For those who really want a more relaxed and more peaceful way of rediscovering ourselves, camping is a very popular choice. This is especially true if you want to discover what Mother Nature has in store, immerse yourself in breathtaking scenery, flood your lungs with cool fresh and uncontaminated air, and discover a part of yourself that’s been missing ever since you moved to the city. To make the most of your camping trip, you need to look at our 20 cool camping gear items in 2017. You may not need all of these but we can promise you, these will make your camping a lot more meaningful and memorable.
20 Cool Camping Gear Products
Sundome 4 Person Tent by Coleman
Going to a campsite or even in the wilderness requires ample protection against the elements. It is possible to bring your jacket as well as other protective outdoor gear. However, if you’re going to be staying in one particular area for quite some time, then you need a tent for that. Coleman’s Sundome is the ideal solution since it can accommodate up to 4 persons inside its 1000D polyethylene flooring and polyester canvas. The fiberglass poles and the canvas itself are super-lightweight so they will not wear you down as you hike your way to the campsite. The good thing is that the Sundome already comes with an electric access port which should come in handy for your electronic devices so you’d still have the modern conveniences of home but in a more natural environment. It has ground vents and super-sized windows to allow for maximum ventilation so you will not suffocate inside. The Sundome can be easily set up within 15 minutes, thanks in part to its lightweight construction and built-in continuous pole sleeves. There are also storage pockets inside to keep things organized. The Sundome comes with Coleman’s patented WeatherTec system to help keep groundwater and moisture out. Rainfly awning also protects the upper portion of the Sundome from rain and sunlight.
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What We Like about It – The Sundome is all you’ll ever need to have a comfy home in the woods or anywhere else you’d like to set camp.
Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack by Teton Sports
Skip the luggage as it simply is not practical to bring to any outdoor activity, especially camping. What you’ll need is a super-sized bag that you can carry behind your bag, freeing your hands to carry other important stuff and camping supplies like stoves, fuel canisters, pots and pans, and other camp fun essentials. You will need Teton Sports Scout 3400 with its unique internal frame construction. The lightweight frame helps keep the Scout 3400 upright so that all of the contents are kept in pristine order. This also helps provide for structural rigidity that can further add to the safety of the Scout 3400’s contents. Weighing only 4.5 pounds, the Scout 3400 can pack a good 2 to 4 days’ worth of supplies and personal belongings. It comes with multi-position torso adjustments to allow for the perfect fit regardless of body size. The lumbar pad is built with durable and premium grade open-cell foam complete with molded channels to give you optimum comfort. The interior fits a sleeping bag, a variety of compartments, and other pockets for organization and safekeeping of your things.
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What We Like about It – The Scout 3400 is a sturdy, lightweight, and spacious bag that’s perfect for keeping all of your camping and outdoor gear in one package.
Camping Coffeemaker by Coleman
Many of us cannot imagine starting our day without a cup of freshly brewed coffee. If you’re outdoors, this is often next to impossible unless you are trained to improvise. No worries, as the Camping Coffeemaker is one of the best camping gadgets you’ll ever have. It’s a coffeemaker that can brew up to 10 cups of piping hot joe. You simply place it over the burner of your outdoor or camp stove and you’re done. It really won’t take too much of your space as the Coleman Coffeemaker has been especially designed to be portable and lightweight yet truly functional in the sense that it can provide you your favorite drink plus 9 others in your company. There’s a swing-out filter basket, an easy-pour decanter, and a solid steel base to keep you feeling upbeat about starting your day outdoors fully energized. It even features a pause-and-serve system to allow you to interrupt the brewing process to pour an instant cup. Coffee drinking outdoors has clearly taken a new meaning.
What We Like about It – The Coleman Coffeemaker is an ingenious solution to enjoy coffee in places never thought possible.
Wuudi Outdoor Camping Pots and Pans Set by Wuudi
If you’re a real survivalist, you don’t need pots and pans to cook your food outdoors. Sadly, not all of us have the skill to concoct dishes using only bamboo halves. At least, get the Wuudi Outdoor Pots and Pans Set so you can still stir up some delicious meals over campfire. This outdoor gear is made of high grade aluminum alloys giving it superb heat conduction and lightweight construction. You’ll get a pot and a bowl, complete with folding handles, to really make your outdoor cooking chores a lot easier. Both only weigh less than a quarter of a kilo so you don’t need to fret about it adding weight to your load. The Wuudi is a must-have for all campers, hikers, backpackers, and emergency responders.
