Camping can be a bit in-tents, but finding the best unique and useful gifts for campers doesn’t have to be! We’ve pulled from our own extensive camping experience and the incredible collective knowledge of the internet to create this collection of awesome camping gift ideas.
Did your mom and dad decide to get an RV and hit the road for their retirement? Do you need Christmas gifts for women that are more interested in hiking boots than high heels? Or are you looking for the perfect present for couples that are campfire enthusiasts? Whatever you need, from fun toys to keep kids entertained to glamping accessories for the most high-maintenance campers, there is a camping gift for everyone on this list!
67 Best Camping Gift Ideas
We’ve got all the unique gear, gadgets, and fun novelties to make your mom, dad, brother, or girlfriend a very happy camper.
Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan
When it comes to camping, finding gear that serves multiple functions is the name of the game. This lantern is also a fan, and we are a huge fan of the budget-friendly price tag! It is battery-powered, which is awesome for campers traveling without a power bank or prioritizing their juice for other gadgets.
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer
Speaking of power banks, this one is an absolute winner. It can charge a wide variety of devices, from phones to laptops and more, plus, it can hook up to solar panels to recharge. It is an excellent gift for campers that want or need to stay connected to the technological world while enjoying the great outdoors.
Memory Foam Camping Mattress
A high-quality camping mattress pad can make the difference between a peaceful night in nature and a sleepless night on the cold, hard ground. This mattress pad provides nearly three inches of body-hugging memory foam that will make them feel like they’re sleeping on one of the many marshmallows they probably ate.
Fair warning, this mattress pad has a fair bit of bulk—which is the entire reason it’s so comfy— but also means it might not be a great pick for a long-distance backpacker. We think this would be an excellent camping gift for a car or campsite camper.
Ultra-Compact Aluminum Camping Table
Not every camper will want to bring a table with them, but for the ones that do, this is a fantastic pick. It has enough space to fit up to four people and folds down to fit in a convenient carrying case. From cookouts to fishing trips, this lightweight table could make a great camping or RV accessory.
Pack of 2 Outdoor Flashlight Headlamps
These headlights are so powerful we’re sure your favorite campers will give them glowing reviews! This set of two would be a lovely gift for couples that love to spend time in the great outdoors. Add some trail mix, thick hiking socks, and a nice picnic blanket, and you’ve got all the makings of a fun camping gift basket.
Portable Camping Kitchen Utensil Set
We have been on more than one camping trip with someone that only packed a spoon, and while that may be space-saving, it’s not exactly practical. This set has everything a camper needs to roast some weenies, chop up some veggies, and even pop open a bottle of wine. Plus, everything fits neatly into a nice carrying case! No more random knives floating around in their backpack!
First Aid Kit Survival Kit
A well-stocked first-aid kit is an absolute essential for any camper, regardless of how experienced they are. This kit has everything they might need and more, all organized and compressed into a surprisingly sleek pack. It even has practical survival tools like multi-function pliers and a tactical folding knife. We sincerely hope they never need to use most of these tools, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Fleece Camo Hand Warmer Muff and Fanny Pack
We all have that one friend who is absolutely always cold, the type of person that packs a sweatshirt in the middle of the summer, level cold. Help them out with one of these fleece hand warmer and fanny pack combos. They can keep the essentials at hand while keeping those hands nice and toasty!
Bottle Sized Compact Outdoor Chair
Whether your happy camper likes to backpack to remote destinations or drive right up to their camp spot, space-saving tools are essential. Unlike other collapsable chairs, this one folds down to the size of a bottle. We cannot overemphasize how convenient this is, especially for longer trips where every inch of space matters.
Double Sleeping Bag with 2 Pillows
Many outdoorsy people already own their own single-capacity sleeping bags. But once those outdoorsy people find their other half and become a camping couple, they have an important decision to make— do we join our sleeping bags, attempt to cuddle in separate bags, or buy a new one?
