The Best Camping Gear You Didn't Think You Needed (But You Do!)


The best way to get in some quality bro-bonding time during the summer is with a camping trip! That’s right, nothing’s better than a weekend spent day drinking, jumping off safe-ish-looking cliffs, and pretending that we’re Bear Grylls even if the nearby Taco Bell parking lot can be seen through the trees. 

So, if you’ve been invited to camp against your will or have been counting down the days since you booked the spot, you’re going to need some legit camping equipment. And we’re not going to tell you about lame compasses or canteens that no one cares about.


These ten camping essentials will get you through the long, dark nights reminiscing about your one-night stands, marking your territory on every tree like our ancestors, playing endless rounds of beer pong, and giving the granola bars a break with a juicy steak (there’s roughing it and then there’s roughing it). And did we mention they can all be found on Amazon? We didn’t? Well, they can all be found on Amazon.

Columbia Outdry Ex ECO Jacket

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Sure. You can bring your everyday jacket on the camping trip, but does it have a “breathable membrane”? (Manufacturer’s words, not ours.) Wear science when you camp with this fully waterproof jacket that has a whole bunch of other cool features, like a “Storm Hood.”

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

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Whatever you do, don’t drink the stream/pond water. Fill ‘er up using this reusable water bottle with a built-in two-stage filtration system that removes bacteria without chemicals and reduces that annoying odor and chlorine taste.

Adidas Terrex Fast GTX Surround Boot

Now this is a camping shoe! You’ll be ready for any terrain and for when someone thinks it’ll be a good idea to go on a 10-mile hike. Your soul might be aching, but your feet won’t with the shoe’s extended comfort and enhanced breathability.

Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent

Don’t be “that guy” who came with no tent but with all the intention of crashing someone else’s. Trust us, no one will think it’s funny. This two-person tent is insanely easy to assemble both sober or hammered.

MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit

Cook real food with this 10-piece camping cookware set. It comes with everything from nonstick pans to utensils for when someone actually catches a fish and now you have to figure out how to cook it, because you’re the only guy who thought logically and brought a cookware set. Damnit.

Thetford 03300 Aqua-Soft Toilet Tissue

Don’t laugh! When nature calls, this four-roll of highly absorbent and fast-dissolving teepee will be your bargaining chip. Once everyone finds out that you brought toilet paper, they’ll begin to shower you with gifts and offers to drive you back home.

Essential Wilderness 7 Function Metal Camping Multi-Tool Essential Eating Utensil Food Knife

A camping trip isn’t complete without a functional multipurpose eating tool AKA food knife! Choose between its many modes of function: knife, spoon, fork, cork screw, can/bottle opener, and more.

TripWorthy Compact First Aid Medical Kit

When safety doesn’t come first on your camping trip, be prepared with this handy medical kit. It’s filled with all the essentials for a weekend away from a drugstore, so you can be the one who confidently says, “Yeah, I actually got that on me.”

Repel 100 Insect Repellent Bundle

Incessantly itching your arms, legs, and back from mosquito bites takes away from enjoying all the camping hijinks. Do yourself a favor and spray or wipe on this 10-hour insect repellent. We just wish it worked as well on the friend who thought it wasn’t going to be a big deal that they invited your ex, sorry.

Streamlight The Siege Lantern

It sure does get dark quickly when you’re camping. So when it’s 10 p.m. and you don’t want to pretend like you may or may not have seen a bear, turn on this LED lantern with a run time of 295 hours.

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