Camping season is upon us! Here are new and cool camping equipment ideas to make it even more enjoyable! From must-haves to outdoor essentials, your whole family will be excited to go camping with this unique and fun camping gear.
Do you love to camp? Do you love to get outdoors and spend time as a family in nature? There is something about getting out into the woods and pitching a tent. Hearing the crickets at night and the owls hoot. It’s inevitable that everyone will be dirty, but it’s also certain that you will make some amazing family memories and traditions.
Our family loves to camp. The kids think it is so much fun. Especially since I created my Make Ahead Campfire Cooking Meal Plan which shows you exactly which delicious recipes you can make ahead (to save time), provides you a shopping list for the food & supplies, and includes meal plans and instructions for 3-day, 5-day or 7-day camping trips.
But food isn’t the only important part of camping. Of course you have the essential things for camping, but today, we have put together a list of cool camping equipment. Some of these items I consider to be must-have items, and some of them are just plain cool!
20 Cool Camping Equipment Ideas
LED Headlamp with Batteries (buy on Amazon)
Having a headlamp is so much easier than carrying around a regular old flashlight. It’s hard to get used to at first, but after you do, you’ll be glad to have a headlamp. We have this headlamp and it’s a great one.
Teton Sports Mammoth Queen Size Flannel Lined Sleeping Bag (buy on Amazon)
A great sleeping bag is a must–totally obvious, right? But this is an extra special one. I love this sleeping bag because it’s a Queen size! Can’t you just imagine how fun it would be to snuggle up with your sweetie in this lovely bag? I don’t want to be lonely in my regular sized sleeping bag anymore…I want a queen size!
Electric LED Bug Fly Mosquito Zapper Swatter with Built-in Rechargeable Batteries (buy on Amazon)
Anyone else get eaten alive while camping? My mom says it’s just because I’m so sweet. That must be it, right? I always have to be prepared for the bugs, and this little zapper will help keep me safe from the mosquitoes and bugs that seem to eat me up while camping.
Go Girl Female Urination Device (buy on Amazon)
Alright ladies, let’s get real for a minute. We all hate to go to the bathroom in nature. It’s just not ideal for us girls. So, someone came up with this little contraption to help us along. Go check it out. Have you tried it before? If you have, please let me know. I’m certainly intrigued.
GSI Outdoors Vortex Hand Blender (buy on Backcountry)
Just because you decide to go camping, doesn’t mean you can’t have a fancy drink, or crushed ice. This would even be fun for making snow cones! Just clamp this blender onto your table and be the life of the campground. So cool!
This is the coolest camping gear ever! A canopy WITH lights!! The built-in lights make it so you can put a table under there and sit all night long and enjoy. This is great for day time to keep the sun or rain off your table. Fun!!
GSI Outdoors Infinity 4-Person Compact Table Set (buy on Backcountry)
This is a great set because it’s so compact. Not only do I love the bright fun colors, but it’s also lightweight and convenient for camping.
Magnesium Fire Starter (buy on Amazon)
Don’t waste your time trying to rub two sticks together to start your campfire. Don’t bother with matches either. Use this fire starter. It’s a great price and easy to use.
Camelbak Products Men’s Classic Hydration Pack (buy on Amazon)
It’s a backpack. It’s a water bottle. No… it’s a camelbak! These are so cool for your day hikes while camping. It is so convenient to have your water so handy. It actually keeps your water quite chilly for you as well.
Coleman Quad LED Lantern (buy on Walmart)
I think this is my favorite item on this whole cool camping equipment list! We own this and love it! It has 4 individual light panels that snap into a single lantern. Each kid will be satisfied when they each get to have their own mini lantern. It also will run for 75 hours! So cool!
Mac Sports Portable Folding Hammock (buy on Amazon)
Have you slept in a hammock while camping? It’s so wonderful! My husband swears by hammock camping. I love it because I’m not directly on the ground, with a rock in my back, and it is so comfy! I like this hammock because it has a stand to go with it and a little canopy over the top so you don’t get pine needles falling all over you while your rest.
This is a MUST for camping. Cooking in a cast-iron skillet is easy and delicious! Plus, it’s so versatile. You can cook breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert in one of these babies!
Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter (buy on Amazon)
If you are using a cast iron skillet, you will want one of these lid lifters. Take my word for it. Getting those hot Dutch ovens off the fire is not an easy task. This lifter makes it SO much easier.
Cast Iron Campfire Tripod (buy on Amazon)
Okay, one more thing for your Dutch oven. (Can you tell we are big fans of a Dutch oven?) This tripod is so handy. This keeps your Dutch oven right where it needs to be. Perfect for boiling water, making stew, or even a yummy cobbler.
If I’m going to go camping, I want a shower. This is a great little invention for people like me who want to camp, but need to clean up sometimes just to feel normal.
Intex Premium Comfort Airbed Kit with Internal Electric Pump, Queen (buy on Amazon or Home Depot)
I love a bed. I don’t want to lay on the ground. There. I said it. I want a bed to sleep on. Even if I go camping. Come on, you know you do, too. This airbed is perfect. Great price, and great idea if you don’t want me to be cranky the next day.
Having fresh and clean water is very important. You do NOT want to get sick while camping or hiking. It just isn’t worth it. This little gadget could really be helpful, and I doubt you’ll regret this purchase.
My kids LOVED this. Like LOVED it. This fishing pole campfire roaster brings roasting your marshmallows and hotdogs to a whole new level. You’ll be the envy of all the other campers for sure.
Portable Outdoor Folding Wash Basin (buy on Amazon)
This portable wash bucket is perfect for backpacking, picnicking or camping. You can use it as a dirty shoe holder, or store your fresh caught fish. I would hate to run out of water at our campsite, so being able to fill this with water and bring it back to camp would be pretty awesome. And it’s great for doing the dishes too!
So, what do you think? Did you find some new cool camping equipment that you need? I know I found a few items that will be great and make camping a lot more fun and easy on me. I hope you found something useful AND cool for your next camping trip.