No longer just the purview of hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, camping is a wonderful low-key holiday for anyone looking to get away from the rush and buzz of modern life. Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic long-weekend, a family heading out for a low-cost vacation or a group of friends needing some quality time together, with today’s wide variety of outdoor-specific creature comforts, camping can be relaxing, rejuvenating and full of memory-making adventures.
What To Bring?
This is perhaps the question when it comes to heading out into the wilderness for a few days or weeks. At Cabeau, we believe that with the right preparation any travel adventure can be perfect. So we have removed the guesswork for you by putting together a list of the best camping gear and must-have camping accessories. For the latest ultra-practical, innovative outdoor products, read below!
(Note: As tents, frame packs and sleeping bags are highly specific and personal, we have left those off the list. It wouldn’t help recommending a fantastic 2-person tent if you have a family of five! Thus, the equipment listed is perfect for any number of people and any camping style.)
Cooking over an open fire seems charming until you realize how frustrating it can be balancing pots on an uneven surface and everything you make tastes overpoweringly of burnt wood. Save the campfire for marshmallows and get yourself a good stove. The BioLite is an excellent, durable and light option.
As it burns twigs, branches and pine cones, which can be found anywhere, you don’t need to carry any smelly fuel with you. And perhaps most ingenious of all, it uses thermodynamics to create electricity! It has USB ports to allow charging of phones and other small devices, as well as an LED dashboard which gives real-time information as to the strength of the fire and the battery level. The complete kit includes the ultra-handy KettlePot, CoffeePress and FlexLight.
Our 4-in-1 terrifically luxurious blanket, pillow, seat and lumbar cushion is the perfect complement to the Grand Trunk Hammock.
French Microfiber keeps you toasty from chin to toes, and the travel case turns the blanket into a supportive, soft pillow, thereby eliminating the need to carry a separate headrest. And you don’t need to worry if it gets a little dirty – it’s machine or hand-washable making it the perfect campground addition.
You don’t realize how much time you spend sitting around a campsite until you don’t have a comfortable chair! Any list of the best camping gear would be remiss leaving off great camp seating. With a head and seat cushion, two cup holders, a side organizer and the mesh side vents, the Kijaro Dual Lock provides hours of cushiony support.
After a day out hiking, exploring or swimming, little feels more luxurious than a hot shower to rinse off the grime. With the Ivation 5-gallon shower, you get eight minutes of steadily streaming water, enough to get squeaky clean, and it only needs 2-3 hours in the sun to warm up. Simply hang it from a branch or tent pole and let gravity work its magic.
It’s guaranteed when camping that at some point, you will have to head out to the woods in the pitch dark to heed “nature’s call.” When that happens, one of the best camping gear pieces you’ll want is a convenient lamp like this LuminAID USB solar lantern. Super light and bright, you never have to worry about batteries as after charging it via the sun or USB (plug it into the BioLite stove!) it will run up to 24 hours. Easy to hang or lay on the ground, the adjustable glow is perfect for braving the wilds or reading without disturbing your tent-mates.
Whether you meander into the nearest small town or go for an exhilarating day hike, you’ll need a small pack to carry the essentials: hydration, snacks, an extra shirt or fleece, and maybe a camera.
Take along our ergonomic and efficient Slingpack™ which has dual mesh side pockets for easy accessibility to your water bottles and a fully adjustable cross-shoulder strap designed for ultimate comfort. Super compact, you can fold it up and stow it in your pocket when not in use.
When it comes to safety camping gear, the best, most convenient, and fastest water filtration system is the Camelbak All Clear™. You could bring along purification tablets, but it’s hard to enjoy funny-tasting and smelly water, and many bottles that use straw filtration require serious sucking to get the water moving.
With this UV purifier, it takes a 60-second zap to neutralize microbes like bacteria, cysts and viruses. You can confidently fill your bottle from a plethora of water sources such as rivers, outdoor spigots or questionable sinks.
An ultra-light, super compact hammock is truly a must-have camping accessory and the Grand Trunk Nano fits the bill. All the best camping gear should be as easily packable as this seven ounce, softball-sized wonder. Hook the carabiners directly to some branches, or bring straps for a more rhythmic swing, then relax next to a crackling fire with some hot chocolate and a good book
This amazing multitool is 19 practical devices all rolled into one, and you will most likely end up using all of them. From a hammer to a saw to a super-sharp combo knife, this tool has everything while being small, light and extremely tough. You’ll end up carrying it with you everywhere!
Scented socks on a list of the best camping gear? It might seem silly at first, but it’s little indulgences like these super soft, extra warm socks that make all the difference.
After a long day out exploring, your tired and stinky feet will be thankful (as will your campmates!) for such soothing, herbal-oil-infused creature comforts, and when the temperature drops, you’ll be glad you brought along these snuggly accessories.
An absolute must-have camping accessory is a quality cooler, like this one from Coleman with an insulated lid that also acts as a drink holder. At 70 quarts, it can hold up to 100 cans and will keep your ice from melting for as long as five days in 90F heat. It’s a no-frills, simple option that gets the job done.
Probably one of the worst times to get a caffeine-withdrawal headache is when you are trying to relax amidst gorgeous scenery and the company of friends and family. With this camping coffee system, you can enjoy your steaming hot beverage every day in style. The silicone cone with fine mesh is reusable so you just pour the boiling water over the grounds, let it drip through, and voila, a fresh cup of joe awaits. Give it a quick rinse and it’s ready for the next use.
Ugh, bugs – surely the biggest drawback to the great outdoors. But not any more! This ingenious invention deserves a place on any list of the best gear for camping. The cordless device, which can be attached to your belt, put on a table, or laid on the ground next to your chair, creates a 15ft x 15ft zone around you free of most flying, biting creatures such as mosquitos and black flies. It has a small butane cartridge which warms a metal grill that in turn heats and disperses the repellent.
Fresh air, tired muscles from a day of hiking, rich, filling food, and the quiet chirping of night frogs combine for the ultimate sleep experience, right? All of that may be defeated if you are sleeping on the cold, hard ground without a quality sleep pad like the Sea to Summit.
Sleeping mats are not only for easing the burden on your hips – they are also a necessary part of the survival equation and this one from Sea to Summit has an impressive warmth-to-comfort ratio while still being compact and lightweight. Like all the best camping gear, you might not understand how wonderful it is to have a quality sleeping pad until you snooze in true enjoyment.
Camp Better With Cabeau
The best camping gear, like all great travel gear, is multifunctional and makes any adventure easier and more fun. Whether braving the bush or taking to the air, at Cabeau we design our products to enhance any journey upon which you embark. Before you head out on your next expedition, take a look at our travel pillows and comfort accessories for the snuggliest time of your life!