Decide for them with this double sleeping bag that comes with two pillows. Finally, gone are the days of slippery, staticky, separate sleeping bag cuddles! This sleeping bag would be an excellent gift for couples that love camping!
Yarrashop Portable Toilet Camping Toilet
Not everyone is comfortable with the grab a shovel and a leaf approach to camping potty tips. But that doesn’t mean they should miss out on the fun of camping! This portable toilet is a great choice for families or adults that love camping but aren’t a big fan of squatting behind a tree. It can hold up to 400 pounds and comes with a set of perfectly sized trash bags to get them started.
OlimpiaFit Microfiber Towels - Quick Dry 3 Size Pack
All camping enthusiasts know to expect their belongings to get wet, from freak rainstorms to spontaneous skinny dipping in the river. But, thanks to these towels, now they can expect things to dry as well! These microfiber quick dry towels are an absolute godsend for backpacking and camping alike. And with this set of three sizes, they don’t have to dry their dishes with the same towel they use on their bodies.
Fire Color Changing Packets for Fire Pit
Every camping enthusiast will agree that one of the best parts is sitting around the campfire after a long day of adventures, cracking open a cold one, and trading stories. You could help make their campfire experience significantly more trippy with these color-changing packets. Kids and trippy adults alike will love this mesmerizing display!
Oasser Trunk Organizer
Why did we include a trunk organizer on a camping gift list? Obviously, for the subset of campers that we like to refer to as “car campers.” There is something so utterly convenient about driving up to your campsite for the night, starting your fire, and having everything you need in the trunk of your car (versus on your back).
If you’re looking for camping gifts for a car camper, this organizer can help them keep all the essentials in order and within easy reach.
Kindling Wood Fire Starter Sticks
Getting a fire started and keeping it going can feel like a full-time job on a campout. These kindling fire starter sticks make the whole process so much easier! Put these into a gift basket along with the ingredients for s’mores or other fun camping cookout accessories, and you’ve created an awesome gift for camping enthusiasts!
Portable Outdoor Waterproof Solar Power Bank
Suppose your happy camper enjoys heading out for extended camping trips or has many electronics to keep charged on their adventures. In that case, this solar-powered portable charger is one of our favorite camping gift ideas. It allows the user to charge it up from a regular outlet before they hit the trails, then use the solar panels when they’re out in the wilderness. Plus, it doubles as a flashlight, and you already know how much we support multi-functional camping items.
Storage Strap with 8 Hooks
Honestly, we want this storage strap. From a makeshift clothing line to keeping your food safe from bears, this is such an incredibly useful strap! It also includes eight carabiner hooks, which are like candy to avid campers (if you weren’t aware). Seriously, when your camping friend unwraps this gift, prepare yourself for them to freak out over the usefulness.
Double Portable Hammock with Tree Straps
Sipping a beer, cuddling with your love, and dangling between two lush trees is pretty much the definition of camping couple goals. This easily portable double hammock has everything they need to secure, store, and relax in their new favorite gear. It’s an excellent gift for couples or kids and can support up to 500 pounds. Plus, it’s available in almost 30 different colors and a real budget price for this type of gear.
Sandproof Waterproof Beach Mat Oversized
This waterproof mat might be meant for beachgoers, but it’s super useful for campers and hikers as well! As we mentioned before, multi-functional items are absolutely ideal for campers. This beach mat can be used as a picnic blanket, water-resistant tarp, or even hung from trees for a makeshift rain shelter.
Rotating Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
You can give someone the gift of perfectly toasted marshmallows. Smokey the Bear told you that only you can prevent forest fires, but we are telling you that only you can prevent burnt smores. We understand this is a huge responsibility, but we trust that your camper can handle it.
The skewers rotate for evenly roasted marshmallows, hotdogs, or whatever camping snack they want to make. This gift set could be a fun and unique camping gift for families, couples, or any s’mores aficionado.
