TOP Rated Basic Camping Essentials

No matter where you’re going or what type of trip it is, whether with friends or family, there are certain items you’ll always need on a camping checklist.

1. Tent

Top Choice: Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent

Rating: 4.6/5 Pros: Affordable, 1-year    limited warranty, dark-room t.    echnology, simple setup Cons: Unsuitable for seriously    wet or windy weather

2. Tent Stakes and Mallet

Top Choice: Prime 1 Galvanized Steel Tent Stakes with Rubber Mallet

Rating: 4.7/5 Pros: Heavy-duty, non-rusting      stakes with a sharp point Cons: Rubber mallet is less    durable when hammering     stakes into hard groundr

3. Tarp

Top Choice: Amazon Basics Waterproof Camping Tarp

Rating: 4.7/5 Pros: Rip-stop design,    reinforced corners/edges,    and multi-purpose design Cons: Waterproofing might    fail over time

4. Camping Pillows

Top Choice: Klymit Drift Camping Pillow

Rating: 4.7/5 Pros: Memory foam adds    comfort, reversible shell,    expands to full-size pillow Cons: Costly versus other    models

5. Sleeping Bags

Top Choice: Teton Sports Celsius 0 Degree Sleeping Bag

Rating: 4.7/5 Pros: Ideal for cold weather,     roomy, compression sack     included, anti-snag zipper Cons: Quite bulky and heavy

6. Sleeping Pads or Inflatable Mattresses

Top Choice: Powerlix Sleeping Pad

Rating: 4.2/5 Pros: Best-selling inflatable    sleeping pad, super small and     lightweight, waterproof Cons: Some past customers     note durability issues

7. Blankets

Top Choice: Arcturus Military Wool Blanket

Rating: 4.7/5 Pros: Super soft and warm,    fire-retardant, natural    materials, machine washable Cons: It may smell like    chemicals out of the packet

8. Hot Water Bottle

Top Choice: Samply 2L Hot Water Bottle with Cover

Rating: 4.6/5 Pros: Budget-friendly, durable,    transparent to see the water      level, 1-year warranty Cons: Unlikely to keep water    hot throughout the night

9. Earplugs and Eye Mask

Top Choice: Wonderfoam Contoured Sleep Mask and Earplugs

Rating: 4.6/5 Pros: Cheap, memory foam    mask for comfort, adjustable clasp Cons: Memory foam can feel    hot on your face when it’s warm

10. Headlamp

Top Choice: Energizer LED Headlamp (2-Pack)

Rating: 4.4/5 Pros: Lightweight, batteries    included, IPX4 water resistance,    very affordable Cons: Basic headlamp; quality    matches the price!

11. Lantern

Top Choice: MPOWERD Luci Solar Inflatable Light

Rating: 4.8/5 Pros: Highly popular, great reviews,    super lightweight, no batteries    required Cons: A few reports of durability    issues

12. All-Weather Matches or a Lighter

Top Choice: UCO Stormproof Match Kit

Rating: 4.7/5 Pros: Waterproof and floating    case, extended match length Cons: Expensive versus ordinary    matches

13. Campfire Supplies

– Top Choice: Eco-Stix Fatwood Fire Starters

Rating: 4.5/5 Pros: 100% pure, natural, and    sustainable; hand-chopped from    damaged trees Cons: Some sticks will have more    resin than others

14. Cooler with Ice

Top Choice: Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler

Rating: 4.8/5 Pros: Good weight-to-capacity    ratio, durable and sturdy, highly    effective cooler Cons: Expensive

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