What We Like about It – The Wuudi is a must for anyone who ventures into the natural environment; unless, you are a true Bear Gryls wannabe.
BEARZ Outdoor Picnic Blanket by BEARZ
Most blankets are thick and have a very large profile, taking up precious space from your camping gear. While the BEARZ Outdoor Picnic Blanket is not the best camping gear, you can bet that it really is cool to have a blanket that is sand-proof and has a variety of convenient corner pockets to keep all of your precious items safe. Measuring 55 by 60 inches, large enough to sit up to 4 persons, you will think the BEARZ will occupy plenty of space when rolled. On the contrary, when fully folded or rolled, the BEARZ sits right in your hands making it super convenient to bring to the camp site, the beach, the park, or wherever you’re going. The BEARZ is completely waterproof, keeping you dry from a moist surface or even from getting drenched in the rain. The BEARZ is simply the last piece of towel or blanket you will ever need every time you head out of your house.
What We Like about It – The BEARZ has a very large surface area but a very small profile when fully folded making it super easy to bring along.
Coleman 24 Piece Enamel Dinnerware Set by Coleman
We know the Coleman Enamel Dinnerware Set is not really an essential outdoor gear for the simple fact that it’s categorized as a dining implement. Nevertheless, we did receive a few comments about how wonderful it would be to be able to dine outdoors with class. The Coleman Dinnerware set comes with 4 pieces each of 12-ounce mugs, 6-inch bowls, 10-inch plates, forks, spoons, and knives for a total of 24 pieces. The cutlery is stored in a roll-up pouch that can be secured with a strap. The Coleman Dinnerware is double-fired to help ensure maximum durability, a feature that you will find very useful if you’re going to use this set at the camp site.
What We Like about It – The Coleman Dinnerware may not be perfect for the outdoors but it sure makes dining in the wild more fun.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter by LifeStraw
One of the most difficult things to come by when you’re in the wild is safe potable water. There may be creeks, rivers, lakes, and other sources of water but these are nowhere safe to drink. These are filled with microorganisms that can bring you a host of diseases. That’s why you really have to boil the water for at least 15 minutes to make sure it is safe to drink. However, if you’re already so thirsty this is not at all practical. You will have to start a fire, boil the water for 15 minutes minimum, and let it cool until it is safe to drink. It is time-consuming. A better way is to use LifeStraw. This is a very easy-to-use highly advanced personal water filtration system that is guaranteed to remove up to 99.999999 percent of all protozoan parasites and bacteria that may be present in water in the wild. There are no chemicals needed. Just fill up your bottle with water, regardless of where it came from, dip the LifeStraw in the water, and then start sipping just like a normal straw. If you have to ask us, you can forget the rest of the camping gadgets in this list and just get the LifeStraw. It’s that useful. Besides, the product has been used worldwide by many global humanitarian aid missions and organizations bringing safe water for everyone to drink.
What We Like about It – The LifeStraw is a miracle water purifier that fits right in your pocket and used by millions worldwide.
AGPtek 5 Mode Hand Crank Dynamo 36 LED Rechargeable Camping Lantern Emergency Light by Image
Going outdoors requires good illumination. It’s not really a problem if you’re there during the day. Unfortunately, when darkness sets in, you’ll need a good reliable source of light to illuminate your camp or even your pathway. You can get a flashlight or even torchlight but we believe the AGPtek Rechargeable Camping Lantern Emergency Light will do a much better job. The AGPtek comes with 36 truly bright and powerful LED light bulbs that can be set to illuminate in bright and super bright modes. And if you’re in the woods and you need to recharge your electronic devices such as smartphones, just plug in the USB charging cable onto your device. The best part of the AGPtek is that it can be powered in 5 different modes. When the sun is up and shining brightly, its polysilicon solar panels can be used to store power into its batteries. You can also use AA batteries, a high power adapter, and an AC adapter to power the AGPtek up. When all of these are simply not available, you can easily crank the dynamo on the AGPtek to power it up. You will never lose light ever again.
