100+ Best Reviewed Camping Gear
Last updated June 8, 2018
We feature a quite a few camping products in the Gentlemint Reserve. A lot.
Now that school is out and Summer is officially up on us, we figured it was time to highlight a few of them over here on the blog. Here are some of the best camping gear you can get in 2018.
We liked this single-person swag tent because of the simplicity and functionality. You've essentially got a covered bedroll that can sit on the ground, in the back of a truck, or anywhere else.
Nobody wants to really sleep on the ground, so the KampRite Double Tentcot is a nice solution. It's a two-person tent that sits on top of a cot. Learn more
While not technically a tent, it will greatly improve your tent. LED Tent Stakes are handy if anything for keeping you from tripping while trying to get in and out of the tent at night.
This tent sets up in about a minute, and has an inflatable frame that is incredibly sturdy and built for high winds. There's a double-walled feature that keeps condensation to a minimum as well.
It's nice to have a tent on hand for emergency situations. It's comforting to know that in the back of your car or the bottom of your pack there's a 2-person survival tent that can be used for shelter.
Just wanting a tent that you can set up quickly? This two-person tent is a nice option for quickly getting shelter up.
This is a covered hammock also doubles as a tent that can suspend between two trees, or positioned on the ground like a tent. The tent also features a spreader feature that keeps the bottom of the hammock flat.
Sleeping Bags & Mattresses
It's nice to know that there are sleeping bags that are rated to nearly 0 degree weather. The Everest Mummy is one such bag, filled with 3.5 pounds of Micro Tack Z1 filler. It covers your head and shoulders "mummy" style.
There's a good chance that you or your spouse might end up sleeping in the car for a multitude of reasons. Somebody's snoring, the rain has soaked your tent, or your camp roll just isn't that comfortable. It's nice having this inflatable car mattress that fits your backseat as a backup option.
Another useful tool to have in the trunk of the car or the bottom of the backpack. The tent weighs a mere 4.7 ounces and could be useful in a pinch.
This tiny lighter is a dynamo: it burns up to 600 degrees and can be used 15,000 times.
This lighter comes with a shock resistant case, and can float on water when fully closed. Don't let the elements keep you from having fire.
Not wanting to build a campfire but still want an ambient glow? The Campfire in a Can will blaze hassle-free for 4 hours, and it's made from non-toxic materials so you're not ruining the great outdoors in the process.
If you're needing to pack lightly, this Bushcraft pocket stove folds down into a few small pieces of stainless steel that can be used to burn a number of fuels. You can cook on top of the surface with pots, pans or resting the food directly on the grate.
You can light a campfire and look like a tough guy in the process with this steel knuckle fire starter kit. The striker lasts up to 50,000 strikes.
The Campfire Defender is an essential piece of camping equipment. Stop worrying about leaving a campfire smoldering, or protect it from rain with this tarp that can withstand up to 3,000 degrees.
A heavy-duty shovel that's also a multitool. The shovel has many features including a serrated edge, compass, compass, and more.
A well-rated survival necklace that includes a flint and steel.
These leather gloves are indespensible when it comes to cooking on an open fire. Pick up any pot, pan or skillet with better range of movement than a traditional oven mitt. The gloves are also handy for adjusting placement or throwing logs on the fire.
Chairs and Hammocks
The Eagles NEst Outfitter Lounger DL is part hammock, part camp chair. What makes the chair unique is the fact that you can adjust the height of the chair from 10" to 3" off the ground.
Chillbo Baggins Another hammock hybrid: Fusing a hammock with a pool inflatable. Now you can lounge on land or on water. Another bonus: the lounger inflates using a "scooping" method so you don't have to actually blow air.
The Nemo Cloudview hammock is unique thanks to the Layflat patterning that keeps your posture from bunching up and feels more like a beach chair.
The Nube Stratos can be used as a hammock, storage area, or even tent, without using any tent stakes.
This double-parachute nylon hammock is inexpensive ($65) and has gotten a stellar 4.8/5 stars from over 340 users on Amazon. It's multi-functional, light, and portable.
There's nothing finer than a hanging hammock chair while camping. Convert any 2" trailer hitch into a hammock stand with the Hammaka.
Cooking Equipment & Cutlery
Going to an area where starting a fire isn't an option, but are craving a some hot food? The GoSun Sport solar cooker is a great option. It reaches 550 degrees in a matter of minutes with only mirrors, and it even works on cloudy days.
Sometimes you need pizza, even when you're camping. Uuni has developed a portable, wood pellet pizza oven that can cook a pizza in 60 seconds.
