Camping is all about packing a few supplies and heading out for the wilderness. It’s actually a little more complicated and that. Many people naively head out for a camping weekend, unaware of the perils that come with not being adequately prepared. Sure, we all know that camping is about roughing it, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer. Camping is more about escaping the hustle and bustle of life in the city for a few days but it doesn’t need to be overly difficult.
Apart from camping essentials, there are also some great camping gadgets you can take with you to make your weekends away from your everyday life more enjoyable. The best camping gadgets will enhance your outdoor adventures and may even inspire you to escape the concrete jungles more often. We’ve put together a great selection of camping gadgets for you to consider for your next trip into the wild.
The Best Camping Gadget
Camping is a great way to experience the untouched nature of the outdoors but it can also be quite scary when the sun goes down. Sure, you can light a comforting campfire, but it can be creepy when you hear noises around you without being able to see what caused the noise. You may also need to step away from the relative safety of your camp to answer the call of nature or gather a few more branches for your fire. When you do step away from your camp. it’s crucial to see where you are going. You don’t want to be stepping on treacherous tree roots, rocks or creatures. Light your path with these Vont camping lanterns. They come in packs of two so you can keep one at the camp and take one with you. They are super bright and portable with a unique collapsible design. These camping lanterns are waterproof and virtually indestructible making them ideal for use out in the wilderness.
Super bright portable lanterns
Designed to endure hurricanes and other emergencies
Unique, patented collapsible design
Waterproof and virtually indestructible
Constructed with aircraft grade materials:
- Weight1.04 pounds
With this Wit Bird Multifunction, Multipurpose Camping Survival tool you’ll be an always prepared boy scout. When you have this amazing multitool with you, you’re ready for anything. There are enough tools in this survival hammer and axe to see you through any situations. You can chop branches, cut and scale fish, open bottles, fix camping gear and so much more. This is one of those cool gadgets for camping that you will definitely find multiple uses for. The compact and sturdy design will ensure you can do everything that needs to be done to ensure happy camping. The toolset is made from stainless steel with a strong wooden handle all encased in a handy sheath you can take with you anywhere.
Easy to carry multitool with axe
Toolset made of stainless steel
Strong wooden handle
Compact and sturdy design
Multiple tools for dozens of applications
Includes handy sheath
- BrandWit Bird
- ModelWit Bird
- Weight14.1 ounces
Camping is all about keeping things to a minimum so when you can find a tool with more than one function you simply must get one. These Coleman scissors are 12 tools in one. The most obvious are the scissors which are great for cutting small branches or cutting fish or chicken pieces, but they also work well as a can or bottle opener, fish scaler, screwdriver and more. Be prepared for anything with one handy tool meaning you can pack light and get more enjoyment out of camping.
Stainless steel blades
Detach when positioned at a 90-degree angle
Scissors, screwdriver, magnet
Can opener, wrench, fish scaler, nut cracker
Jar wrench, wire stripper, wire cutter, bottle opener, knife
- Weight4 ounces
It’s one thing to find a campsite that you can drive up to and another thing entirely when you need to hike to your camp. With this MalloMe 1 Liter Camping Cookware Mess Kit, you can bundle up your cookware and crockery in one compact bundle. This is an incredible 10-piece campfire mess kit that has everything you need to make a delicious meal right over a roaring campfire. This mess kit is made from non-toxic anodized aluminum and it features a collapsible, easy to store design that comes complete with a nylon travel bag with a drawstring. For a convenient travel-friendly and easy to clean camping cookware mess kit, you can’t go wrong with this amazing set.
10-piece campfire mess kit
Made from non-toxic anodized aluminum
Travel-friendly and easy to clean
Collapsible, easy-to-store design
Nylon travel bag with drawstring
Marshmallow roasting and smores 10-recipe eBook available
- Weight1.17 pounds
Next time you hike to your favorite camping spot, don’t forget to pack your drinks and food items in this YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler. This cooler has superior cold-holding capabilities to keep your drinks cool on the hottest days thanks to Closed-cell rubber foam insulation and a high-density Dryhide Shell. This amazing cooler for camping has a high-performance waterproof, leakproof Hydrolock zipper to contain all the ice and water inside the cooler, instead of all over the rest of your camping gear. There are extra compartments for some of your other items and a MOLLE bottle opener and a sidekick for extra convenience. Reach the peak and sit down to cold drinks and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
High-density dry hide shell
Closed-cell rubber foam insulation
High performance waterproof, leakproof hydrolock zipper
Molle bottle opener and sidekick
Superior cold-holding for your favorite drinks
- Weight2.8 pounds
Enjoy your camping weekend just that little bit more with this super comfortable WEKAPO Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa Hammock. The main feature of this lounger is comfort. It has a unique pillow shaped headrest with comfortable upper back support. It’s also super convenient easy inflation without needing a pump. This inflatable sofa is portable, waterproof and anti-air leaking so you can sit back in complete bliss and with the convenient carry bag you can easily take it with you anywhere. Don’t worry about the wind, this also features a stake to keep your cozy sofa camping hammock grounded. Just because you’re out in the wild, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some creature comforts.
