Best Camping Gear List (Are You Prepared?)

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Man camping in dark: Best Camping Gear ListCamping is one of the best ways to de-stress and enjoy a fun and invigorating vacation. In addition to reconnecting with nature, one of the many great things about camping is after you’ve purchased your camping equipment, it can be a pretty inexpensive vacation too.

Camping List

But before you pack your bags, we’ve selected the best camping supplies and reviewed them in detail below so you won’t be left in the dark. Click on the item below to jump to that section, or read on to see them all.

Sleeping Bag | Stove | Backpack | Chair | Cot | Grill | Lantern | Tents | Coolers

To our surprise, we found some reasonably priced yet awesome camping accessories and included their features and pricing below. So, as you daydream about your next adventure in the wilderness, picture yourself exploring a new (or favorite) camping spot with this gear!

Best Sleeping Bag: Coleman North Rim Extreme Weather Sleeping Bag Review

Coleman North Rim Extreme Weather sleeping bagView on Amazon

The Coleman North Rim Extreme Weather sleeping bag is made of polyester and can be used in the single digits. It compresses down to a smaller size to take up less packing space. We want to note that this bag can be used for backpacking trips, but there are lighter and more compact bags out there.

What ultimately made it our pick for best sleeping bag was the fact that you can get it for less than $50, and it’s a 0-degree bag—that is extremely uncommon.



  • Fits most people up to 6’2″
  • Keeps you warm down to 0º F
  • Stuff sack for storage
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Bottom unzips for more ventilation when it’s warmer outside
  • Machine washable
  • Comfortable
  • Very inexpensive
  • Not the best for backpacking


Looking for a different style sleeping bag? Checkout these other recommended products:

Best Backpacking Stove: Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove Review

Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping StoveView on Amazon

You can’t beat this portable backpacking stove from Etekcity. The price is less than $10 and it’s made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel so that it can withstand high temperatures and weight. This stove includes a carrying case so you can toss it in your backpack and hit the trail.

Whether you want to just camp or backpack, this is a great stove to have on hand.



  • 1-year warranty
  • Compact and collapsible
  • Flame control
  • Burns clean, no debris or soot left behind
  • Lightweight
  • Includes a carrying case
  • Inexpensive
  • None found


Best Camping Backpack: TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack Review

TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame BackpackView on Amazon

Most camping backpacks set you back a couple of hundred dollars—not this one. You can go on a 2-5 day backpacking trip with this adjustable pack. Anyone from 5’1″ to 6’4″ can wear this 65-liter pack.

There are pockets, pouches, loops and straps for all of your gear to fit into or hang from. The back has padding and airflow to make for a comfortable fit.





  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Waterproof zippers
  • Fits up to a 3-liter bladder
  • Numerous pockets, pouches, loops and straps
  • Fits various heights
  • No bladder included


Best Camping Chairs: Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair Review

Alps Mountaineering King Kong ChairView on Amazon

Having a good chair to sit back in and enjoy the view is important when you’re camping. It needs to be durable with all the packing and unpacking you’ll be doing with your gear.

This chair can hold up to 800 pounds and has 2 cup holders as well as a padded back and seat. The downside? The fabric doesn’t have any air vents so you may sweat in this chair.



  • Weight capacity 800 pounds
  • 2 cup holders
  • Padded back and seat
  • Foldable design going into carry bag
  • Dimensions: 38″ x 20″ x 38″
  • Not the most breathable fabric


Best Camping Cot: Coleman ComfortSmart Deluxe Cot Review

Coleman ComfortSmart Deluxe CotView on Amazon

This cot is less than $60 and it fits up to 6’6″ people and 300 pounds. There are hundreds of reviews raving about the comfort, size, and dimensions of this cot that we couldn’t help but choose it as the best cot for camping.

The unfolded dimensions are 30″ x 80″ x 15″ and folded dimensions are 39.6″ x 30.7″ x 5.5″.



  • Fits heights up to 6’6″
  • Weight capacity 300 pounds
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Thick, comfortable foam mattress
  • Folds and fits inside most car trunks
  • None found


Best Camp Stove: Coleman Classic Propane Stove Review

Coleman Classic Propane StoveView on Amazon

When you go camping, you want to be one with nature. That means cooking outside and enjoying every bit of the outdoors you possibly can. This Coleman camping stove pays for itself.

We all know how expensive eating out can be but for about $40 you can have this stove and it will make you meals on meals on meals.



  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Wind block panels shield burners
  • 2 burners fit a 12″ and 10″ pan at the same time
  • Easy to clean
  • None found


Best Camping Grill: Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill Review

 Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp GrillView on Amazon

If you’re camping and planning on cooking, why not take advantage of your campfire? This grilling rack sets over the camp fire, so you don’t have to worry about propane and instead, you can use the fire to cook your food.

This rack is durable enough to hold cast iron pans and comes in various sizes, so you’re bound to find one that will fit over your campfire. It also folds up easily for travel.

Tip: If you want to cook hotdogs or hamburgers directly on the grill we suggest covering it with tin foil first.



  • Folds up
  • Sturdy
  • Cook food in a pan or directly on the grill
  • Paint may chip off
  • Some have rusted over time


Below is the price at time of writing as well as dimensions in inches.

  • Medium $20.00: 16L x 12W x 6.75H
  • Large $39.71: 24L x 16W x 8.25H
  • Extra large $39.71: 36L x 18W x 8.75H

Best Lantern For Camping: Divine LEDs Review

Divine LEDView on Amazon

I own this camping lantern from Divine LEDs and love it. It collapses to only 5 inches tall, which makes it easy to pack.

There are no buttons for this one, which is interesting because instead you pull the lantern “apart” and the LEDs turn on. The handles make it easy to carry and I’ve even tied mine to my hammock.



  • 10-year warranty
  • Long battery life
  • Very bright
  • Compactable
  • Tons of great reviews on Amazon
  • None found


Video: Camping Hacks

Make your next camping trip easier by implementing some of these camping hacks.

Best Tents For Camping

If you’re looking for the best tent to take on your camping trip, check out our in-depth reviews of tents.

Best Coolers For Camping

We’ve reviewed some of the best coolers for various occasions including camping. Read our best cooler comparison article to see which one will keep your food and drinks cold for days.

What’s your favorite camping spot? Which piece of camping equipment has changed your life for the better?

About The Author:

Kimberly is always up for an adventure. She’s used to living out of a suitcase and travels consistently. Her first time out of the country was to Thailand, where she spent 4 1/2 months traveling throughout southeast Asia. Kimberly enjoys exploring new places and diving into new cultures. While Kimberly isn’t traveling you can find her trying a new recipe in the kitchen, spending time outside or just lounging at home.

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Stephanie Graves
I’m planning my first hiking trip so glad I stumbled upon this article as I’m clueless as to what to get and bring! That Etekcity portable stove is awesome but don’t forget you need to pack a gas can to hook it up to or else it won’t work! Luckily we will have a car to store it in but I could see that if you were hiking and had to carry a gas can with you it might be heavy so the good old sticks and wood might be a better option? Thanks for these tips, adding all to my Amazon wish list now!
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Good point Stephanie, good luck packing and happy camping!