Wekapo Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa Hammock
Hammocks aren’t always the greatest option for camping lounge seating. Sometimes there aren’t enough trees around, and other times people simply don’t want to hang from the available trees. This inflatable lounger compresses to the size of a small bag but inflates to a full-body chaise-style seat. Plus, it has pillow support, something that is chronically missing for many campers.
TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack
Finding the perfect camping backpack can depend on a variety of factors and personal preferences. This could be a great starter backpack for those just getting into more adventurous camping. It has an internal frame, space for a hydro-pack, sleeping bag compartment, and integrated rain cover. All their bases are covered for any big trip! And they’ll be thanking you for such a thoughtful gift.
Pop-Up Canopy Tent 10'x10'
Oh hey, we’re just popping in to say that you should throw some shade at your friends. We don’t mean in the sassy sense, but we genuinely think you should give your friends, mom and dad, or significant other this pop-up canopy tent. It would be an excellent gift for families or groups of friends that love to go camping but need shelter from the rain and sun. Okay, wait…so that makes it a great gift for pretty much everyone.
Biodegradable Body Wipes with Tea Tree & Aloe
Feeling and staying clean on a camping trip can be a pretty impossible task. These wipes make it easy to refresh when a shower isn’t readily available. They also make a thoughtful and useful addition to a camping gift basket. Plus, they’re biodegradable, so your environmentally-friendly pals will be comfortable using them.
Camping Hair Don't Care Cute Baseball Hat
How long has it been since she washed her hair? Four days, one week, even longer? Honestly, who cares when she has it tucked up into such a cute baseball cap. This hat would be a fun camping gift for women that still love accessories (and sun protection) while in the great outdoors. Or just your mom, friend, or daughter that wants to look cute without having to wash their hair in the river.
USB Rechargeable Lighter
Say goodbye to soggy matches and windy nights blowing out the flame, and hello to this awesome gift for campers. This rechargeable lighter can last for multiple days and is completely waterproof. Pair it with other basic camping supplies, like hiking socks, cooking supplies, or bug spray, for an awesome and useful camping gift set.
Cliganic 10 Pack Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
Accessories with a purpose? Sign us up! If you’re looking to create a camping gift basket or stocking stuffer gifts for campers, you might want to throw in a couple of these mosquito repellent bracelets. In the fight against itchy bug bites (and mosquito-borne illnesses), campers can use all the help they can get.
Authentic Mexican Blanket
These blankets are an absolute classic choice for campers. From picnics to an extra layer on cold nights, we permanently have one of these in the trunk of our car for wherever the day takes us. They are multifunctional, budget-friendly, and come in an array of fun patterns.
Camping Pillow - Ultralight Inflatable Travel Pillows
Many campers rely on the old stuff all your clothes into a pillowcase trick to cut down on carrying supplies. However, when all your clothes smell absolutely rank or have been caught in a torrential downpour, they’ll probably wish they had one of these inflatable pillows. It’s small enough to fit in one of the tiny side pockets on their backpack and inflates to provide substantial head and neck support.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
The idea of drinking water directly out of the river might sound like a stomach ache waiting to happen for most campers. But when you’re going on extended camping trips, it’s impossible to carry a sufficient water supply. These water filter straws are just freaking awesome, convenient, and useful, and in general, we cannot say enough good stuff about them. If you’re looking for camping gift ideas for adventurous, outdoorsy people, we highly suggest these filter straws.
As much as most campers love sitting around the campfire, they probably equally despise all the work required to get one started and keep it going. Especially when it’s been raining and there is no dry firewood to be had. This portable campfire can take them from cold to roasting weenies faster than we can grumpily say, “no, it’s your turn to go collect firewood!”
Coleman Sundome Tent
Camping can get a bit in-tents…okay, we swear we’ll try to stop with the puns. But honestly, one of the most basic camping supplies is definitely a reliable tent. This one can comfortably fit up to four people and even has a port for running an extension cord through it. That could help make camping more accessible to individuals that might need medical equipment such as a CPAP machine. This could be an awesome gift for campers that need to refresh their older supplies or need to stay hooked up to electronics.
