin insulation – keeping the cooler cold with three times the insulation found in normal soft coolers. Get yours day from canyoncoolers.com.

First Aid Kit

Be prepared for any injuries and insect bites with Cabela's Outfitter First Aid Kit by Adventure Medical. Packed in a hard-plastic, waterproof box; it comes fully equipped with 39 different items, including bandages, gauze and medications for treatment. Visit cabelas.com and get yours day.

Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Camping with your kids? There is nothing worse than having your child bored and annoyed on the trip. Kidz Gear came up with the ultimate solution – Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones specifically made for children. It comes with a free carry-on bag for safe keeping and shipping is 100% free. Get your child a pair today from gearforkidz.com.  

A Backpack

You’re going on a day hike but you don’t want to carry a huge load on your back – High Sierra has got you covered. The Karadon 5L W is built for stability, comfort and long distance travel. It is hydration compatible, has a padded waist belt and shoulder straps, a hidden helmet holder and a reflective light blinker loop. Get yours today from highsierra.com.

Camera

Whether you’re hiking or biking on your trip, the Nico360 provides you with the chance to capture all of your incredible moments. View 360°x 360° through a VR headset. Also download the Nicocam app – sync your photos and videos instantly, live stream and share them on your social media. Visit nico360.com to get yours today. 

Headlamp

When the nights get dark and weather changes occur, the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp from REI is just what you need. It is waterproof and redesigned with a 200-lumen Spot that offers PowerTap technology for quick brightness adjustments in any weather conditions. It also has a red night vision mode that helps preserve night vision and reduce eye strain. Get your headlamp today from rei.com.

Sleeping Pad

True campers know that a good night rest is essential if they want energy for their explorations the following day. The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad helps conserve your warmth with a patent-pending reflective layer. It is durable, soft and has a packable design which offers less weight then other pads. Reviews on rei.com said: “Simply Comfortable and Light,” and “Worth the Money.” Get yours day from rei.com.

Fire Starting Device

The Ultimate Survival Technologies Strikeforce Firestarter may just save your life. When an unexpected storm rolls around, or the weather dramatically drops, this fire starting device will warm you up in no time. A review on backcountry.com said: “Throw this in whatever pack you are using and be on your way knowing that if anything went wrong while on the trail you would be able to keep warm. This is an excellent tool to have along on any adventure!” Get yours today from backcountry.com.

Chair to sit on

A chair to sit on is essential for camping. The REI Camp X Chair is a travel-friendly chair with X-Web technology and X-shape webbing to help distribute your weight comfortably no matter where you are sitting. It comes with a cup holder on the right armrest and a drop-down pocket on the left armrest to hold small valuables. Visit rei.com and get yours today.

Music- The Tremor

What better way to spice up your camping trip then with a little music? The Tremor is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast – it’s a high performance, extremely rugged, Bluetooth speaker. The rugged construction protects against sand, snow, water and dust. It also comes with a sturdy shoulder strap for easy carrying. Get yours today from dreamwaveus.com.

A Hatchet

Taking on a few camp chores? Maybe you’re ready to hunt – you can’t leave without your hatchet. The Cabela’s Schrade Survival Hatchet has a stainless steel head, with a rubber grip and an extra-large ferro rod with lanyard stores inside the handle, just in case you need to start a fire. Visit cabelas.com to get yours today.

Sleeping bag

The Western Mountaineering UltraLite 20 Degree Sleeping bag is just what you need for your camping excursion. It’s perfect for every climate – when it’s cold, hop inside, zip up and tuck your head into the hood. When it’s warm, sleep right on top of it. It has a water resistant shell and only weighs 1lb 13oz. Purchase yours today from Moosejaw.com.

Socks

While camping, you are likely to get dirty – muddy shoes and soaked socks. This is why it’s important to bring extra socks with you; but not just any pair of socks, the Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Sock. They provide enhanced comfort, durability, heel and toe reinforcement and merino wool, that helps your feet breathe and relieve moisture. Get your pair today from rei.com.