Portable, water proof & anti-air leaking design
Easy inflation-no pump required
Unique pillow shaped headrest
Comfortable upper back support
Patented anti-deflation technology
Convenient carry bad, stake and opener
- Weight2.76 pounds
Camping in the mountains, you soon appreciate how quickly the weather can change. It can be hot during the day and icy cold as soon as the sun goes down. Keeping warm in the mountains isn’t just about being comfortable, but staying alive as well so it’s’ important to have a handy and warm camping blanket with you at all times. The Matador Pocket Blanket should be part of every camper’s survival kit. This incredible blanket is ultra-compact and lightweight and literally fits in your pocket. It folds out to a decent sized blanket that is comfortable and protects you from twigs, rocks and other irritations that may be on the ground. There are built-in metal ground stakes that can be stored in the blanket and used as weights and there are also sand pocket corners so you won’t need to chase your blanket down the beach. Water-resistant, puncture and tear-resistant, this blanket will fast become one of those gadgets for camping you can’t do without.
Ultra-compact and lightweight
Folds out to a large 63″ x 44″ blanket
Built-in metal ground stakes
Water-resistant, puncture and tear-resistant
Comfortable and protects from twigs, rocks, dirt, water, sand and insects.
Easy-pack pattern and integrated storage pouch
- Weight3.84 ounces
Wake up in your favorite secret location to the intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed espresso with this Wacaco Minipresso GR, Portable Espresso Machine. You’ll love the modern and sleek design, but more importantly, this small, light and versatile handheld espresso machine produces a perfect cup of coffee. It contains an ingenious core with a semi-automatic piston that is manually operated. This amazing gadget doesn’t need compressed air, N20 cartridges or electricity meaning you can enjoy your ritual morning brew on the top of a mountain, deep in a secluded woodland area or a sandy beach. Just because you’ve left civilization for a few days, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a perfectly civilized brew.
Small, light and versatile handheld espresso machine
Innovative and powerful
Manually operated from piston action
Contains an ingenious core with semi-automatic piston
Doesn’t require compressed air, n2o cartridges or electricity
Modern and sleek design
- Weight1 pounds
Out in the wild, anything can happen and you need to be prepared for a variety of cuts and bruises. You should never venture out without a first aid kit and this I GO Compact First Aid Kit is an absolute necessity. It has all the basic items you need in an emergency and it’s organized with dividers for quick and easy access when time is of the essence. The kit is made from hard EVA material which is durable and shock-resistant, yet it’s small and lightweight so it can fit easily in your pocket, backpacking backpack or glove compartment of your car. This is an FDA Approved Personal Medikit that can make all the difference when life unexpectedly throws you a curveball.
Basic camping first aid kit
FDA approved personal medikit
Organized with dividers for quick access
Made of premium hard eva, durable and shock resistant
Small and lightweight, to fit into your pocket
Handy, all-purpose survival kit
- BrandI GO
- Weight1.6 ounces
Some of the best camping gadgets are also the most unusual ones and this Karecel Rechargeable Handwarmer and Power bank is a unique and practical gadget for the happy camper. Freezing hands are difficult to work with and when you want to make camp, there is so much that needs doing before you can relax. Get your hands toasty warm with double-sided heat and choose from 3 different heat settings, depending on how cold your hands are. No need to worry about running out of battery for your devices either as this handy hand warmer also doubles as a power bank. This tiny hand warmer is made of premium aluminum and ABS, Eco-friendly lithium-ion battery which is long-lasting and reliable. Take a few with you on your next camping trip and keep your hands warm and your devices charged.
Quick hand warmer & power bank 2-in-1
Built-in intelligent protection system
3 different heat settings
Portable with a large capacity
- Weight6.4 ounces
The safety of hikers and campers depends on remaining in communication with their fellow hikers and campers and with this pair of wearable, hands-free walkie talkies from Cobra, they can keep the lines of communication open in style. These amazing two-way radios can cover up to 12 miles in range with up to 10 hours of battery life before recharging is needed. They come with a belt clip that so you can tag this on your shirt, backpack or even your cap and stay in contact with those that need to know. The best part of being hands-free is that you can talk to friends, emergency services or national park officials while pitching your tent, reeling in that monster fish, or tending to an injured camper. This is one camping gadget that all campers should have. For more useful devices like this, check out our selection of the best emergency radios.