Reusable & Portable Eco-Friendly Grill
Investing in a quality camping grill can make the difference between burnt beans on toast and “Oh my god, beans have never tasted this good before.” It comes with a waterproof carrying case and plant-based charcoal pods. Your grillmaster dad will be so excited to show off his skills to all the other dads at the campsite.
Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet (2 Pack)
Accessories with a purpose are definitely a camping gift winner. These budget-friendly bracelets are great “just in case” camping gifts for outdoorsy people that like to push the limits on adventure. It has a fire starter, compass, emergency whistle, and more useful tools, all within easy reach. Hopefully, the recipient never needs to use them, but preparedness is key in the wilderness!
Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster
In all honesty, we didn’t think making s’mores could get any cooler after we realized you could swap out chocolate bars for peanut butter cups, but this fishing pole campfire roaster just proved us wrong. It would be a really fun gift for kids or your dad that loves to crack jokes. We can already picture him telling everyone at the campsite he’s going fishing, then loading up one of these poles with marshmallows.
Wranglers Sherpa-Lined Shirt Jacket
Nothing says camping quite like a nice, thick, warm flannel shirt. And this one, in particular, takes warmth to another level with an awesome sherpa lining. With 11 patterns to choose from and sizes ranging up to 3x-large, you could pick one up for your dad, mom, boyfriend, or even matching ones for couples that love the outdoors.
Adventure Essentials Survival Kit
We only have glowing reviews for this flashlight that also conveniently stores all the essentials for a safe camping trip! As we’ve already mentioned a million times, space-saving or multi-functional options are critical for camping gear. This LED flashlight comes with a stack of canisters inside with important gear and gadgets, including reflective trail markers, waterproof matches, a can opener, water purification tablets, and so much more.
50L Hiking Backpack Waterproof
From hiking to climbing to traveling, this backpack is ready for whatever type of camping adventure your favorite outdoorsy people want to try next! It has a compartment for a hydration bladder, a separate space for shoes, a built-in USB cable for a charging port, a rain cover, and so much more. The size and design are somewhat between a daypack and standard backpack, making it perfect for shorter camping trips or outdoor activities that require gear and gadgets.
Your dad or camper-man is going to love this camping multitool and will probably continuously find any reason to use one of its ten functions. He can start a fire, crack open a round of beers for the boys, tell the time, and so much more with a tool that can fit in his pocket. We apologize in advance for his many future rants about how you don’t need high-tech gadgets, you just need this one handy dandy tool.
Camping Bug Zapper & LED Lantern
An abundance of mosquitoes can be the difference between an epic night around the campfire and everyone turning in early to escape the bugs. Help keep the fireside party going with the camping bug zapper that doubles as an LED lantern. This is a super useful, multi-functional tool that would also make an excellent camping gift for campers that hate itchy bug bites (all of us) or visit fire-free campsites.
Outdoor Safe Smart Wristband
If you’re looking for camping gift ideas for someone that toes the line between camper and middle of nowhere wilderness adventurer, you might want to pick up one of these outdoor Safe Smart Wristbands. It might not be the most exciting item on this list, but in case of emergencies, they’re going to be so grateful they have it.
The unique design stores encrypted medical information and a simple tap to your smartphone can alert loved ones that they’re safe. If you’re the mom or anxious partner of someone that likes to push the limits in the great outdoors, consider this a gift to yourself and the recipient.
Adventure All-in-One French Press Coffee Maker
Coffee one thousand percent tastes better when it’s made on the top of a misty mountain overlooking an incredible view. But just because you’re in the wilderness doesn’t mean coffee lovers have to settle for a subpar brew. This french press will give your mom, dad, or favorite outdoorsy people coffee-shop quality taste in their favorite remote destinations.
