Camping is a fantastic way to spend time with family, reconnect with nature, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Of course, what you pack along will greatly influence your overall camping experience.
Whether you’re a first-time camper or a seasoned expert, here are some of our favorite accessories that are must-haves on your camping checklist.
1. Camping Hammock
While sleeping bags are the usual go-to for campers, they don’t do much to comfort you on uneven ground, and get way too hot on a summer night.
With a hammock, you don’t have to worry about finding a comfy patch of dirt or worry about bugs sneaking into your tent. Camping hammocks give you the freedom to sleep under the stars or set up in your tent, depending on the style you get. In fact, some camping hammocks can function as both your tent and bed, all while floating above the ground.
2. Silicone Collapsible Dishes & Cooking Gear
It might be tempting to toss some paper plates or plastic utensils in your bag, but it’s so easy to accidentally litter with a stray fork or napkin when there isn’t an accessible way to dispose of trash. If you go camping regularly, you might have made the switch to metal or plastic dishware, but in terms of convenience, nothing beats collapsible silicone.
Unlike metal sets, silicone dishes are incredibly easy to clean—even if you have to wait to wash them at home. Plus, you can get plates, bowls, cups, and even folding utensils that pack neatly together to stay organized and take up the least amount possible. Choose from any color under the sun, and get a great deal for you and the environment!
3. Solar or Heat Charger
While we love the idea of escaping technology for a few days, it’s still nice to have access to your devices if you end up needing them. Even out in the woods, technology can help you keep in touch with friends or family, identify common bug bites, or simply give you access to a few minutes of entertainment after a long day of exploring.
Some campers stick to portable phone chargers, but these usually only hold one or two charges at most. If you need to keep more than one device running, a portable charger just won’t cut it.
With a solar or heat-powered charger, you can swap out as many devices as you like without running out of charge. Some even function as a portable stove, in case you want to juice up your phone while making s’mores.
4. Portable Electric Lanterns
Depending on where you’re planning to camp, you may not be allowed to start a campfire. And, even if you do, it’s nice to have a little extra light when you hear rustling in a bush!
Most camping lanterns are battery-powered and rechargeable, and can clip on to your backpack, tent, or even a tree branch. Most brands also have different dimness settings, which is perfect if you have a camper who’s afraid of the dark. Clip it to the inside of the tent, choose the dimmest setting, and you’ve got a nightlight that can last for hours on a single charge. Hook it up to your solar charger during the day, and you’ve got light ready to go through your whole adventure.
5. Instant Bug Bite Relief
No matter how much bug spray or repellent you use, someone in your family is guaranteed to get a bug bite or two (or ten!) while camping, and nothing ruins a trip faster than a painful sting or itchy bite—especially when you’re trying to sleep!
Luckily, with Bite Away, you can get instant relief from itching, pain, and swelling from insect bites and stings. Our chemical-free bug bite treatment is safe for children and works on mosquito bites, bee stings, ant bites, and more. It’s even small enough to fit in your pocket, just in case your bag is filled to the brim.
These five essentials are exactly what you and your family need to make a good camping trip great. Once you’ve got them packed, you’re ready for some quality family time in the great outdoors!