Snacking in the Wild

The foods and snacks you bring with you on your trip are crucial. You need something that will fuel you and fill you up. This is why Country Archer Sweet BBQ Protein Bar is the perfect option. It has 20g of protein and its only 110 calories. Annie Chun’s Organic Seaweed Snacks are also a great snacking option – they are healthy, USDA Certified Organic and flavorful.

Stake Lights

Stake lights are essential for any camping trip. The Stakelight’s by UCO Gear are illuminated tent stakes that make it easy to set up and identify your tent in the dark. They feature LED lights that are located in water-resistant TPE housing and a strobe light mode that can flash light for up to 24 hours. Buy one, two, or four from ucogear.com.

Stove

Make your camping trip a little easier with the Coleman® Fold-N-Go™ 2-Burner Stove. It is 25% more compact that traditional stoves. A review on cabelas.com says: “We bought this portable propane stove over 2 years ago & it has been one of the most useful easily managed outdoor cooking items we have ever had. It is extremely convenient in all manners: easy to operate, easy to clean, easily stored because it is so compact; & it more than serves it’s purpose/design for clean cooking light, medium or heavy meals from eggs to steak.” Get yours today from cabelas.com

Hammock

You just got back from your hike, finally made it back to your campsite and now all you want to do is relax. The Parachute Nylon Double Hammock by Hobo Hammocks is just what you need. It’s lightweight and comfortable with four lines of stitching for superior durability and it comes with a lifetime warranty. But the best part – for each hammock purchased, Hobo Hammocks donates one meal to the homeless. Get yours today from missfitgear.com.

Something to keep you warm

Your campsite is likely to get a bit chilly at night, so the smart choice would be to bring a sweatshirt with you. Ably Apparel is famous for its water resistant, odor resistant and ecologically friendly clothing. The Hannah is a zip-up hoodie, made with exclusive premium heavyweight French terry knit cotton and Filium-activated. It has an interior phone pocket with an inside grommet for headphone wires. It’s comfortable, cozy and durable. Get yours day from ablyapparel.com.

Something to keep your food fresh

The 18 oz. Insulated Food Flask by Hydro Flask is just what you need to keep your food fresh on your camping trip. It is TempShieldTM protected, BPA-Free, has 18/8 grade stainless steel, and comes with a lifetime warranty. Almost every single product review gave the 18 oz. Food Flask 5/5 stars. Visit hydroflask.com to get yours today.

A container to hold your beverages

Never worry about your drink losing its temperature again. Lifefactory Glass Mugs keep your hot beverages hot, and cold beverages cold. Camping is all about consolidating, therefore Lifefactory is providing you with a two-in-one – mug and hydration bottle. They have a protective, insulating foam sleeve, a non-slip grip and spill proof Café Cap. Get yours today from lifefactory.com.

Versatile Camping Stove

The Honey Stove is a compact, multi-fuel, efficient and versatile camping stove. It has five side panels and a top mesh grill for easy use with any size of cook pot. It is equipped with the options for a wood burning stove or gas cooker. Get yours today from ddhammocks.com.

Cold Weather Boots- Womens Arctic Sport II Mid

Experience the outdoors in both comfort and style. The Womens Arctic Sport II Mid boots are just what you need for your camping adventures. With improved warmth – a fleece lining – your feet will be able to withstand some of the coldest conditions. They also have an extended rubber exterior and a slip-resistant rugged outsole. Get your pair today from muckbootcompany.com.

All-Purpose Light Weight Boot- Women's Muckster II Ankle

These 100% waterproof all-purpose shoes and boots were designed to keep your feet warm and dry on those cool, wet mornings. They are perfect to keep by the tent, as they slip on and off easily. They have a high traction, rubber outsole for stable contact on wet surfaces. Get your pair today from muckbootcompany.com.

Hybrid Jacket

The Women’s Funston Hybrid Jacket is perfect for those early morning hikes, or dinner by the camp fire. It is designed to offer mid-weight warmth, without sacrificing comfort or movement. Its insulated and water resistant protection will keep your entire body warm. This is your go-to jacket for all of your camping ventures. Get yours today from highsierra.com

Your Camping Check-List