What We Like about It – The AGPtek is a really unique solution to illuminate dark environments using 5 different modes of powering the device.
Premium Compact Collapsible Bucket by Freegrace
Carrying water from the river or lake to the campsite requires ingenious solutions. You can always use your pots and pans to do the trick. However, you’d have to go back and forth several times to obtain a decent amount in your temporary storage tank. A better approach is to use the Freegrace Premium Compact Collapsible Bucket which comes in a variety of capacities such as 10, 16, and 23 liters. The beautiful thing about the Freegrace is that it is collapsible so you can easily attach it hanging onto your backpack without taking too much space or adding weight to your stuff. This outdoor gear is perfect for those camping trips where you’ll be staying some distance from bodies of water. You now have plenty of water for your dishwashing or even bathing needs.
What We Like about It – The Freegrace provides a unique solution to the issue of carrying water from its source to your campsite. This way, you don’t have to hassle yourself about going back and forth just carrying water.
Etekcity Utralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition by Etekcity
Cooking up some delicious meals in the woods used to be a cumbersome activity. You can bring a portable stove but, if you are already weighed down by a lot of camping gadgets, you may find the Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Stove to be a great solution. This outdoor gear is so small that it actually fits right in the pocket of your jeans. And when it comes to cooking, simply pull it out from its carrying case, fold out the support arms, attach it to your canister of fuel, and be ready to cook in an instant. As for the compatible fuel canisters, as long as it is sized 7/16 thread, whether it is butane or a mixture of butane and propane, it should fit just perfect. The Etekcity comes with a fully adjustable control valve enabling you to boil a liter of water in as fast as three and a half minutes. Even some kitchen stoves cannot match this feat. The Etekcity is made of stainless steel and aluminum alloy to give it optimum durability and lightweight properties which make it ideal to bring along whenever you head to the wild outdoors.
What We Like about It – The Etekcity is a very portable solution to cooking your food. Unfortunately, you’d really have to bring a separate canister of fuel for it to be of use.
Coleman Classic Propane Stove by Coleman
The downside to the Etekcity is that it is only a stove and thus, will require you to bring a separate fuel canister. That’s why, for those who prefer an all-in-one camping stove, you can get Coleman’s Classic Propane stove. This double burner outdoor stove is perfect for simultaneous cooking of your favorite dish even if you were in the middle of the woods. This Coleman outdoor gear boasts of PerfectFlow technology that guarantees consistent heating performance even in the most extreme of environmental conditions, guaranteeing 20,000 BTUs. The double burner setup can accommodate a 12 inch and 10 inch pans simultaneously and each burner can be individually controlled and adjusted to suit your cooking needs. It has a Perfect Heat technology enabling you to cook more efficiently without wasting any of your precious fuel. It comes with a chrome plated grate that is designed to be as durable and easy to clean. The Coleman Propane Stove comes with ingeniously designed Wind Block panels ensuring you have the efficiency of the flame all on your pots and pans without being affected by wind effects. You can also adjust the Wind Block to accommodate any size of pan on the stove.
What We Like about It – The Coleman Propane Stove is exactly what you need to perk up your camping experience with delectable meals. The technologies put into the stove are superb.
Backroadz Truck Tent by Napier Enterprises
If you’re the type that doesn’t like to sleep on the surface of the ground and would, instead, prefer sleeping on the flatbed of your truck, you’d definitely want the Backroadz Truck Tent. Simply open the backdoor of your flatbed and set up the Backroadz and you’ve got a really cozy sleeping quarters well off the ground. The polyethylene floor is sewn-in so you will not be sleeping on the hard and cold metal surface of your flatbed. The tent itself is made of polyester taffeta complete with a rainfly flap to help shield the entrance from the elements. It comes with 4 large windows for optimum ventilation while the roomy interior is large enough for 2 grownups. You’ll feel a lot safer sleeping in the Backroadz than on some tent on the ground.
What We Like about It – The Backroadz provide a great idea for sleeping off the forest floor, helping you sleep without the critters bothering you.