A small, tidy stove that weighs just over 2oz and assembles into a cooking dynamo.
The Jetboil is a complete camping cooking system that runs on two propane bottles. It can boil a liter of water in 3 minutes and 15 seconds, which is better than many kitchen cooking ranges.
A handy 3-piece knife kit that was made made for hunters did field processing.
Much like the pocket stove, his wood burning rocket stove is tiny and assembles quickly.
Camping isn't camping without the Stanley Happy Hour Shaker. It's rugged, BPA friendly, and has a shaker and juice reamer. You're set.
If you're going to be somewhere remote, cooking might not be an option. Consider a pack of these dehydrated meals that have gotten rave reviews from Amazon customers.
You only need this pot. It collapses and the lid doubles as a strainer.
This camp kitchen kit by Gerber that has a really unique feature: the carrier is a cutting board and knife sharpener. Smart.
Much like the SunSport solar grill, this solar-powred grill is fuel-free and comes in a handy backpack.
You can't camp without bacon. It's practically a natural law. So when you need to cook some tasty bacon, use this bacon grilling rack to make your camping life easier.
A great rule of camping is this: avoid any glassware. You're just asking for trouble. Especially when that glassware is meant to house booze. Use these stainless steel wine glasses instead.
If you're cooking on a fire, you need a good set of tongs. Period. These OXO tongs are durable and very highly rated.
Aside from making great tools, Makita has entered the coffee making fray. You can use their lithium-ion batteries with this coffee maker and make a cup of joe at the camp site easily and quickly.
It's not a conventional grill, but if you're out in nature sometimes you need a portable grilling suitcase to handle the brats and hamburgers you'll be cooking. (This grilling suitcase also works nicely at tailgating events.)
There's just something about waking up to a cool morning with a cup of coffee in a really sturdy mug. These mugs fit that bill. Strong and heavy.
The nice thing about the Crono Pocket Knife is that it was made specifically for camping. (It even has a fork!)
You know what you need? A spork that has a serrated blade hidden inside of it. Now your campfire dinner isn't a problem, even if you've cooked a steak.
What's better than a spork? A spork that has a carabiner and can open your beer.
The Camp Chef 2-burner is a sturdy, well-rated camp stove that runs off of propane and is easy to put together and take down.
Having a mug where the handle is also a carabiner can be quite handy, especially if they're double-walled to keep your beverage hot or cold longer.
The Tailgater is a nice, propane grill that has two burners. The nice thing about this particular model is that it features a griddle, and the grill grates are cast iron.
The MiniPresso doesn't need anything other than your two hands to make delicious espresso drinks. Just pump the hand-powered espresso maker to create the force needed to make espresso.
This portable cooking stove folds up into the size of your hands, yet has advanced features like piezo ignition, and is compatible with most common butane tank sizes.
Just squeeze the pump a few times, add your grounds, and watch the espresso flow.
Beer and camping go hand in hand. Store up to 5 beers (or 64 ounces) in this mini growler.
Yeti makes a highly-rated, double-walled steel koozie that will keep your can cold and condensation-free for a long time.
The Staresso will make espresso, cold press or coffee, and can even froth milk for a cappucino using a simple hand pump.
LED lanterns have been a great thing for a while now, but you can now put out a lot of light for a little bit of money, thanks to LEDs and these nifty camp lanterns.
It's a simple concept: take a mason jar and mount a solar panel on it that charges during the day and illuminates during the night. Perfect for the picnic table at the campsite.
These orbs provide nice and soft light. They fold down, and you can daisy chain them together.
It seems like bugs are always drawn to bright lights. This lantern will provide protection of a 15x15 area, and will also provide light for the campers.
There's nothing worse than digging around blindly in a dark cooler at night. These LED lights fix that problem, and you can choose from a variety of colors as well.
BioLite has a solar system that allows you to power the entire campground with lights, rechargeable batteries and a control panel.
Many solar panel bags are cheap and not well made. This EECN bag is durable and useful, with a 7-watt solar panel.
Nothing is worse than wet clothing when you're camping. This duffel will keep your skivvies dry, no matter how much rain your camping trip has had.
It's nice when your backpack also comes with 58 useful survival pieces. Paracord, canteen, mosquito hammock... this bag has it all. Perfect for camping in remote areas.
Amazon has their own line of inexpensive hiking backpacks, and this one comes with a internal frame and handy rainfly.
This is a great product for the campsite, boating trip or beach outing. Keep anything dry with this sack that is made with high-quality and non-toxic materials.