Day Hike Supply Pack
Is your mom or dad rocking that retirement RV life? Did your pal recently start hanging out with outdoorsy people and is trying to fit in? One of the best parts of camping is all the fun trails to explore around the campsite, but knowing what to bring on these day trips can be challenging. This sleek gift set has all of the essentials packed in convenient canisters. This is a great gift for campers that are just breaking in their first pair of
Osprey Jet 18 Kids Hiking Backpack
Do you know some young kids that have just joined the scouts or are ready to carry their own packs? Your first camping backpack is a right of passage for most young campers, and Osprey is a super reliable name in camping backpack gear. Add a few fun supplies like trail snacks, their first set of camping cutlery, or other basics, and the littlest outdoor enthusiast you know will be ready to camp like the big boys!
Little Sun Solar Light and Charger
When it comes to camping, we always support gadgets that are as sleek as they are useful. This little charger and light source is a wonderful solar-powered option for those that like to go off the grid but still need to charge up their phones to get wonderful pictures. The lamp has three brightness settings, allowing the user to maximize their energy use when they need to.
Dog Travel Bag for Supplies
This dog travel gift set is one of our favorite camping gift ideas for outdoorsy people with equally adventurous pups that they love to take camping. The collapsible bowls, travel-friendly food containers, and lined tote bag (with lots of pockets) mean they can pack all of Spot’s supplies for a fun week exploring the great outdoors!
Coleman Portable Camp Grill
This Coleman portable grill is a tried and true standard in the camping world. It has double burners so they can boil water for coffee and cook up some bacon at the same time. It’s powerful enough to prepare most traditional camping meals and small enough to tag along on their biggest adventures. This grill is one of our favorite camping gift ideas for those that are just starting to accumulate their own gear and gadgets!
Men’s Merino Wool Hiking Socks
Hiking socks are always a welcome gift to campers. Even if they aren’t planning on hitting the trails bright and early, wonderfully thick wool socks can keep their feet toasty on those chilly nights and breezy mornings. These socks are moisture-wicking and have targeted cushioning to provide incredible support. These multi-packs would be a useful addition to a camping gift basket or Christmas stocking stuffer for campers.
Wilderness Navigation Flask
One of the greatest parts of any and all camping trips is sitting around the campfire, enjoying some snacks and a refreshing adult beverage (or four) with your pals. This flask is actually a five-in-one vessel sneakily disguised as a functional LED flashlight. The recipient’s campfire friends are sure to be impressed when they take two shot glasses and a flask of whiskey out of their flashlight!
Triceratops LED Headlamp
We definitely put this on the list as a fun accessory for kids… and not adults… unless you maybe wanted to get it for us because it’s so freaking cool. Your favorite little camper is going to be the coolest kid at the campsite, thanks to this triceratops LED headlamp that will have all adult dinosaur enthusiasts asking if it comes in grown-up sizes.
Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot
We’ve been eyeing these hiking boots after trying on our friend’s pair and realizing how comfortable they are. Some hiking boots can run you in the hundreds, but as someone that literally wore hiking boots every day for work, we can honestly tell you that price tag is not always worth it. These boots have a great amount of arch support, room to add insoles if your feet need more support, and come in nice neutral color palettes (don’t get us started on brands finding any excuse to make women’s hiking gear pink).
Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot
If your dad has been rocking the same pair of hiking boots for 20 years and claims they’re still in tip-top shape, he’s either lying or has forgotten what supportive boots feel like. Treat him to the wonderful luxury that is new boots with this pair from Timberland. These boots are a great choice for individuals just starting their outdoorsy exploration or experienced men that need a refresher on basic supplies.
The 5-Ingredient Camping Cookbook
Regardless of what they make, camping food almost always tastes absolutely incredible! There is just something so awesome about eating nutritious meals in the great outdoors with beautiful views and crisp fresh air. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for hot dogs for three meals a day. This camping cookbook understands that campers aren’t going to bring an extensive list of ingredients and supplies but still want to make delicious meals!
