Must-Have Items for Every Camper
There are some must-have pieces of gear that every camper should own. They don’t have to be expensive or from the top brands but if they serve their purpose well then it’s all good.
A Solid Backpack
In my opinion, a good backpack should:
- have a lot of space so you can have all of your gear inside or outside.
- be waterproof or at least to have a rain cover.
- be made from a very good quality and tough material.
- have an internal frame. I have back pain problems so I prefer backpacks with an internal frame.
I own several backpacks that I use for my camping trips but for a year or so I’m using this one, I have it on green. It’s a solid backpack at a nice price at https://wildlifemerch.org/p…/durable-hiking-camping-backpack .
A Good Camping Tent
I have a messy sleep and I toss and turn a lot during the night so that’s why I like my tent to be bigger. I own a very well made tent that I take with me on my camping trips and when I go fishing.
It is very well put together and I never had problems with it on rainy days. I use the 2 person size and I love it. Check the exact model I have at (https://wildlifemerch.org/…/3-4-person-windbreak-camping-te…
I don’t do winter camping that often but I have this is a multi-season sleeping bag from www.wildlifemerch.org for when I do. The bag is doing a good job of keeping me warm in the cold mornings near the lake when I go fishing.
It has an envelope shape, it’s waterproof and it comes with a compression sack (which is super useful because it helps me pack the bag as small as possible If You Want The Exact One Hears a Link https://wildlifemerch.org/produ…/cotton-camping-sleeping-bag )
Something For Floor Insulation
In order to keep the cold from reaching your body, you will need something to put under your sleeping bag. What I recommend is to have a foam pad – that is a must for every camper. If you have more room (for example you are going camping with your car) you can take with you a self-inflating sleeping mat(I’m using this model from https://wildlifemerch.org/…/moistureproof-pad-waterproof-ou…).
I like to use the self-inflating sleeping pad often because I like to travel light.
I have this durable air pad that I can roll up and attach to the back of my backpack. It folds like an accordion, it is lightweight and it is protecting me from the cold ground very well.
I like my water cold and food fresh so that’s why I recommend This durable camping cooler https://wildlifemerch.org/…/outdoor-car-cooler-box-ice-orga… . This is the cooler that I recommend to all my friends. It is made in US and it is extremely high quality.
Let There Be Light
Even if you don’t camp overnight and you just do daytime hiking, I think having a flashlight with you is a must. I owned a lot of flashlights and headlights over the time, some good and some very bad
What I use now is this bright tent lantern and also this long lasting flashlight(check it out at https://wildlifemerch.org/…/3-colors-3w-tent-camping-lanter…) and This durable flashlight that I can use comfortably to my advantage for hours.
Every time I’m going camping or fishing I take both with me, no exception. I recommend you to do the same: have a flashlight and Lantern and some extra batteries.
Knife or Knives
Oh boy! Knives, I love knives. I have a lot of them at home and every time I go camping I have this big dilemma – “which knife should I take with me this time?!”. From time to time I take two or three knives with me to practice some bushcrafting.
Usually, the winning one is a Swedish made knife. The exact model is Heavy Duty with carbon steel blade (check this out at https://wildlifemerch.org/…/high-quality-multi-function-kni…
. . There are other models that look the same as this one, But this one is unique because it also has a mini flashlight made on to it.
This knife is a beast, it has a blade thickness of 0.125 inches (3.2mm) and it’s very tough. A Scandinavian knife (you know, Vikings) with a thick and tough blade at a very low price.
Any water bottle will do. The lighter the better. I usually pick something with a lot of reviews Like this motivational 1L water bottle from https://wildlifemerch.org/…/500-1000-ml-1500-ml-water-bottle
If I get caught by the rain I always have in my back a rain poncho (rain jackets will work also but I prefer ponchos). This model I use https://wildlifemerch.org/pro…/3-in-1-rain-cover-poncho-coat - check it out) It's resistant and it comes in many colors so you have a lot of options to choose from.
Camping Cooking Gear
When it comes to camping, fishing, hunting, bushcrafting or any outdoor activity, in general, there is one general truth: we have to eat. We can’t skip this part. I love to cook at home and even more so when I go outdoors, so I recommend buying a camping cooking set – I'd recommend this complete cooking set https://wildlifemerch.org/produ…/travel-hiking-cookware-bowl ) since it comes with a lot of accessories:
- 1L nonstick pot + pot cover
- nonstick pan
- 2 bowls
- a folding spork ( a spork it’s a 2 in 1 fork+spoon)
- soup spoon
- wooden spatula
- a cleaning sponge
- travel bag for all the accessories
- + marshmallow making guide eBook with recipes.
This set is selling at a very reasonable price. Check out the price on www.wildlifemerch.org, you won’t regret it.
Fire Starting Kit
If you cook you will need some items to start the fire with. A simple lighter will do the trick but I prefer to have some backup in case the lighter will break. I also enjoy learning and practicing survival skills so that’s why most of the time I try to start the fire without using a lighter.
I replaced the lighter with an Emergency Fire Starter Key Chain, one that I’ve got from www.Wildlifemerch.com . This kind of fire starter is not mandatory but it’s a nice to have and play with. Primitive peoples, the ones that discovered fire, where using a system like this one https://wildlifemerch.org/pro…/useful-emergency-fire-starter.
- Waterproof match key chain(this is perfect in case of emergency when all the fire-starting tools above fail).
- A normal lighter
Try to start the fire without the use of a lighter or matches because it’s a nice survival skill to learn.
For washing your hands or washing the cooking utensil you will need some soap. Because you don’t have a lot of water at your disposal it is good to use a soap without synthetic detergents. I’m using this soap with vegan and organic ingredients (Amazon link) for some time because I want what is best for my skin.
Tip: use a smaller container when you go camping
Solar Charger for Your Phone
When you go camping in the woods your phone battery will die at some point. Having a solar charger with you is a good idea. You can charge your phone, camera, your rechargeable lantern and so on.
I use a 10,000 mAh solar power bank (check the exact model I have from wildlifemerch, here https://wildlifemerch.org/…/10000mah-double-usb-solar-batte…) . It’s waterproof, it has 2 USB ports and built-in led lights that can come in handy in your tent or in every situation. It charges my phone very fast and sometimes I use it to charge my eBook reader.
Solar Camp Shower
Nothing fancy here, any will do. I have This 5-gallon solar camp shower from ( https://wildlifemerch.org/…/20l-portable-outdoor-solar-camp… )
There’s nothing worse than being attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes. I go a lot for fishing near the lake so for me, mosquitoes, protection is a must.
There are devices that make a protection zone around you from insects like this portable mosquito repellent from Wildlifemerch, Heres a link to the exact one here (https://wildlifemerch.org/…/outdoor-portable-ultrasound-mos…
I am confident the above gear will come in handy in your future trips in the great outdoors, our hunter-gatherer genes will surely snap out of their dormant state and help you with the rest.