Hatchets & Axes
Zippo makes a great multitool, the 4-in-1 Woodsman. Perfect for knocking down branches or chopping firewood.
A machete is always handy when you're out in the field. This is a sturdy machete, made from a major supplier to the U.S. military.
This firewood axe is solid, sturdy, and is the highest rated item on Amazon we've ever reviewed.
A nice axe made from glass fiber and a rubber grip that features a concealed fire starter in the end of the handle.
A hatchet and hammer combo made from high-carbon steel and American hickory.
There are 2-layer insulated canteens, and then there are 3-layer insulated canteens like this one that keep your drink hot or cold no matter what.
Filter any water in a matter of minutes with this filtration system by GravityWorks. It uses gravity to filter 4 liters in 2 minutes.
LifeStraw has exploded on the market, and for good reason. You can toss the filter system in your bag and drink nearly any water source knowing that the bad stuff has been removed. And you can do it 264 times before the bottle loses effectiveness.
You can also adapt any water bottle to have water-filtering capabilities with the LifeStraw Universal Bottle.
Create energy from any moving water source that can power up to 3 smartphones with each charge.
Don't want your camp ice watering down the liquid in your cooler? No sweat. This Double Cooler separates the ice from the fluid, allowing the drink to stay cooler longer.
You can filter water quickly using the "plunger" method that the Grayl Ultralight Purifier employs. Just fill the reservoir and push down to instantly purify the water.
Stanley has a fantastic growler that holds up to 64 ounces of beverage, and is designed so that no plastic touches your beer.
A water bottle that folds down empty when it's flat and can be rolled into a pouch. Handy for saving space in a backpack.
The Thermo Tank is one of the highest-rated water bottles on Amazon, thanks to a double-walled steel outer that's layered with copper.
The Rovr is a certified bear-resistant cooler. The tires are puncture-proof, and the cooler can keep ice up to 10 days.
While technically not a clothing item, Scrubba is something you'll want to have for your clothes. It's like a portable washing machine that can fold up in your backpack.
These waterproof socks are 80% cotton, but lined with a magic membrane that keeps your feet from getting wet.
This insect repellant cologne is like Brut for the campsite. It repels insects and the ladies love it.
These socks are great if you're going to be hiking or walking long distances.
This USB power bank is rugged and perfect for camping conditions. A stainless steel case plus water resistant housing make it a perfect phone charger for the camping trip.
It's helpful to have a container for making sure your stuff stays safe and dry at the camp site. It's even more helpful when you can stash these dry things in an LED lantern that has a compass, flashlight, and carabiner like this VSSL Mini Cache.
This is a handy chainsaw for the backpack. If you don't want to lug an axe or some other tool with you, just drop this light manual chainsaw into the bag.
This lighter will light in just about any condition: heat, snow and rain. It's made with aluminum, and has a flat bottom to the casing so it can stand on it's own when lit.
Starting a fire is much easier when you can get targeted amounts of oxygen to it. The Pocket Bellows allow you to do just that, and they collapse into a compact size when you're done.
This fixed blade not only cuts but also starts fires with with a hidden magnesium alloy stick in the handle.
This torch is great for lighting fires, or even lighting cigars. It reaches temperatures of 2,300 degrees.
These raptor shears are collapsible and made specifically for medical professionals in emergency situations.
A helpful multitool for all-around safety. Features a blade, glass cutter, flashlight and more.
The Ganzo multitool has 25 different outdoor-friendly features like a saw, can opener, scissors and more.
An axe packed with 30 different features that will prepare you for any situation when you're camping.
This nifty multitool has a ton of features like a bottle opener, blade, flashlight, and the carabiner can support 220 pounds of weight.
FiberFix is tape that, once hardened, is 100x stronger than duct tape. Perfect for the toolbox or the tent bag.
Not only is having a waterproof speaker handy, having one that doubles as a power bank is even better.
The Solara has a nice 360-degree omni-directional sound that can be charged by simply placing in the sunlight.
Don't want to lug a full-size kayak to the lake? Try this foldable kayak. It's sturdy, assembles quickly, and durable.
Walkie talkies can be fun and can keep you safe outdoors, especially in areas where cell coverage is sparse. These two-way walkies have a 37 mile range and NOAA weather channel alerts.
You can immerse these these speakers up to 30 minutes in water, and they play music in omni-directional sound.
It's nice to have this kit in your pack, especially if someone in the camping party is allergic to bees.
This MyFAK First Aid Kit has just about everything you'd need or can think of in an emergency situation.
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