This cookbook could be a great gift for glampers or families that want to hit the great outdoors but don’t want to depend on baked beans for a week.
OAKVUE Backpacking Trowel
Experienced campers already know exactly why this backpacking shovel is such an essential part of anyone’s camping supplies. In case you aren’t aware, not every campsite has toilets, and not everyone travels with one of those portable potties we put earlier on the list. If you’re looking for a useful but funny camping gag gift, hand them this trowel and some biodegradable wipes.
Scrubzz Disposable No Rinse Bathing Wipes
Staying clean while camping, especially for women, can seem like an unwinnable battle. These wipes make it easy to quickly refresh without having to jump in a questionably clean river or creek. These would make an excellent addition to a camping gift basket or part of a homemade gift set for outdoor enthusiasts.
Waterproof Cotton Canvas Family Camping Bell Tent
Holy smokes. Personally, we’ve never been “glamping,” but this tent could definitely convert us to the fancy outdoors ways. Add some luxurious throw pillows and twinkly lights, and you could set up an incredibly romantic night away with your love bird.
Find and Seek Scavenger Hunt Game for Kids
So you know an outdoorsy couple planning on bringing their kids on their next camping trip? Keeping tots and tykes entertained under normal circumstances can be challenging, but with limited technology and toys, it could be even more difficult. This scavenger hunt is a fun way to get them excited about exploring the natural world around them.
Beanie Hat with Light
Keeping both a warm hat and head torch on your head can be surprisingly difficult. This beanie and light combo make it much simpler. It would be an excellent camping gift for those that enjoy exploring colder environments. While this says it’s for men, all people need to see ahead of them and simultaneously keep their heads warm, so feel free to buy this hat for women, non-binary stars, and all the theys on the spectrum!
Kitchen Gadgets Set 5 Pieces
Did your mom and dad just buy a slick RV? Did your pals just join the Instagram #Vanlife? Whatever type of camper they’re living in, this convenient and space-saving set of kitchen gadgets is perfect for their limited space and big appetites. All five pieces fit nicely together on the key chain or can be separated if they just want to bring the necessities out to their camp stove.
Unigear Wood Burning Camp Stoves
Speaking of campsite kitchens, just check out this portable wood-burning stove! It’s small enough to bring on adventures and powerful enough to cook up a mean breakfast spread. It can use almost any type of heat source, from wood to charcoal, making it useful even when all the firewood gets soaked. This would be a great gift for couples or any outdoorsy people that love cooking over a campfire but want a bit more control.
Tall Pop Up Privacy Tent
From a place to change out of stinky hiking clothes, to a discreet place to put that portable toilet, this pop-up privacy tent is a useful camping gift for those that don’t want to be super exposed in the great outdoors. Especially during busy seasons, some campsites can be surprisingly packed with people.
This privacy tent is thick enough that it won’t even show the user’s silhouette through the vinyl. It could be a particularly good gift for women, as the outdoorsy world can be a bit male-dominated, and finding a bit of privacy could be a welcome relief.
Personalized Camper Doormat
This camper doormat is a fun, personalized gift for couples or families that love to hit the road in their campers! Add the recipient’s name to one of these cute camper novelties and your favorite outdoorsy people are sure to show it off at their next campsite.
DripDrop ORS - Electrolyte Powder For Dehydration Relief Fast
Here is another cool camping gift for those outdoorsy people that love adventures. Dehydration can hit anyone quite quickly, especially when they’re spending all day outside in the elements. These packets provide fast relief that can help any camper feel better and get back in the action. Plus, they come in a variety of fun flavors that make relief delicious!
Electric Portable Air Pump
After a long day hiking, kayaking, or exploring their surrounding area, the last thing campers want to do is huff and puff for ten minutes, struggling to blow up their inflatable mattress pad or pillow. This convenient and surprisingly small air pump can inflate up to 10 air mattresses on a single charge. Or, alternatively, inflate the same air mattress that always seems to deflate in the middle of the night ten times.