Portable Folding Hammock by Guide Gear
You don’t need to look for two adjacent trees or even poles to enjoy the relaxing comfort of a hammock. You only need the Guide Gear Portable Folding Hammock and solid flat ground. The accordion style frame is made of durable steel that can be easily set up within seconds. The hammock itself is made of soft yet durable and highly breathable mesh material that allows air to naturally circulate from underneath and all around the hammock. Hot summer days will be a lot breezier as the mesh fabric bottom won’t let you get affected by the much-dreaded swamp effect. Now, you can truly enjoy more comfortable and relaxing days with the Guide Gear.
What We Like about It – The Guide Gear is a really innovative way to reap the full benefits of lying down and lazing off in your own personal hammock anytime, anywhere.
Eclipse Table by ALPS Mountaineering
You can look for a tree stump to use as a makeshift table whenever you’re out in the woods. And if you’re in an open field, you can simply use the flat surface of a big boulder as a table. However, if these are not available, you can use the Eclipse Table instead. The Eclipse is a fully collapsible, folding table that comes with a second level which is perfect for holding your mugs or cups as well as other things camping gadgets while out in the woods or even near lakes and rivers. Measuring a full 27 inches square, the Eclipse provides enough table space for you to place your dinnerware as well as your food. You can also play a game of checkers on its checker-printed top. The tautness of the table top can be easily adjusted using the buckles at each corner of the Eclipse. Now, all you need are chairs or stools to complete your outdoor dining experience.
What We Like about It – The Eclipse is all you’ll ever need to have a decent table wherever you may be. It’s portable, light, and best of all, sturdy.
Slim Fold Cook Station by GCI Outdoor
You may have a portable stove but if you don’t have a sturdy platform to place it in, then you are simply playing with disaster. That’s why we strongly recommend getting the GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station. The GCI Outdoor is actually a 2-level outdoor kitchen station that has 4 fold-out side tables that can expand the overall functionality and utility of the furniture. The steel frame is powder-coated to give it supreme protection from the elements while its aluminum countertop helps extend its durability for many years. Additionally, this also helps guarantee a lightweight design perfect for storing and transporting to the campsite or anywhere else. The second level serves as a storage rack which should be ideal for holding your pots and pans. The side tables which easily fold out like wings can take your condiments, beverages, and any other camping supplies that you can think of.
What We Like about It – The GCI Outdoor provides precision kitchen organization in the great outdoors. The sturdiness of the frame and the functionality of the different table surfaces make it a great companion outside the home.
Coleman Camp Oven by Coleman
While it is entirely possible to make an improvised oven right in the wilderness, there simply is no way you can tell whether you are creating the right temperature of dry heat to bake your food. As such, many campers prefer getting Coleman’s Camp Oven which is more than able to bake goodies such as corn bread, cinnamon rolls, and other treats that you can come up with to make the camping experience more memorable. And while our idea of an oven is a big, bulky piece of appliance, you’d be amazed to know that the Camp Oven can actually be folded flat to allow for super-convenient and space-saving storage. It even comes with an easy-to-read built-in thermometer so there’s no guessing the correct temperature of your oven. The 10 square inch rack can be adjusted to three different heights. Now how do you provide the heat? Well, just place the Camp Oven over any camping stove and you’re good to go.
What We Like about It – The Coleman Camp Oven is a great tool to bake homemade goodies you can enjoy even when you’re in the middle of the woods.
Portable Handheld Shower by Ivation
There are some of us who still prefer taking a shower even if we are already camped near a body of water like a river or a lake. The thing is, taking a shower helps us feel a lot cleaner since the water we are using has been effectively filtered and treated. Unfortunately, having your own shower in the wilderness is almost next to impossible. Well, not anymore. The Ivation Portable Handheld Shower now empowers you to get a shower wherever you may be. Just grab a bucket of water, dip one end of the Ivation, flip the switch on, and enjoy. The Ivation is powered by a 2200 mAh battery that is encased in a waterproof compartment. The battery can be charged using an ordinary USB charging cable so you can draw this from your laptop. Or, you can purchase the 12 volt car adapter and you can charge the Ivation, guaranteed to give you a full hour of glorious shower. As for the quality of the water, you’ll feel safe that a water filtration system has been built into the Ivation so it doesn’t matter where you got your bath water. With this innovation, the Ivation is simply the best camping gear you can have.
What We Like about It – The Ivation’s water filtration system and waterproof battery operated technology make it a great tool to have anywhere outside the house.