Up to 12-mile range
Up to 10-hours of battery life
Micro-USB “Y” charging cable
Rechargeable Li-polymer batteries included
Belt clip for hands-free
Voice prompts & Roger beep
- Weight7.8 ounces
Not all camping grounds allow you to build and start a campfire all year round and that shouldn’t stop you from going camping. This BioLite CampStove is a camper’s dream come true as it is the ultimate camping stove. This one has a handy Smart LED Dashboard that displays the fire strength, power output and many more features. The updated thermoelectrics create even more electricity from fire and 4 fan speed settings circulate air for improved efficiency. The scalloped pot stand holds a variety of cookware so you can cook and stay warm without lighting an actual fire. What’s more, this camp stove also charges your digital devices.
Smart LED dashboard displays fire strength, power output and more
USB charge out with 50% more power
Updated thermoelectrics create even more electricity from fire
4 fan speed settings circulate air for improved combustion and efficiency
Honeycomb heat mesh protective barrier from the inner burn chamber
Scalloped Pot Stand holds BioLite Kettle Pot, and other cookware
- ModelBioLite CampStove 2
- Weight2.06 pounds
This EMDMAK Survival Kit can be the difference between life and death in the wilderness and is a serious camping gadget for all outdoor enthusiasts. It has everything you need in case of emergency including a fire starter, silver emergency blanket, multi-function pliers, a compass, a whistle and more. It is all contained in a shock-proof case so you don’t need to worry about your emergency items scattering all over the hill. Almost everything in this survival kit has multiple functions. This means the manufacturer has been able to pack a whole lot more into one little case. Get one for yourself and a few more for the rest of your camping party and keep everyone safe next time you head for the hills.
Practical and durable survival kit
Includes lifesaving gear
Multifunction flashlight pliers
Everything contained in convenient carry case
Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts
- Weight6.9 ounces
if you have a large group of friends that you love to hike with, the last thing you want to do when you reach the campsite is set up multiple tents to make a comfortable shelter for everyone to sleep. With this CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent, you can be done in a matter of moments and have enough space for everyone to sleep for the night. This fantastic large camping tent sleeps 9 people and can fit two queen size inflatable camping mattresses. In a pinch, you could probably even sneak in a few more guests. It features CORE H2O Block technology and an adjustable ground vent to keep everyone nice and dry and a room divider if some of the campers need a little privacy. There is also an electrical cord access port if it’s needed wall storage pockets to keep some of your valuable items off the floor. This luxury shelter also features a rain fly, tent stakes and a carry bag so you never need to worry about camping shelter again.
Instant 60-second setup
Sleeps 9 people; Fits two queen air mattresses
CORE H20 Block Technology and an adjustable ground vent
Features room divider and wall storage pockets
Electrical cord access port
Includes rain fly, tent stakes, and carry bag
- Weight27.6 pounds
You can never have enough flashlights when you go camping and this 2 pack of GearLight LED Tactical Flashlights are a must to make your next camping trip safe and illuminated. These tactical flashlights are ultra-bright and long-lasting so you can see everything you need to see when camping at night. There are 5 useful settings so you can see far beyond your camping zone or alert emergency services if you need assistance. These marvels are water-resistant and virtually indestructible and the tactical tail switch offers one-handed operation. With low battery consumption, you get hours of use so you need not fear the unknown when you can flash these bright tactical flashlights and expose anything around you.
Ultra-bright and long-lasting
5 useful settings (high|medium|low|strobe|SOS)
Water-resistant and virtually indestructible
Tactical tail switch for one-handed operation
Low battery consumption allows for hours of use
Includes 2 flashlights and 2 bonus cases
- Weight5.1 ounces
Camping Gadget FAQ
Q: Do I really need a lot of camping gadgets for a weekend getaway?
A: This will depend on a number of factors but the most crucial factor is the weather. In the summer months, days are longer and warmer so you can very well get by without some things. You will still need to have some type of campfire, even if it’s just for cooking and flashlights are a must. Even in the hottest part of summer, you should always ensure you have shelter and warmth, especially in the mountain as the weather can be somewhat unpredictable.
Q: What would be the most important camping gadget to have?
A: All camping gadgets have their purpose, but one of the most important ones would include survival kits and first aid kits. Safety is always your main priority and, in an emergency, these kits can make the difference between survival and tragedy. Shelter is also important especially if you get caught in the rain.
Q: Is it necessary to take smartphones or other communication gadgets when we go camping?
A: Absolutely! Camping is one of those activities that is relatively risk-free, however, things can and do go wrong from time to time. This is of special consideration because most campers like to get away from civilization and other people. You don’t need to have your smartphone or two-way radios turned on for the entire duration of your camping trip, but you need to have them with you so you can let family and friends know you’re okay, or alert emergency services if you need help.