Darn Tough Merino Wool Boot Sock Full Cushion
Are you a complete novice when it comes to the great outdoors? Impress your favorite outdoorsy people by picking them up a pair of these Darn Tough socks. They are, without a doubt, the socks of choice for many camping and hiking lovers. Do you want to know why? They come with a lifetime warranty.
Yes, they are socks that won’t stretch out along the calf or get holes in the heels. They will last forever, and if they don’t, they’ll replace them for free. Kids probably won’t get impressed with a pair of socks no matter what, but this would be an excellent camping gift for people that love adventures.
20L Solar Heating Camping Shower Bag
We haven’t personally used a camping shower before (we tend to go a bit rougher on our camping trips), but this could be a welcome gift for families or couples with kids that want to go into the great outdoors.
Campsites are often popular vacation destinations for parents with multiple young children and keeping that many kids remotely clean while camping might be considered an impossible task. This shower could be a great gift for parents trying to wrangle messy tots or for women and men that want to be able to refresh before climbing into their cozy sleeping bags. Combine it with the pop-up privacy tent for a (pretty close to) real shower experience.
Biodegradable Camp Soap
From cleaning dishes to smelly armpits, there are certain messes no one wants to put up with, even while camping. However, it’s also important to adhere to the “Leave No Trace” principles while out in nature. Using biodegradable soap is a great way to keep things clean while also not polluting the environment!
Camping Gift FAQs
What is the Most Popular Camping Item?
The title of “Most Popular Camping Item” would probably be a tie between a dependable all-seasons tent and an all-seasons sleeping bag. These two items are pretty solid basics for new people just starting out in the camping world.
What Should I Put In a Camping Gift Basket?
Camping gift baskets can be as unique as the person you’re giving them to! You might want to start with some great basics like thick wool hiking socks, headlamps, mosquito repellent, biodegradable soap, and body wipes. Then, fill out the gift basket with some fun items that everyone loves or makes camping more fun, such as trail mix, a nice flannel, color-changing packets for the campfire, or a compact card game.
What are Fun Things to Bring Camping?
There are plenty of awesome things to pack that make camping significantly more fun! Many people choose to bring a speaker to listen to tunes (when they’re not listening to the sounds of nature, of course), playing cards and other games are another great no-tech way to pass the time, and for the adults in the room, a six-pack or more of beer is always a welcome addition!
What are the Best Camping Brands?
There are lots of great brands for camping gear, gadgets, clothing, and accessories. Some of our favorite brands include Columbia, REI, Katmandu, Back Country, The North Face, Osprey, Marmot, and Coleman. Of course, camping gear can get a bit expensive, so there are great budget-friendly alternatives out there outside of these name brands.
What Items Make Camping Easier?
First of all, it’s important to distinguish between the different types of campers out there. Some people like to drive right up to a campsite and stay within that area for a weekend or so. Other outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking and setting up camp in a new remote destination every night. Additionally, some people will only consider sleeping outside in a “glamping” situation. Depending on the type of camper they are, different gear and gadgets will make their experience easier.
People that like to stick to one campsite and explore the surrounding area typically drive up to the site with a car or RV. That means they have the space to bring more items to make the experience more comfortable, such as hammocks, chairs, portable tables, coolers, mattress pads, and portable toilets.
Backpacking campers carry all the supplies they need on their backs, and it can be difficult to find the right balance of sufficient supplies for survival and comfort versus carrying too much weight that slows you down. For these individuals, items that are collapsable or inflatable, quick-drying, and multi-functional are key. Swiss army knives, head torches, microfiber towels or body wipes, a mini camping stove, or food ration packs can make this kind of adventuring easier.
Glampers will likely require additional accessories and gear to get situated, but oftentimes these supplies are provided by the glamping site itself. If they’re not, glampers might enjoy a portable shower, a pop-up privacy tent, or a nice picnic blanket.