The Ultimate Camping Gear Essentials Guide For 2020

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Camping Gear Checklist – With the dramatic changes affecting the travel landscape lately, travel plans have been scaled down considerably and more focused on local travel instead.

To me when it comes to local travel, I always think about going off-grid for a while and head off into nature to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature, and the best way of doing that is camping.

Why camping? The great thing about camping is that no matter where you live around this crazy planet, there is a great place to camp within hours of where you live to get away from it all.

But, if you haven’t camped before, or thinking about dusting off the camping gear that has been sitting in storage for the past few years, it’s critical to a great camping adventure that you have all of the camping basics covered.

Ready to get out there and explore the great outdoors? 

Here is my ultimate camping essentials list that every camper should follow to make any camping adventure the most comfortable and rejuvenating experience yet. 

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At this point, the camping situation for me is for two people- My Wife and I. But, when it comes to the camping gear suggestions in this checklist blog post are for more than two people. 

Now, the tent I use for most of my camping adventures is a six-person tent which is fantastic for times when you need to escape from the rain, and still be able to eat inside if you have to. 

Keep in mind that I do offer some other tent suggestions for camping setups in case a 6 person tent is too big for you.

Also, when I tend to head out on a camping trip, most of my camping trips last around two nights and up to 5 nights if I have found the perfect camping getaway. 

While this list may not cover everything you need if you are camping for longer periods, it does have pretty much everything you need to get you on your way towards your camping adventure.

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Camping - Cooking

When it comes to packing food for your camping trips, it’s important to make sure that you never under pack or overpack food before your journey out.

Why? One, you never know where the nearest grocery store is near your campsite to replenish your food. Two, you never want food to go to waste when you overpack. With the cost of groceries lately, nobody likes throwing money away.

When it comes to cooking during my camping trips, the camping gear I pack with me for cooking is the Jetboil MiniMo and the Cobb Grill

Why? I like the Jetboil Mini Mo for when I just need to boil water fast for a quick bowl of soup on a cold evening. When it’s cold, does anybody like waiting for water to boil? That’s why I love my Jetboil!

For when its a nice warm summer evening, and I am willing to take my time in cooking, the Cobb grill is perfect for everything from a small meal to a large two-person meal.

My Stovetop Setup for 1-2 people:

My Stovetop Setup for 3+ people:

Coal Cooking Set Up for everyone:

  • Cobb Kitchen in a Box: A coal BBQ taken to a new level.
  • Cobb Coal: Unique CobbleStones that are sustainable and renewable resource made from coconut husks. They are lightweight and super-efficient while giving you the convenience to start cooking within 5 minutes of lighting.
  • Large Bamboo Cutting Board: Antimicrobial cutting board that is safe with antibacterial properties.

Coffee Setup

I love coffee, and it’s tough to make it through a day without a few cups to get me by. 

The great thing about camping is that you don’t have to worry about drinking freeze-dried coffee during your camping excursion.

I personally have many different types of coffee makers for brewing coffee while I am camping and here is just a handful of options for you. 

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Camping - Cutlery and Dish-ware

When you are camping, you should always think about durability and how easy it is to carry all of your camping gear.

I have broken many dishes and bent several utensils over the years, and I have learned my lesson.

Here is a list of cutlery and dishware ideas for your camping gear that will be around for a long time:

Camping - Cleaning

Just like at home, you have to clean up your dishes after eating.

But, if you forget to clean after eating while camping, you will be inviting some unwelcome furry friends to your campsite.

Here are some camping gear cleaning essentials you should pack for every camping adventure:

Extra Camping Gear Kitchen Items:

If you will be using a picnic table at a campsite for eating and setting up you should pack the following kitchen camping gear items:

Cool Storage for Food:

  • Alipicool Fridge: You will need a power supply from the campsite, or a generator to run this. Don’t use your vehicle’s battery as it will drain it faster than a boy band’s career.
  • Insulated Collapsible Cooler Bag: If you are camping for just a few nights, and can cool your food items with ice or freezer packs, then this is a great way to keep your food cool.
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Camping Furniture

If you are planning to camp for longer than just a few days, then just a few portable chairs and a two-person tent will suffice. 

But, if you are thinking about a camping holiday lasting longer than a few days, or want to make camping a regular summer routine, then you should invest in some well-made camping gear that will last for years.

Tent Setup Suggestion:

Chairs:

When it comes to camping chairs, always make sure you have sturdy collapsible chairs that come with carrying bags so they are easy to pack. 

Below are two types of chairs I love bringing with me when I pack.

Collapsible (Space-Saving):

Recliner (Great for chilling out on):

Tables:

If you are camping at a campground that offers wooden picnic tables on the lots, then you can use them for eating. 

But, some times you may want to add some glamping style to your camping gear. 

If I am camping for longer than a few days, I always bring with me a few foldable camping tables for cooking setup.

Here are some suggestions on camping tables to bring your camping gear to a new level.

Camp Kitchen Systems:

Instead of constantly putting stuff in and out of your vehicle, and then rummaging through it each time to find kitchen items, then you should think about a kitchen system for camping:

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Camping Gear Storage and Organization

Having a camping gear storage solution is great for keeping all of your camping gear organized in storage at home or when you are camping. 

If you are a camping enthusiast and love to camp, having everything organized makes packing a dream.

Here are some storage and organization suggestions to add to your camping gear.

Bath And Toiletry Items For Camping

The whole point of camping is to experience the outdoors and smell like nature, right? 

Well, for those of you who camp on his/her own, you can get away with not showering for days, but if you are with a group, it might not fly after two days.

Now, showering while you are camping can be a challenge at times, so how do I stay fresh and clean while camping? 

Here are some great hygienic products I like packing with me in my camping gear to stay clean.

  • Biodegradable Wipes: These are great for when you are on a 4-day camping trip with no running water for showers or toilets. They work amazing when you’re covered in days of SPF, bug spray, campfire ash, sweat, etc.!
  • Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper: TP is tough to come by when camping. And if you do have a campsite that has TP, do you really want to use it? 
  • Bath Towels: I like using the Rainleaf Microfiber Towel for camping because of its soft suede-like feel on the skin and face, plus it will absorb water 5 times more than its’ weight but dry fast.
  • Biodegradable Body Wash: If you do have the opportunity to shower, I love packing this concentrated body wash that is biodegradable so it’s easy to pack.
  • Solid Shampoo Bar And Conditioner – I like Shampoo bars because of their compact size which makes them a perfect choice for travel, and helps you take good care of your hair while being 100% waste-free!
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Camping Gear Lighting / Gadgets

Another necessity to add to your camping gear is lighting options.

If you are just camping for a few days, some simple solar lanterns will do the trick.

But, if you are camping for a longer period, and wanting a backyard feel to your camp site, here is some lighting options for your camping gear.

Lighting:

Camp Gadgets:

  • Hanging Fan: If you are camping in the hot summer months and need to sleep comforatbly, having a hanging fan in a tent makes all the difference in the world.

Solar Power

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Camping Games

There are many ways to be entertained while camping. 

Sure you can spend the day hiking or swiming if you are near a lake or mountain, but if you are looking for other alteratnives to put bordem to the side, here are some great suggestions:

Summary

If you are thinking about camping this summer season, or any season you desire, i hope that my ultimate camping gear guide will help you be more prepared.

Is there something I am missing that you feel I should add? Please feel free to comment below, as I would love to hear your suggestions.

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