Once you have the camping basics covered—like a tent, sleeping bag and cooler—it’s time to start collecting the not-so-essential-but-totally-cool must-have gear. Here are 10 pieces of gear, from rugged Bluetooth speakers and water purifiers, to add to your camping arsenal.
The 10 coolest pieces of gear for your next camping trip
Now you don’t have to play the How Long Can You Go Without Showering? game while camping. The Helio Pressure Shower by Nemo puts other portable showers to shame. Unlike gravity-feed showers, a handy foot pump activates Helio’s powerful stream of water that can last for up to seven minutes. It’s perfect for showering, doing the dishes or rinsing off after a day of hiking. Once you’re ready to pack up, the shower folds down into a compact carrying case.
This ice cream maker by Yay Labs might have been designed with children in mind, but who cares. It’s just plain awesome. Add cream, sugar and vanilla in one end and then ice and rock salt in the other. Roll and shake the ball for some 20-minutes and then boom! You have yourself a pint of delicious ice cream. Flip back the handle and scoop out the goods, or eat it right out of the ball. We won’t judge.
Once you’ve slathered yourself in sunscreen, try this shirt on for size. The Columbia Omni-Shade collection shields against harmful UVA and UVB rays—the two of the main culprits behind sunburns and long-term skin damage. Not only is it stylish, it has a UPF of 30.
This easy to pitch dome combines two of the greatest outdoor games: ladder toss and corn hole. It’s perfect for around the campfire or in the backyard once you’ve returned to reality. Best yet, the set packs down into a small lightweight sleeve for easy transportation.
Portable water filtration systems have come a long way, and Grayl’s Quest Travel Purifier can turn bacteria-riddled water to drinkable clean in 30-seconds. It removes 99.99% of disease-causing bacteria, making it the perfect companion on rigorous hiking, canoeing and fly-fishing trips.
Functional, compact, and stylish, this cook set achieves the trifecta of good camping design. The Pinnacle Camper includes four plates, four insulated mugs, four bowls, a two-liter pot with strainer lid—late-night Kraft Dinner, anyone?—a three-liter pot and frying pan. The pieces easily stack and nest together to save space in your backpack or trunk.
Just because you’re roughin’ it doesn’t mean you should be deprived of delicious coffee. The Handpresso Wild Hybrid Espresso Machine makes a shot of espresso as tasty as your local coffee shop. Working off pressure rather than batteries, just pump the unit up, pour in boiling water, fill it with ground coffee, and press out your perfect shot topped with crema.
Keep your GPS, GoPro, and smart phones juiced throughout your entire camping trip with the Venture 30 Recharger by Goal Zero. This tiny power pack can be recharged using a USB port or with the compatible solar panel. The Venture 30 can fully charge a headlamp more than 10 times, meaning you’ll never have to blindly rummage through your tent in the middle of the night to find your water bottle again.
The Braven BRV-1 portable Bluetooth speaker offers up 12 hours of music to bring to the campsite. This palm-sized boom box is waterproof, shock absorbent and super lightweight, and has a built-in USB port to charge other dying devices. Just remember that even though you might love the new Mumford & Sons album, your camping neighbours may not.
The BioLite NanoGrid is a USB-charged lamp that fits in the palm of your hand. Along with charging capabilities, it comes with two additional site lights. String them in your tent as a night light for the kiddies, or illuminate the picnic table for a romantic dinner for two.