Self-inflating Camp Pad with Attached Pillow by Coleman
Forget the sleeping bag. Get the Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad instead. A sleeping bag won’t give you a full 2.5 inches of comfortable cushion plus it won’t also give you the added comfort of a pillow. A Coleman does. Its weather resistant and durable nylon shell is perfect for keeping you safe from any surface outdoors. Best of all, the Coleman Camp Pad inflates and deflates on its own through its free-flow valve. There’s no need for a separate pump or even for you to blow air into it. You’re guaranteed the most comfortable sleep wherever you may be.
What We Like about It – The Camp Pad is Coleman’s answer to a more comfortable and relaxing bed right in the great outdoors. The self-inflating and deflating system also allow for superb setup and storage.
Instant Canopy Sunwall by Coleman
If you have a canopy that you use for a variety of outdoor purposes, you know that you are still pretty much exposed to the elements, particularly the sun’s rays, wind, and rain. Now, you can protect one or two sides of your canopy with the Coleman Instant Canopy Sunwall. It’s like building a wall for your canopy to protect you from the elements. The heavy duty fabric is duly treated with UV Guard technology giving it a superb UV protection rating of 50+. This way, you can feel more confident about staying under your canopy without having to worry about UVB and UVA rays.
What We Like about It – The Instant Canopy Sunwall is a simple solution to an age-old problem. Its UPF rating is also exceptional.
Raised Downy Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump by Intex
The Camp Pad may be ideal for lone campers. But if you’re camping with your family, we suggest getting the Intex Raised Downy Airbed. This queen-sized cool camping stuff is pretty much like the traditional bed complete with a lower chamber functioning as a box spring for added firmness and support. The upper chamber is what provides you with a comfortable mattress. The top cover has waterproof flocking giving the Intex a luxurious feel, enabling you to sleep a lot better. Don’t worry about inflating the Intex outdoors as a separate pump can be used to bring it to the right level of comfortable firmness. Of course, if you have access to a 120V AC, then its built-in electric pump should inflate it in less than 5 minutes. Once fully inflated, you’re on your way to a more cozy sleep.
What We Like about It – The Intex Raised Downy Airbed is your luxury bed in the great outdoors. The double chamber design helps provide a sturdier yet more comfortable feel.
How We Chose the Really Amazing Camping Gears in Our List
It was quite easy choosing the camping gadgets for this list. We knew that we had to take a representative of all the possible things that most campers will need to make their experiences a lot more memorable. So, we decided to look at products that can serve a real purpose while in the great outdoors.
Equally important was the product’s design integrity. Since we’re talking about products that will be used outdoors and exposed to the elements, it was essential that these are built of the toughest materials. These have to be very portable and lightweight, too. Trekking and setting up camp will require a lot of gadgets and tools, not to mention your own personal belongings. If these are already weighing, dragging you down, then the last thing we need is another item to add to the bulk or weight of your stuff. Also evaluated was the safety profile of the gadget. This is especially true for those that run on some form of electricity, be it DC or otherwise.
We then considered other factors such as the gear’s satisfaction rating in a variety of online reviews platform, the number of positive commenters and users, and the overall reputation of the manufacturer. All other features were also scrutinized one by one for their functionality and usefulness.
Benefits of Camping
For those who are wondering what the real benefits of going camping are, we are listing them here for you. Different people will often cite a variety of reasons why camping is beneficial for them. Nevertheless, here are the real benefits of going camping.
- It supplies the lungs with fresh, clean air that you will never get in the city.
- It helps you feel more relaxed, feel more at peace with yourself because of the improvement in oxygen supply to the brain.
- It lowers your levels of stress, which makes you more productive in your work.
- It enhances your social relationship because of the refreshing nature of supplying the brain with plenty of oxygen.
- It helps you tone your muscles, build cardiovascular endurance, and perhaps, even lose weight because of the treks you will take to get to the campsite.
- It helps strengthen your bones and the immune system by stimulating the more efficient production of Vitamin D in the skin.
- It helps you sleep better at night because there are no distractions and the surroundings are generally more quiet and peaceful.
- It gives you the chance to eat healthier more natural foods.
The Bottom Line
Camping can provide a lot of benefits for us. That’s why it is also important to equip ourselves with really useful and not only cool camping gear items. This should help us enjoy camping and allow us to reap its full range of benefits.
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